Greater Minnesota Nonprofit Summit

Greater Minnesota Nonprofit Summit

For nine years, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) has hosted an annual conference for nonprofits in regional centers, small towns, and rural communities. This May, we're pleased to bring this engaging event back to Duluth. This day-long summit is designed to bring together staff, board members, and volunteers from across northern Minnesota to learn, network, and strategize.

Whether your work takes you to the Iron Range, the North Shore, the northern forests, or the lakes and prairies - nonprofits face many of the same issues. And these issues play out differently in every one of our communities. This conference will take time to explore what it means to be a nonprofit in northern Minnesota.

This year's Summit will tackle some of the most important perennial themes for nonprofits in Greater Minnesota including leadership, fundraising, human resources, communications, and more. 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 vibrant landscape for all.

Greater Minnesota Nonprofit Summit

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Kirby Student Center
University of Minnesota Duluth
1120 Kirby Dr, Duluth, MN 55812


Sponsored by:

Blandin Foundation

Amy Brugh and Lorie Alveshere Sommer

Leadership Development Plenary

Holding Space for Leaders, Organizations, and Communities
What does it mean to "hold space" for leaders and the organizations and communities they are working for? Join this interactive session as we explore ways to encourage participatory leadership. Guided by co-facilitators Amy Brugh and Lorie Alveshere Sommer, we'll learn how to hold space with individual leaders, how to design programs that hold space for participants, and how to build organizational plans that hold space for the communities served.

Lunch Keynote Panel

The Vital Role of Nonprofits in Resilient Communities
Join this conversation with a diverse range of local community leaders. Together, we will consider how to work for the common good across boundaries. We'll dig into our aspirations for cross-sector collaboration, shine a light on success stories, push one another to explore challenges, and leave with a few ideas for growing more resilient communities.
Jason Metsa, assistant commissioner, Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board; Beth Olson, county commissioner, St. Louis County; Chris Swanson, mayor, Two Harbors, Minnesota; and Renee VanNett, city councilor, Duluth, Minnesota
Luncheon Keynote Panel

Getting to UMD

The conference will take place in the Kirby Student Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth. Free parking is available in Lot E. Enter through the Library and plan for a 10 minute walk, mostly inside campus buildings, to reach our registration table on the upper floor of Kirby Hall. Accessible parking is available immediately behind Kirby Hall.

Northeast Minnesota Advisory Committee

  • Laurie Berner, executive director, Arc Northland
  • Greg Grell, producer/writer, WDSE – TV
  • Michelle Hargrave, vice president of impact and development, Head of the Lakes United Way
  • Cameron Kruger, president/C.E.O., Duluth Children’s Museum
  • Michelle Miller, executive director, Two Harbors Area Food Shelf
  • Lindsay Snustad, executive director, Animal Allies