Greater Minnesota Grant Evaluation

Date: Jun 7, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM to 03:00 PM

Backus Community Center
900 5th St., International Falls

Fee: $55 for MCN members / $65 for nonmembers Register Now!

Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for a half day intensive workshop on evaluation practice with helpful hints from key funders like the Northland Foundation and Otto Bremer Trust. The session will be delivered in workshop style – combining presentation, activities and group consulting/problem-solving. Participants should come prepared to discuss their own evaluation needs and questions.

In this session, participants will learn how to:

  • Make sense of all the evaluation terms you encounter: SMART, logic model, impact and outcome.
  • Craft relevant and meaningful outcomes and indicators for your program or organization that address all of your needs—from mission tracking to funder reporting
  • Use an evaluation plan to frame evaluation questions
  • Create a logic model and determine what kind of data might be useful
  • Measure changes and share results
  • Select evaluation methods and management tools
  • Streamline your work as you organize, manage, and analyze data

Participants will walk away with a preliminary evaluation plan for their organization and a list of helpful resources, tools, and strategies.

The session will feature a guest presentation by Kristine Kosek, program officer with the Otto Bremer Trust.

Event Details

Refreshments: Lunch will be provided.

About the Presenters

Kari AanestadKari Aanestad is the development manager at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. In this role, Kari secures and stewards grant and individual donor support for MCN. She also supports the development of other fundraising professionals throughout Minnesota through various channels including in-person and online trainings, the Minnesota Grants Alert, and the Minnesota Grants Directory. Kari holds a bachelor of arts in English and political science from Augsburg College and a master of divinity from Luther Seminary. Most recently she served as grant writer and outcomes manager for St. David’s Center. Kari brings a holistic wealth of experience to her role including international travel to over 20 countries, hospital chaplaincy in England, and teaching and tutoring positions ranging from elementary to post-graduate levels in writing and compassionate communication.

Kristine KosekKristine Kosek is a program officer with the Otto Bremer Trust where she supports communities and nonprofit organizations in Central and Northern Minnesota. She has 15 years of cross-sector experience in philanthropy, organizational development and fundraising. Her core strength is building rapport with stakeholders and aligning resources to address critical needs. Previously, Kristine was a senior consultant with Aurora Consulting and a program officer with the Best Buy Foundation, where she led community grant making for education, youth development and technology workforce programs. Kristine has a master of public affairs from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota with a focus on education and social policy.

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