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MCN Annual Conference

November 14-15, 2018

Saint Paul RiverCentre

 

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Wed., November 14

8 A.M.

Registration, Beverages and Exhibitor Showcase

 

8:30 A.M. - 9:45 A.M.

+ Breakout Sessions: Round I

Beyond Diversity, Culture & Inclusion: Alternative Frameworks for Nonprofits Track: Equity and Community Engagement

Going Virtual: Moving to a 100% Remote Workforce Track: Finance, Operations and HR

Making Your Metrics Dance: Connecting Numbers to Narrative Track: Evaluation or Programming

Planning Our Tomorrow by Reflecting on Our Yesterdays Track: Leadership and Governance

Removing the Stigma from Rebranding Track: Marketing, Communications or Technology

Tax Changes and Charitable Giving Track: Fundraising

The Courage to Lead: Self-Leadership and Better Relationships Track: Leadership and Governance

Transformative Listening: Translating Community Ideas into Action Track: Equity and Community Engagement

See full descriptions here.

 

9:45 - 10:15 A.M.

Exhibitor Showcase and Light Breakfast

 

10:15 - 11:30 A.M.

+ Breakout Sessions: Round II

Board Governance Best Practices: Marathon or Sprint? Track: Leadership and Governance

Collaboration: What Makes It Work? Track: Equity and Community Engagement

Community Engagement for Achieving Public Policy Goals Track: Public Policy and Advocacy

From Striving to Thriving: Leading an Agile Organization Track: Leadership and Governance

Generating Monthly Donors Without Breaking the Bank Track: Fundraising

Jugaad: An Innovative Program for Emerging Minority Leaders Track: Leadership and Governance

Navigating Through Change Track: Finance, Operations and HR

Social Justice, Equity, and Understanding your Impact Track: Evaluation or Programming

Using Digital Media to Cultivate and Collect Track: Marketing, Communications or Technology

See full descriptions here.

 

11:45 A.M. - 1:15 P.M.

Wednesday Luncheon Awards Ceremony

Nonprofit Mission Awards

Learn more

 

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.

+ Breakout Sessions: Round III

Creating Healthy, Respectful Workplaces and Preventing Sexual Harassment Track: Equity and Community Engagement

Donor-Centric or Mission-Centric? Finding a Way Forward Track: Fundraising

Engaging Employees and Engaging Their Talent Track: Finance, Operations and HR

FASB Reimagined: Revolutionizing Compliance Track: Finance, Operations and HR

How to Host Tough Conversations Track: Equity and Community Engagement

Mission Creep or Mission Leap? Track: Evaluation or Programming

Purpose: Refining Your Why for a Better What Track: Leadership and Governance

Sabbatical 101: How to Create a Career Break Without Breaking Your Career Track: Leadership and Governance

Three-Tiered Approach to Storytelling to Enhance Programming Track: Marketing, Communications or Technology

See full descriptions here.

 

2:30 - 3 p.m.

Exhibitor Showcase and Dessert

 

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Keynote Presentation

The Future of Nonprofits in Minnesota

Learn more

 

4:30 - 5:30 P.M.

Social Hour

Join us for hors d'oeuvres, networking and music with the soulful sounds of Trio Milieu, featuring Andrew Bocher on keys, DeCarlo Jackson on bass and trumpet, and Richard Haneman on drums. 


Thurs., November 15

This year, the MCN Annual Conference falls during Give to the Max Day. We have changed our schedule to host a shorter day on November 15, to allow for more flexibility for those with GTMD obligations. We'll have tables for you to set up your laptop and work on your campaign between sessions. Bring your device and stay connected!

7:15 a.m.

Registration, Beverages and Exhibitor Showcase

 

7:45 - 8:45 a.m.

+ Breakout Sessions: Round IV

Annual Reports in an Age of Social Media Track: Marketing, Communications or Technology

Culturally Responsive Leadership Track: Leadership and Governance

Authentic & Purposeful Leadership for New Leaders Track: Leadership and Governance

Continuous Improvement: Enhancing Your Organization's Process Track: Leadership and Governance

Innovation in Community Engagement Track: Equity and Community Engagement

Making Money Off Your Mission: Is it Ethical? Track: Fundraising

Minnesota’s Response to Youth Victims of Labor Trafficking Track: Equity and Community Engagement

What Every Leader Should Know About Human Resources Track: Finance, Operations and HR

See full descriptions here.

 

8:45 - 9:15 A.M.

Exhibitor Showcase and Light Breakfast

 

9:15 - 10:45 a.m

Keynote Session, Hope in Challenging Times and

Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards Ceremony

Learn about the keynote and the awards ceremony

 

10:45 - 11 a.m.

Coffee Break and Exhibitor Showcase

 

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m

+ Breakout Sessions: Round V

10 Tips for a Smooth Web Redesign Process Track: Marketing, Communications or Technology

Board Governance: 20 Best Practices for Nonprofit Boards Track: Leadership and Governance

Building an Evidence Base for Your Program Track: Evaluation or Programming

Dealing with the White Supremacy in Us Track: Equity and Community Engagement

Digital Dominance: Successful Storytelling in Days of Distraction Track: Marketing, Communications or Technology

People Matter! Designing a Strategic Staff Structure Track: Leadership and Governance

Taking a Victim-Centered Approach to Sexual Harassment Track: Equity and Community Engagement

Wellness as Work Culture: Putting Theory into Practice Track: Finance, Operations and HR

What Just Happened? Moving Forward from the 2018 Election Track: Public Policy and Advocacy

See full descriptions here.

 

12:15 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own: Join a Group!

 

 


"I am exhausted by the end of two days and yet I leave the conference energized and looking forward to the next conference. Big smiles!"

—Recent MCN Annual Conference attendee

 

Keynote Sessions

Wednesday Afternoon: The Future of Nonprofits in Minnesota: 2018 Election Effects

3 - 4:30 P.M. | Featuring a Panel of Minnesota Political Observers

 

On November 6, Minnesotans will elect a new governor and four other statewide constitutional offices, 2 U.S. senators, eight U.S. congress members, and the entire 134 members of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Join us after election day to hear from a panel of Minnesota’s political observers as they discuss the implications of the elections on the state, the nonprofit sector and our communities. As we “choose hope in times of disruption”, the panel will offer insights and reflections on the ways that political realities may impact our work at the state and federal levels. We’ll explore how the 2018 election results could influence the relationship between communities, nonprofits and government.
 

Thursday Morning: Hope in Challenging Times

9:15 - 10:45 A.M. | Details coming soon

Effective leaders are able to balance the need for hope with the realities of the times. Join this session for an inspirational talk about what it takes to lead a nonprofit in challenging times. Whether focusing externally on political, economic and social themes or focusing internally on organizational culture and sustainability - every nonprofit must learn to thrive through the good and the bad.

 

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Wednesday Awards Ceremony:

Nonprofit Mission Awards

Thursday Awards Ceremony:

Unsung Hero Awards

Awards

 
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Networking Luncheon and 2018 Nonprofit Mission Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, November 14, 11:45 A.M. - 1:15 p.m.

While you get to know your nonprofit and grantmaking colleagues over lunch, you will be treated to the presentation of the Nonprofit Mission Awards, presented by MCN. These awards emphasize the importance of nonprofits to the quality of life in Minnesota by recognizing achievements that make a significant impact in the categories of:

    - Innovation
    - Advocacy 
    - Anti-Racism Initiative
    - Responsive Philanthropy

Each recipient will receive the honor and distinction of being recognized as a leader among Minnesota's nonprofits, a professionally produced video production capturing the organization's work, a one-of-a-kind art glass award, hand blown by Minnesota Glass Artist Robinson Scott, a feature profile of your organization in MCN's Nonprofit News, and a cash award (for all recipients except for Responsive Philanthropy recipient)

To learn more about the Mission Awards and to view videos of previous honorees, visit the Minnesota Nonprofit Awards website.

 
 
 
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2018 Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards Ceremony & Keynote Session

Thursday, November 15, 9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is pleased to announce the fourth annual Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards, taking place before our Thursday morning Keynote Session. In partnership with The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation seeking to improve the quality of life for present and future generations, four Minnesotans, two from the Twin Cities metro and two from Greater Minnesota, will each receive $10,000 in recognition of the significant impact they have had on the state of Minnesota and its communities.

 
 
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