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MID-LEVEL DONORS

June 2021

Guess who is also back? Mid-level donors. In fact, they never really left. We just sort of stopped asking for gifts from folks who make personal gifts between $1,000 and $5,000. But the pandemic shifted fundraising methods and targets. According to Sea Change Strategies, several major…Continue reading...

TWO WEEKS IN MAY

June 2021

During the last few weeks, our clients have had incredible success with funders. We certainly can’t take credit for their successes. Their leaders, their programs, and their dynamic messaging are the reasons they’ve succeeded.  Still, it has been wonderful for…Continue reading...

MINNEAPOLIS FOUNDATION’S RETURN TO THE OLD WAYS

June 2021

- MICRO & SAFETY GRANTS In the old days (pre-Gates), community foundations were often the nonprofit incubators in their neighborhoods, supporting the most creative and sometimes riskiest new things to come along. In the Jim Shannon and Tom Beech days…Continue reading...

FIVE SILLY GRANTSEEKING MISTAKES

June 2021

Philanthropy Daily newsletter and blog are published by American Philanthropic, a conservative-leaning philanthropy research and consulting group. Lots of good content. With support from funders and fundraisers, they’ve put together their favorite Five Silly Grantmaking Mistakes: Missed deadlines Proposals lacking…Continue reading...

GRANTMAKER JOBS

June 2021

Please note, these are not paid job advertisements. We believe Minnesota will be better served if Minnesotans are hired by national foundations. Stuff about local funders is just interesting. Bush Foundation is looking for a Native Nations Program Officer Overdeck Family Foundation…Continue reading...

THIS YEAR’S PHILANTHROPY CELEBRITIES: EVALUATING BMGF

June 2021

The personal changes in the Gates family have prompted a lot of analyses of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). There’s lots of speculation about changes in governance, spin-offs, and the endowment. Most of all, there’s been new scrutiny of the…Continue reading...

THE CARTS ARE BACK!

June 2021

Restaurants, grocery stores, bodegas, discount stores, and lots of other retail stores are reopening now that most folks have been vaccinated (although vaccination numbers in BIPOC and rural communities are dreadfully below those in White urban communities). In honor of…Continue reading...

The Equitable Evaluation Framework

June 2021

Insights for Grantseekers... when funders place equity at the center of their giving The Equitable Evaluation Initiative group recently published a paper in partnership with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations entitled The Equitable Evaluation Framework. While it’s a little on the…Continue reading...

6.21 Fluff Free News Digest

June 2021

  June, 2021   THE CARTS ARE BACK! Restaurants, grocery stores, bodegas, discount stores, and lots of other retail stores are reopening now that most folks have been vaccinated (although vaccinations numbers in BIPOC and rural communities are dreadfully below…Continue reading...

Otto Bremer Trust Changes

May 2021

      May 21, 2021   Below is a message from the Otto Bremer Trust that I received today and wanted to share with you:     We are pleased to announce that our new application process is now live.…Continue reading...