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2023 Annual Conference


September 19th – 21st


September 26th – 28th

Cultivation is the process of intention, growth, renewal, and transformation. By focusing on the essentials, we create space for big things to thrive.

This year’s conference invites participants to consider all the ways in which we cultivate our organizations for the future, from investing in employees and processes to tending supporters, centering those we serve, and making time for rest.

What can we cultivate together this year?

Cultivate is Sponsored By:


Whole Org options

Whole Org Online Only

Your whole team gets access to 2 inspirational online keynotes and over 20 breakout sessions.

Earlybird price:

  • Members: $300
  • Non Members: $600

After August 31:

  • Members: $360
  • Non Members: $720

Whole Org Online + 1 In Person

Your whole team gets access to the virtual portion of the conference, plus you can send one team member to Missoula for deeper learning and networking.

Earlybird price:

  • Members: $500
  • Non Members: $1000

After August 31:

  • Members: $600
  • Non Members: $1200

Individual options

Individual Full Conference

Flying solo? Individual access to the virtual portion of the conference, plus a ticket to the Missoula Conference, Sep 20-21st.

Earlybird price:

  • Members: $250
  • Non Members: $500

After August 31:

  • Members: $300
  • Non Members: $600

Add Ons:

Additional In Person Ticket (with purchase of Whole Org Pass): $200

After August 31: $240

Deep Dives!

In-person, full day workshop in Missoula, September 19.

$95 / person

After August 31: $114

Scholarships available for MNA Members, Americorps Members, and Students

All Access Pass Holders with conference option can purchase in-person tickets at $170/person

Keynote Speakers:

Ignite, Cultivate, Activate, Repeat: Fostering Community with Donna Murray Brown

Donna Murray-Brown

In Person Keynote | September 20

Donna Murray-Brown is the inaugural Vice President of Strategy and Development of the National Council of Nonprofits. In her new role, Donna will lead the growth of NCN’s core resources through practical and impactful strategic initiatives that integrate the knowledge, policy, and advocacy competencies and support the network in advancing those strategic initiatives.

Can I still use the "S" word? Unearthing the place of soul in nonprofits with Liz Moore.

Liz Moore

In Person Keynote | September 21

Liz has been the Executive Director of Montana Nonprofit Association since 2011, after 20 years serving in various roles in the nonprofit sector. She also currently serves as the board chair for the National Council of Nonprofits. The depth of her expertise in the nonprofit sector is matched by her wisdom, humility, and passion for advancing the common good.

Liz’s keynote will address her experience in growing leadership and stronger organizations, providing essential strategies to nurture leadership skills and create robust and sustainable nonprofit entities.

A Trellis to Grow On: Supportive Workplaces with Kelly Davis and Daisy Rosales

Kelly Davis & Daisy Rosales

Online Keynote | September 27

Daisy Rosales is the Co-Founder and ED of Brio. Kelly Davis is the Vice President of Peer and Youth Advocacy at Mental Health America. Individually, Daisy and Kelly have worked within their respective spheres to amplify mental health and organizational design nationally and globally through board service, research, writing, and speaking. They’ve both been recognized by organizations such as Yale University, Rockefeller Foundation, NPR, and the New York Times for their writing and thought leadership. Together, they wrote the first article in Stanford Social Innovation Review’s series on mental health.

Kelly and Daisy’s keynote will explore the imperative of addressing mental health in the nonprofit sector. From dismantling self-sacrificial norms to fostering self-inclusion, their keynote will explore how embracing mental well-being can catalyze meaningful social change and create a more compassionate and inclusive society for all.

Plant Your Purpose: Empowering Transformational Change with Steve Patty

Steve Patty

Online Keynote | September 28

Steve Patty is a teacher, consultant, author, and conference speaker.  He leads Dialogues in Action, a consulting firm dedicated to helping people and organizations evaluate their impact, multiply their influence through leadership, and design strategies to make progress on their mission. 

In his virtual keynote, Steve will guide us in Cultivating Impact within our communities and organizations, showing us how to sow the seeds of transformation and reap the rewards of positive change.

Dive Deep

Jumpstart your conference learning on September 19 with our Deep Dive add-on option for just $95.

Sow the seeds of revenue

Ready to diversify your organization’s income stream and build financial resilience? Earned revenue may be just the ticket. Past conference favorite Gail Bower will lead a hands-on workshop on building a business model and steps to plan and budget for a new earned revenue stream.

Tend partner and donor relationships

Did your relationships with key stakeholders suffer over the last 3 years? Find out how to strengthen ties with your essential partners and supporters in this interactive fundraising session with author and trainer Susan Howlette. Gain clarity on how and who to prioritize with outreach and how to bring others into the stewardship process.

Dig yourself out of a hiring hole

Is attracting and retaining staff a challenge? For staffed organizations, an intentional eye towards compensation design can make the difference between attracting, retaining, and losing key employees. Learn how to develop equitable and sustainable compensation design with Travonnie Mackie of Edgility.

Reap the rewards of rest

Are you or your staff teetering on the edge of burnout? It’s been a year, and gone are the days where self-care alone can address the exhaustion many are facing. Our workplaces are in need of an overhaul. Join wellbeing expert Katherine Sanders to unpack the Surgeon General’s Framework for Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being and learn how to design livable workplaces for yourself and your team.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Associated Employers | Cascadia Management | First Call Computer Solutions | Echo Ventures | Northwestern Energy | UM Department of Public Administration and Policy | Your Part Time Controller | 100 Degrees Consulting | SG Long Financial | Strategic Tax Planning | UM Office of the President