Greater Minnesota North Central Minnesota Foundations 2018

Date: Jan 23, 2018
Time: 01:00 PM to 04:30 PM

Brainerd Lakes Chamber – Tyrol Hills Shopping Center
224 W. Washington St., Brainerd

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

UPDATE (1/23/18): This event will take place as planned. Please be safe. If you are able to join us, we look forward to seeing you today.

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 North Central 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 North Central 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 was pre-recorded in St. Paul. The session will continue from 3 – 4:30 p.m., with a focus on foundations that give primarily in North Central Minnesota.

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 Presenters

Barb DownsBarb Downs, grants specialist at the Initiative Foundation, has a passion for empowering people to build thriving communities and a vibrant region across Central Minnesota. She makes it her mission to use her time, talents and resources to help build sustainable systems that will make a difference in the lives of low income people and the communities in which they live. In her role as grants specialist, Barb engages regional, state-wide and national philanthropic organizations to secure funding that supports key programs such as emergingleaders or the Thriving Communities Initiative. Barb enjoys volunteering with the Kinship of Morrison County, Lions and her church.

Jennifer SmithSince 2013, Jennifer Smith has served as executive director of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties. Prior, she was at The National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, working in the realms of management, communications and public affairs. In her career, Jennifer has worked in the private, government, and nonprofit sectors and enjoys bridging the gaps between the sectors in her current position. Jennifer also enjoys volunteering and taking a leadership role in the communities she serves. She sits on the board of directors for United Ways of Minnesota, currently serving as chair. In addition, Jennifer sits on the Community Programs Committee for the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, sits on the board of directors for the Brainerd Rotary Foundation, served on the speaker selection committee and was master of ceremonies for TEDxGullLake, is a STRIVE program presenter at Brainerd and Pillager High Schools, and organizes a yearly fundraising event for the Lakes Area Music Festival. In addition to her passion for the nonprofit world, Jennifer also owns and operates a yoga studio in Nisswa.

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.

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