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2022 MCN Annual Conference Request for Proposals

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

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) is excited to bring the 2022 MCN Annual Conference back to the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul on October 13-14, 2022 for our first in-person conference in over two years. Before that can happen, however, we need to hear from you!

MCN is now seeking dynamic session leaders to present at the 2022 MCN Annual Conference on the topics most important to nonprofit professionals, board members, and volunteers in our ever-evolving sector.

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 1, 2022 by 11 p.m. CST.

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Conference Dates

2022 MCN Annual Conference
October 13-14, 2022
Saint Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, MN

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) welcomes your ideas for sessions (talks, conversations, or other forms of presentations) for its Annual Conference taking place at the Saint Paul RiverCentre on October 13-14, 2022. The conference is a convening of hundreds of leaders working in and aligned with the nonprofit sector across Minnesota and beyond.  

Conference Theme

This year's conference marks the third iteration of MCN’s beloved annual gathering that is taking place during a period of extremes. It is also the year we are coming back together, returning to in-person, after two years of virtually convening and trying to make sense of a world turned inside out. We are "Reuniting for Good" as the collective of caring people that we are to share how we are doing, where we are going, and what we will need to thrive as we continue the demanding work to get there. 

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, running a rural theater, 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. If you are a consultant, your proposal will have a higher chance of being selected if you include a nonprofit co-presenter and thoughtfully incorporate nonprofit experiences into your session concept.

We seek proposals for sessions that have clear and actionable takeaways and offer a clear vision and point of view.

We are 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.

Representation & Equity Among Presenters

MCN is committed to prioritizing proposals that include nonprofit voices and presenters who reflect the racial, economic, cultural, age, gender, varied ability, and geographic diversity of the sector and the communities the sector serves. Experts and presenters who are able to share first-person experiences will be strongly considered. We encourage participation from Greater Minnesota leaders and leaders from the LGBTQIA+, accessibility, and intersecting communities. If you propose a session with multiple presenters, we ask that you take diversity of lived experience into account. 

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 invite participants to build on their experiences and knowledge.
  • Keep your session to no 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

Presenter Compensation

Session presenters will receive a stipend of $75, with a limit of $225 per session. This stipend is in addition to complimentary admission to the conference for up to three presenters per session. 

Other Considerations

Please use this form to share your idea and 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- to 75-minutes in length.

You may submit multiple proposals. Please submit a separate form for each proposal. Please do not submit a keynote speaker proposal using this form. Thanks!

This form will likely take you between 15 and 20 minutes to complete. If your session is accepted, you and your co-presenters will be responsible for conference travel and lodging.

Note: By submitting a proposal, you are opting into Minnesota Council of Nonprofits emails. You may change your preference at any time. 

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 1, 2022 at 11 p.m. CST.

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