Minnesota Foundations 2018

Date: Dec 13, 2017
Time: 01:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Where:

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

Fee: This session is full. No wait-list available.
 

This event is sold out. There is no waitlist. Please email MCN's program coordinator if you wish to receive information after the event date about purchasing the book and a recording of the event.

Get the “inside scoop” on what’s really happening at many of Minnesota’s largest foundations.

Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for this annual analysis of 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.

Whether you’re an executive director, a board member involved in fundraising or a fund development staff person, this workshop is a great way to jump start your funding prospects for 2018.

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.
The workshop will include information about some of Minnesota’s most active private, community and corporate foundations. This session is a time to dig beyond the grantmakers’ websites and to hear candidly from your peer grantseekers about their experiences and knowledge about working with various foundations.

Participants will receive a complimentary copy of MCN's Minnesota Grants Directory 2018.

The session will begin, 1 – 2:45 p.m., with a focus on foundations with statewide giving priorities (including the Twin Cities Metro area). This portion of the session will take place live in St. Paul and will be broadcast statewide to the locations listed below. This portion of the session will be from the grantwriters’ perspective – as informed by their thorough research, years of work in the field of development, and discussions with grantmakers. The session will continue live in St. Paul, 3 – 4:30, with a focus on foundations that give primarily in the Metro area.

The first portion of the session will also be broadcast from St. Paul to groups in Bemidji, Duluth, Fergus Falls, Mankato, Rochester and St. Cloud. The Greater Minnesota venues will also continue later into the afternoon with on-site panels to address local and regional giving. Register at the location that’s best for your grantseeking priorities.

Principles & Practices

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is committed to offering training sessions that support the Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. This workshop helps us achieve the following:

  • FINANCE 16: Nonprofit organizations should secure appropriate levels of funding to carry out their missions and activities and, when possible, diversify their revenue sources to avoid being dependent on a single funding type.
  • FUND 8: Nonprofits must use funds consistent with donor intent and comply with specific conditions placed upon donations.
  • FUND 11: Organizational communications, including fundraising appeals, must include clear, accurate and honest information about the organization, its activities, and when, where and for whom the funds will be used in addition to the tax treatment of a contribution.
  • FUND 15: A nonprofit should plan its communications to tell the story of the organization and maintain consistent, mission-focused and timely communication with donors.

Event Details

Refreshments: A light snack and beverages will be served.

Location: Registration is in the upper lobby. The workshop will take place in Room 135 (upper floor).

Travel: For driving, transit and parking directions, please visit the Continuing Education Center's website. Please plan to arrive early; parking can get congested and may take more than 15 minutes.

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.

Michelle EdgertonMichelle T. Edgerton brings more than 15 years of program and development experience to Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) having served as the chief advancement officer at The Family Partnership, the director of development at Twin Cities RISE!, the development officer in major/planned giving at the Courage Center, the regional director for Legacy Management Group, and as the director of events and special projects at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities. She recently joined NAZ as the chief advancement officer.  She serves on the board of directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Minnesota Chapter. Michelle holds a master of arts degree in leadership from Augsburg College and a bachelor of arts degree in religion from Wake Forest University.

Sara SpiessSara Spiess brings 15 years of development experience to the Science Museum of Minnesota where she works in Mission Advancement to cultivate, develop and steward a broad base of partnerships among corporate, foundation and government agency stakeholders. Sara holds a B.A. from New York University and actively volunteers in the community. In 2016, Sara was named a Young Professional of the Year by the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. She is past co-president of GenYWCA, the emerging leaders group of the YWCA of Minneapolis. Sara has served on the board of directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Minnesota Chapter on communications, marketing and membership committees.

Paul VliemAs development manager for Tasks Unlimited, Paul Vliem is responsible for building greater awareness of Tasks’ mission and its impact in the lives of people living with severe mental illness. Prior to his position with Tasks Unlimited, Paul worked at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits as development and project manager. Paul is on the board of a number of nonprofits, including Frogtown Farm in St. Paul and the Association of Fundraising Professionals Minnesota Chapter. Paul holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Calvin College.

Lori-Anne WilliamsLori-Anne Williams joined the Greater Twin Cities United Way as foundations & grants manager in 2017. She has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 30 years at organizations including Prepare + Prosper, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, University of Minnesota and many more. Lori-Anne is also an experienced teacher and presenter, having taught at the Minnesota Council on Foundations, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, University of St. Thomas and conferences around the country. As a grant writer, Lori-Anne has secured funding from national and local foundations, corporations and government agencies. She has a B.A. from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Minnesota.

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