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About the Conference

Handling your organization's money is an important job. That's why nonprofits have checks-and-balances, financial policies, legal regulations and professional accountants.

And, handling your organization's money is a big job. That's why the accounting department, front-line staff, fundraising team and volunteers are all trained to deal with financial transactions, donor relations and online giving.

In most nonprofits, every staff and volunteer has some hand in the financial transparency and sustainability of the organization. It's both a big job and an important job.

That's why the Nonprofit Finance & Sustainability Conference was created.

In today’s dynamic economic environment, it's increasingly important for a broad array of nonprofit board and staff to understand your organization's financial picture – and to plan for your organization's financial future. 

Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Nonprofits Assistance Fund for the 2017 Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference. This sixth annual day-long conference will offer insights, strategies and tools for staff and board members looking at your organization’s financial sustainability from diverse perspectives – from strategy and oversight to implementation and evaluation. Join your nonprofit colleagues to learn about critical issues and best practices to help your organization remain sustainable into the future.

Morning Keynote: Misgiving: How Our Infatuation with Charitable Endowments is Hurting the Very People and Causes We’re Trying to Help


Join this session as we hear from Alan Cantor, one of the nonprofit sector’s most insightful and thought-provoking commentators. He will challenge us to consider whether our organizational finances are being used as effectively as possible to promote our missions.

Creating endowed funds is the default vehicle for major gifts – but by putting away charitable dollars for the future, do donors undercut impact today? Our keynote speaker will examine the pros and cons of endowment building, analyze the tremendous growth in gifts to other permanent vehicles (foundations and donor-advised funds), and suggest strategies for more effective use of charitable dollars that would benefit donors, nonprofits and the community alike.

Overall Conference Learning Objectives

Attendees of the 2017 Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference will be able to:

  • Better understand issues of nonprofit finance including financial compliance, investing, budgeting, audits, internal controls and more.
  • Better understand themes of nonprofit sustainability including nonprofit capitalization, entrepreneurship, finding the right revenue mix and nonprofit excellence.
  • Gain insight into the relationship between finances and nonprofit leadership – from the point of view of the board, executive, senior leadership and finance director. 

Continuing Professional Education Hours Available

Thanks to the support of Abdo, Eick & Meyers, conference attendees tentatively will be able to earn up to 6 hours of Minnesota Board of Accountancy accepted Continuing Professional Education (CPE).

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Nonprofit Finance and
Sustainability Conference

April 13, 2017
7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Dr. 
Brooklyn Center, MN 



Minnesota Council of Nonprofits


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