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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Nonprofit Leadership Academy

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 Maverick Academy Series

Minnesota State University, Mankato's Nonprofit Leadership Academy provides four 90-minute sessions that will include topics on creating and aligning a nonprofit board, strengthening the nonprofit sector, and sustaining nonprofit partnerships.
March through June 2019 - sessions held once per month from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM (Lunch is included.)
 $49 per session
All sessions held at:
Strategic Partnership Center
424 North Riverfront Drive
Mankato, MN 56001


2019 Series Schedule

Session 1
March 13 • 11:30a-1:00p
Core Fundamentals of Board Management: Acquiring, Onboarding and Managing Your Board to Get the Outcomes You Want
  • How to stratify board member strengths and why
  • Vetting board member ahead of appointments
  • Onboarding, orientation -- define expectations up front, set term limits
  • How to pick your boss
Session 2
April 24 • 11:30a-1:00p
Aligning Board, Staff and Strategy
  • Nonprofit Lifecycles -- a review and reflection
  • Understand where your organization is on the lifecycle
  • Understand the impact on fundraising, governance, volunteer management, staff
Session 3
May 15 • 11:30a-1:00p
Strengthening the Nonprofit Sector One Executive at a Time
  • Nonprofit is a tax status
  • Who's your competition
  • Telling your story -- An elevator speech is way more than that!
Session 4
June 26 • 11:30a-1:00p
Creative Sustainability through Nonprofit Partnerships
  • Collaborations, Joint Ventures, Mergers & Acquisitions -- What's the difference?
  • Why consider partnering
  • Why efforts fail
  • Examples of successful partnerships
  • How to approach a new collaboration or partnership


Nancy Zallek
President & CEO
Mankato Area Foundation
Louise Dickmeyer
Director, Continuing & Professional Education
Minnesota State Mankato