Greater Minnesota Nonprofit Summit

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In 2011 the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits began hosting an annual conference for nonprofits in regional centers, small towns, and rural communities. On March 10, we're pleased to bring this engaging event to Marshall for the first time! This day-long summit is designed to bring together staff, board members, and volunteers from across southwest 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. The regional conference will take time to explore what it means to be a nonprofit in Southwest Minnesota

This year's theme is Bright Futures, Vital Communities. 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

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Southwest Minnesota State University
Marshall, Minnesota


Sponsored by:

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Ayaz Virgi

Conference Plenary

Love Thy Neighbor
A powerful true story about Dr. Ayaz Virji, a Muslim doctor's service to small-town America and the hope of overcoming our country's climate of hostility and fear. He had left a good job in a leadership position at a successful hospital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in order to practice medicine in a rural, underserved area. In this keynote talk based on his book Love Thy Neighbor, Ayaz relates this story in a gripping, unforgettable narrative that shows the human consequences of our toxic politics, the power of faith and personal conviction, and the potential for a renewal of understanding in America's heartland.

Emerging Leaders Panel

Join our keynote panel of emerging leaders from across Southwest Minnesota.  All come from different walks of life, and represent the diversity of our great region.  The role of the panel is to explore current realities and trends of leadership in the local nonprofit sector.
Panelists to come

Luncheon Keynote Panel

Getting to Southwest Minnesota State University

The Conference Center is located south of the Student Center and North of Commons East near the residence halls (see campus map). Parking is available near the conference center in lots A-1 and A-2. These lots are free for conference attendees. A driveway up to the Conference Center’s front door provides convenient drop-off-and-park accessibility for guest arrival.

Greater Minnesota Summit Planning Committee

  • Shelly Castaneda, United Community Action Partnership

  • Sarah Kicmal, United Way Southwest Minnesota

  • Rhonda Lyon, Advance Opportunities

  • Shannon McCarville, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

  • Samantha Nelson, Sweetwater Revival

  • Pablo Obregon, Southwest Initiative Foundation

  • Jeff Rotert, Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation

  • Ron Skjong, MCN Southwest Advisory Committee

  • James Smalley, Southwest Minnesota State University

  • Nancy Straw, United Community Action Partnership

  • Cassie Williams, Southwest Minnesota State University

  • Bradley Wolfe, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits