Nonprofits Talking Taxes

Date: Apr 25, 2019
Time: 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM

Saint Mary’s University Center
2540 Park Ave., Minneapolis

Fee: $35 for MCN members / $65 for nonmembers Register Now!

Understanding the Role of Taxes in Promoting the Common Good

If you can’t spend the whole day with Kim Klein at Fundraising for the Long Haul, join MCN for this afternoon session.

Public schools are receiving mega gifts from individuals. Public parks are reliant on corporate funding. Public health clinics are desperately seeking major gifts. What is wrong with this picture?

Our country, and our nonprofit sector, have lost sight of the need for public services to be provided by the PUBLIC through taxes. The bottom line is that without significant restoration of government revenue, there is not enough money to do the work that communities count on nonprofits to do.

In this fast paced workshop, you will learn how your communities’ tax structure is a mirror of community values, why nonprofits have a stake in creating fair and just tax policy, and you will realize that anyone can understand the basics of tax policy.

Nonprofits Talking Taxes is an effort to engage the staff of our nation’s nonprofits – which are 10% of the workforce – in conversation about what taxes should pay for and what private sources should pay for. We must express those opinions more clearly.

By working cross sector instead of issue by issue, we can exercise our aggregate clout with lawmakers and at the ballot box to create communities which reflect the values of the common good.

If you have ever thought:

  • I can’t understand tax policy;
  • I don’t know how to choose what kind of taxes are fair or not fair;
  • I don’t know what this has to do with my work at my nonprofit;

- then this workshop is for you.

Fun, interesting, and easy to understand – you will be amazed at how effective you and your nonprofit can be without adding significantly to your workload.

Comments about Kim from last year’s workshop:

 “It had been a while since I attended any kind of workshop, and I am so glad I was able to attend this one. Kim Klein was excellent and I appreciated the mix of workshop/interactive activities, as well as her use of humor to deliver the information. I also liked the opportunity to ask questions throughout the day.”

“Kim is so plain speaking. Loved her.”

“Kim made so many valid and useful points. I liked that she made examples of ‘how to’ from audience questions. Enjoyed her humor and presentation style. Very ‘edutainmenty’. The very next morning I implemented something I had learned from the session. Today again there's another way I can apply my learning. Priceless! Thank you!”

Principles & Practices

In an effort to support nonprofits in fulfilling their missions, this workshop will help to focus your work on the following practices:

  • FUND 15: A nonprofit should plan its communications to tell the story of the organization and maintain consistent, mission-focused and timely communication with donors.
  • LEAD 9: Leaders should actively communicate how the organization’s activities produce the intended change in the community and inspire others to affect that change through fundraising, advocacy and programming.

Event Details

Refreshments: Beverages will be provided. Feel free to bring a snack.

Travel: Directions to Saint Mary’s University Center, including driving and transit options, are available on SMU's website.

Parking: SMU's University Center has a free parking lot. Free parking is also available on surrounding city streets. Additional paid parking is available at the Phillips Eye Institute (2 blocks away). Please plan plenty of time to arrive, park and walk to University Center.

About the Presenter

Kim KleinKim Klein is an internationally known trainer, speaker and author, well known for her ability to deliver information in a practical, down-to-earth and humorous way. She has a wide range of nonprofit experience, having worked as staff and as a volunteer and a board member.

Kim is the author of five books, including Reliable Fundraising in Unreliable Times, which won the McAdam Book Award. Her classic text, Fundraising for Social Change, now in its seventh edition, is widely used in the field and in university degree programs. Her other books include Fundraising for the Long Haul, Ask and You Shall Receive, and Fundraising in Times of Crisis. She is the series editor of the Kim Klein Fundraising Series at Jossey Bass Publishers. 

She was a member of the Building Movement Project where she worked on a project called Nonprofits Talking Taxes. Kim is a fellow with On the Commons and blogs. She has provided training and consultation in all 50 United States, five Canadian provinces and 21 other countries. She is a lecturer at the School of Social Welfare at the University of California - Berkeley, and has served as guest faculty at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Concordia University in Montreal. Kim co-founded the Grassroots Fundraising Journal in 1981 and was its publisher for 25 years.

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