Panel BREAKOUT SESSION ONE: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Building Operational Capacity and Organizational Sustainability

In our current national and international landscape, the work of the philanthropic sector is becoming increasingly vital and necessary. As government programming and support dries up, demand for services from non-profit and charitable organizations continues to rise while resources remain as scarce as ever. As everyone in the field knows, there’s never enough time, and there’s never enough money.

Building organizations capable of meeting these needs, and creating financial models to sustain these organizations, are concerns shared by everyone in the philanthropic sector. How can we build fundraising infrastructures that can create fiscal health? How can we innovatively manage that money to sustain that health? And how can we build teams capable of weathering the challenges we face without burning out? Join leaders and experts in nonprofit finance, human capital, and organizational change.


Kate Garroway: Lead Consultant, FMA

Nell Derick Debevoise: Founder & CEO, Inspiring Capital

Miriam Droller: Senior Vice President, CCS Fundraising

Patrice Cromwell: Director of Strategic Initiatives, The Annie E. Casey Foundation


Marissa King: Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management

Panelist Bios:

Nell Derick Debevoise is the Founder & CEO of Inspiring Capital, which she created as a way to connect business professionals, and their organizations, to a larger purpose. She is passionate about translating insights from business and entrepreneurship to drive social change. Nell speaks about this work in diverse settings, including Harvard, Columbia, Yale Social Enterprise, the Global CFA Institute, High Water Women, and iRelaunch conferences. Nell is an adjunct professor of impact investing at New York University and a contributor at Forbes, writing about the increasingly common challenge of job transitions, to get to that meaningful work. Nell has studied adult learning, innovation strategy, intercultural education, and organizational psychology at many of the world’s top universities (Harvard, Cambridge, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Università di Roma, and Columbia and London Business Schools). She has lived and worked in the private, public, and for-profit sectors on four continents, supporting refugees in the Middle East; teaching corporate executives in New York about Corporate Social Responsibility; and mediating between Turkish and Cypriot officials.


Patrice McConnell Cromwell is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Center for Economic Opportunity at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for America’s children, youth and families. She is a member of the Foundation’s Committee of Managers and is focused on creating education and economic opportunities for at-risk youth. She also directs a multi-site national partnership with the federal Social Innovation Fund for youth and young adult success. Patrice is co-chair of the Youth Transition Funders Group of national and local philanthropic partners, a member of the International Youth Foundation’s Reconnecting Youth Global Advisory Committee and the board of the Putney Open Door Fund for low-income youth. While at Casey, Patrice served as an ‘Executive on Loan’ in Maryland’s Office of the Governor to help accelerate human service results. Prior to Casey, Patrice was the Associate Director of the Open Society Institute – Baltimore, a field office of the Open Society Foundations.  Previous to her work in philanthropy, Patrice spent ten years creating and running three economic development organizations in Baltimore. Patrice is from Brooklyn, New York and worked in the finance and consulting industries in New York City before moving to Baltimore. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the Yale School of Management.


Miriam Droller has dedicated her career to helping non-profits fulfill their missions – working with them to increase their available resources, plan strategically for their futures, and maximize the impact on the societies they serve. Since joining CCS in 2008, Miriam has partnered with institutions across all sectors including arts and culture, higher education, healthcare, advocacy, , bringing to bear her more than a decade of professional experience in strategic planning, major gifts fundraising, development department structure and operations, and campaign management for major nonprofit organizations.

Miriam is currently working with NYU School of Law to implement a $450 million campaign, as well as consulting to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on their $175 million Building the Future campaign in support of the first major expansion in the Center’s history. She previously served as lead on-site campaign counsel at NYU Langone Medical Center for its $2.8 billion campaign (raising over $900 million in just over three years); the University of Florida where she conducted a comprehensive assessment of the University’s $1.7 billion Florida Tomorrow Campaign; The Public Theater (NY); and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where she oversaw development operations as Interim Director of Development. Miriam has done campaign planning for the New York Public Library, New York City Ballet, Park Avenue Synagogue, the Spence School, the Anti- Defamation League, Manhattan College, and Grinnell College for campaigns ranging from $55 million to $500 million – meeting with major donors, building prospective donor pipelines, conducting prospect research, developing campaign case statements and working with campaign leadership. Miriam received her AB cum laude from Harvard College and her MBA from the Yale School of Management.


Kate Garroway partners with nonprofit and philanthropic leaders to design and implement forward-looking financial strategies in her role as Lead Consultant at Fiscal Management Associates (FMA). In her five years with FMA, Kate has helped develop the firm's practice area around Planning services, including helping organizations express their strategy in dollars via multi-year financial plans, analyzing business models and scenarios for long-term resiliency, and understanding the full cost of programming. She also manages project teams in delivering FMA's full suite of consulting services to clients. Current clients include grantees of the Ford Foundation and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation.

Kate began her career in the performing arts. She managed finance and fundraising operations for arts nonprofits for a decade, and consulted independently to small businesses and nonprofits around setting up and maintaining financial management systems. During this time, Kate was also on the creative side of the arts, choreographing and performing contemporary dance professionally at major venues in New York and other cities. Kate holds her MBA from the Yale School of Management where she focused on nonprofit strategy and finance, and her BA in English from Barnard College. 


Marissa King’s research examines social influence, social networks, and team dynamics. Her most recent line of research analyzes the individual and group level behaviors that are necessary to implement changes in the (re)design of organizations using wearable social sensors. This work highlights the unanticipated consequences that micro-level social networks can have in mediating planned change initiatives. More generally, Professor King’s research investigates the social processes underlying the adoption, diffusion, and utilization of new information. King’s research has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and NPR among other media outlets. She holds a BA from Reed College and a PhD from Columbia University.