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Déjà Vu All Over Again: Nonprofit Survey Results

Déjà Vu All Over Again: Nonprofit Survey Results
“It’s been a rugged three years for Minnesota’s nonprofits, years characterized by economic instability, management uncertainties, and fundamental shifts in a once-familiar external landscape. Still reeling from significant financial downturns, many nonprofits have used the last few years to take a long, hard look at their internal capacities and financial requirements.”

Be provocative: Embrace your nonprofit-ness

Last week, Nonprofits Assistance Fund and Minnesota Council of Nonprofits presented our 3rd Annual Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference. The turnout was fantastic: 415 nonprofit staff and board members. Our keynote, Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, set the conference, and Twitter, abuzz with his great lead on the theme Embracing our Nonprofit-ness.

Something for everyone

Last week, I celebrated my one year anniversary at Nonprofits Assistance Fund. As I was reflecting back on what a great year this has been with an amazing organization, I recalled what my first few weeks on the job were like.

Embrace your overhead

In this blog post, Curt Klotz joins in on the overhead discussion by encouraging us to establish a framework that overhead is building organizational infrastructure.

Capitalizing on the Nonprofit Sector’s Strengths – Proudly!

In this post, Kate Barr highlights the keynote for our 2014 Nonprofit Finance & Sustainability Conference and why she thinks you should join us next month!

Vetting new economic models: What’s the question?

Kate Barr debriefs the plenary session for the Finance and Sustainability Conference and identifies three questions nonprofits should ask when vetting new ideas.

Navigating our Mission-Money Matrix

Kate Barr reports back on our experience of "being our own client" and how these conversations led to exciting breakout sessions at our 2013 Finance and Sustainability Conference.

Sustainability – Not a myth, but not what you may think

Kate Barr urges nonprofits to define sustainability beyond revenue stability, but rather to define sustainability through the lens of adaptation and change.

Not enough pain, not enough gain

Steve Boland talks about a hard reality that some nonprofits have to face from time to time: making program cuts in order to save an organization.

Conference visionary or conference victim?

After the Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference, Curt Klotz challenges nonprofit leaders to be conference visionaries instead of conference victims. How can we turn knowledge into action?