Annual Event

The 2020 Annual Event theme was Getting the Work Done: “How-Tos” for Community and Nonprofit Efforts. Attendees joined us on October 13th, 14th, and 15th for world-class speakers, expert panels, hands-on workshops, and more.

All of the 2020 Annual Event sessions were recorded and are now available to the public. Check out the events listed in the agenda below for session information and recordings of the sessions, when available.

#gettingtheworkdone2020

Opening Ceremony | October 13th, 4:30-6pm CT

Our Shared Future

We were honored to begin this year's Annual Event with a presentation by Mark Webster Denning, recognizing the current contributions and legacy of our Native American and Indigenous neighbors.

Keynote Address | October 14th, 8:30-9:45am CT

What’s Missing in How We Think About ‘How-Tos’ in the Nonprofit and Community Sector

In this keynote session, Dr. Siddiqui shared his reflections on how we prepare for effective work in the Sector, and engaged in Q&A.

Morning How-To Workshops | October 14th, 9:45-11am CT

Collaborating with the University

The Morgridge Center for Public Service led this breakout session, made up of community partners with long-standing collaborations with the UW system.

Where Mission Meets Advocacy: Telling your Story in COVID-19

This session, hosted by WisNRG (Wisconsin Nonprofit Resources Group), features key insights on nonprofit storytelling and advocacy, with a special focus on "Telling Your Story in COVID-19."

Fundraising Tactics

Organizers from the UW-Madison Fundraising for Nonprofits Conference presented some key tactics and strategies for effective fundraising, with a focus on overcoming the unique challenges organizations face during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lunch Break | October 14th, 11am-1pm CT

Collaboration cafe

Visit our "collaboration cafe" archives, where attendees introduced themselves and reflected on their learning from the Annual Event.

Breakout Sessions | October 14th, 1-2:30pm CT

Engaging Youth in Our Work

This breakout session focused on youth engagement in nonprofit and community work. Session leaders from the university and community talk about how youth can be (and are) effective agents for change.

Stakeholder Engagement and Policy Change through a Food Systems and City Lens

This breakout session covered the complex nature, successes, and pitfalls of stakeholder engagement and efforts for policy change, drawing on the insights of experts who work on food systems and organizing in cities.

Afternoon How-To Workshops | October 14th, 2:30-3:45pm CT

Walking the Talk for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Undraye Howard will shared insights on how to actively work toward diversity, equity, and inclusion in nonprofit organizations — walking the walk rather than just talking the talk.

Building a Strong Board Culture

Watch this presentation on building strong board culture, brought to you by the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies and its 2019-2020 Board Leadership Course graduate students, along with Kelvin Alfaro, Director of Wisconsin Campus Compact.

Followup Sessions | October 15th

Sustained Engagement for Racial Justice

Annette Miller, Founder and CEO of EQT by Design, and Kelvin Alfaro, Director of Campus Compact for Wisconsin, will shared tips on how organizations and teams can engage in the long term journey to advance anti-racism.

Takeaways and Taking it Forward in Dual Pandemics

This event was an opportunity to process some of what we learned about “Getting the Work Done” in our time together at the Annual Event, and attendees dug in more on continuing the work of nonprofit and community efforts in dual pandemics.

Continuing Opportunities | 2020/2021

Experts Fair

Register for the Annual Event at the top of this page to receive updates about ongoing opportunity to connect in small group consults with experts in the CommNS network throughout Fall and Winter 2020-2021.