2019 Nonprofit Fundraising Conference

2019 NP Fundraising Conference

The savvy nonprofit development professional knows that fundraising is a lot more than just writing grants. It's cultivating individual donors, nurturing networks, building relationships, clearly communicating your mission, and motivating people toward action. It's thinking outside the box to consider new ways to attract resources; it's assuming abundance over scarcity; it's being bold and being patient, at the same time.

The fifth annual Minnesota Nonprofit Fundraising Conference is designed for the entire philanthropic community. Whether you're a volunteer or an executive director, a grantwriter or a grantmaker, an experienced development director or a new program manager – you'll find valuable learning and networking at this conference. All individuals who participate or are looking to better understand the grand task of philanthropy are encouraged to attend. We're expecting over 500 individuals to attend this not-to-be-missed event!

The Nonprofit Fundraising Conference is co-hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Minnesota Chapter (AFP) and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN).

Nonprofit Fundraising Conference

Thursday, July 25, 2019
7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Dr. 
Brooklyn Center, MN 

Hosted by:
AFP Minnesota

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Kim Klein

Morning Keynote

The Real Purpose of Fundraising

Kim Klein, internationally recognized trainer, author, and fundraising thought-leader

Your fundraising strategies need to come out of your vision for change. And when they do, you raise more money. 

In this very practical keynote, long-time activist, author and fundraiser, Kim Klein will provide real life examples showing how your fundraising strategies are bigger than just fundraising. Kim will demonstrate how your fundraising program doesn’t just provide the money you need to accomplish your mission, but is itself a key element of your mission.

This session will challenge even experienced development professionals to reframe your perspective about your work and your purpose. The innovative ideas will percolate in your mind for days. The impact on your nonprofit will be long-lasting.

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Luncheon Keynote

Trends in Philanthropy

After enjoying a buffet lunch, we'll take time to reflect on the latest trends impacting the independent sector. Leaders from Minnesota nonprofits and foundations will discuss their views and their organizational perspectives on some of the most important changes taking place in the philanthropic sector. Attendees will be able to join the conversation, share your own views, and ask questions during this free flowing conversation.

Panel members will include Susan Bass Roberts, vice president and executive director, Pohlad Family Foundation; Kim Borton, vice president of grants and donor services, InFaith Community Foundation; Susie Brown, president, Minnesota Council on Foundations; Enrique Olivarez, vice president of development, Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio; and Joanna Ramirez Barrett, vice president of business solutions, Metropolitan Economic Development Association.

Continuing Education Points

The Nonprofit Fundraising Conference is requesting approval by CFRE International for a total of 7.25 continuing education points. Individual credit information will be listed with each session description. Tracker forms will be available onsite at the conference registration table.


Conference Planning Committee

Kari Aanestad, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Juliana Anderson Wilkins, COMPAS
Corinne Ertz, International Institute of Minnesota
Jessica Manivasager, Fredrikson & Byron, PA
Paul Masiarchin, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Lacy Moser, Association of Fundraising Professionals and
     University of Minnesota Foundation
Amy Polski Larson
Tressa Reuter, 360 Communities and Grant Professionals Association
     North Star Chapter
Kelly Rowan, Carleton College
Patrick Rowan, Metro Meals on Wheels
Shannon Schaaf, Goodwill-Easter Seals Foundation
Sponsored by:

Fredrickson Byron