Greater Minnesota Nonprofit Summit

2021 Greater MN Summit

In 2011, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) began hosting an annual conference for nonprofits in regional centers, small towns, and rural communities.

For our 10-year anniversary, we are hosting a virtual Greater Minnesota Summit on June 22 and 24. This two-day summit is designed to bring together staff, board members, and volunteers from across Greater Minnesota to learn, network, and strategize. 

Whether your work stretches across multiple counties or is focused on one small town, nonprofits face many of the same issues. And these issues play out differently in every one of our communities. This regional conference will take time to explore what it means to be a nonprofit in Greater Minnesota.

This year's theme is The Best of Greater Minnesota. Together, we will tackle some of the most important perennial themes for nonprofits in Greater Minnesota including leadership, fundraising, communications, and engaging diverse communities. 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 revitalized landscape for all.

Greater Minnesota Nonprofit Summit

June 22 & June 24, 2021
Virtual Conference - Live/Recorded
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Sponsored by:



Mankato Area Foundation logo
Tuleah Palmer
Tuleah Palmer

Ben Winchester
Benjamin Winchester

Conference Keynotes

June 22 Keynote
Tuleah Palmer, president and CEO, Blandin Foundation

Description coming soon!




June 24 Keynote: Rewriting the Rural Narrative
Benjamin Winchester, rural sociologist, University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Community Vitality

It seems the rural story has already been told. Small towns keep getting smaller.  Churches, schools, clinics, businesses, and now post offices, have closed their doors as the lucky few migrate out to the big cities. This deficit framework dominates how we discuss and envision our rural communities. However, the story of rural America since 1970 is rich and diverse, with positive trends occurring under the radar. Learn how positive changes around migration, community involvement, economic development, and regional living have diversified this landscape that require us to rewrite the narrative of rural community change.

Greater Minnesota Summit Planning Committee

  • Terri Allred, Greater Minnesota and Southeast Regional Coordinator, MCN

  • Courtney Gerber, Program Director, MCN

  • Kelly LaCore, Northeast Minnesota Regional Coordinator, MCN

  • Joe Pederson, West Central Minnesota Regional Coordinator, MCN

  • Warsame Warsame, Central Minnesota Regional Coordinator, MCN

  • Bradley Wolfe, Southwest Minnesota Regional Coordinator, MCN