National Foundations: Know Who and How

Date: Oct 10, 2013
Time: 09:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Hamline University Anderson Center
774 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul

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

How has the national funding landscape changed since the recession?

Which national foundations and corporations are once again funding in Minnesota?

And which foundations are interested in funding Gen Op?

Find out at National Foundations: Know Who and Know How.

If your organization doesn’t think it is a candidate for funding from national foundations, think National Foundationsagain. Acquiring national funding requires an understanding of the national funding environment and how to create a funding persona that gets you recognized as a program or organization with national impact and appeal.

Find out what kind of research, branding and communications you need to set your organization apart from the competition and attract national dollars.
At this workshop, you will:

  • Find out what’s happening in the national funding community and whether your organization has what it takes to create a national funding persona;
  • Get the inside scoop on the top 50+ national foundations that fund in Minnesota, but are based elsewhere;
  • Discover top funders in several categories – including corporate industries, faith-based communities, specialty funders, “nooks & crannies” funders, and constituency-specific funders; and
  • Understand the quirks of national funders and how to address their specific needs and idiosyncrasies.

This workshop goes beyond the usual suspects (Gates, Ford, Mott, etc.) and includes foundations whose presence in Minnesota may not be well known.

Participants’ feedback from past National Foundations workshops:

“The material presented was very clear and clearly valuable information which let me easily zero in on prospects. Q & A provided additional valuable insights from the recent experience of presenters and the audience.”

“The content was excellent and I came away with more than I'd hoped for. I liked the balance of information on individual foundations with "how to’s and lists.”

“The presenter was very dynamic and the information pertinent. He was organized and didn't get bogged down with people's questions.”

Information on over 50 foundations will be presented in this session, such as:

American Honda
Capital Group Companies
Annie E. Casey
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Nathan Cummings
O.P and W. E. Edwards
Enterprise Holdings
Bill and Melinda Gates
Hearst, Inc.
William Randolph Hearst
F.B. Heron
Robert Wood Johnson
David Koch
Henry Luce
Andrew Mellon
Morgan Family
C.S. Mott
Northwestern Mutual
David & Lucile Packard
Presbyterian Hunger Fund
Prudential Insurance
Public Welfare
Rockefeller Brothers
State Farm Insurance

This workshop is co-sponsored by MCN and the Hamline University School of Business, Nonprofit Management Programs.

About the Presenter

Steve PaprockiSteve Paprocki, president, Access Philanthropy has spent his professional career involved in philanthropy - as foundation director, fundraiser, trainer, donor consultant, author, researcher, and lobbyist. As associate director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), Steve wrote four books on corporate grantmaking and "midwifed" sixty women's funds, environmental funds, Black United Funds, health funds, and social action funds.

Before his work with NCRP, Steve was a lobbyist for the Catholic Church, a program officer for the Campaign for Human Development and the founding director of the Cooperating Fund Drive.

Steve has served as chair of the board of directors of the Carmen Pampa Fund (supporting a community college in rural Bolivia) and been a board member of Minnesota Charities Review Council. He has served as a founding member of Headwaters Fund and a member of the funding panel of Minneapolis Foundation/McKnight Foundation Neighborhood Self-Help Initiatives Program.

Steve has a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute, a bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas and a Labor Studies certificate from Metro State University. Steve is an adjunct professor at Hamline University and Metro State University, teaching courses in fundraising and philanthropy.

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