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About the Conference

Your nonprofit works hard – providing services, working in communities, raising funds, coordinating volunteers, and managing finances and daily operations. Nonprofit Essentials provides a back-to-basics overview of the many management topics essential to nonprofits, and re-focuses staff on the core elements of working and managing nonprofit organizations. This day-long conference will provide you with training to help your organization work smarter!

At this conference, you will find valuable information through an insightful keynote presentation, 20 skill-building breakout sessions and opportunities to build networks with your peers.

You will learn practical tools and information about: fundraising, communications, finance, HR, programs, management, leadership, governance, and more!

Keynote Presentation

Social Innovation and Changemaking
Dr. Adam Kay, associate professor of biology, director of Social Innovation, University of St. Thomas

The University of St. Thomas was recently designated as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus because of its transformative potential to integrate social innovation into all aspects of higher education. A Changemaker Campus is a community of leaders and institutions who work collectively to make social innovation and changemaking the new norm in higher education and beyond. In this talk, Adam will discuss our potential as educators and nonprofit staff or volunteers to help create positive change in our communities. This conversation will spur ideas and opportunities for participants to engage with changemaking activities, and to join and support our collective work to advance the common good. 

Adam KayDr. Adam Kay is associate professor of biology, director of Social Innovation and an Ashoka Change Leader the University of St. Thomas (UST). His research focuses on the biology of urban agriculture, urban ecology and urban food insecurity. He founded the UST Stewardship Garden, an on-campus site integrating urban agriculture research and community service, co-developed the Urban Flower Field, an art-science hybrid project that received a Twin Cities “Great Places Award” in 2014, and co-founded BrightSide Produce, a sustainable, youth-led social enterprise that distributes fresh produce to urban corner stores.

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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