Minnesota Grantmakers 2023

January 10 & 12, 2023 | 10 - 11:30 am. (each day) | Virtual Workshop  

$129 for MCN members / $169 for nonmembers

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Registration and Technology Details

Have these questions ever been top of mind for you as you consider how to get the most out of your finite and precious time raising money for your nonprofit? 

  • Which foundations should I approach to fund my nonprofit? 
  • What’s the best way to get dollars from specific foundations?
  • Are there resources out there I have yet to tap into that would streamline and amplify my process? 
If so, join this two-part workshop — one day focusing on Statewide funders, the other on Twin Cities Metro or Greater MN funders — designed for organizations in all parts of the state of Minnesota to hear well-informed, external analysis and critiques from your nonprofit peers. You'll also gain insight into trends, staffing, program shifts, and financial outlooks of dozens of Minnesota grantmakers.

2023 MN Grantmakers feature

In addition, registrants will receive a complimentary copy of MCN's digital 2023 Minnesota Grants Directorywhich includes editable note pages for each foundation. [Note: Those who face barriers to access due to socio-economic status, disability, geography, and/or technological accessibility, are able to request one of a very limited number of hard copy directories. If you qualify, please contact info@minnesotanonprofits.org.]

Whether you’re an executive director, a board member involved in fundraising, or a fund development staff person, this two-part workshop is a great way to expand and enliven your funding prospects for 2023. 

Two days, three great Minnesota Grantmakers sessions!

By registering for Minnesota Grantmakers 2023, you gain access to three information-rich sessions, each focusing on statewide or regionally responsive funders. All sessions are offered virtually live, with the January 12 Twin Cities and Greater MN sessions offered simultaneously*:

January 10: Statewide  |   January 12: Twin Cities Metro OR Greater Minnesota

*Registrants will receive temporary access to recordings of all three convenings, allowing you to attend the workshops that make most sense live, but still access information in other sessions.


During the first portion of Minnesota Grantmakers 2023 on Tuesday, January 10, we will explore information about some of Minnesota’s most active private, community, and corporate foundations that fund nonprofits across the state. 

By attending this live virtual event, you'll be able to: 

  • Build your stronger list of foundation and grantmaker prospects for the coming year that fit your organization's goals and make the best use of time and resources 
  • Connect to burgeoning trends in the nonprofit sector 
  • Uncover insider tips about what it’s like to work with various funders 
  • Gain motivation to implement a robust fundraising plan
  • Find refreshed connection among your peers in this important and hard work 

This session is a time to dig beyond the grantmaker websites and to hear candidly from your peer grantseekers about their experiences and knowledge about working with various foundations and other funders. 

This second Grantmakers day will be an opportunity to boost your knowledge and prospects for dollars intended for either the seven-county Twin Cities metro or Greater Minnesota. Choose the session that makes the most sense for your work — Twin Cities Metro or Greater Minnesota — to access information insights sure to help you build a grantseeking plan that makes the best use of time and resources.

Note: Registrants will be sent access links for both events, which will occur at the same time, allowing you to attend the offering that makes the most sense for your work. You will also be sent temporary links to recordings of the statewide, Twin Cities metro, and Greater Minnesota sessions after the conclusion of the event.

Twin Cities Grantmakers

Join Twin Cities-based nonprofit development experts to home in on Minnesota funders with an interest in concentrating their giving within the seven-county metro area.

During this interactive session, you'll gain insight into funders with unspoken and spoken content-area preferences, off-the-beaten-path funders, fresh and future changes to application processes, who is continuing a commitment to funding general operating (yes!), and more. 

What to expect:

  • A brief welcome from MCN’s development manager, Laura "Lenny" Jones
  • A facilitated Q&A panel discussion with funder representatives

You’ll leave with:

  • Ideas on how to get dollars from specific foundations funding Twin Cities organizations
  • A better understanding of overall giving trends of funders focused largely or exclusively on Twin Cities nonprofits or initiatives and if your nonprofit is a good candidate for specific funding
  • Connection and comradery with other Twin Cities nonprofit fundraising peers

Greater Minnesota Grantmakers

Certain funders across Minnesota have their eyes on Greater Minnesota and fund many projects in communities outside of metropolitan areas. Some focus strictly on rural communities and others have wider coverage. Join MCN’s regional team and Greater MN-based nonprofit development experts as we take a fresh look beyond local community foundations and gain insight about additional impactful funding opportunities for Greater MN. 

During this interactive session, you will have direct access to staff of some of Minnesota’s top funders who have an interest in Greater Minnesota. This is the place to ask your questions and gain insight, while also having your voice heard! 

What to expect:

  • A brief welcome from MCN’s Executive Director, Nonoko Sato
  • A introduction to representatives from 8 large Greater Minnesota funders, including Blandin Foundation, Bush Foundation, Mardag Foundation, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, McKnight Foundation, Medica Foundation, Otto Bremer Trust, and Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation (community affiliates)
  • A facilitated Q&A panel discussion with the funders listed above (this time is for you Greater MN!)

You’ll leave with:

  • Ideas on how to get dollars from specific foundations
  • A better understanding of overall giving trends, what funders outside of local community foundations are looking for when awarding funds, and if your nonprofit is a good candidate for specific funding
  • Connection and comradery with other Greater Minnesota nonprofits.

This event will be facilitated by Ashley Hanson, executive director, and Hannah Holman, associate director, of the Department of Public Transformation. These facilitators were chosen by our team because of their clear commitment to using creative strategies in community connection, civic engagement, and equitable participation in rural places with a clear compassion for Greater MN.

Registration and Technology Details

Registration for 2023 Minnesota Grantmakers will include two sessions: Statewide Grantmakers on January 10 and either Greater Minnesota Grantmakers or Twin Cities Grantmakers on January 12. Each event will be held from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This virtual event will take place on the Zoom platform. Your access link will be emailed to you the day before each session after 12 p.m.

Captioning is provided automatically through Zoom. For information on requesting CART, ASL, or another accommodation, please visit our Registration Policies page.

To learn more about events, registration, and payment, visit our Event & Registration FAQ page

Pay What You Can (PWYC) Rates

We encourage you to pay the registration rate that is meaningful to and possible for you. While earned revenue from our events is a significant portion of our operating budget, supporting the policy and advocacy work we do on behalf of nonprofits, we aim to keep our fees accessible, often below market rate, and offer further reduced entry points for those who need them to participate in professional development. If your participation is dependent on a PWYC rate, please register with the promo code that corresponds with your accessible price point below by January 3, 2023. 

PWYC Rates:

  • $99 (Code: PWYC99) 
  • $69 (Code: PWYC69) 
  • $39 (Code: PWYC39)  

You will not be asked to complete an application to prove need. PWYC rates are the scholarship model for this year’s Grantmakers events. The rates are for individuals. PWYC rates are available through January 3, 2023.