2019 Combined Conference 
Request for Workshop Proposals

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), along with our various co-hosts, welcomes your proposals for breakout sessions for three conferences coming in 2019.

Please use this form if you'd like to submit a proposal for a workshop for:
 
  1. Nonprofit Leadership Conference, June 13, 2019, Minneapolis (co-hosted with the Humphrey School)
  2. Nonprofit Fundraising Conference, July 25, 2019, Brooklyn Center (co-hosted with AFP-MN)
  3. MCN Annual Conference, October 24 - 25, 2019, Rochester
 

As you complete the form, you will be asked to identify one conference where you'd most like to present this workshop. If you'd like to submit proposals for more than one conference, we ask that you submit individualized session proposals to best meet the specific audience needs of each conference. 

If you decide to submit more than one proposal, simply return to the front page of the survey for each additional proposal. However, please note that if you leave the survey incomplete (that is, without getting to the last page) and then return to the SurveyMonkey site, you will be taken to the point in the survey where you left off.

Please note that MCN seeks dynamic workshops that include valuable insights from nonprofit and public sector leaders. Workshop proposals from our allies in for-profit companies are welcome. However, please note that significant preference will be given to sessions that demonstrate active involvement of nonprofit professionals as session presenters or co-presenters.

The session's actual length and time slot will be selected by MCN staff. Sessions are either 60 or 75 minutes each. Sessions take place in the morning and afternoon so please hold the full day(s) until you hear from us. Thank you.

If you'd like help crafting a strong session proposal, consider joining MCN for a free 1-hour virtual training starting at 1 p.m. on January 16. During this 60-minute conversation, we'll guide you to consider ways to create a strong proposal that is likely to result in a successful conference workshop. 

Submissions must be completed by the end of the day, Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

Submit an online proposal now

Prepare Your Proposal 


Sessions with nonprofit co-presenters have a much higher rate of acceptance. If you are a consultant or employee of a for-profit company, we encourage you to include one or more nonprofit representatives in your session. This way, session participants will have a direct connection to the topic or issue through a peer presenter. In some cases, sessions will be accepted on the condition that a nonprofit co-presenter will be added to the line-up.

Proposal Questions

 

You will be asked to provide the following information in the online proposal: 

  • Session title: maximum of 8 words

  • Session description: 150 words or less

  • Three learning objectives: What content will be covered? Provide three learning objectives participants will walk away with after attending this session. (This information will only be used for selection of workshops and will not be printed in any conference materials.) 

  • Engagement activities: Each session must include one or more ways to engage the attendees in their learning. How will you engage attendees? (Choose all that apply. Or suggest a different activity such as one of these.)

    • Quizzes or polls: For example, "Please raise your hand if your organization..." or "Please use this phone app to indicate your response..." or "Please place a sticky dot to indicate your response..."
    • Neighbor conversations: For example, "Turn to your neighbor to discuss this idea."
    • Group discussion: For example, "Our panel will talk for 15 minutes. And then, we want to hear from all of you gathered here today."
    • Individual reflection: For example, "Now please take 3 minutes to write your own idea for how you could implement this concept in your own organization."
    • Small group activities/questions: For example, "In groups of 3 or 4, please do this brief activity or answer these questions."
    • A different engagement activity (describe here): _________
  • Prior knowledge required by attendees:  What level of prior knowledge is required for success in your session? General, intermediate, or advanced. Workshops focused on advanced learning have a higher rate of acceptance.

  • Room layout (optional): In most cases, breakout rooms will be set theater style (chairs without tables) to ensure maximum capacity for conference attendees. In limited cases, we may be able to accommodate other room layouts. Please describe if you would like to request a different room layout and we will attempt to meet your need. (Please note - due to space constraints, MOST rooms will not have pods or rounds.)

  • Additional conference-specific question(s): See the individual conference information, below. Each conference has 1 or 2 additional questions about session tracks/tags.

  • Contact information for main contact person: Full contact information for the session presenter who will be MCN's main contact during the planning process

  • Co-presenter information (optional): If you will have one or two co-presenters, please include their information. (Please note that 3 total presenters (inclusive of any moderator) may be admitted to the conference with free registration. Any additional presenters will pay the full conference registration fee.)

  • Background information: If you have never presented at one of MCN’s conferences, please include brief background information highlighting your expertise on the topic and your experience as a workshop presenter.

About Conference Speakers

The Conference Planning Committees seek dynamic presenters from the nonprofit sector and allied organizations who firmly understand the conference themes. Session presenters must demonstrate both a depth of knowledge on the workshop topic and a breadth of past speaking experience.

As an incentive to encourage your broad participation at the full conference, workshop presenters will be registered for the full conference for free (maximum 3 presenters per session). We sincerely hope that presenters will take advantage of this great opportunity to attend the full conference and to interact with other attendees over the course of the conference. (In limited cases, MCN may register 4 presenters for panels seeking diverse viewpoints. Talk with Paul Masiarchin prior to submitting your proposal if this is your situation.) Any additional presenters not included at the time of submission will be required to pay the full conference registration fee, whether or not they attend the full conference. MCN will not handle any travel logistics and will not be able to pay speaker stipends or any mileage/lodging expenses for workshop presenters.

About the 2019 Nonprofit Leadership Conference

We all have capacity to be leaders in our organizations and communities. Whether through positional leadership or through the actions we take in our everyday lives, leadership defines our work and directs the change taking place in our communities. 

Leaders of all levels and backgrounds will be essential to building future leadership inspired and supported by our past successes and traditions. At this day-long gathering attendees will be able to dialogue about personal and organizational change. We'll refresh our knowledge, focus on key values, recognize current trends and create a stronger community of nonprofit leaders.  The 14th annual Nonprofit Leadership Conference is co-hosted by the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center (PNLC) at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN).

Date and location:
Nonprofit Leadership Conference
Thursday, June 13, 2019
McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (registration opens at 7 a.m.)

ADDITIONAL PROPOSAL QUESTION: If you present at the Leadership Conference, which workshop track would be most relevant?

  • Individual Leadership Track: Leading Oneself and Individuals
  • Organizational Leadership Track: Leading Organizations and Teams
  • Community Leadership Track: Leading Community Engagement, Civic Involvement and Movement-Building

The committee will give preference to sessions that bring diverse perspectives and challenge attendees to grow in their understanding of themselves and others.

The Nonprofit Leadership Conference is designed for nonprofit volunteers, staff and board members who serve in any role within their organization – at any stage of leadership – in the Twin Cities, across Greater Minnesota and around the Upper Midwest. This conference is also appropriate for representatives from foundations, businesses, educational and governmental institutions and other nonprofit allies. Registration is projected to surpass 400 attendees. 

MCN will contact presenters during February to notify them of their acceptance; please hold June 13 on your calendar until that time.

About the 2019 Nonprofit Fundraising Conference

Minnesota is a state with a vibrant nonprofit sector and a strong culture of philanthropy. It is through the art of fundraising that Minnesota's donors connect with individual causes. Through fundraising, we bring to life the ideals of our communities and make real the visions of change embedded within each nonprofit.

The 5th annual Minnesota Nonprofit Fundraising Conference is designed for the entire philanthropic community. Whether you're a volunteer or an executive director, a grantwriter or a grantmaker, an experienced development director or a new program manager – you'll find valuable learning and networking at this conference. All individuals who participate or are looking to better understand the grand task of philanthropy are encouraged to attend and/or present workshops.

The Nonprofit Fundraising Conference is co-hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Minnesota Chapter (AFP) and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN). Attendance is projected at 500 attendees.

Date and location:
Nonprofit Fundraising Conference
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, MN
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (registration opens at 7:00 a.m.) 

ADDITIONAL PROPOSAL QUESTION: At the Fundraising Conference, which workshop tags best describe your session's content (pick 1 or 2)?

  • Fundraising Trends/Strategy
  • Major Gifts
  • Donor Relations
  • Planned Giving
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Fundraising Events
  • Annual Giving
  • Institutional Funding
  • Grantseeking/Grantwriting
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Sector Leadership and Critical Conversations
  • Career Planning/Personal Leadership
  • Board Engagement

MCN will contact presenters during March or early April to notify them of their acceptance; please hold July 25 on your calendar until that time.

About the 2019 MCN Annual Conference

MCN’s 33rd Annual Conference is designed as a statewide gathering and learning opportunity for Minnesota’s robust nonprofit sector. Whether working in the area of arts, environment, human services, education, health, community services, international work, animals or any other focus area – this conference provides a place to join together, celebrate the sector, learn from one another and prepare for another year.

This will be our first time ever to hold our Annual Conference in Rochester! We're excited for the energy of discovering a new venue in 2019.

Date and location:
MCN Annual Conference
Thursday – Friday, October 24 - 25, 2019
Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN

Thursday schedule: 12:30 – 5 p.m. (registration opens at noon)
Friday schedule: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (registration opens at 7 a.m.)

The MCN Annual Conference is designed for nonprofit volunteers, staff and board members who serve in any role within their organization in the Twin Cities, across Greater Minnesota and around the nation. This conference is also appropriate for representatives from foundations, businesses, educational and governmental institutions and other nonprofit allies. Topics on the conference agenda will span a broad range of ideas and expertise. Registration is projected at over 700 attendees.

ADDITIONAL PROPOSAL QUESTIONS: At the Annual Conference, for which track is your session best suited? (Please select one.)

  • Leadership and Governance
  • Finance, Operations and HR
  • Marketing, Communications or Technology
  • Fundraising
  • Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Evaluation or Programming
  • Equity and Community Engagement

Presenters will also have an opportunity to explain (optional) whether their workshop relates to any of these content areas: (1) working in Greater Minnesota; (2) working with small nonprofits; or (3) working with diverse communities.

MCN will contact presenters during February or March to notify them of their acceptance; please hold October 24 - 25 on your calendar until that time. 

Submit an online proposal now.

Questions?

If you'd like help crafting a strong session proposal, consider joining MCN for a free 1-hour virtual training starting at 1 p.m. on January 16. During this 60-minute conversation, we'll guide you to consider ways to create a strong proposal that is likely to result in a successful conference workshop. 

If you have any questions about this 2019 Nonprofit Conference call for breakout session proposals, please contact Paul Masiarchin, MCN's Program Director, at 651-757-3087, or pmasiarchin@minnesotanonprofits.org.
 

 

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