Annual Conference

The 2013 Nonprofit Missouri Building Relationships/Strengthening Nonprofits Conference was held June 12-13, 2013 in Columbia, MO.  It hosted 90 attendees representing 74 organizations, and featured 12 workshops, 4 speakers, exhibitors and networking opportunities.

Sponsors and supporters of the event included: IFF, RubinBrown, Commerce Bank, the Missouri Foundation for Health, and the Bank of America Foundation.

Nonprofit MO received extremely positive feedback from 2013 Conference Attendees.  Thank you to all attendees, speakers and sponsors for making the event a success.

Here's what attendees had to say about why they enjoyed attending the conference:

  • Interaction with broad spectrum on NP professionals. Also great speakers.
  • Networking
  • The seminars.
  • I felt the topics were very relevant and timely.
  • Dan Prater's presentation was excellent, and the networking was very good, albeit too short.
  • Overall the speakers were excellent. I was impressed at the inclusion of national speakers. The workshops included practical suggestions that can be adapted and implemented at our organization.
  • Information and resources from sessions on risk management and more. Copy of presentation on CD in registration packet.
  • Networking with other NP professionals.
  • Great speakers and good information was shared. I had some great takeaways from the event that I am planning to apply at my organization.
  • I found the workshop speakers to be very informative and well versed on their topic
  • Good speakers. They were focused on timely issues and welcomed feedback.
  • ACA information and updates on what is happening at the federal level
  • Speaker on Affordable Health Care
  • Speakers were well prepared and knowledgeable. Content was strong.
  • The presenters - particularly David Renz
  • Excellent presentations with lots of useful information
  • The quality of the presenters was surprising to me for a local conference.
  • Networking
  • The quality of the content presented was top notch.
  • Vendors
  • Speakers
  • Meeting others from nonprofits similar to ours.
  • Interacting with other MO nonprofit professionals and resources for our organizations.
  • The quality and diversity of speakers/topics offered. As an ED who wears many different hats, I was able to explore all different aspects of my job in one conference!
  • The Keynote speakers were excellent.
  • Nice, diverse range of topics and the fact that it impacted what is happening in MO most specifically.
  • The workshops I attended were all helpful.
  • It's hard to say which is "most" - great location, love that you squeezed it all into one day off work, great topics, great speakers, networking
  • The seminar on risk management
  • Dinner keynote speaker was excellent.
  • The sessions were extremely thought provoking. My I thought the set up of the 24 hour conference was great. The meals were wonderful and sharing the meals with other attendees gave plenty of time to network. Truly the best conference I have attended. I did not mind the early morning either, and I drove in that morning from out of town.
  • Reconnecting with colleagues and terrific speakers


Melanie Herman       Dr. David Renz       Ryan Barker       David Thompson

  • Melanie Herman, Nonprofit Risk ManagementTop 10 Legal Risks Facing Nonprofits (HR  OS)
  • Dr. David Renz, Midwest Center for Nonprofit LeadershipThe Changing Nature of the Role of Nonprofits (L  OS)
  • Ryan Barker, Vice President, Health Policy, Missouri Foundation for HealthLooking Ahead at ACA Implementation in Missouri (APP)
  • David Thompson, the National Council of NonprofitsThe Federal Public Policy Landscape for Nonprofits  (APP)



Tracks: Leadership, Human Resources, Advocacy and Public Policy, Operational Strengthening, Financial

12 Workshops Offered, Including:

Session I - Wed., June 12, 4:00 - 5:30pm

  • Risk Management – Melanie Herman, Nonprofit Risk Management (OS)
  • Succession Planning – Laura Watkins, Dovetail Associates (L  HR)
  • Special workshop session led by the Missouri chapter Association of Fundraising Professionals (L  HR  F)
  • What Nonprofits Need to Know About Advocacy – Kevin Drollinger, Epworth Children and Family Services, and Mary Chant, Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies (APP)

Session II - Thurs., June 13, 9:00 - 10:15am

  • What Went Wrong, and What Can We Learn?: A Case Study of the Collapse of a Nonprofit - Dana Malkus, Attorney and Assistant Professor, St. Louis University School of Law (OS)
  • Improving Staff Retention and Preventing Burnout - Macy Bursac, Connections to Success (HR)
  • Business Planning for Nonprofits – Christy Maxfield, The Mission Center LLC (F)
  • Financial Leadership for Nonprofits in Times of Economic Challenge – Dr. David Renz, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership (L  F)

Session III - Thurs., June 13, 10:45am - 12:00pm

  • Communication for Nonprofit Leaders and Structuring Communications Within Organizations - Dan Prater, Director - The Center for Nonprofit Communication (L  OS)
  • Fundraising Law for Missouri Nonprofits – Bob Carlson, Missouri Attorney General’s Office (F  OS)
  • Unrelated Business Income and Form 990s - RubinBrown (F)
  • Influencing Public Policy Through Stories: A Local Focus - David L. Thompson, National Council of Nonprofits, Vice President of Public Policy (APP)



(573) 635-0745
Nonprofit Missouri
PO Box 704
Jefferson City,
MO 65102