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


Operating a successful and balanced nonprofit is more than just about grants. It's about being fully armed with the knowledge, skills, resources, and relationships required to be operationally successful years into the future. Detroit Nonprofit Day conference is a unique event that unites seasoned nonprofit experts with more than 200 nonprofit community leaders and professionals seeking to network, learn, and acquire the skills necessary to make their nonprofit more lucrative and sustainable in today's competitive grants and fundraising landscapes. 


Saturday, April 14th @ The University of Detroit Mercy

Conference Schedule

8:00AM - 8:30AM: Networking Breakfast

8:30AM - 8:45AM: Welcome and Overview of the Day

8:45AM - 9:00AM: Opening Remarks, Ryan Friedrichs, Chief Development Officer, City of Detroit

9:00AM: Conference Commence

1:00PM - 1:30PM: Networking Lunch

Workshop Sessions

9:00AM - 9:45AM FR 101 - Understanding the Basics (Presentation) - Monique Phillips, CEO, MP Consulting Group

9:50AM - 10:35AM FR 102 - Building A Solid Board of Directors (Presentation) - Ursula Adams Executive Director, The Red-Yellow Consulting Group & She:Hive

10:40AM - 11:25AM FR 103 - Developing Sustainable (and Fundable) Programs (Presentation) - Edward Foxworth, Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship Innovation

11:30AM - 1:00PM FR 104- Writing and Branding Your Narrative (Presentation + Breakout) - Kate Cherry, Program Director, Connect Detroit

1:00PM - 1:30PM Networking Lunch

1:30PM - 3:00PM FR 105- Acquiring Individual & Corporate Donations (Presentation + Breakout)- Rachel Decker, Owner Detroit Philanthropy 

3:05PM - 4:35PM FR 106- Developing Your Budgets & Managing Your Finances (Presentation + Breakout)-LaShonda Cooley, CEO, LLC Consulting

4:40PM - 5:25PM FR 107- Performance Measurement and Evaluation (Presentation)- Derrin Leppek, Director of Social Entrepreneurship, University of Detroit Mercy 

5:25PM - 5:30PM Closing Remarks - MP Consulting Group, Bamboo Detroit, University of Detroit Mercy

Nonprofits work hard to change our city, and often doing so on a very limited budget. This conference will help you strengthen operations, find new revenue sources, and take your growth to the next level.”
— Monique Phillips, MP Consulting Group

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 title sponsors. 

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Thank you to our breakfast sponsor.