8 - 9 a.m. - Registration, Breakfast, and Networking
9 - 9:30 a.m. - Opening Remarks
During the morning session, you'll have the opportunity to grab a cup of coffee while getting to know other nonprofit leaders, staff, volunteers, and allies who are gathered in the room. Throughout the opening remarks, we'll highlight strengths of Southwest Minnesota, as well as set the tone for the rest of the day.
9:30 - 10:20 a.m. - Round I Breakout Sessions
Grantwriting 102: More Than the Basics, but Some of the Basics, Too
Whether you are an accidental grantwriter or a seasoned professional looking for the next great idea, this session is for you. Through this session you will hear about why grantwriting, and specifically foundation funding, matters to nonprofits in Minnesota; learn to identify crucial information sources for the latest news on grantmaking foundations and how it impacts your work; practice cutting-edge prospecting strategies using MOVES management (borrowed from the individual giving crowd); and walk away with a few ideas for technology resources to improve your grantseeking process.
Andrea Sanow, communications manager, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Volunteer Re-Vamp! New Approaches to Volunteerism
Volunteer Re-Vamp explores new approaches for small to mid-size nonprofits on everything from recruitment to engagement to retention of volunteers. The speaker uses her past 20 years of nonprofit experience and Minnesota volunteer statistical analysis to help nonprofit leaders create a more effective, less labor intensive way to build a volunteer staff that is committed to your cause and willing to help your nonprofit grow in ways you never would have imagined. This workshop will break down the different reasons people volunteer and explores the three main types of volunteers. The session will give you ideas for standardizing policies and procedures in your nonprofit volunteer program, while being flexible enough to let your volunteers lead and take true ownership of their volunteer position and the mission and vision of your organization.
Lori Pickell-Stangel, executive director, United Way of Brown County
ACEs: What to do next?
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. Now that you have learned about what ACEs are and how they impact the community, what do you do with information? Join this panel discussion to see how ACEs can be implemented in the nonprofit sector. Working together, we can help create neighborhoods, communities, and a world in which every child can thrive.
Terri Allred, Southeast Minnesota regional coordinator, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits; Scena Dethlefs, mental health practitioner and Katherine Fitzkappes, mental health practitioner, Western Mental Health; and Tara Storts, chief operating officer, Sweetwater Revival
Peer to Peer Conversation: Marketing and Communications
Peer-to-peer conversation sessions are set up to provide an opportunity for attendees looking for an informal discussion on specific topics. Facilitators of these sessions are not experts, but serve to promote conversation in a way that brings out the expertise in the room. Join the conversation to hear from your peers, share your insights, and walk away with new connections and new ideas for nonprofit success. This session will focus on nonprofit themes around marketing and communications.
Ashley Charwood, Northwest Minnesota regional coordinator, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Denise Gochenouer, associate professor of marketing, Southwest Minnesota State University
10:20 - 10:40 a.m. - Coffee Break and Networking
10:40 - 11:30 a.m. - Round II Breakout Sessions
Nonprofit Finance Basics
Nonprofits have an obligation to act as responsible stewards in managing their financial resources. By adhering to sound accounting principles that produce reliable financial information, nonprofits can ensure fiscal responsibility and build public trust. Does your organization have the necessary internal controls, systems, and procedures to accomplish your mission in effective and efficient ways? Come learn from the MCN’s finance team on the basics and best practices of nonprofit accounting and budgeting.
Yohannes Ghebru, finance director and Nonoko Sato, associate director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Collaborations to Mergers: Leveraging Partnerships for Creative Sustainability
Nonprofits are constantly challenged to serve their mission and expand resources; resources that are hard to come by when competing with every other nonprofit in the world. Viewing these competitors as partners in creative collaboration can be a game changer. However, while combining efforts with other nonprofits can pay big dividends these alliances can be hard to organize and manage. Let’s face it, nonprofit leaders can be fiercely independent. In this session participants will learn about successful projects, how to approach alliances of various types, and to be ready to consider the possibilities.
Louise Dickmeyer, executive director, Southern Minnesota Children’s Museum
An Aging Population: Responding to Demographic Trends in Southwest Minnesota
We are having an explosion of numbers in our aging population. Estimates show an increase in our area from 55,000 to 70,000 by 2030 - only 10 years away! What are we in the nonprofit world going to do about it? How can we creatively adapt to meet the changing needs of this population? Join our panel discussion to begin the conversation as we talk about our strengths and opportunities as nonprofits caring for this special group of people.
Karen Koeder, associate director, CREST; Jamie Lanners, community coordinator, Marshall Area Dementia Awareness Network; and Laura Thomas, Age Friendly Communities coordinator, Prairie Five Community Action
Peer to Peer Conversation: Creating an Inclusive Workplace Culture
Peer-to-peer conversation sessions are setup to provide an opportunity for attendees looking for an informal discussion on specific topics. Facilitators of these sessions are not experts, but serve to promote conversation in a way that brings out the expertise in the room. Join the conversation to hear from your peers, share your insights, and walk away with new connections and new ideas for nonprofit success. This session will focus on nonprofit themes around creating an inclusive workplace culture.
Michelle Chang, policy and equity coordinator and Andrea Sanow, communications manager, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch and Keynote Panel
Emerging Leaders Panel
Join our keynote panel of emerging leaders from across Southwest Minnesota. All come from different walks of life, and represent the diversity of our great region. The role of the panel is to explore current realities and trends of leadership in the local nonprofit sector.
Panelist information forthcoming.
1:30 - 2:20 p.m. - Round III Breakout Sessions
Come to your Census, there’s still time!
There’s still time to do something to get your community counted in the census. In this session, you’ll learn what nonprofits are doing already and receive resources to get you started on promoting census participation. This is a great refresher on census 101 and an opportunity to meet with other nonprofit leaders doing census work in Greater Minnesota. Let’s work together to get out the count in 2020!
Michelle Chang, policy and equity coordinator, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Board Governance in a Rural Setting
Running a nonprofit organization in a rural region is very different from what our colleagues do in metro regions. Nonprofits in rural areas do not need a give-get-or-get off approach, but need a more engaged board who can support fundraising and management. How do you go about building a successful board that can be a partner with you as the executive? How can you find board members who will be active members as well as support your mission? We will find answers to these questions, as well as why rural nonprofits need to find a different board members than what nonprofits need in larger metro regions.
Jim Smalley, assistant professor of social work, Southwest Minnesota State University
Outreach and Inclusion Strategies
Are the demographics of your community changing? If so, you are not alone. In this session, we will be discussing outreach and inclusion strategies designed to engage racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse people in programs and leadership opportunities. This is exciting work and we want to encourage you on the path toward building new relationships and social capital in your community!
Sharon Johnson, community education director and Adry Stafford, bilingual parent liaison, Worthington Public Schools
Peer to Peer Conversation: Fundraising
Peer-to-peer conversation sessions are setup to provide an opportunity for attendees looking for an informal discussion on specific topics. Facilitators of these sessions are not experts, but serve to promote conversation in a way that brings out the expertise in the room. Join the conversation to hear from your peers, share your insights, and walk away with new connections and new ideas for nonprofit success. This session will focus on nonprofit themes around fundraising.
Ron Skjong, committee member, MCN Southwest advisory committee and Nancy Straw, retired nonprofit professional
2:20 - 2:40 p.m. - Afternoon Break
2:40 - 3:30 p.m. - Round III Breakout Sessions
Increasing the Diversity of Boards: Recruitment and Retention
Nonprofits should strive to have board members who are representative of the organization’s constituents. To be open to new viewpoints, boards should seek out new potential board members from outside the organization’s traditional circles. How can organizations prepare themselves for welcoming a diversity of viewpoints? The panel will discuss their experience recruiting and including new board members who are representative of the community being served. Ashley Charwood, Northwest Minnesota regional coordinator and Nonoko Sato, associate director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
How to Collaborate Effectively Using Google Drive
Google Drive is a cloud storage and sync service. It also includes a suite of online applications like Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and more. This session will showcase how use these applications to collaborate effectively with your co-workers, clients, and vendors. Topics for this session will include how to use some of these applications and how to store, sync, and share your work files with google drive.
Ben Nwachukwu, information technology specialist, Southwest Minnesota State University
Building Empathy and Understanding for the Economically Disadvantaged
This impactful presentation gives participants a taste of what it feels like to live in poverty. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone who works with low-income people or who simply want to build greater empathy within their community.
Debi Brandt, interim executive director and Angela Larsen, family services director, United Community Action Partnership
Peer to Peer Conversation: Self-Care
Peer-to-peer conversation sessions are setup to provide an opportunity for attendees looking for an informal discussion on specific topics. Facilitators of these sessions are not experts, but serve to promote conversation in a way that brings out the expertise in the room. Join the conversation to hear from your peers, share your insights, and walk away with new connections and new ideas for nonprofit success. This session will focus on nonprofit themes around self-care.
Terri Allred, Southeast Minnesota regional coordinator, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Samantha Nelson, founder, Sweetwater Revivial
3:45 - 4:30 p.m. - Closing Keynote
Love Thy Neighbor
A powerful true story about a Muslim doctor's service to small-town America and the hope of overcoming our country's climate of hostility and fear. He had left a good job in a leadership position at a successful hospital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in order to practice medicine in a rural, underserved area. In this keynote talk based on his book Love Thy Neighbor, Ayaz Virji relates this story in a gripping, unforgettable narrative that shows the human consequences of our toxic politics, the power of faith and personal conviction, and the potential for a renewal of understanding in America's heartland.