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NAM Hosts First Nebraska Nonprofit Conference

Raising the Bar | Thriving Places | August 2018

Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) hosted the first Nebraska Nonprofit Conference in Kearney on August 1. Over 180 individuals attended, representing over 100 nonprofit organizations from across the state and beyond. Anne Hindery, NAM chief executive officer, considers the conference an overwhelming success and intends to make it an annual event in Kearney.

“While we are a statewide organization serving Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, we are trying to expand our footprint into central and greater Nebraska,” Hindery says. “Those who attended now understand more of all the things NAM can do to help them meet their missions.” NAM will also host the 12th Annual Midwest Nonprofit Summit in LaVista on November 1.

“The Nebraska Nonprofit Conference provided such a great learning environment. We loved hearing from the experts and being surrounded by our nonprofit peers from across the state. The role nonprofit organizations play in Nebraska is huge, and this conference helped us to step up and step into that role well.”

– Becky Squiers, executive director of HelpCare Clinic, Kearney, Nebraska.

Peter Kiewit Foundation awarded NAM a $150,000 grant, in June of 2017, to provide three years of general operating support as well as a $10,000 program grant in May 2018 to sponsor the 2018 Nebraska Nonprofit Conference. Other community partners for the conference include the Grand Island Community Foundation, Kearney Area Community Foundation, Harry A. Koch Co., and D.A. Davidson.

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.

“NAM appreciates the support, partnership and investment by Peter Kiewit Foundation and other foundations,” Hindery says. “It helps build our capacity which in turns helps us to build the capacity of other nonprofits across the state.”