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While every individual invested in the success of their nonprofit plays some role in uplifting the organization, nonprofit communications, fundraising, and technology staff play a particularly important role in raising the organization to new heights — whether that is through raising key funds to advance your mission, telling your organization’s story in new and impactful ways, or finding the new technology solution to make it all possible.

In truth, fundraising, communications, and technology are inextricably linked. ACTcon — now offered as a two-day virtual format — gives nonprofit staff and leaders an opportunity to connect their work with current fundraising and communications trends, new technologies, and innovative approaches to how each can support the other to raise our impact on the communities we serve.

Our new virtual format will help nonprofits gain valuable insights and resources from the convenience of their remote work space. Industry leaders share the very latest efficient solutions through innovation and technology — bringing the newest techniques into the limelight.  

Highlights include:

  • 20 fundraising, communications, and technology sessions over two days, with each breakout period offering multiple session options
  • Keynote from Jana Shortal of KARE11
  • Recordings of all sessions after the conference, providing attendees access to every minute of conference content for the first time
  • Themed hangout spaces for peer-to-peer conversations throughout

Come together for all at ACTcon!


September 9 & 16, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Virtual Conference
Live & Recorded

Hosted by:


Keynote Addresses

Jana Shortal

The Stories We Live

Jana Shortal, Breaking the News, KARE 11 

Story is connection. Sharing stories helps us understand one another. From the dawn of human existence – story has connected, or divided us. If we don’t honestly share who we are, a divisive world will choose to then, other. Other you, other me, other…them.

So first, who are you as an organization? What is your mission? If you are true to it, the results are the stories of who the mission serves. So always let the served, tell the story.

But you cannot force it. You must earn it. It begins with a bigger table, and more seats. Problem solving has to have the living problems there….saying, naming what they really are.

I can never tell a person’s story better than they, she, or he can. It’s impossible. Stories are lived experiences retold to share, to make change..and most of all, to understand.

I can say, I let people tell their own as much as possible. It’s not my truth to modify someone’s lived experience.

It’s my truth, to hand them the microphone.

DeAnna Cummings

Equity in Action

DeAnna Cummings, Program Director of Arts, The McKnight Foundation 

What does equity in action in the nonprofit sector look like? With context based on her experience founding and sustaining Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA), a social enterprise business in north Minneapolis that trains and employs historically underestimated youth as a springboard to higher education and careers in art and design, DeAnna Cummings will make a call to nonprofits to do their part to end America’s race problem once and for all.

Join this invigorating keynote to explore where our sector can (and needs to) move in order to finally begin moving the needle in meaningful ways. Be prepared to be inspired, vulnerable, and ready to put words into action at your organization and in your community.

Conference Sponsors

Bush-Foundation          Comcast Business logo             
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Conference Planning Committee

  • Kari Aanestad, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Juliana Anderson Wilkins, COMPAS
  • Sarah Crumrine, Twin Cities Public Television
  • Laura Daugherty, Minnesota Public Radio
  • Paul Ernst, Cultural Technology Solutions
  • Connie Ertz, International Institute of Minnesota
  • Gay Gonnerman, The Food Group
  • Roger Hagedorn, City of Minneapolis
  • Graham Hartley, MIGIZI Communications
  • Joanne Kosciolek, Project for Pride in Living
  • Jonathan Jones
  • Jessica Manivasager, Fredrikson & Byron, PA
  • Shannon McCarville, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 
  • Mallory Mitchell, Metropolitan State University
  • Chris Oien, Minnesota Council on Foundations
  • Luciano Patiño, Propel Nonprofits
  • Tressa Reuter, 360 Communities
  • Sondra Ries, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Kelly Rowan, Carleton College
  • Patrick Rowan, Metro Meals on Wheels
  • Andrea Sanow, Propel Nonprofits
  • Peter Tatikian, Can Do Canines
  • John Wurm, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits