Event Details


Minnesota Foundations 2020 (Special Edition): Grantseeking and Management in Disruption

Friday, May 22, 10:00 AM - Friday, May 22, 2020, 11:30 AM
Friday, May 22, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $45 for MCN members / $65 for nonmembers

Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for this special exploration of the impacts of COVID-19 on grantseeking and grants management. You’ll learn frank, current information about significant changes taking place in Minnesota's foundation community and state departments. This 90-minute event will offer two components: 

Part 1: A panel sharing in-depth reporting and offering “beyond-the-website" insights into unfolding changes among dozens of the most important Minnesota foundations and grantmaking state departments. 

Part 2: A presentation exploring grant writing and grants management in disruption, with insights on how to make your case for funding in light of COVID-19; finding courage to ask for what you need; and mapping out the risks and opportunities in your current grant portfolio. 
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 get 40 hours of research and insight in 90 minutes. 
By attending this event, you'll be able to:

  • Build your list of foundation prospects that fit your organization's goals and make the best use of your time and resources in light of quickly changing funding priorities; 
  • Better understand the augmentations to grant program and funding opportunities through Minnesota’s state grantmaking departments; 
  • Connect to burgeoning trends in the nonprofit sector; and 
  • Uncover insider tips about what it’s like to work with various foundations.
This workshop will be inclusive of the realities of Greater Minnesota members and nonprofits and smaller nonprofits who maybe were left out of the first rounds of disaster-relief funding because of barriers to access. 

Speaker Information

Kari AanestadKari Aanestad is the director of advancement at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. In this role, Kari advances the mission and work of MCN and Minnesota’s nonprofit sector through strategic visioning, fundraising, relationship development, sector research, and education. As a member of MCN’s leadership team, Kari provides strategic direction and input on the organization’s trajectory, evolution, opportunities, and partnerships.

TerriAllredTerri 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.

GraceFoglandGrace Fogland is the development and communications assistant at MCN. In her role, she works closely with the Director of Advancement and other members of the communications and membership team to coordinate key aspects of MCN’s fundraising and communications, including prospect research, grant proposal and report preparation, individual giving, event marketing, and external storytelling. Additionally, Grace helps increase participation and awareness of GrantAdvisor.org, and will coordinate the production of the Minnesota Grants Directory

JonPrattJon 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.

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