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Should I Stay or Should I Grow? Nonprofits Weigh the Benefits of Scaling

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm  ET

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More and more nonprofits find themselves struggling to respond to the challenges posed by climbing infrastructure costs. But funding for infrastructure is possible and we can teach you how to seek support for an infrastructure or capacity- building project at your organization. Join us on July 19th, 2016 as Aliza Mazor of nonprofit Bikkurim shares tips for examining growth and scaling opportunities with nonprofit panelists Lani Santo, Executive Director of Footsteps and Michele Giordano, Executive Director of Choices in Childbirth.


  • Be able to examine your organization for growth and scaling opportunities
  • Identify infrastructure funding opportunities
  • Create a compelling case for funding an infrastructure project

Intended audience: 

  • Executive Directors
  • Development Officers
  • Chief Strategy Officers


Moderator: Aliza Mazor

Aliza Mazor is the executive director of Bikkurim: Advancing New Jewish Ideas, a joint project of Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the Kaminer Family. Bikkurim has supported 33 innovative start-ups that contribute significantly to the diversification and reinvigoration of Jewish life. Through Atid Hazak (Strong Futures), Bikkurim prepares the most promising new initiatives in Jewish life to grow their impact. Previously, Aliza served as an independent organizational consultant to philanthropies, capacity-builders, and social justice organizations. A Chicago native, Aliza spent fifteen years living and working in Israel and holds an MSW from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Panelist: Lani Santos

Lani Santos is the executive director of Footsteps. She has dedicated her career to social justice, human rights, building inclusive and accepting communities, and supporting individuals through transformative experiences within the Jewish community and beyond. Prior to joining Footsteps, she served as a senior program officer at American Jewish World Service (AJWS), where she focused on immersive international service-learning experiences for young adults. Before her work at AJWS, Lani served as an AVODAH Corps Member in Washington, DC, where she was case manager for homeless women. She also served on the AVODAH Board of Directors from 2004-2013. Lani is a graduate of Barnard College and holds a Master’s Degree of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management from New York University’s Wagner School for Public Service. Lani joined Footsteps in August 2010 with a background in organizational development, fundraising, staff management, program management, and evaluation. 

Panelist: Michele Giordano

Michele Giordano has over 10 years of experience leading non-profits and for-profits focused on social change. Currently, she is the executive director of Choices in Childbirth, an organization that aims to improve the lives of low-income pregnant women and families with support, education and better policies. Previously, Michele served as the executive director of dance4life USA, an international youth movement dedicated to inspiring and uniting young people to take action for their sexual and reproductive health and rights. Prior to dance4life USA, Michele served as Director of Global Operations for RockCorps, a brand communications platform that uses music to connect brands to youth and communities. In this role Michele operated in the UK, France, Israel, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela developing over 600 volunteer service projects with over 500 non-profits engaging over 100,000 volunteers. She has an undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies from Rutgers University and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. 

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