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Pollen presents "Sustain-a-what?!"

  • PAIKKA 550 Vandalia Street Saint Paul, MN, 55114 United States (map)

Join Pollen on Thurs. June 23, 2016 at PAIKKA for our "Sustain-a-what?!" event in partnership with GiveMN. Buy tickets HERE.

What is one of the biggest barriers haunting the nonprofit sector? Our name: nonprofit.

There is a disturbing mythology of scarcity driving the motives, decisions, and business culture radiating throughout the nonprofit sector. It’s a mythology rooted in a deficit-driven narrative and it has damaging consequences on how we justify the value of our services.

Pollen and GiveMN invite you to join together with other nonprofit and philanthropic leaders to rip this conversation wide open and dig into the foundational fears, challenges, and alternatives facing nonprofits. How do we evolve beyond the grace of philanthropy towards a rally cry of sustainable giving—pivoting our sector to become more adaptive in creating market-based strategies to earn new mission-supporting revenue?

In this conversation, Kate Barr, executive director of Nonprofits Assistance Fund, will push a raw and honest discussion about navigating this critical moment in the nonprofit business life cycle.

We will hear about the real challenges and hopes of nonprofits as they barrel forward into entrepreneurial business models sustained by the “double bottom line.”

Then, turning the conversation inward to the audience, we’ll discuss together what this means for the future of not only the sector, but also our specific organizations. What does it mean to provide value as nonprofits and how can that value be realized through earned income support? How do we begin to rally our mission-driven community to become a leading force of social enterprise activity?


Kate Barr, Nonprofits Assistance Fund
Jake Blumberg, GiveMN
John Fetzer, Northwest Area Foundation
Jamie Millard, Pollen