Expanding the way we grow giving.
Since 2015, GiveMN board and staff have been examining and researching a critical gap for nonprofits in our community—the capacity to build sustainable strategies and infrastructure around their overall fundraising needs. Over the past two years, we have been working to identify these needs through research and conversations with organization leaders and funders, and determining if GiveMN could pilot a model to assist nonprofits with building lasting capacity around their fundraising efforts.
RaiseMN is our pilot program designed to meet these needs.
Our research uncovered a clear need in the nonprofit community to build more fundraising capacity and strategies. We surveyed hundreds of Minnesota nonprofits over the past two years, finding 40% of organizations relied on volunteers alone to fundraise and an additional 32% had only one staff member charged with raising money (often among many facets of their job description). Overall, 69% of respondents said they are not confident that their current fundraising strategy is meeting the demands of their missions.
How does this differ from the work GiveMN has been doing since 2009? The launch of RaiseMN marks a new way GiveMN will pursue our mission of igniting generosity and growing giving, as we take note of the evolving needs of the sector. RaiseMN is geared to help nonprofits move beyond simply accepting online donations, and assist them in building their overall capacity for fundraising. And as we launch this exciting new initiative, GiveMN remains as committed as ever to serving thousands of nonprofits and schools across the state through our online fundraising platform and Give to the Max Day.
RaiseMN Fundraising Institute
Now in its inaugural year, the RaiseMN Fundraising Institute provides expert coaching to selected nonprofits through a year-long process to build fundraising infrastructure, culminating in a co-created fundraising campaign with a matching gift of up to $10,000.
Fundraising resources for
Beyond the Fundraising Institute, RaiseMN will offer more fundraising capacity resources to nonprofits through live and on-demand webinars, training to build fundraising skills, and open "office hours" to provide mini consulting sessions to organizations. Through the Resources section, you can view our on-demand resources and search for upcoming events and opportunities.
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