Round 4 Breakouts // 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Effective Hybrid Meetings: Engaging and Connecting the Roomies and the Zoomies Equally
Track: Leadership & Governance; Technology
Experience Category: Tools & Strategy
Over the past year, we’ve all learned a lot about running effective and engaging virtual meetings. But as we contemplate meetings post-pandemic, will we go back to “business as usual?” That is, will we again require that everyone attends in person, or not at all? Organizations can and should consider hosting hybrid meetings, where access to participation is increased by welcoming those who need or want to attend virtually. Effective hybrid meetings provide equal opportunity for the roomies (those attending in-person) and the zoomies (those attending virtually) to engage in the meeting, connect with other participants, and share their unique viewpoints and expertise. In this session, we will explore the technology, psychology, and strategy supporting this goal.
Sondra Reis, director of E-learning, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Re-Imagining Organizational Relationships to Improve Lives
Track: Equity & Justice; Evaluation and Programming
Experience Category: Storytelling & Idea Generation
Young Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) face barriers, in every aspect of the social determinants of health (SDOH), as part of the sustained impacts of slavery and colonial oppression. Health Access MN’s mission is to help Minnesotans apply and enroll through the MNsure Marketplace. While healthcare and access are important, it is vital for us to make sure that our clients, particularly those who are BIPOC-identifying, connect with organizations to help them address other barriers to living healthy lives. Project Legacy supports youth in overcoming hurdles exacerbated by physical and mental health issues. While the work of our individual organizations is meaningful, it is important to build relationships to provide our clients with comprehensive support for thriving. This session will address the barriers young BIPOC and other marginalized communities face and their effects on SDOH, demonstrate how two organizations have built an effective partnership, and challenge the definition of truly meaningful relationships.
Alysha Carlisle, legacy scholars program coordinator and Karen Edmonds, executive director, Project Legacy; and Loice Oduol, certified outreach and enrollment navigator, Health Access MN
Reserves – What, Why, When, and How (Much?)
Track: Track: Finance, Operations, & Human Resources
Experience Category: Tools & Strategy
Having a cash reserve fund is a goal for every nonprofit organization as a buffer for unexpected disruptions, emergencies, or delays in revenue. But there’s much more to consider, especially at a time when nonprofits need more flexibility than ever before. Whether you find yourself with more funds in the bank than expected, or holding your breath until the next payroll, understanding and planning reserve funds is timely. In this session we’ll dig into why reserves are valuable and for what purpose, the perennial question of how much, and some practical tools for managing and communications. We’ll also share case stories and research about the strategic role of reserves and capital for sustainability and impact.
Kate Barr, president & CEO, Propel Nonprofits
Towards Belonging: Overcoming Cultural Bias in the Workplace
Equity & Justice
Tools & Strategy
As more nonprofits look inward to develop individual and organizational cultural competence and DEI statements and policies, it is important to examine what this work really looks, sounds, and feels like in our daily practice. This workshop will unpack the language of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) as it applies to individual, interpersonal, and institutional levels. We will explore how our cultural biases create workplace cultures that stand in the way of our best-intentioned DEIB efforts and strategize ways to create organizational cultures of deeper equity and belonging for all.
Rebecca Slaby, executive director, AMAZEworks