Minnesota Foundations 2012

Date: Dec 1, 2011
Time: 06:00 PM

Continuing Education and Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul

Fee: $100 for MCN members / $150 for nonmembers Register Now!

2 great workshops, 1 day

Minnesota Foundations 2012 will provide you with specific information about the trends, staffing, program shifts and financial outlooks of more than 50 of the most important Minnesota foundations. You’ll also learn frank, current information about significant changes taking place in Minnesota's foundation community including:

  • The ups and downs of the stock market and implications for foundations’ payouts;
  • The trend among foundations towards creating their own programs versus grantmaking recently adopted by several of Minnesota’s foundations including the Bush Foundation, McKnight Foundation and several regional Initiative Foundations;
  • How the newest, largest foundation in Minnesota - Margaret A. Cargill Foundation - continues to develop its structure and determine how they will work with the community;
  • McKnight Foundation’s spinoff of another organization, Youthprise, focusing on out-of-school time funding;
  • And much more!

Minnesota Foundations 2012 will provide you with insight into these changes and potential implications for Minnesota's nonprofits and nonprofit sector. This is a forward-looking workshop and a great opportunity for you and your colleagues to begin building your list of foundation prospects for the coming year. It is also a great way for you to gather information and connect to trends in the sector by networking with your peers, all while finding and uncovering the resources necessary to develop and strategically implement your fundraising plan.

Workshop participants will receive a copy of Minnesota Grants Directory 2012, to be released at the workshop.

Registration Options

The Art of Asking Register Now!
9 a.m. – noon (registration opens at 8:30 a.m.)
Fees: $85 for MCN members/$135 for nonmembers

Minnesota Foundations 2012 Register Now!
1 – 4:30 p.m. (registration opens at 12:30 p.m.)
Fees: $100 for MCN members/$150 for nonmembers
Includes a copy of Minnesota Grants Directory 2012

Or attend both workshops with lunch Register Now!
Fees: $195 for MCN members/$295 for nonmembers

Minnesota Foundations 2012 will also be offered in Duluth and St. Cloud in January 2012.

About the Presenters

Peg FlanaganMargaret “Peg” Flanagan, a project-based freelance development specialist, works with clients locally and nationally to clarify organizational vision, develop strategic plans, train boards and create fundraising strategies and implementation plans to meet contributed income objectives. M.C. FLANAGAN INC. has a reputation for successfully delivering nonprofit development solutions to its clients both locally and nationally. Peg’s professional consulting career began in 1982 when she performed as a project manager and senior consultant with Keith Stevens Inc., a nationally known consulting company specializing in improvement programs for Fortune 100 firms. After transitioning to Norwest Corporation, she served as president of the Norwest Contributions Council, the employee grant-making arm of Norwest Foundation (now Wells Fargo Foundation). Peg moved to the nonprofit sector in 1991, beginning her development career as director of Individual Giving at the Minnesota Orchestra. Following her subsequent post as Annual Fund director for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, she served as director, Communications, for United HealthCare’s International division. Peg returned to the nonprofit arena when she launched her own consulting firm in 2000.

James LekvinJames Lekvin, since 2009, has served as the grants manager for Minnesota Children’s Museum, managing corporate and foundation relationships to support general operations and strategic initiatives for the Museum. He currently serves on the advisory committee for Swandive Theatre providing oversight in fund development with a focus on developing an infrastructure for a major giving program. Prior to joining Minnesota Children’s Museum, James served as the corporate gifts associate for the Children’s Theatre Company where he developed and launched the Corporate Theatre Council. Additionally, James was founder and co-artistic director for Frontier Theatre, responsible for event fundraising and performance.

Jon PrattJon Pratt has served as executive director for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits since helping found the organization in 1987. He is public policy committee co- chair of the National Council of Nonprofit Associations, a contributing editor of the Nonprofit Quarterly, and has been recognized several times by The Nonprofit Times as one of the 50 most influential nonprofit leaders in the United States. Prior to his work at MCN, Jon worked in nonprofit organizations as an attorney, lobbyist and director. Jon has a law degree from Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C., and a Masters in public administration from Harvard University.

Minnesota Foundations 2011 Feedback

“It was very valuable to hear the overarching state of foundations and advice about how to approach them in general. It will be useful as we apply to foundations and corporations even across the country.”

“I like the details provided that you may not be able to find via web research. Examples include things like the Northwest Area Foundation beginning to look at standard grant making again.”

“It's wonderful that you take the time to have a conversation with [foundations] prior to the workshop. Also, I really appreciate the booklet and use it often throughout the year.”

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