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9:45 - 11:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions I

Identifying Foundation and Corporate Grant Prospects
So many funding sources and so little time, so how do you know if a funder is a good fit for what your nonprofit does? Are there other foundations that should be added to your list? In this session, you'll learn how to focus your search by screening a foundation's guidelines and process, when and how to contact its staff, and find out who else receives its money.
Kari Aanestad, development manager and Jon Pratt, executive director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Diversity and Inclusion in Your Organization
How do you take the buzz out of one of the most talked about topics in the country? Well, you don’t! You put it into action and practice. Together we'll explore opportunities to create inclusive spaces within organizations where everyone matters and have a safe place to ask uncomfortable questions.
Jesse Ross, policy associate and Ron McKinley philanthropy fellow, The Minneapolis Foundation

Cost Effective Evaluation
Informing your stakeholders about the good work you do is more than counting activities and storytelling. Meaningful output and outcome data are important to governance, fundraising and program management. In this session we’ll consider data gathering, analysis, and using evaluation information to improve your organization’s performance.
Reid A. Zimmerman, principal, RAZimmerman Consulting

The Twelve Golden Rules of Nonprofit Finance 
Nonprofit financial health can seem like an elusive, nuanced and subjective judgment call. But when you break it all down, it boils down to 12 Golden Rules of nonprofit finance that help keep your organization healthy. From budgeting to operating reserves, if you follow these rules, you’ll be on your way to a better understanding of nonprofit financial health. This session is a great introduction for those who are new to nonprofit finance. 
Curt Klotz, finance director, Nonprofits Assistance Fund

Board Basics - From the Organization's Perspective 
Nonprofit board members have several important roles and responsibilities, and this session is designed for staff supporting a board. This session will delve into basic board responsibilities and the role the nonprofit organization has in ensuring these are fulfilled and optimized. You will also have the chance to apply what you learn through a case study discussion.
Jennifer Kramm, strategic services consultant, MAP for Nonprofits

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions II

Grantwriting: Getting the Most Out of Your Grant Proposal
Whether you are writing your first grant proposal or need a quick refresher, this session will cover how to make the most out of each section of a grant proposal, using the Minnesota Common Grant Application format as a guide. Common questions will be addressed such as what kind of data you need to support your case, how to include a lot of information within the specified page (or character) limits, and how to present information in different formats to make it interesting to the reader. Common proposal weaknesses and how you can avoid them will also be discussed.
Kari Aanestad, development manager, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Personal Storytelling: Preparing Your Advocates for Success
Personal stories and experiences—spoken passionately and powerfully—can be invaluable in demonstrating your organization’s value, significance and impact. But how do you prepare your advocates and champions to tell their stories confidently and authentically so they can help raise awareness, attract support, engage the media or influence legislators? This session is for nonprofit professionals who rely on and support individuals who are sharing their personal stories in presentations or media interactions. Through lecture, group discussion, worksheets and exercises, attendees will be introduced to the Whole Advocate framework of support, learn when personal stories work, and review best practices from nonprofits large and small. 
John Capecci, owner, Capecci Communications

The New Demands on Your Organizations Talent 
The new generation of employees entering the workforce has grown up in a world of constant change and innovation. Employees want to learn continuously and expect that their employers value and nurture their potential. The global, mobile transient nature of this new workforce makes it easy for employees to jump ship for organizations that offer more growth and development opportunities. To become the kind of employer that attracts and retains talent, organizations need to create a learning culture.
Cassie Breeggemann, business, career & empowerment coach and president, Contagious Connections

Recruiting, Retaining and Rewarding Your Volunteers 
When working with volunteers, the "Three R’s” – recruiting, rewarding, and retaining – are vital to your mission. In this session you will hear strategies for each “R” as they relate to your organization’s volunteers, plus review other essential components in volunteer program structure. You will leave with specific tactics that other organizations have found successful.
Katie Walsh, program director, HandsOn Twin Cities

Nonprofit Lifecycles: the Dynamics of Surviving Organizational Development
This session will be devoted to discussion about the life cycle most nonprofits commonly go through. We’ll look at the different stages in the cycle, and examine how programs, management, staffing and key administrative functions manifest in each stage. Then, we’ll examine some of the challenges and opportunities in each stage, to help people working in nonprofits better understand their key roles and contributions to organizational success.
Margie Siegel, director, Center for Nonprofit Management, Schulze School of Entrepreneurship

1:45 - 3:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions III

Nonprofit Conflict Communication Skills
True or false: Nonprofits don’t have conflict. Nonprofits actually have lots of conflict – interpersonal, organizational, relational, topical, ideological... The same factors that contribute to conflict in the nonprofit sector are our greatest resources for resolving workplace conflicts: Our passion for our work and our dedication to positive relationship development. In this session, we’ll explore the Conflict Triangle while learning three skills to help untangle, clarify and resolve workplace conflicts. We’ll spend time in pairs and small groups practicing new skills and forging relationships, which you can take back with you to your organizations along with your new toolkit for nonprofit conflict resolution communication.
Elise Chambers, program director, Conflict Resolution Center    

Leading From the Middle: A Networked Approach
When people think of leading from the middle, they often think about the responsibilities they have to the people above and below them in the organizational hierarchy. When we take a networked approach to leading from the middle, it changes the way we relate, influence, and learn within our organizations. At this session, we'll discuss the capabilities needed to lead from the middle of a networked world.
Stephanie Jacobs, director, Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Human Resources Basics
Often times the biggest issues with human resources in nonprofits is that you don't know what you don't know. This session will help to identify common HR issues and pitfalls including compliance, employee relations and other human resources basics. Understanding these basics are key to helping you improve your organization’s operations.
Kelly Rietow, principal, Roo Solutions

Legal Requirements and the Importance of Being Transparent
Nonprofit organizations must and should disclose information about their mission-related activities, governance policies, finances and other practices. These disclosures are made to a number of audiences, including the IRS, the Attorney General’s office, donors, and the general public. This session will include an overview of legal reporting requirements of the IRS form 990 followed by a discussion of the disclosure expectations of donors, nonprofits, other stakeholders, and the general public.
Heidi Christianson, shareholder, Nilan Johnson Lewis PA and Kris Kewitsch, executive director, Charities Review Council

Disparities & Disproportionalities: Looking Critically at Narratives of Difference
The nonprofit industry has increasingly acknowledged varied outcomes and some incongruence between its staff and its clients. In doing so, it has tended to rely on prevailing narratives of racial and cultural difference. In the interest of racial and economic justice, this session aims to change that narrative by providing an introduction to critical understandings of difference. Through systems concepts, participants will explore the source of disparities, disproportionalities, and difference itself.
Vidhya Shanker, doctoral student in evaluation studies, University of Minnesota

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions IV

Building Relationships through Social Media 
Social media is a great tool to get the word out about your programs, but that’s only the beginning. Build strong communities through social media by creating meaningful conversations online and providing relevant, consistent information. This session will give you the tools to create your own social media plan, including tools for measuring success and templates for managing it all. 
Sarah Crumrine, communications coordinator, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Broccoli & Cheese: Designing Digestible Data
Ever try getting kids to eat their vegetables? For organizations who want their supporters to consume the all-important data that measures their impact in the community, getting a supporter to process the information can often be like getting a kid to try to eat their veggies. But with great design and storytelling strategies, an organization can often serve their supporters a tasty dish that gets them all the data they need. Using examples of successful strategies from GiveMN and other organizations, this presentation will help organizations develop strategies to bring data and design together to tell an engaging story for supporters. Go beyond infographics to using compelling data across mediums and messages!
Jake Blumberg, executive director, GiveMN

Make $ Make ¢: Reading and Understanding Financial Statements
Have you ever wondered what a balance sheet or cash flow statement is, or what they're good for? In this session we will go over the balance sheet, income and expense statement, and cash flow statement to learn what these documents are, what they mean, and changes to be aware of. Be prepared to de-glaze your eyes and see the fun in financial statements!
Molly Granzow, senior accountant, Abdo, Eick, & Meyers and Becky Johnson, finance manager,
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Nonprofits as Advocates 
Minnesota and the world are a better place when nonprofits connect with and educate policy makers and tell the story of their organizations and communities. Join us to learn how advocacy can further your organization’s mission, the rules for nonprofit advocacy, and the basics of how to tell the story of your organization, it’s impact and communities in the advocacy context, which is also the fundraising, community relations, and many other contexts.
Rinal Ray, deputy public policy director and Corinna Turbes, federal policy campaign coordinator, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence
MCN’s Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence cite 133 ways that organizations can ensure stability, quality and transparency. These 133 practices are often common sense, sometimes mandated by law, and always “best practice” recommendations for nonprofit success. Learn how these practices can help you keep the passion for your work by building an excellent nonprofit.
Amy Brugh, principal consultant, Amy Brugh Consulting and Jesse Chang, VISTA program coordinator, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

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August 10, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
University of St. Thomas
1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis


Minnesota Council of Nonprofits