Nonprofit Finance & Sustainability Conference


  • April 19, 2018
  • 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

About the Conference

Nonprofit finance is all about the resources of your organization; it’s about dollars, revenues, expenses and budgets. Managing your financial health is a key to organizational sustainability.

And in a related manner, nonprofit sustainability is all about the way you handle your resources; it’s about aligning revenue and expenses; balancing budgets; and making sure the mission and the money share focus for organizational success. Sustainability is a key to financial health.

Together, finances and sustainability are the keys to achieving your mission.

That’s why the Nonprofit Finance & Sustainability Conference was created. Together, we can unlock the possibilities for nonprofit success.

In today’s dynamic economic environment, it’s increasingly important for a broad array of nonprofit board and staff to understand your organization’s financial picture – and to plan for your organization’s long-term financial future.

Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Propel Nonprofits for the 2018 Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference. This seventh annual day-long conference will offer insights, strategies and tools for staff and board members looking at your organization’s financial sustainability from diverse perspectives – from strategy and leadership to implementation and evaluation. Join your nonprofit colleagues to learn about critical issues and best practices to help your organization remain sustainable into the future.

Morning Keynote: Leadership for the Long Run

Our morning keynote presentation will be led by Akaya Windwood, president of the Rockwood Leadership Institute.

Attending to our personal health and well-being is neither self-indulgent nor elitist — it is an essential aspect of good leadership. In this session we will explore the concept of Personal Ecology — to maintain balance, pacing and efficiency over a lifetime. We will develop tools that allow us to care for ourselves and our organizations, and in doing so, better serve the organizations and communities that matter to us.

“Akaya brings a message that’s long overdue for nonprofit leaders. Especially in Minnesota, we have earned a reputation of being resilient and hardworking. Akaya reminds us that the people who power nonprofits – including finance staff and executive directors – need to take care of ourselves. We can’t take care of our organizations if we don’t, first, take care of ourselves.” – Kate Barr, president, Propel Nonprofits

Overall Conference Learning Objectives

Attendees of the 2018 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.

Continuing Professional Education Hours Available

Thanks to the support of Abdo, Eick & Meyers,  conference attendees tentatively will be able to earn Minnesota Board of Accountancy accepted Continuing Professional Education (CPE).


Minnesota Council of Nonprofits & Propel Nonprofits


Bremer Bank & CliftonLarsonAllen

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April 19, 2018
7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location Details

Earle Brown Heritage Center
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  • $169 - MCN Member Early Bird
  • $199 - MCN Member Regular
  • $229 - MCN Member Late (April 13 or later)
  • $229 - Non-MCN Member Regular
  • $269 - Non-MCN Member Late (April 13 or later)