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Request for Proposals

Help us co-create Minnesota's largest nonprofit fundraising event of the year


MCN is excited to share the return of the Nonprofit Fundraising Conference, Wednesday, July 24 at the Heritage Center of Brooklyn Center. Join us as a presenter by sharing your experience as a nonprofit fundraiser or grantmaker. 

Session proposals generally take 20 to 30 minutes to complete and can be submitted through the online form. You do not need a fully formed presentation to submit a proposal. You are sharing an idea that you will shape into a presentation. You should, however, be able to communicate how your idea connects to a larger audience and the learning tracks and session categories of the conference.


Session proposals are now closed for 2024.


2024 Nonprofit Fundraising Conference

Wednesday, July 24, 2024  |  8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Heritage Center of Brooklyn Center


About the Conference

At this day-long in-person gathering, examine how fundraising doesn't just provide money to accomplish your mission, but is itself a key element of your mission.

Learn from your fundraising and philanthropy peers about emerging trends and proven strategies across 20+ breakout sessions and keynote. Attendees include over 300 fundraising and philanthropy leaders from across Minnesota.

Conference take-a-ways:

  • Find and share inspiration among peer experts on your most pressing fundraising topics.
  • Access the latest fundraising research (and researchers!) and discuss ways to incorporate innovation in your practices and strategy.
  • Bolster your foundational knowledge of nonprofit revenue generation and relationship building best practices.

Fundraising Conference RFP frequently asked questions

We are seeking dynamic presenters like you, who are inquisitive and bring nuanced, clear, and equitable approaches to fundraising and development within the nonprofit sector and its subsectors.

This year, we are particularly interested in sessions that do the following:

  • Finding and keeping stellar fundraisers and nurturing the next generation
  • Addressing all aspects of funder relationships, including how to end relationships with funders who no longer align with your organization's values
  • Using fundraising as a way to organize and continue the momentum of racial equity and social change
  • Examining models for diversifying funding within nonprofits
  • Developing and packaging attractive sponsorship opportunities  
  • Employing social media, giving days, and other strategies beyond the traditional ask in your fundraising plan
  • Reviewing work being done to increase equity in state grantmaking and how to get involved
  • Connecting research and trends in giving and grantmaking to the present and future work of nonprofit fundraisers
Proposals that encourage both vision development as well as practical, skills-based learning are desired.

Sessions that include nonprofit presenters will be given priority.

Proposals from our allies in for-profit companies and consulting are welcome; however, please note that preference will be given to sessions that demonstrate active involvement of nonprofit and philanthropic professionals, researchers, and members of the communities they engage. 

As a session presenter, you must demonstrate a depth of knowledge on your topic. Session topics and presenters should reflect the racial, economic, cultural, age, and geographic diversity in the state of Minnesota.

Session presenters have the choice to receive a stipend. We will pay individual presenters a stipend of $75, with a limit of $225 per session. This modest stipend is in addition to complimentary admission to the conference for presenters. We hope you'll take advantage of the other sessions, inspirational keynote, and spaces to gather with 300+ Minnesota fundraising colleagues.

To ensure the highest quality sessions for the conference, the planning committee will place priority on session proposals that incorporate current adult education modes, formats that emphasize participant engagement and interaction, and that are accessible.

Here are some helpful guidelines:

  • Your session should engage attendees so that they are actively involved in dialogue, discussion, and idea-generation for much of the session - at least half of the total session time.
  • Your session should have no more than three presenters (including a moderator, if applicable).
  • PowerPoint slides filled with words should be kept to a minimum. Consider using pictures, short videos, and stories to convey your message. (Please include captions on videos as a point of accessibility and use visual description for images.)
  • Consider a non-traditional session format.

Session presenters have the choice to receive a stipend. We pay individual presenters a stipend of $75, with a limit of $225 per session. This modest stipend is in addition to complimentary admission to the conference.

Submitting a proposal is easy! Simply complete the online proposal form.

The deadline to submit a proposal to present at the 2024 Fundraising Conference has passed.

Session proposals generally take 20 to 30 minutes to complete and can be submitted through the online form.

Preview the form questions.

You do not need a fully formed presentation to submit a session proposal. We want you to share the idea that you'll craft into an engaging presentation.

You should, however, be able to communicate how your idea connects and is relevant to the larger fundraising sector and the learning outcomes attendees will gain.

Questions?

If you have questions about submitting a proposal for the 2024 Nonprofit Fundraising Conference, please contact Courtney Gerber, MCN program director, at 651-757-3087 or cgerber@minnesotanonprofits.org. Thank you!