Kim Klein is an internationally known trainer, speaker, and author, well known for her ability to deliver information in a practical, down-to-earth, and humorous way. She has a wide range of nonprofit experience, having worked as staff and as a volunteer and a board member.
Kim is the author of five books, including Reliable Fundraising in Unreliable Times, which won the McAdam Book Award. Her classic text, Fundraising for Social Change, now in its seventh edition, is widely used in the field and in university degree programs. Her other books include Fundraising for the Long Haul, Ask and You Shall Receive, and Fundraising in Times of Crisis. She is the series editor of the Kim Klein Fundraising Series at Jossey Bass Publishers.
She was a member of the Building Movement Project where she worked on a project called Nonprofits Talking Taxes. Kim is a fellow with On the Commons and blogs. She has provided training and consultation in all 50 United States, five Canadian provinces, and 21 other countries. She is a lecturer at the School of Social Welfare at the University of California - Berkeley, and has served as guest faculty at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Concordia University in Montreal. Kim co-founded the Grassroots Fundraising Journal in 1981 and was its publisher for 25 years.
Workshop Presenters and Panel Members
Kari Aanestad is the director of advancement 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.
Susan Bass Roberts joined the Pohlad Family Foundation in 2016 as vice president, executive director. Prior to leading the foundation, Susan served as executive director of the Best Buy Foundation. Her previous experience includes roles as vice president of communications and community relations for the Atlanta Falcons Football Club and owner of a boutique agency specializing in foundation management and public relations strategy for sports professionals. She also led The Limited Foundation as director of community affairs and philanthropy for Limited Brands, Inc. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations from The Ohio State University. She currently serves on the boards of the YWCA Minneapolis, Minnesota Council on Foundations, Breck School, and Funders Together to End Homelessness.
Kim Borton is the vice president of grants and donor services at the InFaith Community Foundation (InFaith). InFaith has $430 million invested assets and invests $28 million in grants annually through over 5,000 charitable funds. In her role, as VP, Kim leads the Foundation’s grantmaking programs, donor services, and organizational endowment partnerships. Kim finds great delight in contributing to InFaith’s mission of spreading joy and changing lives through partnerships with donors, grantees, and organizations. Kim’s background includes nonprofit and philanthropic management, faith-based initiatives, and community development with experience working in local, national, and international capacities. Prior to joining InFaith, Kim was the director of programs at the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, where she spearheaded grantmaking and donor advised funds, as well as research, capacity building, and public policy efforts.
Bob Breck is the principal of Lanark Consulting LLC, which helps mission-driven organizations build audiences, revenue, and impact through technology, marketing, strategic planning, and engagement. Bob's experience includes five years as the director of the membership program at Minnesota Public Radio and 10 years as the director of marketing and membership at the Science Museum of Minnesota.
Susie Brown is president of the Minnesota Council on Foundations. Her career began at Planned Parenthood of Connecticut and Planned Parenthood of New England, where she served as public affairs director. She then acted as public policy director at The Family Partnership before becoming executive director for Child Care Works. Susie previously served as public policy director at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. She serves on the Community Advisory Council of the Greater Twin Cities United Way and on the boards of Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities and GrantAdvisor. Susie holds a B.A. degree in international affairs from Lewis and Clark College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Vermont. She is an adjunct faculty member and was a Policy Fellow at the Humphrey Institute in 2006.
Emily Chad is an attorney in Fredrikson & Byron’s Tax Planning & Business Organization Group. Emily’s business law practice covers all phases of the business cycle, from counseling start-up clients trying to secure development funding to helping clients buy and sell established businesses. In particular, she has experience working with real estate partnerships, nonprofits, renewable energy ventures, and family-owned businesses. She is on the board of a tax-exempt entity and regularly structures joint ventures between nonprofits and private-public joint ventures. Prior to joining Fredrikson & Byron, Emily worked as a tax associate for a Minneapolis law firm where she analyzed and structured financing transactions including a variety of tax credits. Emily gained additional experience clerking for the Honorable Mark V. Holmes at the United States Tax Court in Washington D.C.
Georgina Chinchilla Gonzalez is the grants and institutional support manager at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO). With an undergraduate degree in violin performance and graduate degree in musicology, her role at the SPCO combines her love of and experience with music and her interest in serving her community. Prior to joining the SPCO, she worked primarily as a youth work professional. In addition, as a Peace Corps volunteer, she taught English and designed youth empowerment camps in a small village in Jordan. She recently completed an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas, where she focused on social entrepreneurship.
Drew Coursin spent much of his career in private legal practice helping entrepreneurs grow companies and raise working capital. He also worked extensively with nonprofit organizations on fundraising and sustainable growth. Beginning in 2011, Drew served as a member of the boards of various nonprofits that include a cancer treatment center and a humane society in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2017, Drew transitioned to a position as the volunteer coordinator for Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison. The experience of working with donors, volunteers, and other nonprofit professionals was transformative. He moved back to Minneapolis in 2018 to work in major gifts fundraising at Greater Twin Cities United Way and teach legal writing at Mitchell Hamline Law School. His goal is to help people figure out the “how” to their philanthropic “why.”
Carlo Cuesta began his career as a theatrical director and arts administrator, founding the Playwrights’ Project and serving as general manager of Shakespeare In The Park in Dallas. In 1996 he was appointed executive director of the Playwrights’ Center. In 2002, Carlo founded Creation In Common with the mission of strengthening communities through shared creativity. Today he serves as the firm’s managing partner overseeing all consulting engagements. Over the last 17 years, Creation In Common has delivered strategic solutions that have helped people across the nonprofit sector more effectively lead and create. During this time, he became an instructor at the University of Minnesota, teaching in its graduate art and cultural leadership program. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and a B.F.A. from Emerson College.
Jon Delwiche is the director of development at Breakthrough Twin Cities (BTC). BTC prepares under-resourced students for college success and cultivates the next generation of educators. Before working at Breakthrough Twin Cities he was the director of development for Project for Pride in Living. Finding fund development success in individual giving, nonprofit operational strategy, and major giving, Jon has a real passion for relationship-based fundraising and connecting philanthropists to missions they are passionate about.
Brie Geurink is vice president, Advancement at Opportunity Partners. Brie started her philanthropy career at Animal Humane Society, holding various roles with increasing responsibility. In 2014 she joined Opportunity Partners as the director of development, overseeing the fundraising programs. She has also held leadership positions on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Minnesota Chapter where she served as president in 2018. As a certified fundraising executive, Brie believes in the power of relationship building and has established a strong reputation at Opportunity Partners and beyond.
A veteran fundraiser, Dana Gillespie brings over 30 years’ experience consulting with nonprofits and leading fundraising and communications teams. As a founding partner of Creation In Common, Dana has helped agencies assess their capabilities, elevate board governance, and deepen employee engagement through engagements with McKnight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Care Providers of Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Opportunity Partners, Phillips Family Foundation, Sidney Health Center, National Council on Family Relations, Pillsbury United Communities, KERA/Art &Seek, and Walker Art Center. As a fundraiser for a variety of organizations, Dana’s strengths in analysis and observation are enhanced by a love of storytelling. She is a produced playwright and as such, Dana sees the value of all the players and how individuals can work together toward a common goal.
Rebecca Haddad has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector including roles in both project management and fund development. She is currently at the Science Museum of Minnesota, where she has worked for five years as a senior gift officer developing strategic partnerships. She began her career at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia and has since consulted and worked at nonprofits with missions related to education, science, and youth development. She earned her Master’s degree in public administration from the University of Montana – Missoula and her bachelor’s degree in sociology and social work at Miami University. Her skills include management, leadership, development, communications, and community development. She currently serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Minnesota Chapter and the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access committee.
Dana J. Holt is a charitable gift planning educator, coach, and professional speaker. She teaches fundraisers how to raise millions more by accessing wealth, not just cash - and teaches advisors how to grow their practice with the power of philanthropic planning. Before starting HOLT Consulting Dana began her career as an estate planning attorney and then spent 13 years at a Fortune 300 financial services company. There she helped advisors all over the U.S. with their most complex cases and taught them how to integrate charitable planning into their practice. Now she focuses exclusively on teaching charitable planning through professional speaking and her first-of-it's-kind coaching program, Turning Wealth Into What Matters™. Dana is a graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law and Southern Illinois University.
Anne Jin Soo Preston is director of research at Creation In Common. For nearly a decade, Anne has conducted extensive research, data collection, and analysis in the arts, science, education, social service, and health-related fields. Previously as an independent consultant, she helped organizations identify and respond to funding opportunities, develop organizational infrastructures, and key marketing and communications strategies. Prior to consulting, Anne worked at the University of Minnesota for over 15 years. Anne holds a Master of Professional Studies in arts and cultural leadership from the University of Minnesota. She is an adjunct professor for the University of Minnesota, specializing in board service, and currently co-leads Board Repair, a network to create a more effective nonprofit sector by increasing participation of people of color on boards and committees.
Mary S. Jones joined the Goodwill-Easter Seals Foundation in 2017, and serves as the organization’s chief philanthropy officer. She came to the Goodwill-Easter Seals Foundation from the YWCA of Minneapolis, where over eight years she served as chief advancement officer, chief advancement and program officer, and interim CEO. Prior to the YWCA Mary worked at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation, where she was senior development director. Her experience includes positions as executive director, marketing and development director for arts, human services, and health care organizations. Mary’s community involvement has included service on boards of a number of civic, arts, and social justice organizations, including serving as chair of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits; and board member of the Duluth YWCA. Mary is a certified fundraising executive.
Aileen Kasper is an entrepreneurial, donor-centric strategist with more than two decades of experience increasing revenue, engaging stakeholders, and furthering organizational missions. Aileen is currently an inaugural Association of Fundraising Professionals IDEA Fellow. Aileen’s previous philanthropic portfolio includes Mayo Clinic, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, and various Twin Cities nonprofits, as well as political and foundation engagement. Aileen helped co-found the Latino Economic Development Center and also the New World School of the Arts Alumni Foundation in her hometown of Miami. She has also helped build diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at various institutions. Aileen received her B.A. from Oberlin College; M.B.A. from Augsburg University; Oberlin College Community Action Fellowship; Mayo Clinic Bronze Quality Fellowship; Metro State University Community Development Careership; and Hispanics in Philanthropy Next Generation Philanthropy Fellowship.
Kris Kewitsch is the executive director of Charities Review Council, helping to ensure the Council delivers on its mission to be an independent resource so people are empowered to make informed and thoughtful giving decisions so they can be more effective in helping charities advance their important work. Prior to joining the Council, Kris worked in corporate philanthropy with Target Corporation, U.S. Bank, and Piper Jaffray, directing resources—both human and financial—to nonprofits across the country. Kris attended Gustavus Adolphus College, receiving a B.A. in sociology and anthropology. She has served on numerous boards, including the Corporate Volunteerism Council, National Council on Workplace Volunteerism, and the Volunteer Resource Center (now HandsOn Twin Cities). Kris was named to Twin Cities Business List of 100 to Know in 2017.
Joanne Kosciolek is the vice president of development & external affairs for Project for Pride in Living (PPL). PPL has a dual focus on developing permanent affordable housing for lower-income families and individuals, and providing career readiness training. Joanne is a dynamic, results-driven nonprofit leader, dedicated to using her skills to positively impact the Twin Cities community. Throughout her 32 year career in resource development, she has led teams responsible for fundraising, communications, volunteer recruitment, and evaluation efforts that have contributed to a number of leading nonprofits’ success, including Aeon, the Girl Scout Council of Minneapolis, and United Way of Greater St. Paul Area. Joanne believes a strong brand and clear communication contributes directly to an organization’s public visibility and fundraising success.
Deanna Kramer is the major gifts manager for Animal Humane Society where she focuses on building and growing the major gifts, corporate partnership and mid-level giving programs, and manages a team of five gift officers. She is an experienced nonprofit leader with more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, communications, and volunteer management. Deanna serves on the board of directors for AFP Minnesota and is vice president-elect for the newly formed public policy committee and chair of the Philanthropy Day 2019 awards committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in organization management and communication from Metropolitan State University and is a certified fundraising executive.
Mike Linnemann is development director at Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. Mike sees fundraising as the art of helping passionate supporters have the greatest possible impact on programs and ideas they hold dear. As an Eagle Scout from central Minnesota, his foundational experience took place in the Boundary Waters, which he considers to be the state’s greatest natural asset. More recently, he honed his fundraising skills at the University of Minnesota Foundation, and today is most happy doing what he can to help keep Minnesota beautiful.
Kate Loe has more than 11 years of fundraising experience, serving in a variety of roles at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. As senior director of resource development, she leads volunteer programs and fundraising activities including grantmaking, corporate and faith-based partnerships, and individual giving. Kate’s team oversees 30,000 volunteer days per year and raises more than $11 million annually. They are midway through a $55 million comprehensive campaign to support Twin Cities Habitat’s strategic plan with an ambitious goal to double the number of homebuyers.
Jessica Manivasager is a shareholder of Fredrikson & Byron and a member of its Tax Planning & Business Organization, Nonprofit & Tax Exempt Organizations, and Internet, Technology & E-Commerce Groups. Jessica supports businesses in the role of general counsel, and deals with issues relating to choice of entity in entity formation, business ownership and disputes, and the purchase and sale of businesses. As the chair of the Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Entity Group, Jessica also addresses issues for nonprofit and tax-exempt clients. She assists in all stages of a nonprofit entity’s lifespan, from formation and obtaining tax exempt status, resolving federal and state compliance issues, to guiding nonprofit clients through winding-up and dissolving the entity. She works with clients to structure nonprofit/for-profit joint ventures and works with nonprofits doing international work.
Lani McCollar is an associate at Bentz Whaley Flessner (BWF) where she focuses on campaigns, development program assessments, board leadership and development, and the growth and overall health of philanthropy programs. Lani brings nearly 20 years of experience working and volunteering for multiple nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Prior to BWF, she led multiple successful campaigns and board initiatives as director of institutional advancement at Groves Academy, and also director of development at Metropolitan State University Foundation. She received her B.B.A. from the Henry B. Tippie Business School at The University of Iowa, and a condensed M.B.A. in nonprofit administration from the University of St. Thomas. She has served on the board of The Junior League of Minneapolis and leader of the Minnesota Chapter Challenge.
Jo Miller, senior communications advisor, has worked as a part of the National Center for Healthy Housing team since 2016, providing strategy, technical assistance, and training for communication and community engagement. A 25-year healthy housing and lead poisoning prevention veteran, Jo has worked with lead and healthy homes programs throughout the country to build stronger partnerships, innovative approaches, and secure grant funds. As a grant professional, Jo also specializes in nonprofit and community development as well as grant professional training. She is also a National Institute for Social Media social media strategist, a digital communications trainer, a grant professional certification holder and accepted provider through the accredited Grant Professional Certification Institute, and a Grant Professionals Association approved trainer.
Frank Mumford serves as a Major Gift Officer at The Greater Twin Cities United Way, and in past worked as the Donor Relations Director at The Salvation Army Northern Division. He holds a B.A. in entrepreneurship and a B.S. in economics from Northern Michigan University, where he got his start as a student telethon fundraiser. He has more than 13 years of fundraising, sales, and marketing experience across the higher education and social service sectors. Frank is a Board Member of AFP Minnesota Chapter and the NMU Alumni Association.
E.G. Nelson is a community health and health equity project manager at the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. She is also a fitness instructor, tandem enthusiast, competitive baker, and advocate for queers and animals.
Enrique Olivarez Jr. is vice president of development for CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio). He comes to CLUES with a proven track record in raising funds from national, private, and corporate foundations, and strong nonprofit management and consulting skills. Enrique worked at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media for the last 11 years where he most recently worked as director of institutional giving and managed a $10 million annual grant portfolio. Prior to this, he worked as a program manager of LarsonAllen’s Ford Foundation Working Capital Fund, a $4 million, four-year capacity building program for culturally specific arts organizations; and served as director of development and public relations for MacPhail Center for the Arts. Enrique earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degrees in English from University of Texas.
Joanna Ramirez Barrett, 2018 Bush fellow, sees women entrepreneurs of color — the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs — as a solution to the racial wealth gap. From her work with the Metropolitan Economic Development Association, she knows that entrepreneurship among families of color increases income at significant rates. She wants to be at the forefront of creating a vibrant business ecosystem that supports women entrepreneurs of color. With the understanding that this work will take compelling leadership, she seeks to grow from successful program manager to strategic leader. She will immerse herself in leadership programs for women and study innovative social entrepreneurship models.
Jesse Ross’ heart is centered on community development and building authentic relationships, with 12 years of experience in nonprofit and community-based organizations throughout Minneapolis. Jesse works on both program development and direct community engagement, with the goal of empowering people to effectively impact their own communities. Jesse previously served as area director for Minneapolis Young Life and TreeHouse, where his areas of focus included policy and program development, organizational leadership, diversity and culture, youth and family development, fundraising, outreach, and other initiatives. Currently, he works at The Minneapolis Foundation serving multiple roles in the Community Impact Department, and is also a Roy Wilkins Public Policy Fellow Alumni and a current Ron McKinley philanthropy fellow. He authored the upcoming book Fathers Matter: Leadership lessons I’ve learned from my Father.
Andrea Sanow is the development coordinator at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, where she develops, implements and evaluates brand and communications strategies to increase the visibility and credibility of the GrantAdvisor website service. She also produces marketing materials, develops presentations for conferences, and manages electronic and print communications efforts related to GrantAdvisor.Andrea holds a bachelor of arts in English and master of fine arts in nonfiction writing from Augsburg College. She most recently served the nonprofit sector as program assistant at ArtsMidwest. Her previous nonprofit work includes serving organizations working with housing and higher education, respectively. From 2012-2013, she served as a member of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps in San Francisco.
Jennifer Scholl is a fundraising and engagement professional with over 15 years of experience. She is currently the mission advancement and legacy planning officer at the Science Museum of Minnesota. She has broad, deep, and proven skills in nonprofit leadership, donor relations, communications, and program management. Additionally, she has extensive experience in strategic planning, leadership, budgets, and management of board of trustees. She has also worked as a senior alumni relations and gift officer at the University of Minnesota and a community relations fundraiser at the United Way. She currently serves as vice chair of Doing Good Together, and holds a Master’s from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, a Bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a certificate in Equity and Diversity from the University of Minnesota.
Andrei Sivanich, director of community relations joined Laura Baker Services Association in 2017. He is in charge of development, public relations, and marketing. Andrei is returning to the nonprofit world after 20 years of sales and marketing in the corporate sector.
Sara Spiess brings 15 years of nonprofit fundraising and development experience to her current role as director of grants & foundation relations at the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities. Sara specializes in securing grants and gifts from corporate, foundation, and government agency partners to support mission-driven work. She works to develop and steward a broad base of strategic partnerships among key stakeholders. Sara holds a B.A. from New York University, a St. Thomas fundraising certificate, and is a 2016 graduate of the Leadership Saint Paul program of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. Sara has served on the board of directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Minnesota Chapter. She is also an active community volunteer.
Jennifer A. Svihus is a senior associate in the healthcare practice of Bentz Whaley Flessner where she focuses on campaign planning and management, major and principal gifts, advancement assessments, grateful patient fundraising, and building processes for fundraising strategy and accountability. With over 30 years in philanthropy, Jennifer served most recently as executive director for fundraising at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, where she oversaw major giving programs and developed a physician-focused grateful patient program. Prior to that, she was vice president of philanthropy for Sutter Health Valley Region and associate vice chancellor for development at University of California – Santa Cruz. Her early experience also included working with the University of California – San Diego Health Sciences, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Tammy Tilzey is the director of Foundant for Grantseekers, an intuitive grant management solution designed to increase the efficiency and funding success of nonprofits. She particularly enjoys working and collaborating with passionate clients and coworkers. Tammy holds a B.S. degree in computer science from Montana State University and has held development, marketing, and services leadership roles at several growing software companies. In her role at Foundant Technologies, Tammy provides educational opportunities and tools that enable nonprofits and grant professionals to maximize their grantseeking capabilities and increase their fundraising success. Tammy currently serves on the board of the Grant Professionals Certification Institute and as membership chair for her local Idaho Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association.
Laura Tufano is a certified fund raising executive and has raised money for social justice, the arts, education, and human services over the course of her 16-year career. After directing overall development efforts at NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota and OutFront Minnesota, Laura spent several years specializing in individual giving. She increased individual giving revenue at the Minnesota Orchestra, Goodwill/Easter Seals, Breck School, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. As the vice president of advancement at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Laura provided strategic oversight for fundraising, volunteer recruitment, marketing, and brand management. Today Laura provides results-focused, donor-centered advancement and fundraising help to local nonprofits through Tufano Consulting. Laura has served on several nonprofit boards and currently volunteers as a mentor to emerging fundraisers through the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Jeff Uecker is the CFO of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota and brings 23 plus years of nonprofit experience in senior financial positions. Previously, he was the CFO at the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) where he established financial strategies and oversaw financial activities. Prior to CVT, Jeff worked at Clifton Larson Allen (CLA) in outsourcing where he partnered with senior management and boards from multiple nonprofit organizations to solve financial issues and position their organizations for the future. Prior to CLA, Jeff was a vice president at Be the Match where he led financial and operational teams through rapid growth over many years. Jeff has an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and a B.S. in accounting from Minnesota State University – Mankato. He is also a certified public accountant.
Cary Walski is owner & nerd-in-chief of Copilot: Web, Social & Storytelling for Nonprofits. Cary helps mission-driven people and organizations inspire empathy to create change. Using code, design, and story, she works with clients to create online experiences that move audiences to action on the web, and in the world. A former nonprofit employee herself, she knows from personal experience what it means to lead change across a wide range of stakeholders with often limited resources.
Jules Wilkins works with organizations to help create the strategy and tools they need to engage, delight, and activate their donors. Jules is the director of external relations at COMPAS, and she writes and consults at JulesWrites.com. Prior to her work in Minnesota, Jules worked in New Orleans creating and implementing development and communications strategy for the Young Leadership Council and the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Jules is a certified fund raising executive, and serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Minnesota Chapter.