2021 MCN Annual Conference Request for Proposals

Join us as a presenter at MCN's signature annual gathering!

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) seeks dynamic session leaders to present at the 2021 MCN Annual Conference.

Submitting a proposal is easy! Simply complete the online proposal form. The deadline to submit a proposal to present at the conference is Wednesday, June 23, 2021 by 11 p.m. CST.

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Conference Dates

2021 MCN Annual Conference
October 14, 15, 28, & 29 (half days each)
Virtual Conference - Live and Recorded

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) welcomes your ideas for sessions (talks, conversations, or other forms of presentations) for its Annual Conference taking place virtually over four half-days in October (10/14, 10/15, 10/28, 10/29). The conference is a convening of leaders working in and aligned with the nonprofit sector across Minnesota and beyond.  

Themes & Big Questions

This year's conference will look at how we'll 'operationalize the reimagining' as we consider how the last year and a half has changed us, what of that change has been necessarily transformative, and where we need to continue using our imagination to move the sector in the direction of equity. We will pick up where we left off at last year's conference to see where we are at with rooting deep into our practices, processes, and values in the interest of becoming a more whole, reflective, effective, and interconnected sector. How have we become change agents? Where do we need to keep pushing? As we push, how will we sustain each other and thrive?

Selection Criteria

Whether you’re an executive director, just getting started in the workforce, or somewhere in-between, we want to hear from you. Whether you’re a public policy advocate, developing community-led public art projects, or providing mental health services, we want to hear from you. We want to hear from people at large and small nonprofits. Preference will be given to sessions that demonstrate active involvement of nonprofit professionals (paid or volunteer) and the communities they engage as presenters.

We seek proposals for sessions that have clear and actionable takeaways. A session could encourage dreaming, offer more technical, skills-based learning, or blend both. We are particularly interested in sessions that highlight learning through doing, changes made in the face of uncertainty during the recent past that are sticking into the future, and the genius, creative, and community-centered work from and by Black, Indigenous, and nonprofit leaders of color. We will strongly consider proposals that amplify BIPOC and rural voices, center racial, gender, and disability justice and equity no matter the content area.

We’re looking for a broad array of session topics and encourage you to present in content areas you are passionate about, skilled in, and will resonate with your peers.

Best Presenting Formats

  • Formats that emphasize participant engagement and interaction through dialogue, discussion, and idea-, and action-plan generation for much of the session - at least half of the total session time.
  • Formats that take virtual presentation into consideration. Zoom will be the technology used and MCN staff can offer suggestions for bringing your ideas to life.
  • Formats that invite participants to build on their experiences and knowledge.
  • Keep your session tono more than three presenters (including any moderator/facilitator).
  • The session's actual length and time slot will be selected by MCN staff. Sessions are typically 60 or 75 minutes each. Sessions take place in the morning and afternoon so please hold the full

Equity & Justice Guidelines

  1. Sessions and presenters should reflect the racial, gender, economic, cultural, age, and geographic diversity of the communities we serve. Experts and presenters who are able to share first-person experiences will be strongly considered, as well as representation of people who are furthest from justice. We encourage participation from Greater Minnesota leaders and leaders from the LGBTQIA+, accessibility, and intersecting communities.
  2. Consider your audience and let us know how you’ll address different ways of learning throughout your presentation. For example, how will you reach introverts and extroverts? How will you reach internal and external processors?
  3. What does accessibility mean to you? Please be explicit in how you answer this.

Presenter Compensation

Session presenters will receive a stipend of $150, with a limit of $300 per session. This modest stipend is in addition to complimentary admission to the conference for up to 4 presenters per session. For those of you who submit, but are not invited to present, we will recognize your time by offering you a voucher for an MCN workshop or conference of your choice in 2022. 

Other Considerations

Please use this form to share your idea and then answer a few questions to give reviewers a sense of who you are and where you’re coming from. The session's actual length and time slot will be selected by MCN staff. Sessions are typically 60 or 75 minutes each. You may submit multiple proposals. Please submit a separate form for each proposal.

How do I submit a proposal?

The process for submitting an idea is simple. Please use this form to share your idea in written, video, or audio form and then answer a few questions to give reviewers (MCN staff and planning committee) a sense of who you are and where you’re coming from. 

Proposals are due by Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 11 p.m. CST.

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Submit Your Proposal Now!


If you have questions about submitting a proposal for the MCN Annual Conference, please contact Courtney Gerber at cgerber@minnesotanonprofits.org. Thank you!