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2016 Children and Youth Issues Briefing

Thursday, February 18, 2016
8:30am - 11:30am
Intercontinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel

Description: Join hundreds of advocates at the highly anticipated 2016 Children & Youth Issues Briefing, which convenes each year prior to the start of the legislative session. 


Changes and Challenges for the 2020 Census

Thursday, February 18, 2016
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Minnesota Council on Foundations

Description: The 2020 Census is happening now. Decisions are already being made that could affect how census data is collected and what kind of outreach will be made to make sure all communities get counted.


Family Foundation Professionals Network: Diving into NCFP’s Trends Report – Issue Versus Place

Thursday, February 25, 2016
11:30am - 1:00pm
Minnesota Council on Foundations

Description: This meeting will focus on a question raised by the National Center for Family Philanthropy’s 2015 Trends Report—how do family foundations determine the foc

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Policy Connections Institute: State Action

Friday, February 26, 2016
9:30am - 3:00pm
Minnesota Senate Office Building

Description: The Policy Connections Institute is for grantmakers who want to scale-up the impact of their work while strengthening their commitment to core grantmaking principles and practices.


Philanthropic Finance

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
9:00am - 11:00am
Minnesota Council on Foundations
Description: Whether it is understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of various investment strategies, aligning your finance and program teams or reviewing grantee financials, you will leave this program equipped with best pra

Public Policy Leadership Retreat

Friday, March 18, 2016
9:30am - 2:00pm
Northwest Area Foundation
Description: Minnesota’s grantmakers can move the needle on some of the state’s great challenges, but only by digging a little deeper into their philanthropic toolbox. Grants alone will not get the job done.

Foundation Controllers Meeting

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
11:30am - 1:00pm
McKnight Foundation

Description: Are you a controller at a foundation, or do you work in a controller-like position? Join your colleagues for an informal lunch meeting of other controllers working in philanthropic institutions in Minnesota.


Finish Strong Network Meeting

Thursday, April 7, 2016
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Minnesota Council on Foundations

Description: As Minnesota's population ages, the Finish Strong Funders Coalition for Aging Services connects a wide array of public and private funders dedicated to supporting older adults in the community and recognizing them as


Corporate Community Affairs Professionals Network: Evaluation and Measurement in Corporate Philanthropy

Monday, April 11, 2016
8:30am - 10:00am
Minnesota Council on Foundations

Description: Join us for the second meeting of the Corporate Community Affairs Professionals Network where we’ll focus on evaluation in corporate philanthropy.


Mission Investing Network: Collaboration for Greater Impact – Options for Working Together?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
8:00am - 10:00am
Northwest Area Foundation

Description: Join your Mission Investing Network colleagues for an exploration of how loans, loan guarantees and equity investments are being used by Minnesota foundations alongside traditional grants.


Webinar: The Nuts and Bolts of Advocacy

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Description: If you’re in the business of making real change by addressing systemic barriers, advocacy can be an important tool for expanding your impact.  Join us for a webinar with MCF’s director of public policy and communicati


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