2022 Conference

2022 Strength Matters Financial Management Conference Promotion Image – September 6-9 in New Orleans – Image of New Orleans city scape with a street car


After three years of virtual only meetings, we’re excited to be back live and in person in New Orleans to celebrate 15 years of Strength Matters at our 2022 Financial Management Conference!

Our 15th Annual Conference will bring together our nation’s top nonprofit community development professionals, along with investment, accounting, and other industry partners. In the three years since we last convened, the world around us has completely changed. We have learned a great deal, discovered new ways to work, refocused on the people and communities we serve. There are many positive elements to build on. But the underside of that is that there is enormous stress being put on our organizations which are impacting how we operate in ways we have not experienced before. We are looking forward to sharing new approaches we have successfully undertaken and to working together to find solutions that address the threats we are facing.

We are optimistic and hopeful – despite all the challenges. We hope you will join us in New Orleans to celebrate together – and to roll up our sleeves!

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Draft Detailed Agenda 


All times are Central Time 
Tuesday, Sept. 6 
5:30-7:00PM  |
Welcome Reception at The Westin New Orleans

Wednesday, Sept. 7
7:30-8:30AM |
8:30-11:00AM | Opening Plenary – Three Years Later: Where Are We?
11:00-11:30AM | Break
11:30-1:30PM | Welcome Back Lunch!
1:30-2:45PM | Concurrent Sessions
2:45-3:00PM | Break
3:00-4:30PM | Concurrent Sessions

Thursday, Sept. 8
7:30-8:30AM |
8:30-10:00AM |
Technology Plenary – Getting the Equation Right
10:00-10:30AM |
10:30-12:00PM  |
Concurrent Sessions
12:00-1:30PM |
1:30-3:00PM |
Resource Exchange
3:00-3:15PM |
3:15-4:30PM  |
Concurrent Sessions

Friday, Sept. 9 
7:30-8:30AM |
8:30-10:00AM |
Capital Conversation – Meeting Mission and Margin: Transparency Among Players
10:00-10:30AM |
10:30-12:00PM  |
Concurrent Sessions


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We are excited to offer group booking for two different New Orleans explorations on Thursday evening. If you choose the Tour Orleans outing, you can use the link below to sign up and pay for your ticket. For the Riverboat cruise, please stay tuned. We will add the link to purchase cruise tickets as soon as it is functional.

Tour Orleans
Chartered minibus tour with a stop for dinner (pay on your own). Visit Jackson Square, the Upper 9th Ward, Odd Fellows Cemetery and City Park. Tour guide will share history of the area at each stop, with time to disembark and look around.

Tentative dinner neighborhood: the Garden District.

Time: 6:00 – 10:00pm
Location: Pickup and drop-off at the Westin New Orleans
Cost: $50/person, tour only (gratuity and food & beverage costs additional)
Full – Thanks for your interest!

City of New Orleans Riverboat
River cruise with live jazz music and buffet dinner aboard the sister vessel to Steamboat Natchez. Click here for cruise description.

Time: 6:00pm boarding, 7:00 – 9:00pm cruise
Pier Location: Toulouse Street Wharf, 400 Toulouse St. on the riverfront
Cost: $85.50/person, inclusive

IMPORTANT: Be sure to select the correct date and seating time as indicated below.

Select Date & Tickets:
Thursday, September 8, 2022
Adult - Cruise with Dinner 7:45PM Seating (enter number of tickets)

Under Special Requests
Select Other type “Strength Matters” in the Other Occasion field.
This Special Request will ensure you are seated with our group. 

Under Billing Information
Enter Coupon/Promo Code GROUP to access the group rate.

Book Cruise

Questions? Contact Lindsay Wells at [email protected]

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