Minnesota Foundations 2013

Date: Dec 13, 2012
Time: 01:00 PM to 04:30 PM

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

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

Minnesota Foundations 2013 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 learn frank, current information about significant changes taking place in Minnesota's foundation community.

This forward-looking workshop offers a great opportunity for you and your colleagues to build your list of foundation prospects for the coming year. It is also a great way to connect to trends in the sector while uncovering the resources necessary to implement your fundraising plan.

Participants will receive a complimentary copy of MCN's Minnesota Grants Directory 2013.

This session is being offered in conjunction with the The Ultimate Insider’s Lessons for Winning Foundation Grants session in the morning. Register for both workshops and we'll provide you with a complimentary lunch.

Minnesota Foundations will be repeated in January 2013 in Duluth, Saint Cloud, and Mankato, with a focus on regional Minnesota funders.

About the Presenters

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 is the executive director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. He has worked at Minnesota Public Interest Research Group as an attorney and lobbyist, as regional director at the Youth Project, and as director for the Philanthropy Project. In 1982 he was campaign manager for Paul Wellstone candidacy for Minnesota State Auditor. In 1987 he became director of MCN, an association of 2,000 organizations that sponsors research, training, lobbying and negotiated discounts to strengthen Minnesota's nonprofit sector. Jon has consulted with nongovernmental organizations on the development of NGO associations and services in Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Serbia and Turkey. Jon has a law degree from Antioch School of Law, and a M.P.A. from Harvard University.

Paul VliemPaul Vliem is the development project coordinator at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and is responsible for coordinating the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of grant support for programs at MCN. Additionally, he coordinates ongoing MCN projects like the Nonprofit Salary and Benefits Survey and the Minnesota Grants Directory. Prior to his full-time position as development project coordinator, Paul worked as the MCN Minnesota Grants Directory intern. He has also completed internships with in local nonprofits and from 2008 to 2009, he worked in Northern Uganda, exploring the implementation and impact of nonprofit programs on community development in rural Uganda. Paul holds masters degree in public policy from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota and a B.S.W. from Calvin College with a focus in international development.

Lori-Anne WilliamsLori-Anne Williams is the development director for AccountAbility Minnesota. She has been working in the nonprofit sector since 1983, with organizations such as the Playwrights’ Center, Jeremiah Program, Wayside Foundation for the Arts and many more. Lori-Anne is also an experienced teacher and presenter, having taught at the University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas and at conferences around the country. As a communicator, Lori-Anne has managed theater season ticket campaigns, employee communication, media relations, crisis communications and major special events. As a grant writer, Lori-Anne has secured funding from agencies including 3M Foundation, Bush Foundation, Hennepin County, The McKnight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, National Endowment for the Arts, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Target Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.

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