Greater Minnesota Northwest Minnesota Foundations 2018

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

Northwest Minnesota Foundation
201 3rd St. NW, Bemidji

Fee: $75 for MCN members / $125 for nonmembers Register Now!

Minnesota Foundations 2018 will provide you with specific information about the trends, staffing, program shifts and financial outlooks of the most active and important foundations giving in Northwest Minnesota. 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 Northwest 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 run from 1 – 2:45 p.m. with a focus on foundations with statewide giving priorities. This portion of the session will take place in St. Paul and will be broadcast the six locations listed below. There will be opportunities to ask questions and to engage in the discussion with peers in St. Paul and statewide.

The session will continue locally, 3 – 4:30 p.m., with round table discussions. Participants will be able to choose four of the topics, listed below.

This workshop will be offered concurrently in St. Paul, Bemidji, Proctor, Fergus Falls, Rochester, Mankato and Sartell. Register at the location that’s best for your grantseeking priorities.Plus, this workshop will also be offered in January in Brainerd and Marshall; please check back soon for further details.

Principles & Practices

In addition to the content described above, this event will address the following practices:

  • 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.

About the Presenters

Local Roundtable Discussions

Arts Council Grants Process and Experience with Foundations
Laura Seter, executive director of Region 2 Arts Council, will be sharing information on grant opportunities that support nonprofit organizations, public and charter schools, community education programs and government and tribal entities in the creation of arts projects and programming. Laura will outline the grant application process and eligibility requirements. Examples of successful grant-funded projects may inspire participants to envision future arts presentations, performances, workshops, guest artists, exhibitions and arts projects that will benefit the residents of our five county region. 

Blandin Foundation’s Funding Opportunities
Kyle Erickson, program officer at Blandin Foundation, will talk about the Blandin Foundation, current grant opportunities and previously funded programs. He will share ideas about typical projects funded including targeted efforts. Plus, hear about tips on the application process and other relevant information about the Blandin Foundation. 

Communicating with Grant Makers
Nate Dorr, program officer for community development at Northwest Minnesota Foundation, will host a table discussion on communicating with grant makers. Don’t let your limited knowledge of a foundation’s grant program or guidelines stop you from getting started. Grant making organizations rely on local partners to educate them on local issues and to carry out their mission. 

Philanthropy and Giving
Joe Czapiewski, principal consultant at JFC Strategic Services, will discuss his experience with philanthropy. He will share thoughts on giving, experience with seeking donations and estate planning. Joe will offer techniques on conversation starters to seek funds, and tips to educate your staff, board and community members about the ways to give.

United Way Grants and Application Process
Denae Alamano, executive director of United Way of Bemidji Area, will talk about grant opportunities with the United Way and talk about the application process.

Working with Leaders and Teams to Identify Grant Goals and Objectives
Sandy Hennum, executive director of Village of Hope, will host a discussion about working with agency leaders and teams to be the best they can be so they can serve their clients. She will engage in a conversation with leaders and teams to understand their goals and behaviors that may be standing in their way of success for themselves and their clients. 

Writing Grants with a Rural and Tribal Community Focus
Becky Schueller, principal, Rebecca Schueller Training & Consulting, LLC, will focus on the topic of grant writing readiness. She will address the importance of having a strategic plan so that organizations invest scarce time and energy pursuing the funding sources which are the right fit for their needs, vision and strategic direction. These components are even more important for rural organizations, which tend to have more limited capacity and less access to philanthropic resources. Both new and experienced grant writers can benefit from this discussion. 


Statewide 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 Edgerton brings more than 15 years of program and development experience to The Family Partnership having served as 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 joined The Family Partnership as the vice president of development and was named chief advancement officer in 2014. 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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