2016 Nonprofit Sustainability Conference

The 2016 Nonprofit Sustainability Conference presented by the Roy W. Slusher Foundation is a one-day event for nonprofit professionals and leaders in the area focused on fundraising, financial stability, and growth. Learn creative and innovative solutions to leverage your organization's fundraising and marketing techniques. The conference is June 9 at The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks.  

Nonprofit leaders must be innovative and creative in order to compete for limited resources. This conference will generate solutions and give you practical ideas on fundraising, management, and other important issues that help bring about a strong, sustainable organization.


The Keeter Center is at College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO.
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Coffee/registration  8-8:45 a.m.
Opening Session 9 a.m.
Conference ends 4 p.m.

Conference Agenda

8:00 - 8:40 Registration | Coffee | Networking
9:00 - 10:00 Welcome

Sustainability through Story-Talking (Opening Session)
Jeffrey Byrne

Through real-life examples, we will explore “Relationship Fundraising” in the 21st Century: examining donor-driven philanthropy, the emergence of non-traditional giving mechanisms and the increasing importance of tailored donor engagement. Stories of successful fundraising approaches will demonstrate how your organization can build relational trust—within your organization and with funders and peers—through donor dialogue and peer collaboration to inspire generous and unrestricted donations and major gifts through compelling narrative, funder education and organizational transparency.

10:00 - 10:15 Morning Break
10:15 - 11:20

Breakout Session #1

Planned Giving: More than Just a Pleasant Surprise
Jeffrey Byrne, Judy Keller and Katie Lord

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Research projects that $59 trillion will be transferred to the next generation between 2007 and 2061. Planned giving mechanisms are becoming increasingly important in helping donors fulfill their charitable intentions. Planned giving can and should be part of your organization’s development efforts. This session will detail best practices and step-by-step techniques for creating and implementing planned giving strategies that will transform your organization.

Creating a Diverse Funding Base
Michael Chatman

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As competition for the charitable dollar continues to heat up, nonprofits are asking questions about new ways to raise funds to support their missions. This session is about choices and options, more importantly, about how to financially sustain your nonprofit. The content of this session will be geared toward the beginner to intermediate fundraising professional.

Managing the People of a Nonprofit for Success
Karen Shannon
Clark Room

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Employee engagement is the primary enabler behind a nonprofit’s ability to fulfill its mission.  Attendees will better understand their own level of engagement through a Self-Assessment and learn techniques to drive engagement in the nonprofit world.  They will leave the session with a model to determine what drives each individual’s engagement and specific actions that they may utilize in their nonprofit immediately.  

Banking Solutions 101 for Nonprofits
Mike Montana
Good Room

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Banking Solutions 101 for Nonprofits will give participants the information they need to earn more, save more, better protect, and efficiently manage the money they bring in for their causes. This will be done by focusing on four key areas including: banking options for non-profits, account security, bank products that can earn money for a non-profit, and scams attacking your finances.

11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
12:40 - 1:45

Breakout Session #2

Tax Credit Basics for Charities and Donors
Barbara Houser

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Tax credits are incentives to encourage a buyer to do something. In this session, learn how charities can participate in income tax credit programs and how the charity can leverage the tax credits to encourage donors to give.

Open-Book Management for Nonprofits
Katie Davis and Tyler Moles

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Do you wonder what it would be like if your staff was “all in”? In this session we will explain the basic concepts of open-book management, the positive results that can be achieved by empowered and financially literate employees, and the benefits of projecting financials forward as a proactive approach to fiscal management. In addition, we will share our story of how we achieved success through open-book management by playing the Great Game of Business.

Music and Measures for Nonprofit Communications
Jennifer Large
Clark Room

Nonprofit communications should strike an effective balance between engaging the hearts and heads of donors.  Three resources will be presented for consideration.  Music can help communicate story and can also make a video significantly more memorable, creating unique emotional connections with donors.  Accreditation based on Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance standards and reporting through Charting Impact are tools for communicating accountability and transparency, and by which stakeholders can measure your organization’s operations and results.

1:45 - 2:00 Afternoon Break
2:10 - 3:10

Breakout Session #3

Networking for Donor Prospects and Career Success
Bruce Nasby

Learn how to plan and “work” an event to identify and secure new donor prospects. The session will offer networking tools to help you acquire new relationships which will stay with you for your entire career. Learn new techniques to use at conferences and networking events. And, most importantly, hear how to follow up and stay connected so you achieve success.

Creating an Agency Narrative – From Mission to Vision
Debra Box

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Strategically aligning mission, purpose, outcomes, community impact and vision, guides planning, gift solicitations and governing activities are matters a nonprofit has to consider. An agency narrative is useful for small to midsize organizations to utilize as a tool to empower leadership while keeping the staff and agency focused on the same narrative. This workshop will walk through the steps to create a graphically appealing and cohesive narrative for your organization.

Writing a Winning Grant Proposal
Christina Ryder
Clark Room

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This session will outline 10 components of a successful and competitive grant application with particular emphasis on new trends and expectations in the federal and foundation grant world in the last 5 years. This session is appropriate for nonprofit professionals from all levels of grant related experience, however is best directed at those with limited experience less than 5 years in the field.

Maintaining Balance with a 24/7 Job
Jaimie Trussell and Krista Adams
Good Room

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We all work because we are passionate about a cause. Our jobs don't end at 5pm, whether date night gets interrupted because of a potential donor or we miss a dance recital because of a board member. This session will cover lessons learned through trial and error of two fundraisers. We juggle events, out-of-state visits, and class projects. Learn how to maintain balance with project tools, mentor and peer relationships, and shutting off once in a while.

3:15 - 3:45

Collaborating to Create Community Change (Closing Session)
Mark Struckhoff

Can Competition and Compassion be Compatible? It seems that the “culture of competition” that thrives in the U.S. has taken over the nonprofit industry. Or has it? There are signs (and maybe even “wonders”) that a “culture of compassion” is growing among some nonprofits, producing a systems approach to better serve under-resourced families and individuals in our communities.

3:45 - 4:00 Closing Remarks and Giveaways

Conference Registration - Closed

We have reached full capacity for our conference. Thanks to the generous support of the Roy W. Slusher Foundation, this conference was offered at an affordable rate.

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