2018 Nonprofit Essentials Conference

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Nonprofit Essentials Conference

Breakout Sessions

Round 1 Breakout Sessions: 9:45 - 11 a.m.

Cultural Self-Awareness as a Tool for Effective Change
If cultural competence is about bridging across differences that make a difference, then the work must start with a focus on self. Our identities and cultures inform our beliefs, values, assumptions and biases and thus influence the ways we think about behave when working and relating across difference. This workshop helps change agents explore their own cultural patterns and behaviors and links identity awareness to our capacity to make new and different choices to achieve equity or inclusion goals. 
Jesse Ross, policy associate and Ron McKinley philanthropy fellow, The Minneapolis Foundation

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 Andrea Sanow, GrantAdvisor coordinator, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Essentials of Supervision

This session will be an interactive experience for both new and experienced supervisors. Often, managers are left on their own to try and figure out how to implement their supervisor duties. Participants will learn about and practice several key competencies of the supervisory role (such as self-awareness and holding a difficult conversation) which allows participants to walk away from the session with tools that can be immediately used with their teams.
Lisa Negstad, principal, Negstad Consulting, LLC

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. 
Chris Vanecek, accounting & finance consultant, Propel Nonprofits

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.  
Zeeda Magnuson, consultant, HandsOn Twin Cities

Round 2 Breakout Sessions: 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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.
Steve Boland, managing partner, Next in Nonprofits

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

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.
Rebecca Lucero, public policy director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Taylor Putz, public policy advocate, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

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.
Emily Robertson, partner, Rubric Legal and Abby Wellan, Nonprofit Services & Communications Manager, Charities Review Council

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

Round 3 Breakout Sessions: 1:45 - 3 p.m.

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   

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

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.
Maryan Gaafaa, research & evaluation intern and Vidhya Shanker, research and evaluation consultant, Rainbow Research

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.
Arlene Vernon, president, HRx, Inc.

Bring Out the Best in Your Board: Tips for Effective Engagement 
Often nonprofits struggle to engage board members effectively as they move through different stages of organizational development. In this session participants will explore key board member roles and responsibilities and tips for engaging board members based on the organization’s development stage. If you are new to working with a nonprofit board or looking to join a board, this session is for you. 
Jennifer Kramm, strategic services consultant, Propel Nonprofits

Round 4 Breakout Sessions: 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

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

From A-Zuckerberg: Websites & Apps that Make Work and Life Easier 
Nonprofit work and life are as busy and hectic as ever. Are email overload, daunting documentation requirements, boring meetings and overwhelming clients (and co-workers!) driving you to the brink? Let technology help! In this fast-paced session, the presenter will share and demo websites, apps and technology hacks that will increase your productivity, efficiency and learning, and help relieve stress. 
Josh Dye, marketing manager, HousingLink and president & founder, Convene, LLC

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.  
Jesse Chang, VISTA program coordinator, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Emily Steinmetz, sponsorship and event manager, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota

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, WomenVenture

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