The Minnesota Budget Project is an initiative of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), so we’re gearing up for MCN’s Annual Conference on October 2 and 3 in St. Paul. Why am I excited about it? Here are my top two reasons:
- It’s one of the biggest gatherings of nonprofit folks in Minnesota, and there will be strong participation by our colleagues in philanthropy and government. The networking opportunities are fantastic, especially since the conference brings together people from every kind of nonprofit and doing every kind of nonprofit function, from public policy to management to fundraising. And every year I feel honored and inspired to be part of the nonprofit sector when we get to hear about the amazing work of the winners of the Nonprofit Mission and Excellence Awards.
- The Minnesota Budget Project is helping put together some cool breakout sessions. We’ll explore the opportunities for Minnesota to enact truly transformative policy changes in a session on How Nonprofits and Government Can Reframe and End Poverty. Christina Wessel will be talking about Climate Change: The Most Important Low-Income Issue Since Welfare Reform. And if you have not been able to attend one of the networking lunches around the state held by the Invest in Minnesota Campaign, I’ll be presenting with our allies from the labor movement and faith communities about this common effort to make the case for raising adequate state revenues fairly. And that’s just the stuff that the Minnesota Budget Project is working on!
Add in the opportunity to meet some of Minnesota’s new philanthropic leaders, hear a keynote by Judge Pamela Alexander of the Council on Crime and Justice, and attend breakout sessions on issues ranging from Nonprofit-Government relations outside the U.S., Supervising Smart, Ask the HR Expert, and more…well, it’s just a great combination of issue topics and skill-building opportunities. If you aren’t already registered, make sure you do by September 18.