What is the Madison Nonprofit Day Conference?

The Madison Nonprofit Day Conference connects today's and tomorrow’s change-makers by providing an affordable, awe inspiring skills-building and networking conference for professionals. We bring together more than 600 change-makers from the Greater Madison Area and Mid-West Region to share ideas, innovations, network, and gain professional skills. It's a single-day conference hosted at the beautiful Monona Terrace & Convention Center, with some pre-conference offerings.

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Kate Atkins
Kate Atkins

An Outcomes Way of Thinking  »

Time: 6:51 AM

A paradigm shift is occurring where funders, donors and taxpayers expect a return on their investment in the form of meaningful and measurable community change. What does it mean when they ask about your impact and outcomes? How can you give them the data and stories they are looking for?

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Building Community  »

Time: 7:11 AM

Volunteers and community support can be a nonprofit's biggest asset.  Hear from Hope & A Future on how they used their mission statement to draw in support from pro bono lawyers, architects, developers, carpenters, painters, flooring installers, landscapers, gardeners, photographers, tree trimmers, crafters, musicians, artists and philanthropists in their community.  This session will also explore how to build community amongst your staff, volunteers, clients and consultants.

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Alyssa Kenney
Alyssa Kenney

Closing the Nonprofit Technology Divide  »

Time: 7:17 AM

New and affordable technologies are developing and improving all the time. When a nonprofit’s need and technology are matched correctly and deployed well it can save time, money and resources. Learn about the benefits and limitations of different technology solutions and increase your nonprofits capacity!

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Corporate Social Responsibility Panel  »

Time: 12:05 PM

Many businesses are building Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs which encourage employees to get involved in their neighborhoods as a part of their professional role.  Zendesk and other local companies will take the stage to share their experiences on building a CSR program and engaging with the Madison community.

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Marcy Heim
Marcy Heim

Creating a Culture of Generosity  »

Time: 12:08 PM

Consider how it would feel to be working in a place where every member of the staff joyfully gave to the organization; where the program staff saw their role as partners with the fundraising team; where budgets and time-management evaluations stressed donor stewardship; and the impact of creating long-term donor relationships was a core value. Let me show you how to create a team of people who understand and embrace their role in an authentic culture of philanthropy and joyfully work towards your mission.

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Using Social Media to Build a Movement  »

Time: 11:50 AM

You have a Facebook page and a Twitter account. Now what? Social Media can be a very strong tool for sharing your message, but, when used correctly, it can also help you to mobilize—and build—your base. Is your Social Media program doing everything you need it to?

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Communication Matrix  »

Time: 11:56 AM

Fast paced 2.5 hour interactive workshop teaches how to identify one's primary communication style, how to identify the communication styles of others, and how each style relates to each of the other styles. We'll get to the heart of how we really interact at a core level with those around us and we'll be sharing specific strategies and language that can lead to more effective communication in every aspect on one's life.

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The Foundations of Organizational Excellence  »

Time: 3:30 PM

Want to acheive organizational excellence but not sure where to start?  Learn how to go back to the basics with these five core functions: Corporate/Legal; Mission Excellence; Strategy; Programs; and Customer Service.

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Emily Peffer
Emily Peffer

Team Building in the Office  »

Time: 9:19 AM

A unified office culture creates a more productive workplace. Learn how group dynamics affect your workplace, while getting hands-on experience in creating a more positive office culture.

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Kristin S. Johnson
Kristin S. Johnson

Telling Stories - Basic Storytelling Techniques  »

Time: 7:38 AM

Storytelling has become all the marketing rage. But, what if you're not known for telling tall tales? This presentation will cover the basics to how to tell a good story that will appeal to readers of your nonprofit's content and will give tips on using them to boost your organization's visibility. It will cover storytelling basics, and even provide tips for sharing your stories, once you have them. 

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Nick Curran
Nick Curran

Zero-Based Budgeting  »

Time: 7:39 AM

A critical component of managing your nonprofit's money should be annual budgeting. Too often, organizations are approving budgets that are "same as last year" or, worse, they do not approve a budget at all. During this discussion on zero-based budgeting, we will interactively show the simple tools we use to manage this process--which is essential for the long-range success of your nonprofit. Join us to find out why we recommend zero-based budgeting. 

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Nella Citino
Nella Citino

Beyond Kickstarter - Crowdfunding for Nonprofits  »

Time: 7:39 AM

You do not have to limit your organization to indiegogo or kickstarter. There is a way to make these funding opportunities go beyond the normal time lines and limits. Your organization has option to grow a fund in many different directions.

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David Allen
David Allen

5 Ideas to Help Your Board Raise Money  »

Time: 9:19 AM

Need your board to fundraise? 90% of all fundraising involves building relationships with donors. Learn 5 ideas that your board can use immediately to start building better relationships and raising more money

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Melanie Schmidt
Melanie Schmidt

Branding Basics for Nonprofits  »

Time: 10:19 AM

Branding Basics allows you to position your nonprofit for long-term success—without breaking the bank. Discover how you can achieve more by shaping sustainable communication strategies. This session is led by Melanie Schmidt, who brings over 20 years of experience helping organizations align their messaging with their mission in meaningful ways.

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Data Dashboards  »

Time: 7:39 AM

Nonprofits have the potential to collect a lot of data, but what do we do with it? Learn how to use data dashboards to develop visualization tools which can help make your data more useful for board members, staff and decision makers. Learn how to collect, store, and analyze your data to measure progress towards programmatic goals, financial health and community outreach.

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Mapping Our Civic Infrastructure  »

Time: 7:39 AM

Engagement through dialogue and deliberation. One person’s definition of civic engagement is another person’s definition of disenfranchisement. Participants are encouraged to explore the topic of public decision making as a member of their nonprofit or local community. Our communities face serious problems that often do not have technical solutions. They involve paradoxes and competing values requiring tough choices. Begin to understand deliberative practices in engaging in deliberative conversations. This is not a problem solving discussion but an interactive exercise where participants will come together to respond to several of these key questions in order to motivate and encourage a starting point for positive change in their own respective communities.

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Brent A. Hafele, M.A.
Brent A. Hafele, M.A.

Best Foot Forward: Avoiding Common Capital Campaign Mistakes  »

Time: 1:20 AM

With the economy improving, more nonprofits are launching capital campaigns to reach more people. Sadly, many campaigns stall from a few common mistakes. Learn how to avoid these mistakes and make your fundraising campaign a great success.

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Sterling Lynk
Sterling Lynk

The Foundations of Organizational Excellence  »

Time: 10:00 AM

Want to acheive organizational excellence but not sure where to start?  Learn how to go back to the basics with these five core functions: Corporate/Legal; Mission Excellence; Strategy; Programs; and Customer Service.

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Deb Wisniewski
Deb Wisniewski

When People Care Enough to Act  »

Time: 10:00 AM

Too often we hear about people and communities that are not "engaged." What does that mean and how can we fix it? This pre-conference session will explore ways to learn about the gifts and talents that people bring (asset mapping) and how to encourage them to apply their gifts to your organization.

Explore and engage with a new way of thinking about what motivates people, starting with a focus on their gifts and talents. A high level of user engagement is part of this workshop, as you discuss, share, and work with each.

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Sue Thering
Sue Thering

Intangible Outcomes  »

Time: 1:00 PM

Evaluating programs for social impact is very important, yet many nonprofit, community-based, and grassroots organizations don't have the skills, tools, or capacity to successful do so. Conventional methods of program evaluation can be lacking when encountering the living-and-learning-in-place perspective that frequently characterizes nonprofit and community-based organization.  This workshop was designed to help community-based or grassroots non-profit organizations identify opportunities, develop programs, prepare funding proposals, and document intangible outcomes to complement more conventional evaluation data. The workshop will include time for individuals to apply the ideas to their unique programs and get immediate feedback.

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Matt Nelson
Matt Nelson

Communication Matrix  »

Time: 1:00 PM

Fast paced 2.5 hour interactive workshop teaches how to identify one's primary communication style, how to identify the communication styles of others, and how each style relates to each of the other styles. We'll get to the heart of how we really interact at a core level with those around us and we'll be sharing specific strategies and language that can lead to more effective communication in every aspect on one's life.

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Kristin S. Johnson
Kristin S. Johnson

Telling Stories - Basic Storytelling Techniques  »

Time: 8:00 AM

Storytelling has become all the marketing rage. But, what if you're not known for telling tall tales? This presentation will cover the basics to how to tell a good story that will appeal to readers of your nonprofit's content and will give tips on using them to boost your organization's visibility. It will cover storytelling basics, and even provide tips for sharing your stories, once you have them. 

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Karin Krause
Karin Krause

Building Community  »

Time: 8:00 AM

Volunteers and community support can be a nonprofit's biggest asset.  Hear from Hope & A Future on how they used their mission statement to draw in support from pro bono lawyers, architects, developers, carpenters, painters, flooring installers, landscapers, gardeners, photographers, tree trimmers, crafters, musicians, artists and philanthropists in their community.  This session will also explore how to build community amongst your staff, volunteers, clients and consultants.

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Tracy Rogers-Tryba
Tracy Rogers-Tryba

Preparing for Change  »

Time: 9:30 AM

Change can be hard. Whether change is required for transformative improvement, evoking innovation, or ensuring commitment to social or cultural values and norms, the struggle to preparea community for change is often ignored. Engagement is an essential aspect of invoking changes. Change requires willful orchestration and engagement with its participants. This collaborative action presentation will engage and empower the participants to solve complicated changes and take responsibility for the solution.

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Mike Rohde
Mike Rohde

The Sketchnote Mini-Workshop  »

Time: 9:30 AM

Sketchnoting is a visual note-taking process that allows you combine words with hand-sketched images to capture information in an organic, non-linear way. It will light up the brain. 

Mike Rohde will teach you the basic elements of sketchnoting, then lead the group in a session where we all create sketchnotes together. This session is perfect for anyone who wants to learn a new way of capturing their ideas: from meetings and conferences to your own ideas and experiences.

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The Workshop will introduce students to the basics of sketchnoting and visual thinking:

Can't draw? No problem.
I'll teach you the basics of drawing and guide you through your first sketchnote. If you have a positive attitude, are willing to experiment, and share your work with a small group, you're perfect for this workshop.

Invest in yourself.
Visual thinking skills are valuable for capturing, generating, analyzing and communicating ideas. Spend a day building your skills and your confidence with The Sketchnote Workshop. Sign up today.

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“I have been using these tools in my daily life for a long time, but the one thing I never improved on was my drawing. The idea map for sketchnoting was fantastic and I especially enjoyed how he simplified the process of drawing and taking notes by using just few simple shapes and signs. I LOVED this workshop!”

“I truly enjoyed the Sketchnote workshop, I have learned something that I would not necessarily think I could do until I attended the workshop. I was an enlightening experience and the Mr. Rohde was a great instructor and he makes everyone feel relaxed.”

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Emily Peffer
Emily Peffer

Team Building in the Office  »

Time: 9:30 AM

A unified office culture creates a more productive workplace. Learn how group dynamics affect your workplace, while getting hands-on experience in creating a more positive office culture.

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Jeffrey Russell
Jeffrey Russell

Resonant Leadership Skills for Effective Volunteer Engagement  »

Time: 9:30 AM

Engaged volunteers bring more of their creativity and passion to their work and, as a result, tend to provide much higher quality service than disengaged volunteers. What qualities should you bring to your work as a volunteer manager/coordinator that will bring out the best in your volunteers? How can you help them fully engage their passion and creativity? In this session you’ll learn a powerful framework for becoming a resonant leader and for building a strong partnership with your volunteers. 

Together we will explore the ten qualities of the resonant leader and examine how the Collaborative Mindset, when used by a leader, leads to engaged volunteers. Attend this session to discover the secret for unleashing the talent of your volunteers!

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Ellen Jacks
Ellen Jacks

Introduction to Proposal Writing  »

Time: 9:30 AM

In this workshop, you will get an introductory overview to the proposal writing process, including parts of the proposal and effective ways to follow up on your proposal. While this workshop is focused on writing a proposal to a foundation, there are many components that can be transferred to other funder types. This will be a 75 minute, interactive session. So be prepared to write a little.

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David Allen
David Allen

5 Ideas to Help Your Board Raise Money  »

Time: 12:30 PM

Need your board to fundraise? 90% of all fundraising involves building relationships with donors. Learn 5 ideas that your board can use immediately to start building better relationships and raising more money

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Tracy Rogers-Tryba
Tracy Rogers-Tryba

Mapping Our Civic Infrastructure  »

Time: 12:30 PM

Engagement through dialogue and deliberation. One person’s definition of civic engagement is another person’s definition of disenfranchisement. Participants are encouraged to explore the topic of public decision making as a member of their nonprofit or local community. Our communities face serious problems that often do not have technical solutions. They involve paradoxes and competing values requiring tough choices. Begin to understand deliberative practices in engaging in deliberative conversations. This is not a problem solving discussion but an interactive exercise where participants will come together to respond to several of these key questions in order to motivate and encourage a starting point for positive change in their own respective communities.

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Megan Miller
Megan Miller
Elizabeth Tryon
Elizabeth Tryon
Steph Harrill
Steph Harrill

Partnering with the Morgridge Center for Public Service  »

Time: 12:30 PM

Knowing how to go about partnering with UW-Madison can seem challenging at times. The Morgridge Center for Public Service's mission is to connect campus and community through service and learning. In this session, participants will get a sense of what these partnerships look like and how to best construct them.

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Christina Libs
Christina Libs
Jillana Peterson
Jillana Peterson
Zach Munns
Zach Munns
Rachel Neill
Rachel Neill
Steve Goldberg
Steve Goldberg
Susan Pierce Jacobsen
Susan Pierce Jacobsen
Zach Brandon
Zach Brandon

Good for the Community  »

Time: 12:30 PM

Many businesses are building Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs which encourage employees to get involved in their neighborhoods as a part of their professional role.  Zendesk and other local companies will take the stage to share their experiences on building a CSR program and engaging with the Madison community. Join this conversation. This panel will address:

SUMMARY
How do you impact your community from within your company?

TAKEAWAYS

Bring your questions. Share your successes. Listen to others and their stories.

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Jerritt Johnston
Jerritt Johnston

Endurance Leadership: Leading for the Long Haul  »

Time: 12:30 PM

Want to increase short-term successes while building your team for the future? What can you learn from adventurers, endurance athletes and leaders? Look at leadership differently with this interactive workshop. In this high-speed world it is difficult to effectively lead for long-term success. Want to increase short-term successes while building your team for the future? A different way of thinking about leadership. Learn relevant and useful tips they can put into practice immediately. People will leave energized about their ability to make a difference. Join us for this workshop.

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Melanie Schmidt
Melanie Schmidt

Branding Basics for Nonprofits  »

Time: 1:45 PM

Branding Basics allows you to position your nonprofit for long-term success—without breaking the bank. Discover how you can achieve more by shaping sustainable communication strategies. This session is led by Melanie Schmidt, who brings over 20 years of experience helping organizations align their messaging with their mission in meaningful ways.

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Marcy Heim
Marcy Heim

Creating a Culture of Generosity  »

Time: 1:45 PM

Consider how it would feel to be working in a place where every member of the staff joyfully gave to the organization; where the program staff saw their role as partners with the fundraising team; where budgets and time-management evaluations stressed donor stewardship; and the impact of creating long-term donor relationships was a core value. Let me show you how to create a team of people who understand and embrace their role in an authentic culture of philanthropy and joyfully work towards your mission.

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Alyssa Kenney
Alyssa Kenney
Lauren Kieliszewski
Lauren Kieliszewski

Closing the Nonprofit Technology Divide  »

Time: 1:45 PM

New and affordable technologies are developing and improving all the time. When a nonprofit’s need and technology are matched correctly and deployed well it can save time, money and resources. Learn about the benefits and limitations of different technology solutions and increase your nonprofits capacity!

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Kate Atkins
Kate Atkins

An Outcomes Way of Thinking  »

Time: 1:45 PM

A paradigm shift is occurring where funders, donors and taxpayers expect a return on their investment in the form of meaningful and measurable community change. Even organizations that have adopted an outcomes approach to their programming think that developing outcomes  stops there. This session challenges you to use an outcomes way of thinking in your daily operations and management— sending you back to work with tools to begin this process.

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Brent A. Hafele, M.A.
Brent A. Hafele, M.A.

Best Foot Forward: Avoiding Common Capital Campaign Mistakes  »

Time: 1:45 PM

With the economy improving, more nonprofits are launching capital campaigns to reach more people. Sadly, many campaigns stall from a few common mistakes. Learn how to avoid these mistakes and make your fundraising campaign a great success.

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Mark Bennett
Mark Bennett

What to do with Social Media Analytics  »

Time: 3:45 PM

Social media is different for nonprofits, and so are the analytics. Walk away with tangible tips for organizing and digesting your own analytics. Learn how to use analytics to examine what works for your nonprofit's benefit. 

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Katie Belanger
Katie Belanger

Make It Stop: Taming Your Email and Other Productivity Solutions for a Technological World  »

Time: 3:45 PM

Do you spend all day mired in your email inbox, seemingly incapable of ever getting ahead? Do you feel overwhelmed by the onslaught of information, requests, and tasks coming your way? Does “Inbox Zero” sound like an unattainable myth?

You’re not alone and there is a solution that’s right for you! Join Katie Belanger of Katie B. Strategies, LLC, for an experiential workshop that will offer innovative ways to address your personal productivity challenges and tame the email beast. Feel free to bring your smart phone, tablet, or laptop to participate in the workshop.

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