Nonprofit Finance Conference

2018 Nonprofit Finance Conference

Tuesday, December 4
8:30am-3:15pm (7:30am-8:30am Registration, Breakfast + Networking)
Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland

MANP’s one-day conference for executive directors, finance staff, board members, program, development and operations staff and more.

Talent: The Missing Piece in Nonprofit Sustainability
Keynote by Lisa Brown Alexander
President + CEO of Nonprofit HR

Nonprofit talent matters. It’s time we pay more attention to this often overlooked, yet crucially important factor in the sustainability equation.

People are the primary drivers of performance and impact. The most effective and sustainable organizations are those that understand just how interdependent organizational sustainability and talent sustainability truly are.

Lisa Brown Alexander will highlight what organizations need to achieve talent sustainability and how impactful leaders leverage talent strategies to drive nonprofit sustainability.

Over sixteen years ago, Lisa Brown Alexander set out to build a market where one didn’t exist. She founded Nonprofit HR, the leading human resources firm in the country that works exclusively with the nonprofit sector. Today, her thriving company is helping many of the world’s most prominent nonprofit organizations get ahead through smart human resources strategies, and in the process, they’re changing the way an entire sector thinks about talent and culture.

Lisa’s unique insights into the nonprofit sector, talent and culture and building a successful business in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges will leave your audience with the ideas and tools they need to make positive changes in their own organizations and careers.

Under her direction, Nonprofit HR has served some of the most prominent organizations in the country, including Amnesty International, Independent Sector and NeighborWorks America. With more than two decades of human resource management experience working with nonprofits and for-profit organizations, Lisa and her firm have proven that better HR can play an integral role in nonprofit success. Nonprofits have benefited from her wealth of knowledge and experience to make their people-driven initiatives successful. She believes if an organization can strengthen its internal HR capacity, it can better serve the community and those in need. Lisa brings these beliefs to every engagement, and inspires nonprofit leaders to strengthen their most important asset: their people.

Lisa actively contributes to the strength of the nonprofit sector through her advisory roles with Fund the People and Equity in the Center initiatives. She is a frequent speaker at national nonprofit conferences and events and has authored scores of articles in nonprofit and HR publications on human resources issues. Lisa also serves on the board of directors of the DC Chamber of Commerce, Community Youth Advance (formerly Mentoring to Manhood) and the Prince Georges Cultural Arts Foundation.

Keynote Sponsor


Conference Agenda

7:30am-8:30am Breakfast, Registration + Networking
8:30am-9:45am Welcome + Keynote
10:00am-11:00am Breakout Sessions: Round One (full descriptions)

  • 1A: Where is your Organization on the Talent Sustainability Continuum?
  • 1B: Financial Literacy for Board Members
  • 1C: A Road Map to Implementing the New Not-for-Profit Financial Reporting Standards
  • 1D: Get Ready…The Auditors are Coming!
  • 1E: Good Growth Know-How
  • 1F:  Endowments: What You Need to Know and Tools for Success
11:15am-12:15pm Breakout Sessions: Round Two (full descriptions)

  • 2A: Program Budgets and Allocation
  • 2B: Business Continuity & Disaster Preparedness
  • 2C: Developing Your Side Gig: Considerations for Developing Unrelated Business Income to Support Your Mission
  • 2D: Finance Staffing Models for Small to Mid-Sized Organizations – Panel Discussion
  • 2E: Nonprofit Mergers and Joint Ventures: Best Practices and Lessons Learned
  • 2F: The Investment Policy Statement: Mapping your Organization’s Financial Destiny
12:15pm-1:15pm Cross-Sector Expo + Lunch
1:30pm-2:30pm Breakout Sessions: Round Three (full descriptions)

  • 3A: Annual Update: Uniform Guidance and the 2018 Compliance Supplement
  • 3B: Get Cyber Savvy
  • 3C: Internal Controls for Small and Midsized Nonprofits: How To Avoid Becoming the Next Cautionary Tale
  • 3D: Tax Reform Changes and the Potential Impact on Your Organization
  • 3E: Using Legal and Tax Best Practices to Propel Results and Fulfill Your Mission
  • 3F: Think Ahead: Executive Transition Costs, Compensation & Considerations
2:30pm-3:15pm Collaboratory + Closing


What Past Attendees Say:

“This conference was an invaluable experience for our organization. I learned about many important parts of planning, budgeting, evaluation, and reporting. The Nonprofit Finance Conference helped me become a stronger leader and MaineAEYC become a stronger nonprofit.” -Tara Williams, Executive Director, and the MaineAEYC Board

Lead Sponsors


Sponsors of the Nonprofit Finance Conference donate time, talent, and resources to help make this event what it truly is: an affordable educational resource to support the nonprofit sector. Please contact them to see how they can serve your organization.