Small Family Foundations

Date: Mar 19, 2019
Time: 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Saint Mary’s University Center
2540 Park Ave., Minneapolis

Fee: Online registration is CLOSED. $109 for MCN members / $159 for nonmembers Register Now!

Do you know the other 90% of Minnesota foundations?

Defined as giving less than $500,000 annually, small family foundations are the largest and fastest growing segment of institutional philanthropy in Minnesota.

More than 1,000 small family foundations support Minnesota nonprofits, collectively giving more than $90 million in grants annually. Many of these foundations are headquartered outside of Minnesota, but view Minnesota as their primary funding focus.

Are you talking to these funders? Do you know who they are? If not, this is the workshop for you!
Access Philanthropy has the most comprehensive and up-to-date list of small family foundations located in and/or funding primarily in Minnesota. They have done comprehensive research on what small family foundations are like, what they like, and how to get them to like you.

In this workshop you’ll find out:

  • WHO these small family foundations are
  • WHAT these foundations are funding – and what they want from you
  • HOW to approach them – first steps, strategies, building relationships

Workshop attendees will also receive:

  • A booklet containing information and descriptions of 100+ small family foundations giving in Minnesota.
  • One month of access to Access Philanthropy’s small family foundation database that includes profiles on nearly 400 small family foundations (based on annual giving).
  • A discounted rate on a one-year subscription to Access Philanthropy’s small family foundation database. (Regular price: $300. Special workshop rate: $200 for one-year subscription.)

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 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 continental breakfast will be served.

Travel: Directions to Saint Mary’s University Center, including driving and transit options, are available on SMU's website.

Parking: SMU's University Center has a free parking lot. Free parking is also available on surrounding city streets. Additional paid parking is available at the Phillips Eye Institute (2 blocks away). Please plan plenty of time to arrive, park and walk to University Center.

About the Presenter

Steve PaprockiSteve Paprocki, president, Access Philanthropy has spent his professional career involved in philanthropy - as foundation director, fundraiser, trainer, donor consultant, author, researcher, and lobbyist. As associate director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), Steve wrote four books on corporate grantmaking and "midwifed" sixty women's funds, environmental funds, Black United Funds, health funds, and social action funds.

Before his work with NCRP, Steve was a lobbyist for the Catholic Church, a program officer for the Campaign for Human Development and the founding director of the Cooperating Fund Drive. Steve has served as chair of the board of directors of the Carmen Pampa Fund (supporting a community college in rural Bolivia) and been a board member of Minnesota Charities Review Council. He has served as a founding member of Headwaters Fund and a member of the funding panel of Minneapolis Foundation/McKnight Foundation Neighborhood Self-Help Initiatives Program.

Steve has a masters’ degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute, a bachelors’ degree from the University of St. Thomas and a labor studies certificate from Metro State University. Steve is an adjunct professor at Hamline University and Metro State University, teaching courses in fundraising and philanthropy.

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