Upper Peninsula Nonprofit Conference

Recap of the 2017 U.P. Nonprofit Conference

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote – Kyle Caldwell, Executive Director, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 

Kyle spoke about three trends that he has seen it the rural nonprofit environment. He challenged U.P. nonprofit organization to thank about how they can utilize these trends to be at the center of the conversation. 

  1. Nonprofits as economic and social safety net organizations
  2. Blurring of the lines between nonprofits, government and commerce
  3. Data driven decision making

Kyle Caldwell’s Slides

Closing Keynote – Matthew Downey, Program Director for Nonprofit Services, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Matthew closed out the day with a facilitated discussion on the nonprofit sector. He discussed how the “isn’t your Grandfather’s nonprofit organization,” even though the structure of the nonprofit hasn’t changed since the founding of American.

Conference participants worked in groups to discuss if we were to restart the nonprofit sector, what would it look like? Group ideas varied and laid great groundwork for how the sector in the U.P. can work together to achieve the goal of progressing our community forward. 


All Hands on Deck – Empowering Employees

Building the Board: 6 Tools for Success

Apply the 1-page NPO Business Model Canvas

Building Consensus and Collective Impact

Employability: Finding and Keeping Millennia

Gamify to Attract, Retain and Nurture Volunteers

Tips, Tactics, and Pitfalls of Budget Development

The 5 Steps to Set and Achieve Meaningful Goals

An Overview of Grant Writing

Follow the $$$ in the Nonprofit Corporation

Sensationalized Issues & the Volunteer Fallout

Understanding ACEs for Nonprofits

Communities That Care


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Bronze Sponsors 
Copper Sponsors

We’re actively seeking sponsors for the 2018 U.P. Nonprofit Conference. If you’re interested in sponsoring, please contact Amy at aquinn@glcyd.org.

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Celebrating Nonprofit Impact – Opening Reception 


View the live stream of Matthew Downey’s talk at the opening reception here: https://www.facebook.com/glcyd/videos/1931165316900331/