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About the Conference

Are you passionate about your mission AND excited about the challenge of building a sustainable organization?

Financial leadership isn’t only reserved for executive directors and finance managers. Board members, program managers, bookkeepers, operations managers and others are responsible for understanding your organization’s financial picture and all play a role in maintaining accountability and sustainability.

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 2016 Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference. This fifth 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: Scaffolding for Social Change

Jacob Harold, president and C.E.O. of GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations, will lead a conversation about the tools needed to drive even greater social change in today’s society. Jacob will discuss the impact large scale informational scaffolding can have to improve the efficiency of both the sector and individual organizations. Informational scaffolding includes three pillars: data collection, data distribution and data innovation.
Jacob will take a deep dive into GuideStar’s work as an information hub that powers the nonprofit sector. The organization’s goal is to make sure the right information gets to the right user at the right time. Jacob will give a behind-the-curtain look at exactly how GuideStar collects and distributes that data—by building platforms, setting data standards, inviting participation and integrating with partners.

As part of his presentation Jacob will review the information systems that support:

  1. social issues (e.g., adult literacy rate in St. Paul),
  2. interventions (e.g., social science research on what works to address adult literacy),
  3. organizations (e.g., organizations that work on adult literacy), and;
  4. resource flows (e.g., which funders/investors made which investments in adult literacy). 

Some of the questions Jacob will answer include:  

  • How can organization managers use GuideStar to improve their reputation online? 
  • How can donors or organizational stakeholders use GuideStar to maximize their support?
  • How can organizations use GuideStar to find and compare themselves to similar organizations in order to better advance their missions?
  • How can recipients in need of nonprofits’ support use GuideStar to find the right organization to meet their needs? 

The session will conclude with an interactive audience Q&A session.

Overall Conference Learning Objectives

Attendees of the 2016 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 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

March 3, 2016
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Earle Brown Heritage Center
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota


Minnesota Council of Nonprofits


 Thank You to our Sponsors