Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
What is a virtual conference?
It’s a Web‐based event replicating many aspects of a traditional place‐based conference. Ours is content-packed with two keynotes and 12 breakout sessions featuring experts on storytelling, crowdfunding, online fundraising, major gifts and more from Minnesota, Washington, New Jersey, Arizona, California and beyond, plus exhibits, facilitated chat sessions and social networking opportunities before, during and after the event.
How do I participate in a virtual conference?
It’s easy – all you need is a computer and access to the internet so you can do it from your office or your home. Once you register, you’ll get an email with information on how to log in. On the day of the conference, just click that link and you’ll be there!
Are the sessions being recorded?
Yes! All sessions will be recorded and will available to registrants to watch on-demand for 12 months. That means if you have to miss a session, you can watch the recording at anytime you want. It also means that if there are two sessions you want to see that are offered at the very same time, you can participate in one and watch the other one later.
I have conflicts on October 2 and 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Time. Should I still register?
Yes, all sessions will be recorded and available to all registrants for twelve months!
How do I get the member rate for the conference?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for the promo code that will get you the member rate. Let us know which association you belong to, and we'll reply right away with the promo code you need to get the member rate of $119.
How much does it cost to participate?
The regular rate for the conference (which includes access to the event on October 2 and 3 as well as 12 months of access to the recordings of all 14 sessions) is $179. If you are a member of the conference hosts (Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, and Washington Nonprofits), the rate is $119.
Are there scholarships available?
We strive to ensure this conference is accessible to all nonprofits, regardless of size or ability to pay. To this end, individuals meeting any of the following criteria are eligible for significant partial scholarships: (1) Small organizations with budgets under $750,000, (2) immigrant and refugee organizations (led by immigrants/refugees or serving over 50% of clients who are immigrants or refugees) and culturally-specific nonprofits serving a particular community of color, and (3) Full time students, jobseekers or full time volunteers (i.e. AmeriCorps, VISTA, Public Allies). All scholarship applications must be received by Friday, September 20. Applicants will be notified of their scholarship status via email on Wednesday, September 25; applicants will NOT hear from MCN before this date. If you are applying for a scholarship, please save the date and plan to attend the conference. Please do NOT register separately at this time. To apply, complete the online application.
What’s a small development shop?
Chances are, if you work in a small development shop, you know it. For this conference, when we say small development shop, we mean organizations with no more than two staff members dedicated to fundraising. Depending on the organization, your title could be development director, development associate or fundraiser. But you could also be an executive director with or without development staff, a board member or a volunteer fundraiser. If you are trying to do a lot of fundraising for your nonprofit without a lot of staff capacity, this conference is designed for you!
What happens if I have technical difficulties during the conference?
To create this online event, we are working with the very experienced online event team at Intrado – whose virtual conference platform powers online events for some of the biggest membership organizations in the U.S. Most participants have a seamless experience with the Intrado platform, but in the case of any technical issues you might encounter, their staff members will be available online and via phone.