8 - 8:30 a.m. - Registration, Breakfast, and Networking
8:30 - 9:15 a.m. - Opening Remarks and Inspiration
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. Through a networking activity, you'll talk with others and share inspiration. Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, this session will give you a chance to remember why you're committed to the nonprofit sector -- and walk away feeling refreshed.
9:15 - 9:30 a.m. - Coffee Break and Networking
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Round I Breakout Sessions
Getting the Most from Your Organization’s Form 990
Form 990 is a public document available to anyone on www.guidestar.org. There are 56,319 nonprofit organizations in Minnesota listed on Guidestar. That is a lot of organizations competing for limited grants and contributions. The 990 is an important resource providing people an inside look into our organizations. This session will offer tips for preparing your 990 to tell your story well and to make a more compelling case to support your organization.
Steve Anseth, partner, Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP
Nonprofit Peer-to-Peer Check-In: Advocacy, Policy, & Government Relations
Nonprofit peer-to-peer check-in sessions are setup to provide an opportunity for attendees looking for informal small group discussions centered around specific topics. Facilitators of these sessions have a track record of success in the content area’s focus. 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 advocacy, policy, and government relations.
Michelle Chang, policy and equity coordinator and Joe Pederson, West Central Minnesota regional coordinator, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Partnering with Local and Regional Media Sources
Working with the media can be a great opportunity or a daunting task. Join this panel to learn how to best share your message with local and regional media sources to spread your organization’s successes and needs. This session will provide valuable tips and potential pitfalls when working with the media partners.
Greg Grell, producer/writer, WDSE/WRPT TV; Kevin Jacobsen, news director, KBJR 6; and Danielle Kaeding, reporter, Superior Bureau of Wisconsin Public Radio
Strategies for Assessing and Communicating Equity in Rural Organizations
Questions about diversity, equity, and inclusion on grant applications can set us back on our heels. How do we answer if our communities are 2%, 5%, or 15% people of color? Are we diverse enough to receive funding? Is it even worth applying? YES! Funders and grant-makers are looking for partners that are building intentional organizations that reflect their communities. Join us for a dynamic conversation focused on rethinking how nonprofits in the Arrowhead and Twin Ports communicate facets of diversity by answering: “who are we?," “who is our community?” and “how do we grow into ourselves?” The presenter will share insight from grantmakers to help you submit stronger grant applications, build confidence in understanding and articulating existing organizational diversity, and identify tools for setting goals that reflect the individuals and community you serve.
DeeDee LeMier, engagement and outreach manager, Charities Review Council
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. - Coffee Break and Networking
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. - Round II Breakout Sessions
Earned Revenue: The Business of Sustainability
As the fundraising environment continues to evolve, many organizations are looking to diversify the income streams that support our important work. In this session, we will examine models for earning income from the services and expertise of our nonprofits to create new, sustainable sources of revenue.
Cameron Kruger, president/CEO, Duluth Children's Museum and founder, Horizon Nonprofit Solutions and Katherine LaFleur, operations director, Duluth Sister Cities International
Nonprofit Peer-to-Peer Check-In: Marketing and Communications
Nonprofit peer-to-peer check-in sessions are setup to provide an opportunity for attendees looking for informal small group discussions centered around specific topics. Facilitators of these sessions have a track record of success in the content area’s focus. 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.
Karl Johnson, Central Minnesota regional coordinator and Bradley Wolfe, South Central / Southwest Minnesota regional coordinator, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Optimism and Innovation from Rural Minnesota
Rural communities have a strong place in our country’s collective consciousness. And the stories rural Minnesotans hear do not always resonate with their own histories of optimism, resilience and innovation. Join this session to hear results from the Blandin Foundation’s Rural Pulse, one of the nation’s longest running surveys of the perceptions and priorities of rural people. In the context of evolving rural realities, you will learn about principles that guide working effectively in small towns. Walk away with specific best practices on effective, sustainable engagement in rural areas.
Allison Ahcan, director of communications, Blandin Foundation
Winners Take All: Challenging the Status Quo
If you could sit down and ask a funder or elected official for something that would truly change the game, what would you ask for? In this workshop we will continue a conversation sparked with Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas. Using a Liberating Structure, we’ll discuss key factors that make our work necessary and practice challenging the status quo by asking the powerful for what we really need to satisfy our missions and affect lasting change in our communities.
Daryl K.Yankee, director of operations, Animal Allies Humane Society
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Lunch and Keynote Panel
The Vital Role of Nonprofits in Resilient Communities
Join this conversation with a diverse range of local community leaders. Together, we will consider how to work for the common good across boundaries. We'll dig into our aspirations for cross-sector collaboration, shine a light on success stories, push one another to explore challenges, and leave with a few ideas for growing more resilient communities.
Jason Metsa, assistant commissioner, Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board; Beth Olson, county commissioner, St. Louis County; Chris Swanson, mayor, Two Harbors, Minnesota; and Renee VanNett, city councilor, Duluth, Minnesota
1 - 2:15 p.m. - Open Spaces
Holding Space for Leaders, Organizations, and Communities
What does it mean to "hold space" for leaders and the organizations and communities they are working for? Join this interactive session as we explore ways to encourage participatory leadership. We'll learn how to hold space with individual leaders, how to design programs that hold space for participants, and how to build organizational plans that hold space for the communities served.
Amy Brugh, principal consultant, Amy Brugh Consulting and Lorie Alveshere Sommer, certified coach, Go There Coaching
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. - Dessert Break & Networking
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Round III Breakout Sessions
7 Tips for Successful Change Leadership
Being a leader of organizational change, culture change, or individual change can sometimes be a painful process. We've all experienced it. Sometimes it feels painful because the change is abrupt and unplanned. Sometimes, because the revenue is prioritized over the people. And sometimes, because we feel a loss as a result of the change. It doesn't need to be this way. As leaders of change, we can take the time to make change less painful and more productive. This workshop will highlight how stakeholder engagement and a basic understanding of neuroscience can make change easier and more successful. When people are involved in the change process, they feel less of a threat, more clarity, and less resistance. Join this session to increase your ability to lead productive change.
Laurie Berner, executive director, ARC Northland and Paul Masiarchin, program director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Greater MN Counts: The Nonprofit Role for the 2020 Census
Nonprofits have a vital role in the 2020 census and now is the time to get ready. In this session, participants will learn why nonprofits have an essential role in achieving a complete count of all Minnesotans. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the census, tools to support their work, and a menu of actions for 2019-2020. After this energetic and interactive session, participants will have a better understanding of why the census is so important to nonprofits, challenges to the 2020 census, and how nonprofits can use their resources to get out the count. All of us depend on a fair and accurate count so come and learn how to join the census 2020 education and mobilization effort.
Marcia Avner, MCN senior fellow and principal, Avner Consulting and Michelle Chang, policy and equity coordinator, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Nonprofit Peer-to-Peer Check-In: Grantwriting and Fundraising
Nonprofit peer-to-peer check-in sessions are setup to provide an opportunity for attendees looking for informal small group discussions centered around specific topics. Facilitators of these sessions have a track record of success in the content area’s focus. 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 generating revenue, grantwriting, and fundraising.
Ashley Charwood, Northwest Minnesota regional coordinator and Nonoko Sato, associate director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Staying Centered and Resilient
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of everyday work life, it is easy to lose sight of the big picture. Attend this session to be reminded of tips and tricks for mindfulness and stress management in the work place. Presenters will lead a guided facilitation and share best practices for self-care in the workplace.
Terri Allred, Southeast Minnesota regional coordinator, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Social Hour
Please join us after the conference to mingle with friends new and old, enjoy a light snack, and commit to your "next steps" for turning the day's learning into future action.