Nonprofit Communicators Workshop: How Do I Turn Words into Action? Stories from the Field

Date: Nov 7, 2017
Time: 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Wilder Center
451 Lexington Pkwy. N., St. Paul

Fee: $45 for MCN/IABC members / $65 for nonmembers Register Now!

Fundraising needs are constantly changing as organizations respond to new technology, funding cuts, social activism, changing demographics, and other challenges. In this session we will hear from a diverse group of nonprofit leaders, and learn how they adapted their fundraising strategies in response to unexpected challenges. You will come away with tools to evaluate your organization’s readiness to respond to change and upheaval, plus new strategies to help you develop a plan to ensure fundraising success -- no matter what looms on the horizon.

This workshop is part of the 2017 Nonprofit Communicator Workshop Series, Is This Thing On? Amplifying your Message.

To achieve your mission, you need your messages to be heard. But the information you send out travels in many directions. How can you shape and curate your content for the multitude of stakeholders you’d like to reach? Are your communications methods current? Are they effective in achieving your goals and meeting your audience’s needs? Your communication mediums carry your message, so making sure they’re turned on–and up–is key.

Is This Thing On? Amplifying your Message, the 2017 Nonprofit Communicators Workshop Series, aims to help you extend your communications range while engaging current and future supporters. This series of four workshops, presented by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the Minnesota chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, will explore ways to expand beyond your existing audiences to move your mission forward.

Series Workshops

How Do I #Tweet This? Messaging for Multiple Platforms, October 31
How Do I Turn Words into Action? Stories from the Field, November 7
What’s Trending in Social Media? Get Heckin’ Active, November 21
What Should We Expect from a Web Redesign? 15 Things to Know, November 28

You can register for this single session in the series by clicking on the above Register Now button, or you register for the entire series of four workshops and save up to $30! The series is $150 for all four workshops for MCN and IABC members/$240 for all four workshops for nonmembers.

Principles & Practices

This event will address the following practices:

  • EVAL 4: An organization’s measurement systems should be practical and useful to improve ongoing processes, activities and results.
  • PLAN 4: Plans should align with the organization’s mission, vision and values.
  • PLAN 7: Organizations should create plans with evaluation in mind, assessing what processes and goals they intend to use and how they will measure their successful completion.

Event Details

Food: Coffee, tea and water will be provided. Feel free to bring your own snack.

Parking: Plenty of free parking is available in the Wilder parking lot.

Transit: Plan your trip via Metro Transit.

About the Presenters

Joan Humphrey LinckJoan Humphrey Linck is the director of strategic development at COMPAS. She works with corporations, foundations and government agencies to develop long-term partnerships that bring together the strengths of each party. Since 2010 she has worked across communities to secure fiscal support for COMPAS to fulfill its mission through creative programs. She is also a playwright and stage manager for local youth theater and serves on the board of directors at Ally People Solutions. Joan has a B.A. in philosophy from Wellesley College and an M.S. in computer science from the University of Minnesota.

Cori MattkeCori Mattke is the membership & operations director at Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. As a native Minnesotan who also spent time in the West, Cori has a deep love for wilderness and connecting people to the outdoors. She is passionate about creative conservation and exploring the intersection between ecology, human communities and environmental initiatives. She has a degree from Northland College in environmental studies.


Courtney PojaCourtney Poja is the director of advancement at Cornerstone, a nonprofit that works to end domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking through community outreach, crisis response and long-term stabilization. Prior to rejoining Cornerstone in 2015, Courtney served as an associate development officer at the University of Minnesota Law School. She received a B.A. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. Courtney is a member of the Charities Review Council’s board of directors and is chair of their Governance Committee.

Nonprofit Communicators Workshops Series Planning Committee

Juliana Anderson Wilkins, COMPAS; Karina Carlson, University of Minnesota Foundation; Sarah Crumrine, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits; Madeline Graham, Significant Digits; Annette Hanley, Minnesota State Bar Association; Shannon McCarville, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits; Laura Mortenson Minnesota Budget Project; Mónica Nadal, Pollen; Alyssa Scott, jabber logic; Brooke Thomson, Annex Teen Clinic; Hannah VanSant-Ouellette, MCN AmeriCorps VISTA; Amy Wartick, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota; and Austin Wiebe, CLUES

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