A GiveMN Initiative

Our Philosophy


 Our Philosophy

We built RaiseMN from the ground up with constant feedback from the 20+ organizations with whom we have worked, alongside our research of Minnesota nonprofits and national data. During that time, we’ve tested our own assumptions, doubled down on what works well, and constantly worked to improve based on our shared experience with our clients.

RaiseMN is not a traditional fundraising consultancy, nor a one-size-fits-all approach to fundraising strategy and capacity building. We strive to give each nonprofit we work with a bespoke coaching experience, fully-focused on the issues they bring forward throughout our work together.

We operate on a set of three core principles:

Organizations are the experts on their work and their people.

We start every relationship from scratch, taking a deeply collaborative approach that co-creates solutions uniquely tailored to your work, your capacity, and your audience. 

We coach and teach fundraising that centers on the well-being of your staff, board and volunteers.

We focus on fundraising that is deeply honest, authentic, transparent, and relational; fundraising that builds a donor base to which you want to be accountable; and fundraising that mobilizes the resources you need for your work without compromising your values. 

We coach for sustainability.

Our goal is to build your organization’s internal fundraising expertise, so you can replicate your success long after our partnership is over. We leave our clients with more knowledge, added skills, stronger fundraising infrastructure, and deeper donor relationships.