GiveMN, organizers of the annual “Give to the Max Day” fundraiser every November, recently conducted a survey of Minnesota nonprofits. It uncovered something telling. Seventy percent self-report that their fundraising strategies needed an overhaul. Not coincidentally, nearly the same percentage report that their fundraising is conducted entirely by volunteers.

Seeing a problem in desperate need of a solution, GiveMN created the RaiseMN Campaign Institute. RaiseMN could be described as a fundraising bootcamp in which small- and medium-sized nonprofits receive seven months of personal coaching and peer learning opportunities.  

Since the Campaign Institute’s inception, RaiseMN has nurtured and fine-tuned the fundraising efforts of more than 100 nonprofits: food and diaper banks, ballet and art schools, conservatories and conservancies, myriad cultural groups, and many more. All have come out of this seven-month commitment better for the experience. At the conclusion of course work, institute “graduates” also receive a $2,500 grant in celebration of their achievement.

If you want to up your fundraising game, apply your Friends group for the 2023 RaiseMN Campaign Institute (here). Don’t delay: Applications for this cycle are due by end of day tomorrow, March 29If that’s too tight, no need to fret. We’ll keep you posted when the next “class” becomes available!

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