Upper Peninsula Nonprofit Conference

2018 U.P. Nonprofit Conference Recap

Demarra Gardner – Keynote Speaker

Do you lead with your head or your heart? Great leaders balance their head and their heart. Demarra’s talk gave attendees background on emotions and neuroscience. She examined how we can make decisions with our head or with our heart, and covered the different ways people make decisions. There were short exercises, including visualizing and breathing, to help attendees center. Demarra reviewed key characteristics of a leader that balances head and heart. 

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Case Studies

Chad Mager lead attendees through four scenarios designed to identify disfunction and implement best practice. Chad covered conflict resolution, volunteer management, special event revenue generation and board member roles and responsibilities. 

Volunteer Michigan Tour

The Volunteer Michigan Tour brought great discussion on the importance of volunteers in the Upper Peninsula. Attendees shared their priorities based on national service categories. 

Technology in Turbulent Times

Chelsea Goodreau, Kori Tossava and Samantha Collins shared their insight on communicating in a crisis. The panelist discussed the importance of listening on social media and taking conversation off line. They stressed the importance of a crisis communications plan


We had many fantastic exhibitors who can help you move your mission forward! Attendees enjoyed stopping by booths to learn more about how the exhibitors work with nonprofit organizations. 

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Gold Sponsor

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Silver Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors
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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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U.P. Nonprofit Conference Opening Reception 

Join us for a free evening of networking and learning at Ore Dock Brewing Company – Wednesday, October 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. Modeled after the “on tap” events hosted at Ore Dock, the Opening Reception will include a presentation and discussion on “The Changing Landscape of Fundraising.”

About our presenter – Jim LaJoie
Jim LaJoie is the executive director of the Superior Health Foundation, a health-centered, grant-giving foundation based in Marquette. SHF provides grant funding to health-centered non-profits all across the Upper Peninsula. He has more than 15 years of experience in non-profit fundraising and giving. Jim is a two-time graduate of Northern Michigan University, owning a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in health care.

We asked Jim what people would learn at the event. He said, “With the advent of the Internet and a whole host of other platforms thrown into the mix to raise charitable dollars, we have seen a seismic shift in the art of fundraising. As non-profits, we have to be more creative and diligent than ever to raise philanthropic dollars to ensure the success of our organizations. This presentation will address the challenges non-profits face and how best to thrive in an ever-changing world of philanthropy.”

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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U.P. Nonprofit Conference Closing Reception 

Network, grab a bit to eat and enjoy at film at the U.P. Nonprofit Conference Closing Reception at Fresh Coast Free at the Marquette Commons! Attendees will find a food voucher in their folder that can be used Thursday evening. Transportation from conference hotels to the reception will be available. More information on the meet up location will be included in the conference folder.

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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. 

Breakfast Sponsors

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

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