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The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) is pleased to host our seventh annual conference for nonprofits in small towns and rural communities, this year in Fargo. We're pleased to co-host our 2017 Greater Minnesota Nonprofit Summit in conjunction with the North Dakota Nonprofit Leadership Conference, the annual event of the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations (NDANO).

This two-day event is designed to bring together staff, board members and volunteers from across North Dakota and 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 pressing themes for nonprofits in Greater Minnesota. Namely, we'll address rural philanthropy, demographic shifts in small communities, and a spectrum of nonprofit leadership including governance, emotional intelligence, legal topics, advocacy and 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.

Join us on Wednesday, May 31 for the one-day Greater Minnesota Nonprofit Summit. Wednesday's sessions will focus on both Minnesota and North Dakota. Or stay two days for the combined event with our allies in North Dakota. Thursday's sessions will be relevant to all -- and will have more of a ND focus.

Conference Plenary Sessions


At two different times on Wednesday, we'll gather for keynote sessions that challenge us to think deeply about our roles as nonprofit leaders, staff, board members, volunteers and allies.


Wednesday Morning Keynote: Rewriting the Rural Narrative
During the opening session, we'll have a chance to hear from Ben Winchester from the Center for Community Vitality Education at the University of Minnesota Extension. Ben brings a message of the positive changes taking place in small towns and rural communities and offers hopeful signs for rural leadership.


Wednesday Luncheon Keynote: What Just Happened? And What Are We Doing About It?
Over lunch, we'll have the opportunity to hear from Ruth McCambridge, a national thought leader and editor in chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly magazine. In 2017, change is in the air. And no matter how you feel about it, change can be hard. Join this session to consider the implications of the current political and social context of our times.
Thursday Plenary Sessions: If you join the activities on Thursday, June 1, you'll enjoy a morning keynote, Best Practices for North Dakota Nonprofits. And Thursday will wrap up with a luncheon awards ceremony, Empowering Nonprofits: Celebrating 20 Years of Service.

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Greater Minnesota
Nonprofit Summit
Wednesday, May 31
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fargo Holiday Inn

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