2021 Annual Conference

Breakout Sessions

Plan your day based on the content most useful to your work. The variety of topics allows you and your team to map out a day that matches your professional and organizational goals.

Sessions run 60-75 minutes in length.

Quick jump to sessions on: Ocotber 14  |  October 15  |  October 28  |  October 29

Questions about registration? Visit our Session FAQ section.

Coffee Chats  //  8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Round 1 Breakouts  //  10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Cutting-Edge Strategies for Engaging Volunteers to Meet Mission

Track: Volunteerism
Experience Category: Tools & Strategy
It goes without saying that volunteerism has been drastically impacted by the pandemic. Many volunteer roles have been changed or placed on hold, and you are likely finding you need new solutions to keeping volunteers engaged while continuing to meet your organization’s mission. Attend this session to:

  • Chart a new direction for your nonprofit with nine cutting-edge strategies to help you maximize the impact of volunteers.
  • Explore how to design volunteer positions for today’s volunteers, streamline your volunteer program process, and get organizational buy-in for a culture that focuses on impact through volunteers.
  • Assess your organization’s readiness to fully engage volunteers and move your organization to a next level of volunteer engagement.
Wendy Vang-Roberts, training manager, Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement

One Nonprofit's Journey in Disability and Racial Justice

Track: Equity & Justice; Accessibility
Experience Category: Storytelling and Idea Generation
Join Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities leaders for a conversation on how they are reframing their work as “disability advocates” to shift to an intersectional lens that looks at equity and justice and systemic racism from a disability justice model, in response to a call to do better from within their own community after George Floyd’s murder. They will lead conversations on strategies to align with the disability justice movement; internal goal setting; processes for future planning to help ensure continued growth; strategies to diversify membership; and support current and future leaders. This is not a how-to conversation, but rather a glimpse at how one group started doing this work, and a time to share ideas and ask questions. We encourage the broad community to attend, not just people who already work in the disability space, as the disability justice movement is an effort for liberation that should be connected to all other justice movements. 
Maren Hulden, staff attorney, Legal Services Advocacy Project and policy committee co-chair, Alicia Munson, C.P.O., The Arc Minnesota and board co-chair, Jillian Nelson, community resource & policy advocate, Autism Society of Minnesota and Brittanie Wilson, anti-discrimination & intersectionality committee co-chairs, Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

Unpacking White Supremacy Culture in the Nonprofit Sector

Track: Equity & Justice
Experience Category: Tools & Strategy 
In this session, we will engage in shared learning [and unlearning] to identify the ways systemic racism and institutional white supremacy erode our ability to build and serve our communities authentically and effectively. We'll look at research from Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun on the characteristics of white supremacy culture and how they are embedded in the nonprofit sector. We will practice identifying how we replicate harmful systems and co-create steps to dismantle them.
Luna Allen-Bakerian, race equity & public policy strategist and Deqa Sayid, racial justice training coordinator, YWCA Minneapolis

Video as an Effective Fundraising Tool

Track: Fundraising; Marketing & Communications
Experience Category: Case Study & How-To
Hear from a nonprofit community media center and one of its partner organizations on how they co-designed and used well-produced videos for successful fundraising. As nonprofits strive to serve more urgent client needs at a time when resources are stretched, you will see examples of how adding a properly designed video to your fundraising toolbox can deliver improved results. In addition to video samples from our nonprofit partners, answers to these questions and more will be provided during this session:

  • How can video augment your virtual AND in-person events or campaigns?
  • Can you “DIY” video production that gets results?
  • What does professionally-produced video cost?
  • What is the estimated ROI?
  • How could video raise the bar to help you to achieve your fundraising goals?

Jackie Larson, public relations & development coordinator, The Phoenix Residence, Inc.; Jodie Miller, executive director and Shawn Vougeot, producer, sales, Town Square Television

Round 2 Breakouts  //  12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Investing in BIPOC Organizations: Lessons for White Funders and Partners

Track: Equity & Justice; Fundraising
Experience Category: Action & Movement Building
Minnesota communities are emerging into a “new normal” after the COVID-19 pandemic, and amid the ongoing racial justice movement that gained new momentum after the murder of George Floyd. Many white funders and nonprofits recognize they need to operationalize our sector’s collective reimagining in the wake of these world-shaping events. But how? Our session will draw on the experiences of a white funder (United Way of Olmsted County) and a Black-led nonprofit (Damascus Way Re-Entry Center) to reflect on why and how white-led organizations should invest in BIPOC-led partner agencies. We’ll discuss the principles of Transformational Capacity Building laid out in a recent article in Stanford Social Innovation Review and explore how intentional partnerships can foster transformational change for both BIPOC and white agencies, for leaders, and for our communities.
Emily Johnston, vice president of impact and engagement, United Way of Olmsted County and Tierre Webster, executive director, Damascus Way Re-Entry Center

Organizational Transition Horrors and How to Avoid Them

Track: Leadership & Governance
Experience Category: Storytelling & Idea Generation
Experienced interim executive directors will regale you with stories from their experiences in (not great) organizational change and provide guidance on how to ensure your organization is prepared for the next leadership transition. The nonprofit sector is experiencing significant change, with leadership transitions a natural and timely part of this process. You will hear funny and sometimes scary stories from seasoned interim directors on how to protect and preserve your organization’s mission, whether it is an unexpected or anticipated change. It might be your first rodeo, but it’s not ours and we’d love to share learnings and insights to keep your organization from becoming another cringe-y story. We will share practical tips on succession planning, board and leadership strategies for preparing the organization for the inevitable, and tips for staff on how to deal with the ups and downs of these changes. And we’ll have a little fun because that’s important, too.   
Melissa Martinez-Sones and Roger Meyer, co-owners, Mighty Consulting

Systems-Disrupting, Authentic, and Innovative Youth Engagement Practices
Track: Equity & Justice; Leadership & Governance
Experience Category: Tools & Strategy
How do you thoughtfully and intentionally involve youth on your board? Your programming? Your work? Over the course of the last decade, Youthprise has invested in and built systems and practices that center the voices of Indigenous, low-income, and racially diverse young people in Minnesota and beyond. We will cover topics on how to authentically incorporate young people (and pivot to respond to COVID-19, racial justice, and current events) on your board of directors, how young people can intentionally grant out over $400,000+ in their own communities, and how youth participatory research action centers youth in creating systematic changes in our communities. We are dedicated to promoting the learning, leadership, and social-emotional development of youth and seek to shift how programs engage youth in leadership and governance and share it with you!
Nadia Linoo, research manager, Neese Parker, youth engagement manager, and Aimee Vue, Youth Philanthropy Manager, Youthprise

Round 3 Breakouts  //  9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

DIY ADA Access Planning

Track: Equity & Justice; Accessibility
Experience Category: Tools & Strategy
Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can feel daunting if you’re just starting out. So many possible barriers to address! So many checklists to consult! So many webinars to attend! So little buy-in at the top of the organization! But it only takes a little time, training, and creativity to get started on this journey. The session presenter has developed a do-it-yourself approach to ADA planning that works for large and small cultural organizations, whether you’re just beginning to center inclusion for people with disabilities, or ready to level up your efforts. In this session participants will get an introduction to the DIY ADA Access Planning workbook, a tool that kickstarts the process of developing an ADA Access Plan right fitted for your organization.
Scott Artley, accessibility program director, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council

Frankenbooks, Financial Leadership, and How to Tell a Not-So-Scary Story

Track: Finance, Operations, & Human Resources 
Experience Category: Case Study & How-To
When one of the presenters became president and CEO of Northeast Youth & Family Services, she inherited something many nonprofit finance professionals are familiar with: Frankenbooks. Through the years, and with good intentions, others had compiled financial data to fit the needs of the moment creating tricky books. Join us to discuss how turning sometimes murky financial data into clear insights requires not just the generation of reliable, timely, and accurate financial reports but, a real understanding of the content and purpose of those reports as well as an analysis of trends and variances revealed by them. Tara and the Propel team will discuss what it took to go from Frankenbooks to QuickBooks, identify partners to assist in creating reports, and use financials to tell her organization’s story.
Darrell Beauford, accounting and finance consultant, Propel Nonprofits; Tara Jebens-Singh, president and CEO, Northeast Youth & Family Services; Sara Nevison, accountant and John Skillings, accounting and finance consultant, Propel Nonprofits

Navigating the Capitol as a Black, Indigenous, Advocacy Leader of Color
Track: Equity & Justice; Public Policy
Experience Category: Storytelling & Idea Generation
The Capitol is often called the “people’s house” where everyone is welcome as the building represents our country’s democracy, but the unfortunate reality is the Capitol is not welcoming and inclusive for everyone. Join Black, Indigenous, and advocacy leaders of color to share their stories navigating the Capitol – a space that is steeped in euro-centric and white dominant culture that often leads to burnout for people of color and other historically excluded identities. The goal of this conversation is to share lived experiences, explore the intersection of identities, and create a space of support and healing.
Brett Grant, policy and research director, Voices for Racial Justice; Aaliyah Hodge, president, People for PSEO; Ileana Mejia, public policy advocate, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits; and Benjamin Yawakie, co-chair Policy & Governance, We Are Still Here

Top 10 Employment Law Tips for Supervisors
Track: Leadership & Governance  
Experience Category: Tools & Strategy
Get a jump start on your supervisory skills for 2022! If you have a supervisory role at work, or aspire to move into such a role, this fast-paced session is for you. Build your confidence, your skill set, and learn how to stay out of legal hot water. Whether you are new to the supervisory role, or have years of experience, you will walk away with practical, hands-on ideas, tips, and tools.
Stacy Johnston, founder, Audacity HR

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  
Track: Equity & Justice
Experience Category: 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    

Round 5 Breakouts  //  12:30 - 1:30 p.m

Managing Productive Conflict with Colleagues and the Community 

Track: Leadership & Governance
Experience Category: Tools & Strategy  
In the “Minnesota Nice” culture, many of us stray away from direct conflict. How can we reframe disagreements into joint problem solving? This session will address how to approach difficult conversations with colleagues and how to negotiate in a cooperative manner. Attendees will also learn how to communicate disagreement competently in an intercultural environment. The session will consist of theories being presented alongside individual worksheets to map out a current conflict situation.
Bradley Wolfe, communication instructor, Ridgewater College

Power Struggles: Radical Leadership Practices for Advancing Equity  

Track: Equity & Justice; Leadership & Governance // Experience Category: Tools & Strategy; Action & Movement Building
Studies say employees are more likely to leave a supervisor than a job. This is crucial because 46% of new hires leave a company within their first year. As expectations rise for inclusive leadership and equitable workplaces, how can we create spaces where employees want to stay? As the rightful demands of the workforce are increasing, most leaders do not feel equipped to navigate critical dialogue, let alone progress an equity centered culture. Ironically, data illustrates leaders who can find their way to inclusive leadership foster teams that are more relevant, competitive, and resilient. This session will go beyond conversation about leadership styles, and explore emotional intelligence, cultural humility, and equity centered imperatives. Come to disrupt harmful white supremacy culture norms, overcome executive leadership troupes, and learn how to lean into your positional power as a tool to advance your workplace culture into the future.  
Ashley Oolman, founder and inclusion consultant, Allied Folk     

Uncovering Stories and Pitching the Media, Without a Press Release 
Track: Marketing & Communications
Experience Category: Tools & Strategy  
We often think getting media attention requires a large event and a press release, but most journalists would actually disagree. By utilizing journalism and public relations insights, this session will inspire organizations to better understand what ideas spark newsroom attention while diving into simple, actionable steps for reaching out to the media. 
Dana Hagemann, owner, CUREO Media

Coffee Chats  //  8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Round 6 Breakouts  //  9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Anti-Asian Hate and Becoming a Stronger Ally 

Track: Equity & Justice
Experience Category: Tools & Strategy // Length: 60 minutes 
In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify hate incidents, act around incidents of hate, and understand how to be in greater solidarity with Asian Americans and other people of color. Our time together will include self-reflection and small group conversations with support from the presenters.  
Zaynab Abdi, civic engagement coordinator; Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment; MJ Carpio, organizer, Filipinx for Immigrant Rights & Racial Justice MN; and Ka Oskar Ly, organizer, Coalition of Asian American Leaders 

Growing Local - Fostering Emerging Leadership in Southern MN 

Track: Equity & Justice
Experience Category: Case Study & How-To 
Southern Minnesota communities continue to diversify and cities are searching for ways to reflect that in local leadership. Considering the Center for Rural Policy Development’s recent report, “Immigrants, Refugees, and Local Government Outreach in Rural Minnesota,” creative approaches are necessary for cities to succeed in diversifying local leadership. The City of Northfield in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Extension and local Northfield organizations designed and launched the Growing Local: Northfield Emerging Leaders Program in 2020, with the vision to diversify city leadership. Since then, this partnership continues to explore ways for cities to build readiness for effective inclusion of emerging and more diverse community members. Join us in conversation around lessons from the Growing Local program and new projects on the horizon to develop creative approaches to increasing diverse community leadership where you live.  
Jennyffer Barrientos, Growing Up Healthy director, Healthy Community Initiative; Jocelyn Hernandez-Swanson and Lisa Hinz, extension educators, Leadership & Civic Engagement, University of Minnesota; and Beth Kallstad, program coordinator, City of Northfield

Rebrand with Results!

Track: Marketing & Communications
Experience Category: Tools & Strategy
Thinking about a name change or rebranding for your organization? Come to this session to do a deep dive into the costs, benefits, and strategies when rebranding your organization. How much planning should you do? Who should be a part of this process? What type of marketing goes into a rebrand? If you want to spearhead a transformative rebranding process, you don’t want to miss this workshop! The presenters have worked on multiple rebrands together, bringing new life to nonprofits.
Tiffany Beitler, principal, Cooks Bay Marketing and Christie Larson, executive director, Southern Valley Alliance

Sunsetting Your Nonprofit with Grace  

Track: Leadership & Governance 
Experience Category: Tools & Strategy; Case Study & How-To
Sunsetting can be a normal, mission-focused part of an organization’s life cycle and occurs when the work an organization set out to do has been done, capacity has been reached, or energy and resources are being directed elsewhere. Join us as we look at the strategic decisions needed in the sunsetting process – including determining the roles of the organization’s leaders and board, identifying the financial and legal logistics of sunsetting, and clarifying the decision’s impact on the organization’s staff. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from nonprofit leaders who have led in the sunsetting of their organizations – one because its mission had been met, and the other, because of the conjunction of several changes, deciding the time was right to transition its programs to others and close its organization.  
Jake Blumberg, executive director, GiveMN and former interim executive director, Project 515; Craig Dunn, former executive director, VSA Minnesota; and Amanda Ziebell Mawanda, senior strategic services consultant, Propel Nonprofits

Round 7 Breakouts  //  10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Beyond Etiquette, Towards Equity: Radical Disability Inclusion  

Track: Equity & Justice/Accessibility
Experience Category: Action & Movement Building; Tools & Strategy 
2020 has changed us, no doubt. But, what many marginalized people—including people with disabilities—are doubtful of, is whether reckonings about access and inclusion are here to stay. Even though some nonprofits are beginning to ask long-overdue questions of accessibility that start to move beyond ramps and elevators, still in 2021, even equity-minded organizations continue to lag in disability inclusion. People with disabilities make up one of the most inherently intersectional identity groups, but non-disabled people still primarily frame conversations about disability as “etiquette,” instead of “equity.” Now is our time to prove we are willing to do what it takes to focus our imagination on shifting power. Join us to move beyond basic terminology and etiquette by centering an equity and disability rights lens to address real and systemic gaps in access for people with disabilities in our nonprofits and communities more broadly.  
Ashley Oolman, founder and inclusion consultant, Allied Folk and Alli Strong-Martin, disability inclusion consultant, Lifeworks   

Building a Fundraising Infrastructure Before a Crisis 

Track: Fundraising
Experience Category: Case Study & How-To
MIGIZI's executive director will share the story of MIGIZI's building burning in the 2020 riot and how the organization's fundraising infrastructure could not handle the thousands of donations that flooded the organization in the aftermath of the fire. Lessons learned will be shared in large and small group discussions around the various external giving platforms, developing social media policies, fundraising databases that can integrate with external giving platforms, how to continue to engage one-time donors, and accounting policies, procedures, and internal controls in handle a large volume of donations at one time.  
Mary Clearly, CEO and founder, Studio501 and Kelly Drummer, president, MIGIZI  

How You Can Harness the Power of an Evaluation Culture  

Track: Evaluation & Programming
Experience Category: Tools & Strategy 
When you hear the word “evaluation,” what comes to mind? Requirements from funders? An audit? Scrambling to track down information for a report? What if you were told evaluation could be a tool to support your own work while also making your funders and higher-ups happy? In this interactive workshop you will learn how to apply simple evaluation techniques in your organization that truly support your work while giving those who want to see data what they need. The presenters will offer simple steps to integrate evaluation into your everyday work by using what you already know and are already doing to understand more about your work, do it better, and communicate your impact. These skills will not only help you gain a stronger grasp of your own work and impact but will help you translate what you learn into language that will resonate with existing funders, potential donors, and your community.   
Allison Shurilla, founder and lead consultant, AS Community Consulting

Increase Culturally Responsive Awareness When Working with Diverse Communities  
Track: Equity & Justice
Experience Category: Tools & Strategy
In this workshop we will discuss ways that nonprofit professionals can promote social equity in the workplace through Culturally Responsive Practices (CRP). This session will provide strategies for working with diverse populations as well as examine historical and current inequities in the U.S. Concepts that will be covered in this session include intersectionality, socialization, implicit bias, halo/horns effect, Funds of Knowledge, post-colonialism, institutionalized racism, cultural archetypes, and microaggressions. Furthermore, we will define and share ways to implement CRP in the workplace or classroom through the development of cultural self-awareness, appreciation, and understanding, as well as critical self-reflection. The presenters will draw upon their personal and professional experiences as both come from refugee, immigrant, BIPOC families and have years of work experience in public service, federal service, and nonprofits.  
Yixiu Chen, Learning Center manager, Literacy Minnesota    

Round 8 Breakouts  //  12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

A Story of Empathy: America Through the Eyes of a Black Man  

Track: Equity & Justice
Experience Category: Storytelling & Idea Generation
People always see the shine and not the grime. Building character is an emotional muscle that, like other muscles, must be used or it will atrophy. There is no coasting, getting over, circumventing, or manipulating our own "wilderness experience" while dealing with daily struggles to build up our character. In this workshop every word spoken by the presenter, and every experience he shares, will connect to what has made him the businessman and father that he is today. So, join him with an open mind and a valid opinion as together you discuss what it takes to be great!  
Richard McLemore II, executive director, McLemore Holdings, LLC     

Preserve-Change-Create: A Tool for Reflection  

Track: Leadership & Governance
Experience Category: Tools & Strategy // Length: 60 minutes  
Our lives have changed in the past two years. Nonprofit groups have stepped up to challenges, worked through difficult situations, and moved into a world filled with new and oftentimes uncertain ways of living, working, and being. When navigating the unknown, it can be valuable to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future to explore what might be possible. One healthy practice is to set aside time to consider what is working well and what might need to be changed. This session will be a facilitated activity using the "Preserve, Change, and Create" tool to aid reflection to identify what remains valuable and help identify what needs to be changed to make decisions and plan for the future. Participants will receive a tip sheet for using the tool with others to encourage reflection and stimulate new ways for them to embrace the future.   
Lisa Hinz and Jody Horntvedt, extension educators, Leadership & Civic Engagement, University of Minnesota Extension

Workforce Trends: Aging and Caregiving in the Workplace  

Track: Finance, Operations, & HR
Experience Category: Tools & Strategy
Minnesota’s workforce is changing. Older employees are delaying retirement longer than in the past and 75 percent of employees currently care for a child, friend, neighbor, or aging parent. These numbers are only projected to grow. Join the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, your local expert on aging, to learn about strategies and resources for embracing and adapting to these changes so your organization can thrive in the workplace of the future.  
Kelly McDonough, program developer, Minnesota River Agency on Aging®, Inc.  

Sponsor Sessions  //  8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Round 9 Breakouts  //  9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Creating Responsive Programs through Developmental Evaluation 

Track: Evaluation & Programming
Experience Category: Tools & Strategy 
As we navigate a world filled with increasing disruption, many of us are seeing the need to find new ways to address the ever-changing needs of those we serve. This session will introduce participants to developmental evaluation, an approach to evaluation that uses rapid-cycle feedback and ongoing utilization of findings to create programs that are resilient, responsive, and adaptive. The presenters will share how they utilized developmental evaluation to launch and refine an advocacy training program, including how it challenged their staff to work differently and the unexpected benefits that came from it. Session participants will leave with an understanding of this innovative approach to program creation and spend time in small groups discussing how they can apply developmental evaluation in their own work.  
Annie Krapek, CEO, Twin Cities Medical Society and Robin Phinney, president, Rise Research     

Developing Earned Revenue Streams: The Path to Organizational Self Sustainability  

Track: Finance, Operations & HR
Experience Category: Tools & Strategy
Amongst many things, this past year reminded us about the vulnerability of many nonprofits regarding connection to capital and need for revenue diversification. We believe organizations are strongest and most equitable when they control their own financial destiny. The presenters are both former Twin Cities nonprofit executive directors that have created and grown earned revenue programs within their organizations, and now advise others in such work. They presenters will encourage participants to think critically about the inherent assets and resources that lie within the nonprofits attendees work with, and how new earned revenue channels could provide broader stability for their organizations while continuing to expand and fulfill one's mission.  
Matt Ladhoff, managing partner and Greg Lais, senior manager, Access Philanthropy; and John Munger, former executive director, The Loppet Foundation     

Reducing Barriers to Justice  

Track: Equity & Justice; Technology
Experience Category: Case Study & How-To 
Civil Legal Aid is free legal assistance to the most vulnerable in our communities who have civil legal issues that impact safety, security, shelter, economic security, and more. The COVID-19 pandemic moved the legal system virtual, creating a digital divide that has disproportionately impacted the communities served by Minnesota Legal Aid. Access to the legal system and a chance at justice is only available to those who have access to technology. Come learn about the new and innovative technological initiatives of Minnesota Civil Legal Services to address these issues and provide greater access to civil legal services.  
Rachel Albertson, development and communications manager and Dori Streit, executive director, Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota

Staff Wellness Through Organizational Health  

Track: Leadership & Governance
Experience Category: Storytelling & Idea Generation
Within the nonprofit world, an emphasis on mission and mission-driven identity may sometimes lead to, and exacerbate, poor leadership and unhealthy workplace culture, which are two of the most cited reasons for undesired turnover in any workplace. These things, combined with understaffing and low wages, disillusion, and burn out good workers, many of whom will never return to the nonprofit sector. For more than 10 years, Someplace Safe has been working on building a better workplace and better client services by increasing focus on staff and team well-being. Learn where we started and where we are now. Then join us for small and large group discussions on ways all nonprofits can enhance organizational health.
Kristy Brackett, director of advocacy and Anne LaFrinier Ritchie, Safe Harbor regional navigator, Someplace Safe

Breakout Session Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How will I know what level of knowledge is needed for attending a session?
A. Unless otherwise noted, sessions are designed to hold value for people across experience levels within their career and learning path. 

Q. How will I know the main subject being addressed by a session?
A. Look for the “track” listed with each session. Some will have more than one. This will give you a sense of the main subject area of the session content. 

Q. How can I tell what kind of experience a presenter(s) is attempting to build for attendees?
A. NEW THIS YEAR, we are including “experience descriptions” to offer insight into what to expect in terms of approach, engagement, and intent.  

  • Storytelling & Idea Generation: Presenter(s) will share information through story and relaying personal experience as a means to facilitating additional ideas for ways of working and being. 

  • Tools & Strategies: Presenter(s) will share specific tools for potentially bringing to your work and/or create an environment for strategy building around issues and ideas.  

  • Action & Movement Building: Presenter(s) will demonstrate actions they have taken and/or inspire action in you as a means to advancing change in the sector.  

  • Case Study & How-To: Presenter(s) will illustrate content through a real-life example(s) and demonstrate possible ways in which participants can tap into the resources and processes shared within the example(s) given.

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