Minnesota Foundations 2020 will provide you with specific information about the trends, staffing, program shifts, and financial outlooks of the most active and important foundations giving in Southeast 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 2020.
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 Southeast 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 2020.
The session will begin, 9 – 10 a.m., with a training by Terri Allred, MCN's Southeast Minnesota regional coordinator.
Prospect Research using GrantAdvisor
Have you ever found yourself spending hours in grants databases and ending up with a list of 50+ funders that sits on your desk for weeks? Have you ever attended the MCN Foundations training, been thrilled to receive the annual directory and then never found time to act on what you learned? This workshop will break down key steps and tools in prospect research so that you can take immediate action. Join us as the presenter provides a rich analysis on emerging trends and insightful ideas for using GrantAdvisor in your day-to-day grantseeking.
GrantAdvisor is an anonymous review site of foundations launched by three nonprofits two years ago. As an innovative tool for providing community feedback to foundations and helping grantseekers build better work plans, the site has received more than 2,000 review about nearly 700 foundations in 48 states to date. Your colleagues have written almost 450 reviews about 77 Minnesota foundations, and the GrantAdvisor team is seeing clear themes about the state of relationships between grantseekers and grantmakers and the impact of philanthropy on communities.
Participants will learn:
- Where to get precious insider information on what it really takes to succeed with specific foundations
- Strategies for discovering your best possible funding match
- How to whittle that list from 50 to 5
The session will continue from 10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. with a focus on foundations with statewide giving priorities. This portion of the session will be recorded from St. Paul and replayed for the local audience.
This workshop will be offered in locations around the state, including Bemidji, Fargo/Moorhead, Fergus Falls, Grand Rapids, Hermantown, Mankato, Marshall, Rochester, Sartell, and Willmar. Register at the location that’s best for your grantseeking priorities.
About the Presenters
Terri Allred is the Southeast Minnesota regional coordinator for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits where she serves as a liaison between MCN’s St. Paul office and nonprofits in Southeast Minnesota. Terri has worked in the nonprofit sector her entire life, mostly focused around issues of sexual assault and domestic violence. She has served as the executive director of five nonprofits in three states and currently lives in Rochester. Prior to joining MCN, Terri served as the director of community engagement for the Women’s Shelter and Support Center. She has a bachelor of arts from Wake Forest University and a master of theological studies in feminist theology from Vanderbilt Divinity School.
Michelle T. Edgerton is founder and principle of The Edgerton Group LLC. She previously served as chief advancement officer of Northside Achievement Zone, 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 is presedent-elect of 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.
Jon Pratt is the executive director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. He has worked at Minnesota Public Interest Research Group as an attorney and lobbyist, as regional director at the Youth Project, and as director for the Philanthropy Project. In 1982 he was campaign manager for Paul Wellstone candidacy for Minnesota State Auditor. In 1987 he became director of MCN, an association of 2,000 organizations that sponsors research, training, lobbying, and negotiated discounts to strengthen Minnesota's nonprofit sector. Jon has consulted with nongovernmental organizations on the development of NGO associations and services in Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, and Turkey. Jon has a law degree from Antioch School of Law, and a M.P.A. from Harvard University.
Sara Spiess brings more than 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 an active community volunteer.
Erik Torch is the director of grantmaking at Northland Foundation. The Northland Foundation invests in people and communities to support a thriving Northeastern Minnesota. Erik was previously served as executive director of Damiano Center and the program manager for Catholic Relief Services. Erik has a B.S. from Northland College and an M.S.W. from University of Minnesota – Duluth.