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About the Conference

The savvy nonprofit development professional knows that fundraising is a lot more than just writing grants. It's cultivating individual donors, nurturing networks, building relationships, clearly communicating your mission, and motivating people toward action. It's thinking outside the box to consider new ways to attract resources; it's assuming abundance over scarcity; it's being bold and being patient, at the same time.

The fourth 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. We're expecting over 500 individuals to attend this not-to-be-missed event!

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

Morning Keynote: Turning Data into Dollars

9 - 10:15 a.m.
Allison Liuzzi, Project Director, Minnesota Compass, Wilder Research

We all know that Minnesota's demographics are changing. The state is getting older, more racially and ethnically diverse, and more concentrated in urban centers. But the story of changing demographics isn't a singular experience. Each community across the state is experiencing population changes in different ways. And with population changes come changes in attitudes and perceptions about our communities.

Join this session to learn about one of Minnesota's treasures, Minnesota Compass. By tracking and analyzing trends in topics that affect our quality of life, Minnesota Compass helps us to understand our stories. For nonprofit fundraisers, understanding the story is a big part of our work. During this talk, we'll dig into the changing story and analyze its impact on nonprofit missions. Learn new ways to take community data and turn it into dollars.

Lunch & Keynote: Considerations for the Overworked, Underpaid and Brilliant

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Improv with The Theater of Public Policy

After enjoying a buffet lunch, lean back and activate the creative right-side of your brain. The Theater of Public Policy advances the understanding of complex ideas and issues by drawing on improvisational comedy. In the world of nonprofit fundraising, a fresh angle can move us from mediocrity to brilliance. Sometimes, a good laugh is exactly what we need to gain perspective, generate new ideas, and reinvigorate the soul.

Continuing Education Points

The Nonprofit Fundraising Conference is requesting approval by CFRE International for a total of 7.25 continuing education points. Individual credit information will be listed with each session description. Tracker forms will be available onsite at the conference registration table.


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Nonprofit Fundraising Conference

Thursday, July 26, 2018
7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Earle Brown Heritage Center
Brooklyn Center


Minnesota Council of Nonprofits