The 1st Annual Nebraska Nonprofit Conference

Nebraska Nonprofit Conference

2018 Nebraska Nonprofit Conference

August 1st, 2018 - Younes Conference Center, Kearney

Hosted by Nonprofit Association of the Midlands in partnership with the Grand Island Community Foundation, Kearney Area Community Foundation and Peter Kiewit Foundation


Full-Day Conference (agenda below):

$55 - NAM Members (login before registering to get the member rate)

$105 - Not-yet NAM Members - become a NAM member today!

Board Masters Training Only (details here):

$45 - per person

Lunch Only:

$25 - per person

CEU's will be available!



Conference Agenda

8:00am - 9:00am:     Registration & Breakfast

9:00am:                     Opening Plenary: Legal Responsibilities: Nonprofits and Nebraska Law - 

This presentation will provide an overview of the Attorney General Office’s responsibility for oversight of charitable entities, highlighting the top reasons a nonprofit corporation becomes the subject of an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office. Along with best practices for the governance of a nonprofit corporation, the Attorney General is also named as a qualified beneficiary to all charitable trusts whose principal place of administration is in Nebraska, and as such acts to provide oversight for charitable trusts. The presentation will detail the type of notices Trustees are required to provide to the Attorney General’s Office, what the Attorney General’s Office looks for when deciding to investigate a charitable trust, and the role the Attorney General’s Office plays in the administration of charitable trusts.

Presenter: Daniel J. Russell, Assistant Attorney General

10:15am - 11:15am: Morning Breakout Sessions:

  • Human Resources 101 In this session attendees will explore the basics of HR issues faced in nonprofit organizations. Topics will include writing accurate job descriptions, FLSA testing, use of contractors, hostile workplace & harassment issues, succession planning and more. Come armed with your HR questions! Presenter: Ralph Kellogg, Centris Federal Credit Union
  • Volunteer Recruitment - A common problem that exists within the nonprofit field is recruiting volunteers. This workshop aims to help nonprofits create a targeted recruitment strategy to increase the number of volunteers in their organization. A panel of recruitment specialists from Midlands Mentoring Partnership, Serve Nebraska, and United Way will share their strategies on recruiting volunteers through effective messaging, relationship building, and follow up. Participants in this session will develop a strategy to help identify and recruit volunteers, identify and approach organizations and businesses that can connect you to potential volunteers, and create effective recruitment messages and materials to reach target audiences. Presenter: Cathleen Plager, ServeNebraska, Teresa Reisberg, MENTOR Nebraska, Jenny Salestrom, Mid Plains United Way
  • Build A Better Board - Strengthen your approach to finding (and keeping) good people to do great things for your organization! Every nonprofit, everywhere, is trying to build a better board. This participatory session will help you ask the right questions and find the answers about your organization and your community in order to establish and maintain an effective leadership team. You will leave this workshop with ideas, tools and resources to enhance your current approach and set up your board for continued success. Presenter: Amy Sandeen, Prairie Loft Center


 11:15am - 12:30pm: Funder Panel Discussion

Grab your lunch and enjoy learning from the people who help make your great work happen!

Your Panelists:
  •  Bill Oldfather, Ron and Carol Cope Foundation
  •  Lynne Werner,  1st National Bank Foundation and Wolbach Foundation
  •  Judi Sickler, Kearney Area Community Foundation
  •  Paul Ternes, Peter Kiewit Foundation


 12:45pm - 4:45pm: Board Masters (for nonprofit board members only. Special registration required.)


12:45pm - 1:45pm: Afternoon Breakout Sessions #1

  • Impact of Tax Cuts and the Jobs Act on Nonprofit Organizations - In this session we will discuss the major tax law changes brought about by tax cuts and the Jobs Act, including the potential positive and negative impacts on nonprofit organizations due to the major income and estate tax changes. Attendees will identify talking points and ways to educate their donors about the tax law changes. We will discuss possible solutions for tax planning in light of these changes and learn how to create a win-win situation for both your nonprofit organization and your donors. Presenter: Marcy Luth; AlmquistMaltzahn, Galloway & Luth
  • Planning Exceptional Events - Whether you plan an open house, family event, fundraiser gala, or walk-a-thon, most of us have a love/hate relationship with events. This interactive workshop will offer creative tools to help you plan for well-organized, appealing events and activities that enhance your mission. Be prepared to brainstorm, share, and take away ideas you can use to pull off exceptional events at your nonprofit! Presenter: Amy Sandeen, Prairie Loft Center


2:00pm - 3:00pm: Afternoon Breakout Sessions #2

  • Employee Value Propositions - Attracting, engaging, and retaining top talent is critical to executing your mission. With the unemployment rate being at a historic low, organizations find themselves competing for the same talent. In this free session, consultants from Category One Consulting will help nonprofit leaders think outside the box in order to compete for talent by developing an attractive employee value proposition (EVP) that doesn’t break the bank. Many organizations only think about the tangible components of an EVP such as compensation and benefits. However, there are many other EVP components that shape the work environment and employee experience. We will discuss these components and provide tips and tricks for identifying and optimizing your EVP in a manner that doesn’t expend financial resources. Presenters: Amy Walzer and Lindsey Bandow, Category 1 Consulting
  • Social Media Strategy & Execution - In this session we will learn how to build a managable social media strategy with limited time. We'll also explore updates to Facebook, Google and SSL that will impact nonprofit marketing and how to use social media for giving days. Attendees will walk away from this session with a tool they can put to use right away to create a 90 day social media strategy. Presenter: James Duran, Kreativ Element


3:15pm - 4:15pm: Afternoon Breakout Sessions #3

  • Using Your Past to Lead Your Future: Developing Your Leadership Philosophy - Everyone is a leader in some capacity in the workplace, from the receptionist to the Executive Director. This interactive session will guide participants through a framework aimed at assisting non-profit professionals in articulating their personal leadership philosophy. Leaders in the non-profit setting must have transparency, a clear sense of identity, and vision to lead effectively. However, every leader, experienced or new, has traveled a unique path to leadership. Through the development of a personal leadership philosophy, non-profit professionals can articulate their leadership beliefs, values, and attitudes to their colleagues and employees. When charged with leadership positions, the varied expectations of today’s non-profit sector call for a clear direction on how one will lead in times of uncertainty and constant change. Presenters: Vicki Bautista & Gretchen OltmanCreighton University
  • Achieving Your Mission Through Strategic Planning & Focused Execution - It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day execution and ideas, especially with limited time, resources and dollars. Get tools and resources to help work on your organization’s overarching direction, embed your strategic planning into the day to day operations and align your organization’s resources to maximize productivity and results. Presenter: Amy GizinskiStrengths Ignited


4:15pm - 5:30pm: Happy Hour!

Please join us as we celebrate a day of learning and networking.


About Your Presenters

Lindsey Bandow is a Senior Organizational Effectiveness Consultant at Category One Consulting, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations maximize their effectiveness through research, analytics, and evidence-based practices. Prior to joining Category One Consulting, Lindsey served as a Decision Support Specialist at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, as a Research & Evaluation Specialist at the Omaha Public Schools, and as a Research Assistant at Iowa State University.

Lindsey earned her MA in Social-Organizational Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is certified in Relational Database Fundamentals and Structured Query Language (SQL) by the Nebraska Business Development Center.


Vicki Bautista is an assistant professor at Creighton University in the department of interdisciplinary studies. She serves as the Assistant Program Director for the online master’s in Health and Wellness Coaching. Additionally, she teaches both on ground and online courses in the bachelor's-level Healthy Lifestyle Management degree. Bautista has an EdD in Interdisciplinary Leadership and is a certified health and wellness coach through Real Balance Global Wellness Services. Prior to working at Creighton, she was employed in a variety of health promotion settings including, non-profit, government, and research.


James Duran is the Managing Partner of KreativElement. KreativElement is a digital marketing firm based in Omaha, and specializes in social media, video production, website development, marketing strategy, SEO and SEM/PPC services. James Duran is the "Face of Digital Marketing" for the "Faces of Omaha 2018".


Amy Gizinski, owner of Strengths Ignited, is a purpose driven certified strategic operating plan (StratOp) facilitator and management consultant.  She helps organizations stay on mission, create clarity and vision, develop action plans to bring visions to life, and maximize team performance.  Amy has worked with nonprofits and organizations, ranging from startups to Fortune 1000 companies, to maximize their time, money and resources in the most efficient and effective way, to stop the spinning and the overwhelm, and to move leaders and organizations forward so they can achieve their mission and set the world on fire!


Ralph Kellogg is the Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Training at Centris Federal Credit Union. Mr. Kellogg has over twenty years of experience in banking, customer service, sales, and non-profit arenas. Mr. Kellogg received a B.S. in Business Administration from Creighton University in 1992. He obtained an MBA from Bellevue University in 2002, and an M.S. in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Creighton University in 2009. In 2012 Mr. Kellogg received a B.S. in Human Resources Management from Bellevue University earning cum-lade designation. Mr. Kellogg holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), as well as the Senior Certified Professional (SCP) in Human Resources from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). Kellogg is active with the Human Resources Associated of the Midlands (HRAM) and teaches the strategic management to PHR and SPHR candidates. Mr. Kellogg has serves on a variety of local nonprofit Boards of Directors including, the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM), Inclusive Communities, and Heartland Family Services.


Marcy J Luth, CPA is a shareholder with Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway and Luth, PC of Grand Island. She is chair of the Firm's accounting and auditing department and works extensively with nonprofit and governmental organizations. She is a graduate of Hastings College and received her MBA from the University of Nebraska - Kearney. She is Vice Chair of the Grand Island Community Foundation, a trustee for Hastings College, Secretary of the Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy, and a member of the Nebraska Society of CPA's State and Local Government A&A Committee.


Amy McFeely is a Co-Founder and Principal Consultant at Category One Consulting, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations maximize their effectiveness through research, analytics, and evidence-based practices. Prior to starting Category One Consulting, Amy served as a Customer Insights Data Analyst at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, as a Talent Analytics Project Leader at ConAgra Foods, and as a Talent Assessment Analyst at Sprint Nextel Corporation.

Amy earned her PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and her MA in Social Psychology from the University of Toledo. She is also a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.


Gretchen Oltman is an assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies at Creighton University. She serves as the Program Director for both the master's-level and bachelor's-level leadership degree programs. Oltman is a licensed attorney and holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration. She has spent over two decades in education, from serving as a secondary classroom instructor to leading in an administrative capacity at the university level. She is the author of Law Meets Literature: A Novel Approach for the English Classroom and Violence in Student Writing: A School Administrator's Guide.


Cathleen Plager is the Executive Director of ServeNebraska the Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission, the Commission encourages volunteerism across the state and works with the Governor’s office to recognize volunteers annually through the Step Forward Awards. ServeNebraska administers and monitors AmeriCorps grants and support National Service activities across the state. Cathleen has been with ServeNebraska for seven years and the Executive Director for five. Cathleen is very passionate about volunteerism and enjoys working and living in Nebraska because helping out your neighbor is a way of life that Nebraskans live by.

Teresa Riesberg serves as the Operations and Events Coordinator at MENTOR Nebraska, formally known as Midlands Mentoring Partnership, in Omaha. In her position, Teresa is focused on increasing awareness of the need for mentors in the community and coordinating the work of partner mentoring programs to increase mentor recruitment efforts. In addition, Teresa trains mentoring program staff on mentoring best practices, screening volunteers, and trauma-informed care. She also supports organizational operations, builds relationships with new and existing mentoring programs, and coordinates mentor recruitment campaigns. Prior to this role, Teresa spent several years working in the marketing field for both for-profit and nonprofit entities. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University in Journalism & Mass Communication and Kinesiology & Health with an emphasis in Community and Public Health.

Daniel J. Russell, is an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office. Daniel focuses primarily on matters involving nonprofit corporations, charitable trusts, endowment funds, and consumer protection issues. He received his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2013, where he was a member of the National Moot Court Team, and received the Roscoe Pound Award for Best Oral Advocate and Kenneth L. Noha Best Brief Award at the 2012 Thomas Stinson Allen Moot Court Competition. Daniel is a lifelong Lincoln resident and an Eagle Scout.

Jenny Salestrom – Mid Plains United Way. In 1998, after graduating from Kearney High School, Jenny moved to North Platte where she attended Mid Plains Community College. She holds an Associate of Arts degree and Associate of Applied Science degree. Jenny worked at KNOP-TV in North Platte and 10/11 News in Lincoln for 12 years before she took the job as Executive Director of Mid-Plains United Way in 2012. Jenny serves on the board of directors for the North Platte Noon Rotary Club, Keep North Platte/Lincoln County Beautiful and the North Platte Chamber Hostesses. She is a member of the PEO Chapter GO, the Moose Lodge and the Episcopal Church of Our Savior. When she is not working, she likes to volunteer, spend time with family and friends and study up on worthless movie trivia.

Amy Sandeen grew up in Hastings, then worked with nonprofits in St. Paul/Minneapolis for eighteen years before moving back to her roots in 2008 to help establish Prairie Loft. 

Amy's professional background is in experiential education and nonprofit management. She has worked with schools, nonprofits, outdoor education centers, and wilderness programs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Nebraska. Amy serves on the Humanities Nebraska Council and is an adjunct instructor with Hastings College. She works with local groups to enhance strategic planning, community culture, inclusive approaches, and leadership skills. Amy is also a musician and photographer and loves sharing outdoor experiences with others.