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Successes and Challenges of Small and All-Volunteer Nonprofits

TechSoup Connect Minnesota & Dakotas

Feb 3, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 PM


Program delivery + management

About this event

Join us to share and learn both successes and challenges for nonprofits (NPs) that are small (0 to 1.5 FTE) or all-volunteer run. These organizations often face challenges specific to startup status, size, modest budgets and reliance on volunteer labor. There are benefits as well!

We will introduce several invited panelists, representing small NPs located both in urban/suburban settings as well as rural areas. We plan to have a networking breakout session and leave some time for Q&A. We'll also make sure we mention about software and hardware deep discounts available through TechSoup. 


Frost Simula, "reluctant tech guy," HeightsNEXT, an all-volunteer nonprofit community-building organization that covers Columbia Heights MN

Victoria Karpeh, president, Legacy Family Center, a reading program for children, using a youth literacy model to serve West African refugee children and families, that covers Brooklyn Center & Brooklyn Park MN

Kelly Bellefy, vice president, Clearwater County Humane Society in Bagley MN (rural Northwest MN, a half-hour west of Bemidji) - [regrets, could not attend]

Mary Ann Van Cura, treasurer, Heart of a Border Collie Rescue, an all-volunteer nonprofit with a working board, serving Minnesota and the Dakotas 

Recording timestamps:

 0:00-5:00    Kathy Ahlers - Introductions, TechSoup offerings, next event

5:00-17:00    Frost Simula, HeightsNEXT  

17:35-24:10   Victoria Karpeh, Legacy Family Center

24:30-30:45 Mary Ann Van Cura, Heart of a Border Collie Rescue

30:45-43:00 Discussion


  • Kathy Ahlers, MPA

    Twin Cities Cohousing Network


  • Becky Schueller

    Rebecca Schueller Training & Consulting, LLC


  • Mary Ann Van Cura