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MeadowView Marriott in Kingsport, Tennessee

The 7th annual ReFrame Conference will bring expert speakers – both from within our membership and from their respective fields – to share best practices in home rebuilding and repairs, fund development, organizational leadership, volunteer management, and innovative nonprofit practices.

This year’s conference will be focused on three aspects of what our nonprofits do: repair and rehabilitate homes, ensure organizational health, and lead from a sense of hope. Information about what these “tracks” will include:

  • Home: sessions that address how we best focus on rehabilitating homes, what is the standard for ensuring the home is fully rehabilitated, what best practices can be applied to our work, and making a case for why a healthy home is vital to a family’s long-term success.
  • Health: sessions that focus on how we best measure organizational health, ensuring the overall health of our leaders (emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical), what are the “low hanging fruit” for improving organizational health, and how to best maintain a healthy team.
  • Hope: most nonprofit organizations live in a world of scarcity - from resources to volunteers, and from time to projecting the need. But do they? We have so much to be thankful for… many of us have truly an abundance of volunteers and resources - it’s all about perspective. These sessions will help us rethink our "scarcity versus abundance" mentality, share practical steps for making lemonade out of a bunch of lemons, and offer case studies on how to do more with less.


    Registration started at $105 for members and $175 for non-members. Not a member? Join now and save!

    Pre-conference workshops held on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 8th will include lunch and cost $42 for members and $62 for non-members. Tickets for lunch and a reception and dinner on Thursday, November 9th are also available for purchase.

    Conference Highlights:
    • Pre-conference workshops with hands-on learning (separate registration required)
    • Keynote speech by Chris Manley of Rebuild Upstate
    • Two dozen break-out sessions (presentations, panels, and roundtable discussions) by guest speakers and peers on topics such as home repair methods, fundraising, affordable housing advocacy, working with millenials, volunteer recruitment, and much, much more
    • Complimentary "curbside consulting" by professionals in a variety of areas
    • Opportunities to network with like-minded colleagues
    • Exhibitors and door prizes
    • An upscale (yet affordable) retreat experience; the gorgeous conference venue has an indoor pool, a golf course, a winery, and top-notch restaurant
    • Improvements for 2017: New ways for attendees to be active participants - a unique process for creating the conference you want; expanded opportunities to connect and network - you'll rapidly learn about other attendees, their interests, and experience; peer break-out sessions that are relevant to challenges you face; and better menus for meals!