2019 Nonprofit Leadership Conference

Leadership Conference Main Graphic

Amplify Our Voice

We all have capacity to be leaders in our organizations and communities. Whether through positional leadership or through the actions we take in our everyday lives, leadership defines our work and directs the change taking place in our communities. 
Leaders of all levels and backgrounds are essential to building strong and vibrant communities. At this day-long gathering attendees will dialogue about personal and organizational change. We'll refresh our knowledge, focus on key values, recognize current trends and create a stronger community of nonprofit leaders. We'll define ways to speak up for our missions, our communities, and ourselves. We'll amplify our voice.
The Nonprofit Leadership Conference is co-hosted by the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center (PNLC) at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN).

2019 Nonprofit Leadership Conference

Thursday, June 13, 2019
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center
200 SE Oak St., Minneapolis

Hosted by:
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

MCN Logo

Jon Pratt

Conference Keynote

Self-Determination vs. Reliable Funding: Nonprofit Leaderships' Existential Dilemma

Jon Pratt is executive director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, co-director GrantAdvisor, and contributing editor to the Nonprofit Quarterly.

In an ideal world, every nonprofit would have reliable income over which they have complete control. Since that certainty is the case for very few organizations, nonprofit boards and managers must wrestle with the ups and downs, challenges, and attached conditions of their funding sources.

Join a keen observer of how nonprofits succeed (and why they fail), Jon Pratt, as he demonstrates how financial independence affects broad areas of nonprofit autonomy, transparency, civic leadership, and mission-focus. In this highly-applied session Jon will break the process of analyzing and developing a revenue stratagem into two steps. Jon will also engage in a conversation about the self-determination of the nonprofit sector. During small group work participants will develop revenue profiles of their organization or program, based on the relative reliability and autonomy of their sources of funding. Using that data, they will then identify potential revenue priorities and strategies going forward, shedding light on a critical way of thinking about our nonprofit work and its context within the larger community.

For leaders (and future leaders) who care about the extent to which the nonprofit sector can chart its own future, this session will provide a venue for you to wrestle with important tensions that shape the real-world ability of nonprofits to focus on their missions.

Conference Planning Committee

  • Jackie Aman, Wilder Foundation
  • Andrew Bocher, Hope Community
  • Tyrai Bronson-Pruitt, Team Dynamics
  • Sarah Crumrine, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Stephanie Jacobs, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Paul Masiarchin, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Courtney Poja, Cornerstone
  • Jon Pratt, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Jodi Sandfort, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Andrea Sanow, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Jules Wilkins, JulesWrites.com
Sponsored by:

Bush Foundation 

                     Humphrey School of Public Affairs               CliftonLarsonAllen         Bremer Bank - new logo

University of St. Thomas Executive Education