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2020 Nonprofit Leadership Conference

Register today for the 2020 Nonprofit Leadership Conference May 27-28 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. View the preliminary schedule for session details.


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Russ White

Level Up: How Good Nonprofit Boards Get Better (Especially Yours)

What is the difference between a “good” board or a “bad” board? Your board is not binary. How well your board performs can range from dysfunctional to exceptional, and that performance can quickly get better — or worse. Whatever your starting place, your board can enhance its capacity to provide more effective governance to your organization. In this interactive keynote session, guest facilitator and board development expert Russ White will ask you to consider why boards get frustrated — and practices boards use to get better.

Cyrus N. “Russ” White works with the CEOs and board chairs of foundations and nonprofits in the arts, education and healthcare. He has extensive experience as a nonprofit CEO and as a trustee of private operating and community foundations. In addition to his practice as a Standards for Excellence® licensed consultant, Russ serves as a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer and is a frequent presenter and facilitator at national and regional conferences. Russ is an active member of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, BoardSource, Standards for Excellence Institute, Alliance for Nonprofit Management and multiple state nonprofit associations.

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Steve Zimmerman

Building Competencies for Sustainability

In the ever-changing environment in which nonprofits operate, leaders often seem to be searching for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow known as “sustainability.” But sustainability does not lie at some far-off destination. Rather, it occurs when leaders recognize the deep interconnectedness between accomplishing their mission impact and maintaining a financially viable organization.

Pursuing sustainability is not a one-time thing, not a senior management thing nor a board of directors thing. It’s a mindset and way of organization being. This presentation reviews key competencies involved in building this mindset. Engaging leadership in understanding the internal and external influences on an organization’s business model will help encourage strategic, sustainable decision-making.

Steven Zimmerman, CPA, MBA, is the principal of Spectrum Nonprofit Services where he provides training and consulting in the areas of finance and strategy for community-based organizations, foundations and government agencies throughout the country. Steve is a co-author of two books on nonprofit sustainability published by Jossey-Bass, The Sustainability Mindset: Using the Matrix Map to Make Strategic Decisions with Jeanne Bell and the best-selling book Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability with Jeanne Bell and Jan Masaoka. The books highlight Spectrum’s integrated approach to nonprofits which balances mission impact and financial viability. Steve’s extensive nonprofit experience includes serving as a chief financial officer, development director and associate director at community-based nonprofits where he performed turnarounds resulting in increased financial sustainability and programmatic reach.


Although there is much uncertainty about COVID-19, NDANO would like to encourage people to register for the conference as usual. We will reassess plans at the end of April and registrants will receive an invoice at that point. NDANO will not be accepting credit card registrations at this time and all registrations will be fully refundable until April 30.

Members-Only Super Saver Deal

Full Conference By May 6  
First NDANO Member Registrant $120  
Each Additional Registrant from Member Nonprofit $70  



Standard Registration

Full Conference Early Bird By May 13 Standard After May 13
NDANO or AFP Members $125 $175
Nonmembers $200 $250