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June 19-20, 2019
Sheridan, Wyoming

Join us in Sheridan for the premier nonprofit education and networking event of the year!

All events at Sheridan College unless otherwise noted.


June 19, 2019

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Check-in and and grab your box lunch

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Keynote - Revenue Leadership: Taking Charge of Nonprofit Funding Streams - Jon Pratt, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
In an ideal world, every nonprofit would have reliable income over which they have complete control.  Since that certainty is the case for very few organizations, nonprofit boards and managers must wrestle with the ups and downs, challenges and attached conditions of their funding sources. This presentation will break down the process of analyzing and developing a revenue strategy into three steps and segments of small group work.  Participants will develop revenue profiles of their organization or program, based on the relative reliability and autonomy of their sources of funding. Using that data, they will then identify potential revenue priorities and strategies going forward.  This does not lessen the constraints – but can clear the air so that decision-making is based on a common understanding of available degrees of financial freedom and the implications of changes in income and expenses. Jon Pratt Bio

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions (4):
Identifying and Understanding Foundation and Corporate Grant Prospects - Jon Pratt, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
U.S. foundations and corporations provide $73 billion in grant funds for nonprofit causes in 2018, and can be a valuable source for new projects and sometimes ongoing funding.  The top 50 Wyoming foundations had assets of $1.7 billion and made $108 million in grants in 2015.  This session is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the resources and methods to develop a target list of potential funders matched by geography, interest area, population served, and grant type.  While the basic facts about foundation guidelines and lists of grants are readily available, we will also take an inside look at a new information service www.GrantAdvisor.org.   GrantAdvisor provides a confidential view of the interactions (positive and negative) fundraisers have with foundations, and how these foundations stack up for accessibility, relationships and goal accomplishment.
Developing Partnerships - Amy Salinas - On3Learn
This session will support organizations in increasing their understanding of what it takes to ensure partnerships and collaborations are successful. The overarching question that will guide our work will be: How do I engage and support partners or stakeholders in my organization and community for a period of time, so they see themselves as a group of people and/or organizations/groups working together to build something wonderful that is worth staying around for…..despite all the challenges that will never go away? As a foundation, participants will explore the Dimensions of Success that will support their partnership work and dialogue about the roadblocks that can sometimes get in the way.
Highly- Skilled Volunteers: Get'Em, Keep'Em - Wendy Luck, Program Coordinator, ServeWyoming
Skills-based volunteering means leveraging the specialized skills and talents of individuals to strengthen the infrastructure of nonprofits, helping them build and sustain their capacity to successfully achieve their missions. We will discuss this innovative approach that takes advantage of individuals’ skills and experience to help service organizations build and sustain their capacity to bring real solutions to our most pressing social problems.  Includes a discussion of National Service resources dedicated to higher skilled volunteers.  
Effective Messages: There is a Real Person and Story Behind Every "They" - Amy Albrecht, Executive Director, Center for a Vital Community
In this interactive facilitated discussion, we will explore why we need to move the narrative from “they” to “us” in our communities and with our policy makers. Using the issue of poverty and Senate File 144 as our case study, we will develop messaging that is more inclusive and better communicates people’s real life experiences, which at any time could be our own experience with just one lay-off, family illness or other life altering event. In addition, we will explore strategies for engaging public policy makers using this new narrative.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Concurrent Sessions (4):
Leadership Compass: Understanding Your Leadership Style and How that Impacts Your Work - Amy Salinas, On3Learn
This session will allow participants to discover their leadership style using a simple framework called Leadership Compass. Through the compass, we will also spend time assessing what impact styles have on our work and our particular areas of strength and challenge.
Self-Care and Burnout Prevention in the Nonprofit and Volunteer World - Shonya Neuman, Program Assistant, ServeWyomingThis session briefly addresses the impact of burnout in the world of non-profit and volunteerism and how regular self-care as part of wellness practices can combat it. Through a brief introduction, an open dialogue, and activity, we will create the space for participants to address and define self-care and how to apply in their lives and organizations.
Effective Altruism 101 - Gabel Taggart, Assistant Professor, School of Politics, Public Affairs and International Studies, University of Wyoming
Effective Altruism is a global social movement that, at its core, uses rigorous analysis and deep philosophical thought to answer the question: how can we use our limited resources to help people the most?  In this session we'll introduce and discuss the history, philosophical grounding, insights, and major pitfalls with this way of thinking.  Dr. Taggart is also a Research Fellow for the Center for Organizational Research and Design at Arizona State University.
What's So Special About a Special Event? - Kari Anderson, Principal, Incite! Consulting GroupDo you have a “special event” on your to-do list this coming year?  Confused about what makes a special event special?  Having a tug of war about what a special event is supposed to achieve?  Wondering how the heck th - e event is supposed to make serious money?  Join seasoned special event pro and nonprofit consultant Kari Anderson with Incite! Consulting Group.  During this 60-minute session, she’ll define event terms, help you determine your “event why”, provide ROI planning documents and assist you in creating an effective event planning timeline. 

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Great fun, food, drinks and conversation at Barn in Big Horn (Big Horn, Wyoming) - Ride the Sheridan Trolley

June 20, 2019

7:30 AM - 9:15 AM

WyoGives 2020
WyoGives, an initiative of the Wyoming Nonprofit Network, is a 24-hour day of online giving designed to bring the state together to raise money and awareness of Wyoming nonprofits. WyoGives.org will provide an easy-to-use platform for donors to discover and invest in worthy causes. Our first WyoGives will be held in the summer of 2020. Come learn more about this unique event and how your organization can participate and benefit. 

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Concurrent Sessions (4):
Grow Your Annual Giving - Mary Peterson

Tired of the same old, same old?  Need to raise more money every year? In this interactive session, we’ll take a fresh look at annual giving, and how your mission, your story, and your donors drive the unique potential of your organization to acquire the resources you need to fulfill your mission.  
Fiduciary Responsibilities of Board Members - Gregory Dyekman, Partner, Long Reimer Winegar Beppler, LLP
This program will teach you the legal aspects of governance for board members, touching on many common questions including fiduciary duties of care, loyalty and obedience to applicable laws, conflicts of interest, electronic meetings, hazards of nonprofits with members, and possible defenses to liability for board members.
Put Your Website to Work: A Deep Dive Into Digital Trends - Brendan McDaniel, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Firespring
You work hard and wear a lot of hats—with no time to buy the matching shoes. Changing the world can be stressful work. We’d like to help lighten your workload and preserve your sanity. Go beyond the basics and take a deep dive into digital trends with Brendan McDaniel as he talks about how to leverage technology to help support your mission and make your life easier. You’ll learn: • How to use the latest in marketing automation to engage your donors. • Key ways to leverage your marketing efforts to increase fundraising  • How to convert supporters with powerful landing pages. • The key fundamentals to a website that works harder than a brochure site. • How to self-evaluate the power of your website
Resource Assistance for Wyoming's Rural Needs - ServeWyoming, Facilitator (panelists listed below)
Join us for a panel discussion of available funding resources for Wyoming nonprofits. ServeWyoming, Corporation for National and Community Service and USDA Rural Development's State Office and Wyoming Community Foundation/Wyoming Women's Foundation will provide a session related to grants, various applications and what kind of programs each are seeking to fund. Shelly McAlpin, ServeWyoming, Amy Busch, Corporation for National and Community Service, Vickery Fales Hall, Wyoming Community Foundation and Chad Stovall, USDA, Rural Development

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Concurrent Sessions (4):
Planned Giving...Are You Ready For The Challenge? - Gordon Smith, Associate Vice President of Development, Planned Giving at National Jewish Health
When is your organization ready to get into planned giving and what are the components of gift planning that any organization could/should do regardless of the size or years in business? You will come away with a good idea for where your organization fits on the Development life cycle and what corresponding elements of a planned gift program should be in place along with some basic tools for how to implement them. Finally, you will learn several techniques for beginning and developing the planned gift conversation with prospective donors.
Board Engagement in Fundraising - Gregory Dyekman, Partner, Long Reimer Winegar Beppler, LLP
This program will teach you a new way of thinking about fund-raising for your organization. It will focus on how to get reluctant and inexperienced board members to be positive about your organization and its fundraising efforts. You will learn how to involve board members in all aspects of fund-raising and why you must do so!
Building Communities of Hope - Rev. Dr. Anne Hays Egan, New Venture Consulting: Molly Palmer, National MS Society; Tina Hoebelheinrich, Cody ChamberThis high energy workshop provides practical strategies and tools for working with stakeholders in ways that build communities of hope. Two case studies include the Cody Chamber of Commerce and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society CO/WY Chapter, in Cheyenne. These two share a powerful capacity to engage a wide range of volunteers and other stakeholders in the shared work of community building for a collective impact that makes a lasting difference. Rev. Dr. Anne Hays Egan will provide a framework for community building that engages others. Ms. Molly Palmer from the MS Society and Ms. Tina Hoebelheinrich from the Cody Chamber will share their case studies: what they did, how they engaged people, and how they are making positive change together. Anne will lead the participants in a lively discussion about: what you’re doing and can do to build communities of hope – right where you are.
Nonprofit Marketing Made Simple: Tools and Tips to Expand Your Reach and Create a Big Impact - Jessica Stanbury, Hinge Studio MarketingThere’s no doubt that nonprofit marketing looks widely different than most for-profit businesses. As a nonprofit organization, you are often charged to do more with less and convincing people to support your mission, join your cause, or volunteer for your programs and events is simply the name of the game. Often the barrier to receiving the support your organization needs is a lack of awareness and/or understanding of what it is you do and the critical impact you make. That’s where marketing comes in. This interactive session will focus on budget savvy marketing strategies that will help you tell your story, ensuring your nonprofit attracts funders, volunteers, and advocates, who not only know who you are, but what you do and how well you do it.  We’ll help you get an overall view of where you currently are in regard to marketing, walk through usable tools that you can implement in your strategy, and provide practical tips and recommendations to help you tell your story and grow your support.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
A Conversation with CJ Box
A conversation between Wyoming Nonprofit Network Board Member Molly Box and her father, New York Times Best-selling Author C.J. Box. Through a question-and-answer format, they will discuss personal and public image, business relationships, and marketing. Whether it is selling novels, promoting small business, or bringing in fundraising dollars for nonprofits, the principles remain the same. Enjoy some interesting stories and bring home new ideas for your organization. 

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Funding Trends, the Foundation Perspective
Join us for this thought-provoking discussion among different foundation representatives about funding trends, alignment between grants and the goals of foundations and how this is evolving in today's philanthropic environment. Confirmed foundation panelists: First Interstate Foundation, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation and John P. Ellbogen Foundation. Additional foundation representatives are pending. 

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Registration Fees

Early-Bird: Ends May 17th
Member: $95
Not-Yet-Member: $120

Regular: May 18 - June 10th
Member: $115
Not-Yet-Member: $140

Not a member? Learn more here about the benefits and cost of membership. You can join today using our online application.

Registration is closed.

You must register by June 10th. There will be no registration at the door.

Cancellations on or before June 9, 2019 will be refunded less a $15 service fee. Cancellations after June 10, 2019 are not refundable but the registration may be transferred to another individual.


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Hotel Information

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn at a rate of $94/night. To reserve a room call 307-672-8931 and ask for the Wyoming Nonprofit Network block on or before May 16, 2019. After this date, any remaining rooms in the block will be released and reservations will be based on room and rate availability. You can also make a reservation online, just go to www.holidayinn.com/sheridanwy and type in the group code (WNP) under the reservation segment. 

Sheridan College has accommodations available at Whitney Villas. Rates range from $64/night to $86/night. More information about Whitney Villas can be found here. Call or email Debi Isakson, Conference and Services Coordinator, at 307-675-0600 or disakson@SHERIDAN.EDU for more information and to make a reservation. 

 (307) 772-9050

1401 Airport Parkway, Suite 300
Cheyenne, WY  82001

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