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Minnesota Grantmakers 2024

January 17 & 18, 2024 | Virtual Workshop  

$135 for MCN members / $175 for nonmembers

Register Today!

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?
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If so, join this two-day workshop — one day focusing on Statewide funders, the next on Twin Cities Metro and/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.

In addition, registrants will receive a complimentary copy of MCN's digital 2024 Minnesota Grants Directory, which 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 2024. 

Two days, three great Minnesota Grantmakers sessions!

By registering for Minnesota Grantmakers 2024, you gain access to three information-rich sessions, each focusing on statewide or regionally responsive funders. All sessions are offered virtually live:

January 17: Statewide  |   January 18: Twin Cities Metro and/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.


DAY 1 STATEWIDE

Wednesday, January 17 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Virtual

During the first portion of Minnesota Grantmakers 2024 on Wednesday, January 17, we will explore information about some of Minnesota’s most active private, community, and corporate foundations that fund nonprofits across the state.

You'll also gain insight into trends, staffing, program shifts, and financial outlooks of dozens of Minnesota grantmakers. You’ll learn frank, current information about significant changes taking place in Minnesota's funding community within the larger contexts of financial and cultural shifts nationwide impacting the nonprofit sector’s paths to critical dollars.

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. 

Invited presenters include:

  • Steve Boland, Next in Nonprofits
  • Nicole Conti, Rise
  • Emily Essert, Guthrie Theater
  • Aileen Sánchez, NEO Philanthropy
  • Eric Torch, Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation

DAY 2 GREATER MN and METRO
This second Grantmakers day will be an opportunity to boost your knowledge and prospects for dollars intended for the seven-county Twin Cities metro and/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, allowing you to attend one or both offerings. 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.

Greater Minnesota Grantmakers

Thursday, January 18  |  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.  |  Virtual

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. 

The morning of this second Grantmakers day will be an opportunity to boost your knowledge and prospects for dollars intended 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! 
 

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. 
Invited presenters include:

  • Lue Her, Otto Bremer Trust
  • Rebecca Shavlik, Shavlik Family Foundation
  • Tony LookingElk, Bush Foundation
  • Gina Suarez Reyes, Mardag Foundation and St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation
  • Elyse Coleman, Medica Foundation

Twin Cities Grantmakers

Thursday, January 18  |  1 - 3 p.m.  |  Virtual

The afternoon of this second Grantmakers day will be an opportunity to boost your knowledge and prospects for dollars intended for the Twin Cities Metro.

Join Metro-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.  

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
Invited presenters include:

  • Steve Boland, Next in Nonprofits
  • Nicole Conti, Rise
  • Emily Essert, Guthrie Theater
  • Aileen Sánchez, NEO Philanthropy
  • Eric Torch, Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation

Registration and Technology Details

Registration for Minnesota Grantmakers 2024 will include two sessions: Statewide Grantmakers on January 17 and either Greater Minnesota Grantmakers and/or Twin Cities Grantmakers on January 18. This virtual event will take place on the Zoom platform. Access links to all three portions will be emailed to registrants in the afternoon on January 16.

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 17, 2024. 

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 8 a.m. Central on January 17.