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The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) is pleased to host our eighth annual conference for nonprofits in small towns and rural communities, this year in Mankato. This day-long event is designed to bring together staff, board members and volunteers from across Southern Minnesota to learn, network and strategize. The event is especially designed for small to mid-size organizations, especially those working in regional centers, small towns and rural communities.

This year's Summit will tackle some of the most important perennial themes for nonprofits in Greater Minnesota. Conference tracks will address the enduring issues of leadership, finances, fundraising, human resources and program delivery. These tracks will dig into issues of rural demographics, staff retention, volunteer engagement, organizational restructuring and much more. Throughout each discussion, we'll look at the ways that these issues play out in our Greater Minnesota communities and we'll highlight opportunities for building a vibrant landscape for all.

Conference Plenary Session


Morning Inspiration: 
During the opening session, we'll take a few minutes to generate energy and inspiration that will fuel the rest of the day. Rather than a traditional morning keynote, we'll use this time to re-connect ourselves to the passion we have for our mission work.




Conference Luncheon and Keynote Session: Growth Through Failure: Finding the Lesson in Life's Challenges
Over lunch, we'll have the opportunity to hear from Damon Shoholm, director of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul. Join us as Damon leads a conversation about personal leadership, self care and individual growth.


Getting to MSU

The conference registration desk will be located in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom (CSU 200, 2nd floor). Free parking is available in the "Visitor Pay Lot" in front of the student union (parking fees will be waived on May 16). Alternately, you may park for free in the Dark Green Lot 2 on the corner of Stadium Road and Ellis Avenue. Download a campus parking map.


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Greater Minnesota
Nonprofit Summit
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Centennial Student Union Ballroom, second floor
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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