Philanthropy Leaders Forum: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Date: Nov 1, 2017
Time: 08:00 AM to 09:30 AM

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
2314 University Ave. W., Suite 20, St. Paul

Fee: $50 for MCN members Register Now!

Join MCN as we learn about the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This forum, with Jai Winston, St. Paul program director of the Community and National Initiatives Program, will offer an opportunity to hear about the Foundation’s giving priorities and to understand the issues impacting the Foundation’s current focus.

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Join Jai to learn about his work, the Foundation’s commitment to meeting the needs of our regional communities and new developments at Knight Foundation in 2017.

The Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. They invest in journalism and technology, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Their goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which they believe are essential for a healthy democracy. The Foundation had over $100 million in grants payable in 2014.

The forum will include a formal presentation by Jai Winston, question and answer time with the audience and opportunities for networking.

Jai WinstonJai Winston joined Knight Foundation in 2016. Previously, Jai was an associate of strategy and corporate development at Ariel Investments, a minority-owned money management firm in Chicago. At Ariel Investments, he focused on working with senior members of the firm and on other firm-wide strategic initiatives and special projects, including some of the firm’s national work on financial literacy and minority entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining Ariel Investments, Jai spent four years working at the nexus of politics, policy and business. He worked on the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee with the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. He served as the Illinois deputy finance director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and as the North Carolina deputy finance director for the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee.

Jai serves on the board of the Illinois Humanities Council, and is also a member of the Lookingglass Theatre and buildOn junior boards, the Emerging Leaders board for the Mikva Challenge, and the advisory board of INVEST Chicago. He is a former steering committee member for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Financial Services Pipeline Initiative. Jai earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Event Details

Refreshments: Breakfast will be served.

Schedule: The first 30 minutes will be reserved for networking while enjoying breakfast, coffee and tea. Please bring your business cards to share.

Travel: Driving directions and transit options are available on MCN's website.

About the Philanthropy Leaders Forum

In 2017, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits will offer various gatherings of the Philanthropy Leaders Forum. During each forum, you will hear from, and engage with, some of Minnesota’s most prominent philanthropy leaders. Philanthropy Leaders Fora are MCN special member events and provide a great opportunity for you to network with your peers involved in fundraising. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear first-hand what philanthropy leaders are thinking about changes for the sector in 2017 and beyond. Watch MCN’s Fundraising Trainings webpage for information about additional upcoming events.

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