2021 Nonprofit Finance & Sustainability Conference

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How will you sustain your nonprofit and envision new ways to thrive in times of change?

As nonprofits navigate challenges impacting sustainability, daily operations, staff security and physical and mental health, and more, there is no better time to come together to generate ideas, share resources, and strategize for shaping an abundant future.

Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Propel Nonprofits for the 2021 Nonprofit Finance & Sustainability Conference — offered as a two-day virtual format — to learn how to proactively respond to the changes and trends impacting Minnesota’s nonprofit sector. You'll have a chance to hone your skills around data security, accounting, business modeling, and fiscal leadership. The foundation will be laid for you to expand your ability to manage through crisis, lead with influence, find opportunity in change, align investments with values, and center racial equity in nonprofit finance. 

Highlights include:

  • Six breakout periods over two days, with each period offering three session options
  • April 20 Plenary Collectively Transforming Finance and Human Resources with Grace and Rigor with Marvin Webb of Funders for LGBTQ Issues
  • April 27 Plenary Keynote Panel with Propel Nonprofits, Nonprofit Quarterly, and the Financial Management Association
  • Wellness offerings
  • Facilitated networking led by conference sponsors
  • Recordings of most sessions after the conference
  • Exhibition Hall  
Together, we will understand how financial leadership can center people and vision and lead to organizational vitality and sustainability and mission achievement, particularly in times of transition and rebuilding.

2021 Nonprofit Finance and
Sustainability Conference

Tuesday, April 20
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 27
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hosted by:
Propel Nonprofits

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Sponsored by:
Bremer Bank - new logo


April 20 Keynote

Collectively Transforming Finance and Human Resources with Grace and Rigor 

Marvin Webb, senior vice president of finance and administration, Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Imagine working with all team members across the organization to build an improved personnel manual. The human resources team creates the survey and collects the data. All employees analyze the information and crowdsource the benefit improvements resulting in an enhanced personnel manual that is staff-driven meeting financial constraints.

Imagine working with all employees across the organization to build a better understanding of financial reporting. The finance team guides staff learning and development in financial education. Knowledge improvements result in more employee conversations around financial analysis.

Strategic finance reaches beyond routine Financial Accounting Standards Board updates, 990s, audits, and reporting. Strategic human resources reaches beyond routine HR compliance, onboarding, total compensation, and performance reviews. Coupled together, they can form a powerhouse creating a competitive advantage within any organization.

In this unprecedented time, finance and human resources professionals have added value like never before—navigating the racial justice uprising, the pandemic, personal protective equipment, and the Paycheck Protection Program. How do we maintain this moving forward? How do we use grace and rigor at this moment?

To enrich your added value, let’s review and discuss how your learning communities, learning stacks, and data demographics can transform your finance and human resources work into strategic partners within your organizations using grace and rigor.

FSC April 27 Plenary Session Presenters

April 27 Plenary Panel

What’s Trending in Nonprofit Finance

Financial Management Association, Nonprofit Quarterly, and Propel Nonprofits

Get a peek into what these leaders talk about when they get together to dig into the financial picture for nonprofits and imagine what’s possible. By using an interactive platform, attendees will be able to guide their discussion. Get their takes on your nerdiest, always-wanted-to-ask questions and hear their vision for the future of the sector.


Kate Barr, president and CEO, Propel Nonprofits
Ruth McCambridge, editor emerita, Nonprofit Quarterly
Hilda Polanco, founder and CEO, Financial Management Association 


Jeanne Bell, director of practice advancement, Nonprofit Quarterly

Overall Conference Learning Objectives

Attendees of the 2021 Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference will be able to:

  • Better understand issues of nonprofit finance including financial compliance, investing, budgeting, audits, internal controls, and more.
  • Better understand themes of nonprofit sustainability including nonprofit capitalization, entrepreneurship, finding the right revenue mix, and nonprofit excellence.
  • Gain insight into the relationship between finances and nonprofit leadership – from the point of view of the board, executive, senior leadership, and finance director. 

Abdo Eick & Meyers

Continuing Professional Education Credits Available

Through the generous support of Abdo, Eick & Meyers, attendees of the 2021 Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference will have access to Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. More details to come.

Conference Planning Committee

  • Keven Ambrus – Propel Nonprofits
  • Elizabeth Appel – Propel Nonprofits
  • Kate Barr – Propel Nonprofits
  • Jill Baum - Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps
  • Shauna Dee – Forecast Public Art
  • Renay Dossman - Neighborhood Development Center
  • Courtney Gerber - Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Yohannes Ghebru – Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Rebecca Luxenberg - Borealis Philanthropy
  • Michael Nguyen - Coalition of Asian Leaders
  • Glyn Northington - Propel Nonprofits
  • Jon Pratt – Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Felicia Ring - Eastside Neighborhood Services
  • Nonoko Sato – Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Lois Schmidt – Project Turnabout