Detroit Nonprofit Day is a one day conference preparing your nonprofit for sustainable growth. 


Managing a successful nonprofit or social enterprise is about possessing the right combination of skills, knowledge, and resources to grow your operations and meet the critical needs of those you serve.

Join us on June 15th, 2019 at the University of Detroit Mercy, where more than 200 individuals will assemble to gain first-hand insights from experts at the nation’s top philanthropic and capacity building organizations.

Whether you’re an emerging leader looking to network, or an experienced professional seeking new strategies to expand your revenue portfolio and learn future trends of your industry, this conference is for you!

The Future of Nonprofit Leaders: Collaborate, Elevate & Innovate

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Keynote Speaker:

Tonya Allen, President & CEO of the Skillman Foundation

Tonya Allen is the president & CEO of The Skillman Foundation. Her two-decade-long career has centered on pursuing, executing and investing in ideas that improve her hometown of Detroit and reduce the plight of people, especially children, who live in under-resourced communities.

Agenda for the Conference

Evening Pre-Conference Soiree at Co.act Detroit

Friday, June 14th

Evening soiree hosted by Co.act Detroit, a first-of-its kind nonprofit support and innovation center.

Meet some of our speakers, leaders, and up-and-coming innovators at this exclusive Detroit Nonprofit Day social.

Conference Day at University of Detroit Mercy

Saturday, June 15th

9a-9:45a -Breakfast and Registration

9:45a-10:00am - Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:a-10:45a: Fireside Chat with Keynote Speaker Tonya Allen, President & CEO of the Skillman Foundation

10:50a-11:20a: Networking Exercise

11:45a-12:45p: 1st Track Session Begins

12:45p-1:30p: Lunch Served

1:30p-2:30p: 2nd Track Session Begins

2:30p-3:30p: 3rd & Final Track Session Begin

3:30p-3:50p: Audience Reflections of the Day

3:50p-4p: Closing Remarks, Thanks, and Dismissal

Please note: Early conference ticket purchases also include the pre-event social on Friday night. The social is limited to the first 100 tickets. You may also purchase a ticket exclusively for the social on Friday night.

Visit the ticket page to register now.

Collaborate, Elevate & Innovate: 3 Tracks to Choose From

Collaborate: Importance, benefits and power of collaboration in the sector

  • Workshop 1: The Power, Purpose, and Necessity of Collaboration

  • Workshop 2: Using Collaboration to Address Pain Points in the Nonprofit Sector

  • Workshop 3: How to Leverage Strategic Partners

Innovate: Program design and creating innovative solutions for the sector’s most pressing challenges

  • Workshop 1: Concepts and Best Practices of Program Design

  • Workshop 2: Designing Fundable (and Sustainable) Programs

  • Workshop 3: Innovation from a Funder’s Perspective

Elevate: Data-driven impact for long-term sustainability

  • Workshop 1: Revenue Diversification Models for Long-term Fiscal Solvency

  • Workshop 2: Tools and Tactics to Measure Impact from a CQI Perspective

  • Workshop 3: Building and Maintaining Relationships with Funders

“Excellent day! Well planned and executed, totally exceeded my expectations! The information was practical and very beneficial to our organization. Truly outstanding!”
— 2018 DND Attendee

Directions & Parking

Please join us at the University of Detroit Mercy, Presidential Ballroom,  4001 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221. 

Complimentary Parking is available. 


Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

Thank you to our organizing partners.

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