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About the Conference

Nonprofit finance is all about the resources of your organization; it's about dollars, revenues, expenses and budgets. Managing your financial health is a key to organizational sustainability.

And in a related manner, nonprofit sustainability is all about the way you handle your resources; it's about aligning revenue and expenses; balancing budgets; and making sure the mission and the money share focus for organizational success. Sustainability is a key to financial health.

Together - finances and sustainability are the keys to achieving your mission.

That's why the Nonprofit Finance & Sustainability Conference was created. Together, we can unlock the possibilities for nonprofit success.

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 long-term financial future. 

Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Propel Nonprofits for the 2019 Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference. This eighth 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 leadership to change management and program implementation. Join your nonprofit colleagues to learn about critical issues and best practices to help your organization remain sustainable into the future.

Morning Keynote:

Leading Change; Managing Transitions

Our morning keynote presentation will be led by Eddie Torres, the new president and CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts.

Change is many things: risky, critical, necessary, inevitable. It has financial implications. Some change is planned and strategic, other change is unexpected. What do you do when disaster strikes? No matter the cause or intensity, leaders must lead through change.

Eddie Torres will reflect on the process of driving change and managing transitions from his varied perspectives and the many hats he has worn in his career. 

Overall Conference Learning Objectives

Attendees of the 2019 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 will likely be able to earn 6.0 credits via Minnesota Board of Accountancy accepted Continuing Professional Education (CPE). Approval is currently pending.

Conference Planning Committee

Kari Aanestad, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Steve Anseth, Abdo, Eick and Meyers, LLP                                     
Kate Barr, Propel Nonprofits
Yohannes Ghebru, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Becky Johnson, WomenVenture
Paul Masiarchin, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Glyn Northington, Propel Nonprofits
Janet Ogden-Brackett, Propel Nonprofits
Peter Olsen, YWCA of St Paul
Jon Pratt, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Nonoko Sato, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Sara Wessling, Propel Nonprofits
Girma Yimam, 180 Degrees


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Nonprofit Finance and
Sustainability Conference

April 11, 2019
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Dr. 
Brooklyn Center, MN 



Minnesota Council of Nonprofits



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