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NDANO offers live in-person and online learning opportunities for nonprofits, often with partners. Members receive discounted rates on all NDANO events. All times are Central unless otherwise indicated.

Do you have a learning opportunity or event for North Dakota nonprofits to add to our calendar? Email NDANO with the details.

2021 Nonprofit Finance & Sustainability Conference

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
10:00 am12:00 pm
Webinar Conference (Two Separate Days)

Presenter: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN)
Cost: $129 for MCN/NDANO members / $169 for nonmembers (Login to Members Only Portal for code)

The Conference takes place on April 20 and 27 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day. Information about how to log into the conference will be emailed to registrants prior to the start of the first day.


How will you sustain your nonprofit and envision new ways to thrive in times of change?
As nonprofits navigate challenges impacting sustainability, daily operations, staff security and physical and mental health, and more, there is no better time to come together to generate ideas, share resources, and strategize for shaping an abundant future.

Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Propel Nonprofits for the 2021 Nonprofit Finance & Sustainability Conference — offered as a two-day virtual format — to learn how to proactively respond to the changes and trends impacting Minnesota’s nonprofit sector. You'll have a chance to hone your skills around data security, accounting, business modeling, and fiscal leadership. The foundation will be laid for you to expand your ability to manage through crisis, lead with influence, find opportunity in change, align investments with values, and center racial equity in nonprofit finance.

Highlights include:

  • Six breakout periods over two days, with each period offering three session options
  • April 20 Plenary Collectively Transforming Finance and Human Resources with Grace and Rigor with Marvin Webb of Funders for LGBTQ Issues
  • April 27 Plenary Keynote Panel with Propel Nonprofits, Nonprofit Quarterly, and the Financial Management Association
  • Wellness offerings
  • Facilitated networking led by conference sponsors
  • Recordings of most sessions after the conference
  • Exhibition Hall
    Together, we will understand how financial leadership can center people and vision and lead to organizational vitality and sustainability and mission achievement, particularly in times of transition and rebuilding.

Overall Conference Learning Objectives
-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.

April 20 Keynote Speaker: Marvin Webb, senior vice president of finance and administration, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Collectively Transforming Finance and Human Resources with Grace and Rigor
Imagine working with all team members across the organization to build an improved personnel manual. The human resources team creates the survey and collects the data. All employees analyze the information and crowdsource the benefit improvements resulting in an enhanced personnel manual that is staff-driven meeting financial constraints.

Imagine working with all employees across the organization to build a better understanding of financial reporting. The finance team guides staff learning and development in financial education. Knowledge improvements result in more employee conversations around financial analysis.

Strategic finance reaches beyond routine Financial Accounting Standards Board updates, 990s, audits, and reporting. Strategic human resources reaches beyond routine HR compliance, onboarding, total compensation, and performance reviews. Coupled together, they can form a powerhouse creating a competitive advantage within any organization.

In this unprecedented time, finance and human resources professionals have added value like never before—navigating the racial justice uprising, the pandemic, personal protective equipment, and the Paycheck Protection Program. How do we maintain this moving forward? How do we use grace and rigor at this moment?

To enrich your added value, let’s review and discuss how your learning communities, learning stacks, and data demographics can transform your finance and human resources work into strategic partners within your organizations using grace and rigor.