Submit a Proposal for a Training

MCN Seeks Trainers for Webinars and Half-Day / Full-Day Workshops

Each year, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits hosts over 100 educational training sessions for nonprofit leaders including staff, board members and volunteers. These trainings help MCN to achieve our mission of informing, promoting, connecting and strengthening individual nonprofits and the nonprofit sector.

Our educational workshops include conferences, full-day workshops, half-day workshops and webinars. The content of these trainings covers every nonprofit-related subject from finances, governance and fundraising to issues of equity, human resources, public policy and much more. Most of our trainings align with one or more of the practices highlighted in MCN’s Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. Our trainings take place in Saint Paul and across Greater Minnesota.

We host educational training sessions because we believe in a robust nonprofit sector. We believe that nonprofits do best when the individuals leading our organizations are prepared to do their work and are connected to others who can share new insights, lessons and strategies. We believe Minnesota needs more of what good nonprofits can do in our communities.

Submit your proposal here. Deadline – Monday, November 28, 5:00 p.m.


Through a competitive process, MCN is seeking proposals from individuals or groups who are interested in leading half-day or full-day professional development workshops or shorter webinars. These sessions could take place in Saint Paul or in any of our Greater Minnesota locations.

We’re seeking to engage 3 – 5 new trainers for educational workshops in 2017. Maybe you’ve led a workshop at one of our conferences and you’re ready to expand the content into a longer session? Maybe you’ve been itching to develop a training and you haven’t had the chance to make it happen? We’d love to hear about your idea.

This opportunity is open to nonprofit staff, consultants and others. MCN will offer a nonprofit-sized stipend for those trainers selected to lead one session. And if it goes well, we’d love to develop a longer-term relationship.

Submit your proposal here. Deadline – Monday, November 28, 5:00 p.m.


The questions listed below are the questions included on the submission form.

1. Session Title (maximum 8 words).

2. Session Description: Write a description of your session as it could appear on MCN's website (200 word maximum). An effective description will explain the purpose of the session and the types of attendees who should attend. It will provide an outline of the categories of learning. It will explain the level of interaction with the speaker and/or with other attendees.

3. What will attendees learn? Provide three learning objectives participants will walk away with after attending this session. This information will be posted online, below the session description. As a result of attending this session, participants will: (1) (2) (3).

4. What level of prior knowledge is required for success in your session? This information will be posted online, below the learning objectives.

Advanced Prior Knowledge: Attendees should have advanced knowledge of the subject area before arriving (this means presenters will not define all words; will not include basic information on the subject; and will answer basic questions after the end of the session)

Intermediate Prior Knowledge: Attendees should have intermediate knowledge of the subject area before arriving (this means the presenters will define words, as requested, but will generally assume that attendees understand most concepts presented)

General Prior Knowledge: Attendees will not need significant prior knowledge of the subject area (this level would be good for beginners and anyone interested in the topic)

5. Session length: What is your preferred length of session? Workshops may run 2 - 6 hours. Webinars may run 60 – 120 minutes.

6. Most MCN workshops help individuals to focus on the Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. Which, if any of the following principles will this workshop address?


Transparency and Accountability

Financial Management




Civic Engagement and Public Policy

Strategic Alliances

Human Resources

Volunteer Management

Leadership and Organizational Culture


7. Where would you like to present this workshop?


Metro - Twin Cities

Bemidji Area

Duluth Area

Fargo or Fergus Falls Area

Mankato or Marshall Area

Rochester Area

Saint Cloud or Willmar Area


8. Contact Information for Main Contact Person: Please include the full contact information for the session presenter who will be MCN's main contact during the planning process. This must be one of the session presenters. Include name, title, organization, address, city, state, zip, phone and email.

9. Co-Presenter Information (Optional): If you will have one or two co-presenters, please include their information. Include name, title, organization, city, state, and email.

10. References: Please list 2 references who have seen the main presenter's public speaking skills. Include name, email, phone and where he/she has seen you speak.


If you have recently led a half-day or full-day workshop for MCN – please don’t complete this form (but do contact Paul Masiarchin to discuss plans for 2017).


Submit your proposal here. Deadline – Monday, November 28, 5:00 p.m.

Please get in touch with Paul Masiarchin with any questions:

Thank you!


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