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Momentum Nonprofit Partners (MNP) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) are now accepting submissions for the 2019 Mid-South Nonprofit Conference, taking place Tuesday, August 13th at the University of Memphis. MNP and AFP are joined in the mission of strengthening organizational capacity for nonprofits. This year’s theme will examine the evolving role that data serves in strengthening human services work. We’re building session content around how people use data in innovative ways to capture impact and implement their work with unwavering passion - People. Passion. Impact. Expect to engage with professionals from Memphis and the Mid-South across the public, private, and government sectors. Attendees include nonprofit leaders, board members, government officials, administrators, managers, supervisors, young professionals, and agency staff.

With the diversity of industry practitioners convening under one theme, the Mid-South Nonprofit Conference presents the opportunity for professionals at varying career stages and across sectors (executives, academics, program leaders, board members, funders, consultants, coaches, etc.) to collaborate, learn, shape and advance the
nonprofit sector for the good of the communities we serve.

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Are you an expert in your discipline and have a session concept that will inspire, teach and connect nonprofits, funders, government agencies, and the communities they serve? We want your ideas!

We are calling for dynamic speakers to submit proposals to address current and emerging data-centric topics for all staff roles in communications, development, human resources, finance programs and senior management. Special consideration will be given to presenters that meet our goal of increasing diverse representation among speakers.

Presenters should have:
A track record of success in their topic area.
An interactive presentation approach that embraces theories of adult learning and ensures the best learning opportunity for the audience.
An energetic presence and engaging facilitation style that will support our goal to make content memorable, easier to retain and well-rated.

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Proposal Timeline Submission Deadline:
Accepting submissions – April 4
Deadline for submissions – May 17
Notification of selection – June 6
Final conference agenda published – July 1  

Call for Speakers is closed.

You will be asked to provide:
The session title and summary
A detailed description of your proposed session
Your bio, contact information, and social media profiles (optional for promotional purposes)
Selected conference track:
(1) Resource Development: Fundraising, Grant writing and Reporting, and Stewardship
(2) Inclusive Talent Development, and Organizational Culture
(3) Marketing and Communications
(4) Engagement and Collaboration – within and between nonprofit organizations, Mid-South communities, and corporate and government partnerships

Selection Criteria
All proposals should include a session title, three to five sentence summary, and a 300-word detailed session description. The detailed description should provide a list of specific outcomes and actionable advice or tools, and resources learners can implement at their organizations. Interactive or discussion-based sessions that require peer-to-peer learning will receive higher priority. Please also note that the intended audience is beginner, intermediate, or advanced.

Sessions with nonprofit co-presenters have a much higher rate of acceptance. If you are a consultant or employee of a for-profit company, we encourage you to include one or more nonprofit representatives in your session. We want to ensure that session participants have a direct connection to the content through a peer presenter.

Sessions will be held in 60-and-75-minute intervals.  

Note: A maximum of five people can propose to present as a panel. If you are proposing a panel, include bios, contact information, and social media profiles for all presenters.

Each presenter receives (1) complimentary registration for the conference, and is responsible for any associated travel or accommodation costs. Please indicate in your submission form if travel or lodging costs would be prohibitive to your participation.

Session concepts will be reviewed according to a scoring system. Please ensure that your proposal includes information that will enable the reviewers to rate it based on the criteria.

Session Scoring System

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