Upper Peninsula Nonprofit Conference

The 2018 U.P. Nonprofit Conference will be held on Thursday, October 18, in the University Center at NMU.
You may have seen recently that there is construction at the University Center. Because of this, the format of the conference will be different this year! All attendees will experience the same content, including:
  • Speakers
  • Small group discussions
  • Case studies
  • U.P. Service Awards
  • Q&A Panel

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Keynote Speaker Demarra Gardner
Head + Heart  = Hustle

Demarra Gardner is principal and lead consultant of Change Agent Consulting (CAC)-a full service organizational demarra_gardnerdevelopment consulting company based in Kalamazoo that has been in operation since 2007. CAC is comprised of a dynamic team of consultants who provide organizational assessment, strategic & business planning, fund development, program development, leadership development, evaluation, coaching, start-up, and diversity/inclusion/equity services.

Demarra has led many successful ventures (for-profit and nonprofit) while guiding others to launch and scale their businesses as well. Her business success has allowed her to travel all over the world, be engaged with her community in meaningful ways, and help individuals from all walks of life have greater fulfillment and purpose.

Demarra holds an MA in Clinical Mental Health from Western Michigan University, is a licensed professional counselor, and certified professional coach. She is also Faculty with Leadership that Works (LTW)-a national and international coaching firm with the goal of bringing coaching to every person on the planet.

Case Studies

The Case Study activity will be a time of learning together and sharing our expertise. Facilitated by Grow & Lead’s Chad Mager, these various case studies will be the topic of discussion at individual tables with questions and problems to solve as a group. Each topic tackled will be a relevant, current topic that affects many nonprofit organizations. After working together on the case, the table will have a chance to share their findings and solutions with all attendees, working with the facilitator and matching their conclusions against “best practice” solutions.

Volunteer Michigan Tour

The Michigan Community Service Commission will be hosting the Volunteer Michigan Tour in regions throughout the state. This tour will allow stakeholders to share thoughts on how to expand service and volunteerism to address the state’s biggest issues. Participants will discuss community challenges and ways to improve the quality of life for residents. Contributors will also explore methods to collaborate and share resources. The input gathered from the tour will help shape the future of Michigan volunteerism as participants will generate ideas to include in a new State Service Plan.

Technology in Turbulent Times

How do you get the word out to your community when a crisis occurs? This panel of local nonprofit representatives who have experienced crisis will discuss how they leveraged technology to tell their story. Panelists will be announced in September.

Registration Pricing

Early Bird Grow & Lead Member, Conference only – $85
Early Bird Grow & Lead Member, Conference and Reflection Breakfast – $100
Early Bird General Admission, Conference Only – $115
Early Bird General Admission, Conference and Reflection Breakfast – $130

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*Prices increasingly $20 after August 31


Do you do business with nonprofit organizations? The U.P. Nonprofit Conference could be the perfect place to find new customers! The conference room perimeter has space for 18 booths. 

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We’re 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 

Save the date for a free evening of networking at Ore Dock Brewing Company – Wednesday, October 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. The opening reception is open to attendees and non attendees alike. Cash bar of beer, pop, juice and kombucha will be available. 

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Reflection Breakfast

Friday, October 19
7:30 – 9 a.m.
Ampersand Coworking Conference Room
$15 registration 

What do you do with all the new information gained at the Nonprofit Conference? Join us for a debrief and reflection session that will help you clarify your path forward. This facilitated workshop will help conference attendees define a change they want to make in their organization based on what was learned at Thursday’s conference. Attendees will be treated to breakfast and a beverage of their choice off of the Velodrome Coffee Cart. Limited to 30 attendees. 

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Need to spend the night to attend the conference and/or breakfast? We’ve negotiated discounted rooms at local hotels! 

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