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Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Propel Nonprofits for the 2023 Nonprofit Finance & Sustainability Conference — offered as a two-day virtual format — to learn how to proactively respond to change and challenges in Minnesota’s nonprofit sector.

Hone your skills around accounting, employee recruiting and retention, data security, negotiating benefits, business modeling, and equitable fiscal leadership.

Attendees of the 2023 Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference will: 

  • Expand your understanding of pressing nonprofit finance and human resource issues including financial compliance, staff recruitment and retention, investing, economic equity, work-life balance, and more.

  • Understand big picture trends impacting nonprofit sustainability including business planning, inflation, the 'marketization' of nonprofits, community-led models, and finding the right revenue mix.

  • Gain insight into the relationship between finances, HR, and nonprofit leadership - from the point of view of the board, senior leadership, and finance and HR directors.

  • Dive into current work force trends with peer experts.

  • Get specific about issues facing various subsectors, such as housing, human services, the arts.

Day 1 Keynote:

When Capital Flows to Social Good for Good – Financing Nonprofits for Sustained Transformational Change 

President and CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) Aisha Benson has dedicated over 30 years to improving the ways capital flows to social good and ensuring its accessibility to community-centered organizations led by and serving people of color. As she begins her leadership with NFF, Aisha remains focused on improving the nonprofit funding system – addressing unequal distribution of wealth and power, rooting the interweaving of equity with nonprofit finance, and responding directly to what nonprofits need to support those they serve to thrive.

Join Aisha for an inspirational session that will highlight what is possible when organizations and individuals lead from core values and the immense possibility for innovation and impact when people feel welcomed, heard, valued, and accepted, or, in a word, included.

A gifted speaker, Aisha will reflect on how her lived experience led her to community development finance and what she understands as the critical next steps in ensuring nonprofits have sufficient resources to create transformational and sustainable outcomes, particularly for communities of color. 

Day 2 Plenary Panel:

Managing in a Complicated Time

The only constant is change, as all nonprofit leaders and staff know. There has been much change over the past three years with the pandemic, inflation, and labor shortages, and there is no indication that change is going to slow down. How have these multiple external pressures and headwinds impacted the finances, and the demands on financial leaders as they navigate for their staff and clients? Join Kate Barr, president and CEO of Propel Nonprofits, and a panel of nonprofit leaders to discuss some of the topics that are dominating nonprofit leaders’ waking – and in some cases sleeping – hours.

Panelists: Renay Dossman, president and CEO, Neighborhood Development Center; Theresa McCormick, executive director, The Good Acre; and Corey Smith, chief financial officer, KOOTASCA Community Action

2023 Nonprofit Finance and
Sustainability Conference

Tuesday, March 28 & Thursday, March 30
8 am - 3:30 pm
Virtual: Live & Recorded

Registration for this event is currently closed.

Plus! Mid-Conference Social Hour
Wednesday, March 29  |  5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The Parkway Theater, Minneapolis
Interested in attending? Email us!

Conference Highlights
  • 20 breakout sessions

  • Keynote: Financing Nonprofits for Sustained Transformational Change with Aisha Benson, president & CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund

  • Plenary Panel: Managing in a Complicated Time with Kate Barr, president & CEO of Propel Nonprofits

  • In-person Social Hour in Minneapolis on Wednesday, March 29 

  • Recordings of most sessions available after the conference

  • Virtual Exhibition Hall to network and meet partners that support nonprofit work

Conference Attendees

400+ nonprofit leaders including staff, board members, and volunteers. Past conference attendees include: 

  • Finance / Accounting staff 

  • Executive Directors 

  • Human Resource Specialists 

  • Management staff 

  • Board Members 

  • Fundraising / Development staff

Conference Sponsors

Bremer Bank


CPE Credit Sponsor


Thank you, Conference Planning Committee:

  • Sam Amundson, MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership
  • Emily Anderson, Arts Midwest
  • Elizabeth Appel, Propel Nonprofits
  • Courtney Gerber, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Yohannes Ghebru, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Glyn Northington, Propel Nonprofits
  • Irene Ruiz-Briseño, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
  • Jes Wysong, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Conference hosted by:

Propel Nonprofits                 MCN logo