Greater Minnesota Free Emergency Briefing: Nonprofit Preparations for State Government Shutdown - Duluth

Date: Jun 29, 2011
Time: 01:00 PM to 03:30 PM

Ordean Building, Room B/C
424 W. Superior Street, Duluth

Fee: Free

As the Legislature and Governor Dayton continue negotiating a state budget compromise, Minnesota’s nonprofits face a combined uncertainty about future funding and looming shutdown of government services on July 1st. Minnesota is on a path to experience a rare government shutdown on July 1 if a budget deal is not struck by June 30, the end of the state’s 2011 fiscal year. Minnesota experienced something similar in 2005 — although on a smaller scale, and in a different political and economic environment. Many nonprofit organizations will be affected — whether as recipients of state grants, related grants (federal or county) or providers of service to populations that rely on state resources.

Nonprofit leaders need to be as forewarned and prepared as possible for the wide variety of outcomes that could come from legislative decisions. Projecting cash flow and contingency planning are more important than ever.

Responding to cash flow challenges often means cobbling together several different management strategies to come up with one complete solution. While a successful cash flow strategy helps in keeping the doors open, it takes thoughtful scenario planning to protect an organization’s financial health in the face of great uncertainty.

This briefing will address:

  • Up-to-the-minute update on the status of budget negotiations and departmental preparations,
    • 2005 shutdown recap (and why 2011 could be much worse);
    • Prospects for “essential services” being spared from a shutdown; and
    • Assessing affected revenue streams: federal, state and local government funding.
  • Handling emergency decisions and communications about service reductions and layoffs
  • Managing nonprofit finances during a shutdown
    • Cash flow strategies , including managing vendors, using reserves, accessing credit, and more;
    • Protecting an organization’s financial health in the face of great uncertainty; and
    • Tools and techniques fundamental to effective scenario planning.

Until the budget is resolved, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Nonprofits Assistance Fund will continue to inform policymakers of the consequences to nonprofit services, provide training to nonprofit managers, offer strategies for financial planning and crisis communications, and create opportunities for community dialogue.

MCN has created a central resource webpage, 2011 Nonprofit Budget/Shutdown Crisis, to continue to update nonprofits and others with resources as they are known.

This event is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the Nonprofits Assistance Fund.

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About the Presenters

Michael AndersonAs a loan officer, Michael Anderson is responsible for advising nonprofits through the loan application and review process, as well as throughout the lifecycle of the loan. As training program manager, he coordinates the development and delivery of unique, expert trainings that enable nonprofit staff and board members to enhance their financial management skills, implement best practices, and engage in strategic thinking. He graduated from St. Thomas and holds a master of public policy degree from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Michael serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota and on the board of directors of PRG, Inc., a nonprofit community development corporation.

Jeannie FoxJeannie Fox is the deputy director of public policy at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and has spent over a decade working in nonprofit and government direct service organizations. Jeannie’s experience ranges from developing and supervising psychiatric crisis residential services, running a domestic violence shelter, and as the clinical supervisor of a large city/county alcohol and drug services unit. These experiences greatly informed her later work as a nonprofit administrator and policy director. In her current role at MCN, Jeannie is responsible for direct and grassroots lobbying and advocacy efforts on behalf of the nonprofit sector in Minnesota. She is a frequent speaker and trainer for various nonprofits looking to increase their advocacy and civic engagement work. Jeannie has developed extensive training curricula for MCN-sponsored training series in Minnesota, as well as custom policy institutes in various states, including Michigan, Illinois and Florida. Jeannie has recently been named a training fellow for the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest based in Washington, D.C. She is adjunct faculty for the University of Minnesota-Duluth master’s program in advocacy and political leadership and the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. She also serves on steering committees, public policy advisory councils and boards of directors of numerous nonprofit organizations. Jeannie has a B.A. from South Dakota State University, a master’s in agency counseling from the University of North Texas, and a Mini-M.B.A. for Nonprofit Organizations from the University of St. Thomas.

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