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Brainerd Lakes Area Lunch and Learns for Nonprofits - Dec. 2022

Topics to be determined.

For optimal virtual experience you will need:

  • Two-way audio/video capabilities and to have your camera on

  • Individual registration and your own PC/device to participate and engage with the course

  • Dependable wi-fi connection to stream audio/video for the duration of the course/event



Noon-1:15 p.m.



Can We Still Work Together? Trust Workshop

For a variety of reasons, the capacity for people to work effectively together in communities and organizations has weakened. Fracture lines in relationships erupt as differences in perspective, social identity, and core values become roadblocks to mutual understanding. Leaders cannot make people trust each other, but they can play a significant role in cultivating skills, attitudes, and values that build and deepen trust. Because there is no objective future we’re destined to arrive at, we only have the future we create together. Without trust, efforts to craft a future for a community or organization become difficult if not impossible.

The goal of this training is to equip leaders as they consider ways to foster trust among people working together on common goals. Leaders will use their experiences of the impact of trust and mistrust as they learn and practice leadership skills related to trust building.

Nov. 1, 2022


8:45 a.m.-5 p.m.


Initiative Foundation

Continuous Improvement for Nonprofits

The program is designed to help you – as leaders, front line staff and professionals within Central Minnesota nonprofits – better understand the concepts and tools of organizational continuous improvement, helping you to take action to improve your operations, improve your outcomes, and become stronger, more vibrant agencies.

Multiple dates


9 a.m.-1 p.m.



Developing Nonprofit Leaders

Are you wanting to move up or forward in your current organization or take on a different role in a new organization? This training is for staff who want to learn about leading and managing people. We will discuss what the responsibilities of senior leadership are as it relates to board relations, finance/budget, community relations, and fundraising/grants. You will also discover where your current skills and interests are as they relate to leadership roles. Are you ready to take the next step in your nonprofit career? Join us for this training to explore the possibilities.

Dec. 7, 2022


9 a.m.-1 p.m.



Fundraising Week

Learn from nationally known authors and trainers Janet Cobb and Rachel Ramjattan during three information and action-packed days.


About the leaders:

Janet Cobb is a certified fundraising executive and specializes in working with small to medium size nonprofit organizations across the country. She has coached over 500 organizations since 2015.

Rachel Ramjattan is an experienced social change ally and fund development expert. She has almost 40 years of experience working alongside more than 500 nonprofits.

Oct. 3, 4, and 7, 2022


9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Strategic Staff: Managing Constant Change

Change is emotional. Change is a process. Change is personal. Staff are usually the first contact that someone has with your organization. Not only does this mean that they need to manage changes from your organization to get work completed, but they also need to handle questions that others have on these changes both from those who work in the organization and from those the organization serves.

Nov. 9, 2022


9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.



What's going on in Greater Minnesota?

Greater Minnesota's communities are changing and this can cause new problems and present new opportunities. Join the Center for Rural Policy and Development (CRPD) as they explore the topics that matter to you most from workforce shortages, child care, and economic development. Topics will be highlighted in 10 minute segments, giving you the information you need.

Feb. 8, 2023


1-2 p.m.