These partnerships make it possible for NAM to offer a full day conference at a very low cost. Each of the sponsoring foundations support grantees in Central and Greater Nebraska, “so they really understand the needs of the communities in a way that no one else does,” Hindery says. Community partners not only helped with underwriting costs, they also helped to create the content for the conference and plan the agenda, ensuring the needs of the nonprofit organizations in attendance would be met. Sessions covered a variety of subjects like Nebraska laws as they relate to nonprofits, changes in tax law, human resource development and retention, board management, utilizing social media tools, and event management.
NAM works to strengthen the collective voice, leadership, and capacity of nonprofit organizations to enrich the quality of community life throughout Nebraska and Southwest Iowa. “We’re really the third leg of the economy,” Hindery says about nonprofit organizations in general. “Nonprofits partner with government to provide services in a nimble and cost effective manner. We also partner with the private sector to offer services to employees and their families.” With over 13,000 nonprofit organizations in Nebraska, it’s no surprise that one in every 11 people in the state are employed by a 501(c) (3) agency. “We work to inform, educate, advocate, and collaborate,” Hindery adds.