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About the 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 third 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 again 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: Breaking Our Bad Fundraising Habits: Letting Go of What Doesn’t Work and Embracing What Does, 8:45 - 10 a.m.

Jeanne Bell, Executive Director, CompassPoint

Jeanne Bell will share the findings from two recent national studies she co-authored on nonprofit fundraising success—one on the endemic challenges many organizations face, and one on what we can learn from organizations who do it really well. Building on the data, we’ll explore what is often called a “culture of philanthropy,” or the way that successful nonprofits approach their year-round cultivation and stewardship of donors. Participants will have the chance to assess their own current fundraising successes and challenges and explore practical next steps for strengthening their fundraising programs. The national studies, Fundraising Bright Spots and UnderDeveloped, are available here.

Luncheon Keynote: The Future of Community Funding, 12:30 - 1:20 p.m.

Kerrie Blevins, Principal, Kerrie Blevins Consulting; Dr. Eric Jolly, President & C.E.O., Minnesota Philanthropy Partners; and Steve Joul, President & C.E.O., CommunityGiving

What’s the future of community funding in Minnesota? Many sources of funding, including some sources of state and federal revenue, are in flux. However, the dollars that are generated and distributed within communities remain strong. Whether defined as a community based on geography (i.e., Rochester Area Foundation), demographics (i.e., PFund), occupation (i.e., Education Minnesota Foundation) or a personal affiliation (i.e., InFaith Community Foundation), community-focused funding is both limited in scope and broad in possibilities. Because of their affinity with their donors and fund recipients, community funders can be relevant and responsive organizations.

For nonprofits, community-focused funders are often collaborators, partners and sometimes competitors. So how are we working to build the strengths of our relationships, forge bonds that build our communities and create products and services that meet unique local needs? Join this session to consider the future of community funding.



Approved for Continuing Education Points

The Nonprofit Fundraising Conference has been approved by CFRE International for a total of 6.75 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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Earle Brown Heritage Center
Brooklyn Center, MN


Minnesota Council of Nonprofits