Greater Minnesota Southeast Minnesota Foundations 2018

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

Rochester Area Foundation - Community Room
12 Elton Hills Dr. NW, Rochester

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

Whether you’re an executive director, a fund development staff person or a board member involved in fundraising, Minnesota Foundations 2018 has the development-focused information you'll need to get your funding prospects in a row for the coming year!

Join MCN on Wednesday, December 13, from 1 – 4:30 p.m. in Rochester for frank, current information about changes taking place in Minnesota’s foundation community, including:

  • Insights into the program shifts, priorities and financial outlooks of more than 50 of the most important Minnesota foundations
  • A stronger list of local and statewide prospects
  • Resources necessary to implement your fundraising plan
  • A free copy of MCN’s Minnesota Grants Directory 2018

The first half of the session will focus on foundations with statewide giving priorities. It will take place live in St. Paul and will be broadcast statewide to our locations in 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.

During the second half, attendees at the Rochester location will break into small groups for “speed-dating” with foundation representatives and grant writers, asking questions and getting their tips for effective fundraising.

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

Jane Angelone, grants & nonprofit relations officer, Rochester Area Foundation

Jeni Arnold, executive director, Winona Community Foundation

Dee Bjork, executive director, Faribault Foundation

Chad Campbell, vice president of community impact, United Way of Olmsted County

Penny Hillemann, executive director, Northfield Area United Way

Alissa Oeltjenbruns, community philanthropy director, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Julie Johnson, grant consultant and grant writer

Susan Fargo Prosser, senior public affairs specialist, Division of Community Engagement, Mayo Clinic

Bonnie Schock, executive director, Sheldon Theatre and former program officer, Minnesota State Arts Board

Jennifer Teske, vice president of resource development, United Way of Olmsted County


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 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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