Non-Profit Conferences and Workshops

Registration opens October 1st. To receive information on these workshops and when registration opens please sign up to our e-mail list and select Non-Profit along with any other topics you may be interested in.


Non-Profit Board Engagement and Development
1/26/2021 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

A strong board consists of dedicated community leaders who contribute their expertise, time, talent, and resources to help ensure that the organization they serve has the capacity and credibility to advance their mission. If you are a leader of a non-profit organization, you have a board that changes over time and moves along a continuum from dysfunctional to exceptional. This interactive and engaging course will focus on three levels of board performance: functional, responsible, and exceptional. We will share concepts and tools on what it takes to elevate your board to the next level. This workshop will be led by Chris Stenberg, CEO of The Superior Douglas County Family YMCA.

Fees: $149 or $129 (if you register for two or more workshops in the Non-Profit/Business Category)
(0.6 CEUs)

Crisis Communications 101: How to Prepare for the Unexpected
2/23/2021 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The unexpected happens! But with proper planning and procedures, the risks associated with a crisis can be mitigated and even turned into positives. Jordan Milan, UW-Superior director of strategic communications and special assistant to the chancellor, and Sarah Libbon, UW-Superior marketing manager, have more than 30 years combined experience in strategic communications. They will share their experiences and tips based on real-life scenarios, and offer tools that will help squelch the fire when a crisis hits. Jordan and Sarah will help you develop a crisis communication toolkit that you can immediately put to use in your organization.

Fees: $149 or $129 (if you register for two or more workshops in the Non-Profit/Business Category)
(0.6 CEUs)

Creating A Donor-Centered Major Gifts Program
3/30 - 3/31/2021 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Two-day workshop

Major gifts can be a reliable source of income as part of a well-designed fundraising plan, whether for your annual giving program or for a special capital campaign. Yet, most nonprofits aren't sure where to start and what to expect from a major gifts program. Join Duluth-based certified fundraising executive and consultant Katrina Lynn Pierson for a special two-day workshop aimed to prepare you to start or strengthen your major gifts program. The first workshop day will include planning, logistics, strategy, personnel, goal setting and tools to help bring your board along for the process. The second day will include an opportunity to craft your major gifts case for support, identify best-fit donors and walk through a variety of scenario-based exercises. You'll leave this two-day workshop prepared to begin securing major gifts to help fund your organization's future and with a toolkit to use right away.

Fees: $298 or $258 (if you register for two or more workshops in the Non-Profit/Business Category)
(1.2 CEUs)

Building Collaboration Through a Facilitative Mindset
4/20/2021 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Developing shared solutions that address complex environments happens through a collaborative process with many voices and perspectives. It takes a facilitative leader to help key stakeholders with different priorities, agendas, and levels of commitment come together. During this workshop, we’ll explore some of the factors that contribute to and get in the way of collaboration. You will learn a set of skills and a facilitative mind-set to lead a diverse group toward a shared solution that will last. You will have a chance to reflect on and build your own facilitative leadership strengths. Understand the basics of collaboration and create an action plan for building collaborative partnerships. Engage with your stakeholders by learning how groups move through three phases while making decisions. Learn how to help your group have a focused conversation and move toward next steps. This will be an interactive workshop that provides opportunity for personal reflection, practice, and peer learning; helping you lead toward sustained change. This workshop is led by Kap Wilkes, MBA and certified facilitator, who has helped organizations with their planning and problem-solving efforts to adapt and
innovate for over 20 years.

Fees: $149 or $129 (if you register for two or more workshops in the Non-Profit/Business Category)
(0.6 CEUs)

Achieving Effective Strategic Change within Your Organization
5/25/2021 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
 
Effective leadership is the most influential criteria of performance excellence and requires helping your organization set, communicate, implement, and evaluate its strategic course. Strategic planning includes analyzing the environment and thinking strategically about the future of the organization. Using the balanced scorecard methodology, we will look at strategic planning as a cycle of activity and planning that also includes communicating strategic decisions within the organization and with key partners and funders, executing and implementing strategic directions, and evaluating strategic efforts. We will explore effective planning approaches and methods and walk through the strategic planning cycle. This workshop is designed to be interactive with facilitation templates, example planning documents, and peer learning for take-away’s of effective planning. This workshop is led by Kap Wilkes, MBA and certified facilitator, who has helped organizations with their planning and problem-solving efforts to adapt and innovate for over 20 years.

Fees: $149 or $129 (if you register for two or more workshops in the Non-Profit/Business Category)
(0.6 CEUs)