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About the Campaign Institute


The RaiseMN Campaign Institute


Starting in 2017, the Campaign Institute was the first program offered by RaiseMN. Thanks to generous support from Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations, RaiseMN focused its inaugural year in the Twin Cities East Metro, and expanded to serve more nonprofits in the second year thanks to the continued support of SPMCF, and additional support from F.R. Bigelow Foundation and the Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation.

We’re pleased to announce our Campaign Institute Cohort for 2019. We’re excited to be working with Cancer Legal Care, Canine Inspired Change, Citizens League, Frogtown Farm, Loaves and Fishes, Quincy House, and Urban Boatbuilders throughout the remainder of this year!

The Campaign Institute will be back for another year in 2019-2020, and we’re looking for our next cohort of nonprofits through July 12!


Three components to the RaiseMN Campaign Institute

Expert coaching

Through the RaiseMN Campaign Institute, nonprofits are paired with expert fundraising coaches to assess their current fundraising strategies and identify areas for growth. Coaches and organizations explore ways to maximize use of their current systems, and identify tools such as email marketing, social media, data management and fundraising platforms to expand and solidify their fundraising infrastructure. With their coach, nonprofits build and scale fundraising management tailored to the needs and strengths of each organization.


Customized training

In addition to the support of their coach, Campaign Institute participants take part in workshops with their peer organizations to build upon existing skills as they enact their new strategy and infrastructure, from marketing and communications and technical best practices to data management. Through these workshops, participants will also share progress with each other to build relationships through the process.


Hands-on fundraising campaign with a $10,000 matching gift

The RaiseMN Campaign Institute culminates with a live fundraising campaign, co-created by organizations and their coaches. These campaigns, either expanding on a previous fundraiser or creating a new one, allows participants to use new skills, strategies and tools live with the guidance of RaiseMN, and are eligible for a challenge grant of up to $10,000.