This workshop will introduce grantwriting to nonprofit professionals who have less than one year of experience with the skill. Many people who work in nonprofits find themselves in the position of “accidental grantwriter” and do not feel fully equipped for the challenge. This session will provide a balance of applicable content and resources to deepen participants’ knowledge of and skills in grantwriting.
Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the basics of grantseeking. This session will dig into the basic elements of foundation research and grant planning. This is a beginner-level workshop.
Deepen your understanding about the Minnesota funding landscape.
Learn about the types of foundations providing grants to Minnesota’s nonprofits.
Develop an understanding of the sections of a grant proposal including budgeting and evaluation.
Workshop participants will receive a copy of the Handbook for Successful Grant Writing that covers topics ranging from research and planning to a glossary of commonly used terms. The Handbook is only available to participants and is not otherwise for sale.
Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence
This event will address the following best 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.
- FINANCE 18: Nonprofits must spend funds in compliance with conditions attached to their funding. Organizations should develop a system to ensure that donor funding restrictions are maintained.
- 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.
About the Presenter
is the regional coordinator for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ West Central Minnesota Chapter, based out of Fargo. Previously, Joe was the executive director for Lakes and Prairies Community Action Partnership from 2000 through 2015. Through this work, Joe managed an $8 million budget and oversaw a wide range of programs with a particular focus on those with low-income and from diverse backgrounds. He was deeply engaged in public policy, community relations, fundraising, managing relationships with public and private partners. In addition to his work at Lakes and Prairies, Joe was an elected official in Hawley due east of Fargo-Moorhead, he worked for a number of years for Clay County Social Services, and he has worked closely with various MCN member organizations and partners. Joe holds a B.A. in history and political science from Concordia College in Moorhead.