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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 2014 Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference. This third 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: Embracing Our Nonprofit-ness: Capitalizing on the Sector’s Strengths

(CPE Credits: 1.5 Hours Management Advisory Services)
Running a nonprofit is uniquely challenging. Yet an increasing number of those inside and outside the nonprofit sector are advocating that philanthropy become more “like business” – adopting frameworks and mindsets seen to be more dominant in the corporate world. Keynote speaker Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, will offer a counter to this perspective, discussing the unique role of the nonprofit sector and the challenge of sustaining effective organizations. He will offer advice for leaders on how to lead in a way that maximizes the chances of achieving positive outcomes for the issues, communities, people and fields nonprofits seek to influence.

Overall Conference Learning Objectives

Attendees of the 2014 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 the “marketization” of nonprofits, 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.

Pre-Approved for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits

Recommended CPE: 6 hours 
Prerequisites: Experience in nonprofit management 
Program level: Advanced 
Advance preparation: None
Delivery method: Group - Live

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Nonprofit Finance and
Sustainability Conference

February 25, 2014
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Earle Brown Heritage Center
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota


Minnesota Council of Nonprofits


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