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Schedule Of Events


May 27, 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Conference Kickoff: All About Boards

  • 10-11 a.m. Level Up: How Good Nonprofit Boards Get Better (Especially Yours), Russ White  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.
  • 11-11:45 a.m. Working with Difficult Boards and Board Communication Roundtable  Participants will be broken into virtual roundtables to share examples of real-life board problems and brainstorm solutions.

May 28, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Organizational Sustainability

  • 9:30 - 10 a.m. NDANO Annual Meeting
  • 10-11 a.m. From Sustainability to Survivability: Pivoting your organization in a pandemic and learning from the aftermath, Steve Zimmerman – Over the last several months, nonprofit professionals have scrambled to devise new operating plans designed to serve as many constituents as possible while protecting and caring for employees. Revenue streams, from foundations to individuals and even fees for service, have been under extreme pressure. Indeed, for many executives, thoughts today are focused more on survivability than sustainability, and, as always, it is at these times our constituents need us most. As organizations adapt to their new realities, stabilize, and think strategically about what happens next, there are steps leaders can take to increase the likelihood of success amid these challenging times. We’ll discuss these steps, offering tools and approaches that leaders can take back to their organizations and implement immediately.
  • 11-11:15 a.m. Break
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. COVID Sustainability Think TankWhat issues is your organization facing for financial sustainability related to COVID? Now is your time to ask questions of the other nonprofit leaders facing similar situations across the state.

June 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Funding and Fundraising

  • 10 -11 a.m. Meet the Funders, Lisa Keske, Otto Bremer Trust; Maggie Ardorf-Schubble, Bush Foundation; and Kevin Dvorak, ND Community Foundation – Learn what it takes to get the attention of area foundations in this session, where panelists will share their perspectives on approaching foundations, writing a great grant proposal, and maintaining positive funder relationships.
  • 11-11:15 a.m. Break
  • 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Events and Fundraising Best Practices Roundtable – Let’s get innovative! What is working for your organization for events and fundraisers and what questions do you have? Participants will be broken into virtual roundtables to discuss what methods of communication work best for spreading their mission.

June 4, 10 a.m.-12p.m. Social Media and Getting the Word Out

  • 10-11 a.m. Not Just Cat Memes: Making the Most of Social Media with a Limited Budget, Amanda Godfread, Make a Wish ND and Kayla Schmidt, 31:8 Project – Almost everyone knows the basics of social media. But are you using your limited time wisely? Learn how to expand each post’s reach and what does and doesn’t work. Learn how to use tags, hashtags and boosting to your advantage.
  • 11-11:15 a.m. Break
  • 11:15 a.m.- 12 p.m. Stakeholder, Volunteer and Donor Communication Best Practice Think Tank – Nonprofits are using various methods to communicate with stakeholders- social media, email, video calls, newsletters. Participants will be broken into virtual roundtables to discuss what methods of communication work best for spreading their mission.


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