National Foundations

Know Who and How

Tuesday, November 19, 09:00 AM - Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 12:00 PM
Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saint Mary’s University Center
2540 Park Ave
Fee: $109 for MCN members / $159 for nonmembers

Find out what it takes to attract national funding!

If your organization doesn’t think it’s a candidate for funding from national foundations, think again. One out of every five grants awarded in Minnesota comes from grantmakers outside of Minnesota.

While acquiring national funding requires an understanding of the national funding environment and how to create a funding persona that gets you noticed, you might also be surprised to find out who some of the national players are funding in Minnesota.

Find out HOW to set your organization apart from the competition with the right kind of research, branding and communications to attract national dollars.

And find out WHO these funders* are, including:

9. Family foundations who moved out of Minnesota but are still interested in Minnesota (Jundt, Morgan Family, David Gold)

8. Corporations with local plants, offices or retail outlets in Minnesota (Emerson, BNSF, Prudential, Lowe’s

7. Midwest/regional funders (Joyce, Bader, Kellogg, Stern Family)

6. National/international mega funders (Gates, Robert Wood Johnson, Ford, Carnegie)

5. National politically active funders (Surdna, Annie E. Casey, Walton Family)

4. Faith-focused funders (Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Unitarian Universalists, Mazon)

3. Specialty national funders (Ahimsa, AAUW, Ms. Foundation, Warhol, Shubert, Petco, Arcus, Leona Helmsley, American Cancer Society)

2. National specialty funders (Ms. Foundation, Shubert, Leona Helmsley, American Cancer Society)

1. Foundations and funders you've never heard of that fund in Minnesota (McCabe, Nordick, Horncrest)

Attendees will receive:

  • The inside scoop on the top 50+ national foundations that fund in Minnesota
  • Information on at least two dozen funders not featured in last year’s workshop
  • A bound booklet containing information on more than 100 national funders that fund in Minnesota

*The final list of funders is still to be determined. The funders named above are listed as possible examples.

Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence

This event will address the following best practices:

In an effort to support nonprofits in fulfilling their missions, this workshop will help to focus your work on 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 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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