NAVIGATE Nonprofit Network Conference

Professional development for nonprofit board, staff, and volunteers

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 | 11:45am - 6:00pm | VBC North Hall
700 Monroe Street Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Doors will open at 11:15 am

Scroll down for full course catalog and conference timeline.

Participant Quote

My board of directors and I all attend different sessions and come together afterwards to share our takeaways. These annual learnings have directly influenced our organization's operations and strategic plan.

Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater & Academy

NAVIGATE Nonprofit Network Conference is an annual event that encourages nonprofit board members, staff, and volunteers to learn from and strengthen each other. This affordable, high-quality professional development across a wide range of topics connects nonprofit leaders with the strategies that will help them navigate challenges and help their organizations thrive.

2023 Registration Now Closed


Marcy Heim, CFRE, PLLC, CSP

Get ready to sing, transform your fundraising tool set, and have fun! Marcy Heim, CEO of The Artful Asker, lives to inspire generosity. For 30+ years, she has been passionate about lifting up nonprofits from the smallest local organization to major research universities. Leadership teams, boards, and fundraising professionals around the world have benefitted from Marcy’s coaching and bestselling book, “Empowering Effective Ambassadors,” which increases transformational, multi-million, sustained generosity for organizations. Peppered with entertaining original songs, her keynote address will rev up your zest for fundraising (and life) as she delivers empowering messages with tangible tools to set intentions for personal and professional success. A Certified Speaking Professional, an AFP Master Trainer, a CASE Crystal Apple recipient, an author, an award-winning major-giving executive coach, and a rock band singer, Marcy's signature 3-sentence 'artful ask' will get a delighted “yes” from your donors.

"People love to give me money. They do! And guess what... They love giving money to you too." - Marcy Heim

2023 Course Catalog

CHECK-IN | 11:15 AM

Doors open at 11:15am for check-in and late registrations.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | 11:45 AM - 12:45 AM

Marcy Heim joins the 10th annual NAVIGATE Nonprofit Network Conference as Keynote Speaker to inspire nonprofit leaders to Fear Less, Raise More, and Shine On! Marcy will encourage you to be lifted up by taking in your own power to shine and inspire generosity in yourself and others.

SESSION 1 | 1:00 PM - 2:10 PM

BOARD GOVERNANCE "Boardsmanship Training" with John Allen, Huntsville Committee of 100; and Andrew Dollar, Huntsville Committee of 100

BUILDING EFFECTIVE TEAMS  "What's Relationshipping and How Do I Do It?" with Jillian Miles Massey, Horizon Point Consulting, Inc.

FUNDRAISING "Planned Giving Panel" with Melissa Thompson, CAP®, Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville; Helen Lien, Ph.D., The University of Alabama in Huntsville; Jeff Moore, HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology; and Lynne Berry Vallely, Huntsville Hospital Foundation

INCREASING CLIENT IMPACT-  "Getting the Board on Board- How Engaged Nonprofit Board Members Impact Client Success" with Beth Zinn, The ELM Foundation; Matt Bender, New Futures Board; John Hearne, Christian Job Corps Board; Dale Jobes, Cintel, Inc.; Zeb Little, The Pathfinder; and Tanya Rains, New Futures

NONPROFIT 101: CONSTRUCTION ZONE "Laying the Foundation" with The Catalyst Crew- Leigh Christian; and Austin Bullock  

NONPROFIT 401: CEO "Are Nonprofits Businesses?" with Dr. Kimberly Robinson, US Space & Rocket Center; and Mary Elizabeth Marr, Thrive Alabama

OPERATIONS: BUDGET, FINANCE & HR- CLOSED  "Are you Running Your Nonprofit OR is it Running You?" with Joanne Randolph, National Council, Standards for Excellence Institute

PUBLIC RELATIONS "DIY Video- Tools and Best Practices for Creating Video Content" with Matthew Smith, National Children's Advocacy Center

SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATIONS "Writing Successful Grant Proposals" with Terra Mortensen, Terra Grants +

VOLUNTEERISM "Need Volunteers? What Questions Do We Ask?" with Stuart Sinard, United Way of Madison County; Gina Hurst, Burritt on the Mountain; and Cydney Honaker, 305 8th Street

SESSION 2 | 2:25 PM - 3:35 PM

BOARD GOVERNANCE "Parlimentary Procedure" with John Allen, Huntsville Committee of 100; and Andrew Dollar, Huntsville Committee of 100

BUILDING EFFECTIVE TEAMS "Business Chemistry®: Using Science to Improve the Art of Relationships" with Helene DeHarde, Deloitte

FUNDRAISING "How to Ask for Anything- Artfully" with Marcy Heim, CFRE, PLCC, CSP, The Artful Asker, Marcy Heim Consulting

INCREASING CLIENT IMPACT-CLOSED  "The Case for Case Management: Why Case Management Matters and What the Best Case Managers Do Differently" with Missy Hanks, The ELM Foundation; Andrea Bridges, The CARE Center; Denise Howard, Graces of Gurley; Lee Langston, Alabama Nonviolent Offenders; and Wendy Reeves, Partnership for a Drug- Free Community

NONPROFIT 101: CONSTRUCTION ZONE "Building a Sound Structure" with The Catalyst Crew- Sandy Edwards, CPA; and Mona Miller

NONPROFIT 401: CEO  "Aligning the Board & Organization to Your Vision" with Dana Gillis, Village of Promise; and Karen Mockenstrum, Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater

OPERATIONS: BUDGET, FINANCE & HR- CLOSED Taxing Issues for Tax Exempt Organizations 

PUBLIC RELATIONS  "Visual Messaging: How to Tell Your Story Without All the Words" with Matthew Smith, National Children's Advocacy Center

SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATIONS  "The Sustainable Executive Director" with Ansel Payne, Ph.D., Studio Oldfields

VOLUNTEERISM:  Building High-Impact Boards: Who Needs One? Daneil Kasambira, United Way of Madison County

SESSION 3 | 3:50 PM - 5:00 PM

BOARD GOVERNANCE "Build an Award Winning Board" with Kathi Tew, Community Leader 

BUILDING EFFECTIVE TEAMS "The Power of Delegation" with Larry Lowe, Fractal Brewing Project

FUNDRAISING "Planned Giving Panel" with Melissa Thompson, CAP®, Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville; Helen Lien, Ph.D., The University of Alabama in Huntsville; Jeff Moore, HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology; and Lynne Berry Vallely, Huntsville Hospital Foundation

Increasing Client Impact- CLOSED "Helping Clients Make Progress- Tools for Tracking Client Outcomes" with Missy Hanks, Traci Harris, and Beth Zinn, The ELM Foundation

NONPROFIT 101: CONSTRUCTION ZONE "Putting it on the Market" with Lisa Mays, JD, The Catalyst 

NONPROFIT 401: CEO "How to Navigate Board Challenges & The Importance of Good Governance" with John Allen,Committee of 100; Chris Newlin, National Children's Advocacy Center; Daniel Kasambira, United Way of Madison County; and Laura Huckabee-Jennings, Transcend

OPERATIONS: BUDGET, FINANCE & HR -CLOSED "Multifaceted Management" with Kristina Minyard, HRecruit

PUBLIC RELATIONS  "The Marketing Plan- Skinny Version" with Michael Jones, Red Sage Communications, Inc.

SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATIONS  "Major Gift Fundraising: What It Is and Why Focus Your Efforts Here" with Nancy Reives, Ed.D., Fundraising Maximized®

VOLUNTEERISM- CLOSED  "A Powerful Panel- Experienced Nonprofit Leaders Share Their Best Practices for Attracting and Managing Volunteers" with Kermit Elliott, Catholic Center for Concern; Fran Fluhler, Manna House; and Dana Gillis, Village of Promise


Attendees are encouraged to continue networking with fellow nonprofit leaders at the reception located in the North Hall immediately following the conference.

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

  • AFP of North Alabama
  • Cintel, Inc.
  • PNC Bank  
  • Simon Solutions 
  • Triple E Fund

Bronze Sponsors

  • Bridgeworth Wealth Management
  • ERC
  • Dr. James and Violet Gilbert
  • Hinson & Hinson, P.C.
  • i3 Cares Foundation
  • Mazda Toyota Manufacturing
  • Troy 7, Inc.

Track Sponsors

  • Alabama Association of Nonprofits
  • AFP North Alabama
  • Brand Blackwell & Company
  • Huntsville Committee of 100
  • Leadership Greater Huntsville
  • Public Relations Council of North Alabama (PRCA)
  • The Catalyst Center
  • The ELM Foundation
  • Transcend
  • United Way of Madison County

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