Special Initiatives

2019 Social Enterprise Cohort

The goal of the Social Enterprise Cohort program is to assist nonprofits in the successful launch of a social enterprise, with the long-term goal of building the sustainability of nonprofits to further their missions. The program is designed to address common challenges for developing a social enterprise and to foster learning that can be applied in the real world. The program combines developmental training, hands-on working sessions, and business plan support. This Social Enterprise program is supported in part by the City of Minneapolis through the Business Technical Assistance Program.

Applications are due March 22. Find full details and application at

Healthy Nonprofits, Healthy Communities – Itasca County

Propel Nonprofits helps nonprofits in Itasca County strengthen their financial management, develop strong boards of directors, and learn to forge collaborations with other organizations to serve the community more effectively. This initiative provides nonprofits several opportunities to identify and act on their highest priorities for capacity building. 

Learning Sessions

Each year the Healthy Nonprofits, Healthy Communities participants take part in a learning series. Recent topics have included Sustainability, The Performance Imperative, and Revenue Archetypes. Sessions are free and typically take place from 8:30 am to noon at Timberlake Lodge in Grand Rapids. Networking and ample time for discussion are built into every session. You can attend each session on its own or attend all in a series.


Propel Nonprofits brings our training to you virtually! All are welcome to join Propel Nonprofits for any of our free webinars – see a list of upcoming webinars.

Consulting for Organizational Priorities

Every nonprofit organization has goals and plans to deliver its programs in the community and strengthen its organization. No one knows better than the nonprofit’s leaders what types of projects are most important to move to the next level. Working with a core group of experienced consultants, your nonprofit will focus on a project that will help you move forward. Our consulting services projects focus on strategic planning, such as board development, strategic planning, succession planning, and finance/sustainability.  

Executive Director Cohort

In 2016 we added the opportunity for Executive Directors to be part of a cohort that meets for lunch following each of the learning sessions for a deeper dive with their peers into the topics covered that morning. Check back for more information about the 2019 cohort.

Open Office Hours

In many instances nonprofits need a quick response for advice and resources on organizational issues when they arise. These situations often don’t require a full consulting project or scope, but rather easy access to an experienced professional with knowledge, access to resources, and availability. Call us at 612.249.6700 to schedule an Open Office Hours consultation by phone. 

Stay Connected

Because your needs for organizational assistance might arise anytime, Propel Nonprofits maintains regular communications with a Healthy Nonprofits, Healthy Communities e-newsletter. Sign up for our newsletter today.