The 13th Annual Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands
Nov 7th, 2019 - La Vista Conference Center, La Vista, NE

Bringing together people, ideas and resources.


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 Full Day (lunch included)     $275  $200  Save $50  Full day Summit ticket
 Lunch and Keynote   $75  $75  -- Lunch and Keynote only 

 *Early Bird ended Oct 1st

 The NAM Annual Association Meeting starts at 4:30pm and is free to all NAM members.

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Highlights from Summit 2018



Your Keynotes:

Frances Kunreuther, Building Movement Projects
Frances co-directs the Building Movement Project, which works to strengthen U.S. nonprofits as sites of civic engagement and social change. She is co-author of From the Ground Up: Grassroots Organizations Making Social Change (Cornell, 2006) and Working Across Generations: Defining the Future of Nonprofit Leadership (Jossey Bass, 2009). Frances spent five years at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University. She headed the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LBGT youth, and was awarded a year-long Annie E. Casey Foundation fellowship in 1997 for this and her previous work. Over the years, Frances has worked with homeless youth and families, undocumented immigrants, crime victims, battered women, and substance users. She writes and presents frequently on issues related to nonprofits, leadership and social change.


Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Building Movement Projects
Sean co-directs the Building Movement Project, with a special focus on BMP’s work on service and social change. Prior to joining the BMP staff, Sean spent a decade working in various roles at the Center for Community Change. At CCC, he developed training programs for grassroots leaders, worked in CCC’s communications and policy departments where he coordinated online and grassroots advocacy efforts, and lobbied on a range of issues, including immigration reform, transportation equity and anti-poverty programs. Before joining the Center, Sean worked as a Policy Analyst at the National Council of La Raza, where he focused on employment and income security issues. Sean holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Multicultural Studies from St. Olaf College in Minnesota.

About the Building Movement Project: For over a decade, the Building Movement Project has been advancing the potential for nonprofit organizations to have an impact in building movements for progressive social change. They help organizations to align their social justice principles with their operating practices. Their practical resources and creative solutions help organizations innovate to meet the needs of the communities they serve and face the challenges of the external environment. They bring people together, sharing best practices and building bridges that lead to policies and approaches that support equity, fairness and sustainability. Check out their Race To Lead Study today!



7:30 – 8:15 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Enjoy a light breakfast while visiting our vendor booths!

8:30 AM

 Welcome! Opening Plenary Panel - The Color of Leadership


Moderator: Donna Murray-Brown, President and CEO, Michigan Nonprofit Association



Arvin Frazier, Executive Director - College Possible

Emiliano Lerda, Vice President - Paul G Smith Associates

Tahnee Markussen, Program Officer - Lozier Foundation

Michelle Zych, Executive Director - Women's Fund of Omaha


Hear from local leaders who will discuss their experiences, their path to leadership, and how we can do better at supporting leaders of color. 

9:45 AM


Breakout Sessions

Change Management - The Inevitable

Presenters: Andi Curry-Grubb, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland & Marti Carrington, Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation 

As non-profits, we know there are few things that are constant. The one thing we can always count on? Change! Since it happens so often, we should be experts at managing through it, right? Since we all know that is not true, come join us for this interactive session to learn more about how to manage change – both personally and professionally – in a more constructive and effective way. 

This session will share the top principles of change leadership and give you activities to evaluate those principles the next time your organization goes through a change (so, tomorrow). We’ll use group activities to talk about changes we have been through, what has worked and what hasn’t, and how the principles of change leadership could have improved the process. Finally, we will look at how different personalities handle change and explore the best practices for engaging those styles in the process.

 Make it Count with the Census 2020!

Presenter: Blanca Ramirez-Salazar, US Census Bureau 

The 2020 Census is coming and your community has much to gain. The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade, we take a count–or a census of America’s population. The 2020 Census will count every person living in the Nation once, only once, and in the right place. In 2020, for the first time, people will be able to participate in the census online, by phone, or on paper. This session will provide an overview of the 2020 Census timeline, include information about census jobs and the Community Partnership and Engagement program, and; will leave you with critical action steps. As a bonus, learning how local knowledge combined with data from the Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM) application will help you work towards a complete and accurate count in your area. Come and learn what you can do now to get ready.

Every Story Counts: How to Find, Craft, and Tell Effective Nonprofit Stories

Presenter, Laura Packer; thinkstory

Storytelling is a popular buzzword, but what does it really mean and how do you do it? This highly interactive workshop will give you the tools you need to craft the right story for the right audience to create effective change.

11:15 AM

Lunch is served!


11:20: Catalyst Award Winner Announced


11:30: Keynote Presentation:

The Building Movement Project, Race to Lead

12:30 PM


Workshop: Building Movement Project

 Building Movement Project: Tools to Engage

 Gain practical tools you can use to put the Race To Lead study to work at your own organization.

2:00 PM


Breakout Sessions

Engaging YP’s of Color in Leadership

Presenters: Andrew Aleman, PLCSW, Andrew Aleman Consulting; Liz Codina, Peter Kiewit Foundation; Dominique Morgan, Black and Pink; Erik Servellon, Avenue Scholars; Ashlei Spivey, Peter Kiewit Foundation

As our community demographics shift, having a board that reflects different perspectives is critically important. Local professionals will lead a discussion focusing on why race should be centered in the conversation as well as engagement strategies for nonprofit organizations to recruit and onboard board members who bring varying identities and perspectives. This interactive session will leave participants with building blocks to addresses board diversity within their nonprofits.

Counting Your Clients’ Voice: Why Lawmakers Need to Hear From The People You Serve

Presenters: Jo Giles & Marj Plumb, Coalition for a Strong Nebraska; Jodi Benenson, UNO; Hannah Young, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands 

Participants will learn key findings from the first study of its kind in the nation – which compares what Nebraska nonprofit organizations and policy makers think about nonprofit policy advocacy. The results yield insights to questions, such as, what activities are most effective? Who in your organizations makes the most effective advocate? (Guess what, it’s not who you think). This session will highlight the importance of a nonprofit’s role in training program staff and clients – who can share their stories with elected officials – and lift up relevant data to frame policy conversations.

Evidence-Based Practice: The Process of Selecting and Assessing Evidence-Supported Interventions 

Presenters: Beth Morrissette, Natalie Scarpa, Jennifer Sedivy; Parlay Consulting Firm

You want to deliver the best services possible. You’ve heard that evidence-based practices are the way to get there. In fact, it may be a requirement of a funding source you are seeking. The next step is making a choice of which practices to adopt, but what really is “evidence-based practice” (EBP) and how do you select the best one for your organization keeping in focus the needs of your specific clientele? This introductory course will reveal the foundation of EBP as a process rather than a product (e.g. simply an intervention) by focusing on finding, assessing, and synthesizing research evidence to support practice approaches with clients and client systems, so you can practice with confidence that you are providing the best services possible.

3:30 PM

Panel - Corporate Partnerships


Moderator: Marjorie Maas, SHAREOmaha


Panelists: Lisa Fox, Founder & Owner of Fox Creek Fundraising

Gail Graeve, VP Community Affairs, Corporate Events and the Mutual of Omaha Foundation
Rob Trebilcock, Senior Regional Officer, VP Corporate Social Responsibility – Bank of the West

Kelsey Stupfell, Director of Community Reinvestment – TS Banking Group


If you know one funder, you know one funder – but when a funder’s approach is different than that of traditional grantmaking, are you potentially leaving money or support on the table? Join us for a dynamic panel discussion about corporate giving and support – how that is different from traditional grantmaking, the portfolio of support that three area corporations provide in the nonprofit space, and hear from a nonprofit fundraising professional about how building relationships with corporations might look different and why. 

4:30 PM

Networking Happy Hour & NAM Annual Meeting

Join us for some drinks and snacks to celebrate a wonderful day of learning, welcome our newest NEI & RLI Alumni, and announce our newest Institute classes! During our networking happy hour program, we'll:

  • Celebrate the Nonprofit Executive Institute outgoing Class 13 and announce Class 14
  • Celebrate the Rising Leader Institute outgoing Class 1 and announce Class 2
  • NAM Annual Association Meeting. Make your voice heard as we vote on our new slate of officers