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  • GiveMN Hiring for AmeriCorps VISTAs

    Posted 4/18/14 by GiveMN (0 Comments)

    GiveMN is excited to announce we are accepting applications for two AmeriCorps*VISTA positions. 

    GiveMN is a collaborative nonprofit venture to transform philanthropy in Minnesota. We ignite generosity and grow giving. We link donors with organizations that are working to make Minnesota a better place. By using new technologies and by providing creative ideas, we make giving simple, rewarding, and fun. 

    As part of a small but mighty team, VISTA members have enormous impact for nonprofits and schools across the state. GiveMN is radically changing how Minnesota organizations raise money in their communities while building their capacity toward sustainability. This hard-working, high-energy team allows members to be big fish in a small pond while learning and growing as a professional. The organization hosts one of the largest giving days in the world, Give to the Max Day, and is a national model for e-philanthropy. GiveMN and the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation have formed a unique collaboration to bring new capacity to nonprofits and schools in order to develop more equitable online fundraising models that can be replicated to nonprofits and school districts across the country.


    AmeriCorps VISTA is a federal program. VISTA national service members committed to bringing individuals and communities out of poverty by doing indirect service.

    As a VISTA, you will:

    • Work full-time (40 hours/week) at the Foundation or one of its partner organizations.
    • Be given a living allowance of approximately $850/month.
    • Have the option to receive either an education award (approximately $5,550) or a cash stipend (approximately $1500) upon completion of your year of service.
    • Receive basic health benefits, life insurance and child care (if eligible).
    • Have access to professional development opportunities.
    • Attend monthly training days with your fellow VISTA members.
    • Be reimbursed for travel while on the job (approximately .55 cents/mile).
    • Receive a total of 20 paid days off (10 sick days + 10 personal days), in addition to other holidays (Thanksgiving, holiday break, Independence Day, etc.).

    For a complete description of the benefits and responsibilities of being a VISTA, please consult the VISTA member handbook. To become a VISTA, you must be 18 or older and have a college degree.


    Apply for the Nonprofit Change Agent


    Apply for the Schools Change Agent


    Applications are due June 1!





    Dana Nelson

    Executive Director


    Phone: 651.325.4240

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  • GiveMN Marches Toward $100 Million Milestone with New Technology Partner Kimbia

    Posted 4/10/14 by Staff (0 Comments)

    St. Paul, Minn. (April 10, 2014) – GiveMN is joining forces with Kimbia, a leading provider of fundraising technology, in a partnership that will generate new technology solutions and creative ideas to connect more donors with more causes than ever before.

    The partnership kicks off this summer, when GiveMN will roll out a Kimbia-powered online giving platform. Nonprofit organizations and schools throughout the state will gain access to a reliable, flexible and simple method for soliciting and accepting charitable donations.

    “I’m excited that we are teaming up with Kimbia, the right partner to help us take GiveMN to the next level,” said GiveMN Executive Director Dana Nelson. “The new giving platform is just the start. In the coming years, we’ll be doing even more to transform the way Minnesotans express their generosity.”

    The state-of-the-art fundraising platform will power GiveMN’s online giving website year-round, and on the annual Give to the Max Day, making it easy and fun for Minnesotans to connect with their favorite causes anytime and anyplace.

    “We are both focused on transforming fundraising by providing a superior donor experience,” said Dan Gillett, Kimbia's Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to supporting GiveMN as they continue to innovate for Minnesota.”  

    Since its inception in 2009, GiveMN has enabled more than $95 million in donations to thousands of nonprofit organizations and schools. GiveMN expects to surpass the $100 million mark this summer.

    GiveMN’s Give to the Max Day has become an annual fundraising extravaganza. Last year’s Give to the Max Day on Nov. 14 sparked a record $17 million in contributions to nearly 4,500 nonprofit organizations and schools. Despite a five-hour website outage, more than 52,000 people made donations.

    With the Kimbia partnership, the transaction fee for donations made through GiveMN will remain at 4.9%. The fee, which is among the lowest available in the nonprofit sector, covers all the technology, processing and administrative costs associated with online giving.

    “The partnership with Kimbia is the result of a thoughtful and rigorous process,” said Todd Hauschildt, a member of the GiveMN Board of Directors and CEO of SWAT Solutions, a Minnesota software consulting firm. “Kimbia is the best possible option to enable us to build the future of giving in Minnesota.”

    To ensure that the transition to the updated giving platform goes as smoothly as possible, GiveMN will work closely with its users, nonprofit organizations, schools and Kimbia. Kimbia has extensive experience successfully moving organizations onto its technology platform – one of the key factors in GiveMN’s decision to partner with the company.

    GiveMN is also working with local partner Fast Horse, an integrated marketing agency based in Minneapolis. Fast Horse is helping with the content and design of GiveMN's new site.


    About GiveMN

    By using technology in innovative ways, GiveMN links donors with organizations that are making Minnesota a better place. Its online giving website,, enables giving anytime and anyplace, allowing people to donate with ease and enthusiasm. GiveMN brings excitement, energy and fresh ideas to Minnesota generosity.

    GiveMN is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an affiliate of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. Launched in 2009 by Minnesota Community Foundation, GiveMN is supported by many generous foundation and corporate partners from every corner of the state. In addition, the people of Minnesota and users of the website contribute individual gifts to support GiveMN.

    Today, GiveMN serves nearly 8,400 nonprofit organizations and schools across every Minnesota county and more than 227,000 donors who have used GiveMN to make a difference for causes in their communities. Organizations rely on GiveMN to help shatter the old-school fundraising model and connect more givers with more causes than ever before.

    About Kimbia

    Kimbia’s flexible, best-of-breed, Omni-Channel Fundraising™ platform enables causes to create a deeper donor relationship by leveraging the strengths of each channel and putting their donors at the center of all development activities. Ultimately this approach results in greater brand awareness, giving and lifelong loyalty. Kimbia is proud to support more than 5,000 customers to date, including the American Heart Association, Smithsonian Institution, YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Columbia University, Georgetown University, KCSM – San Mateo, WGBH – Boston, The Ragnar Relay Series, Beijing International Triathlon, Communities Foundation of Texas, Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and The Boston Foundation. For more information, visit

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  • Guest Post: Schools and GiveMN

    Posted 4/1/14 by Charlene Briner (0 Comments)

    Charlene Briner is a public school parent and Chief of Staff at the Minnesota Department of Education.

    Minnesotans care deeply about education.  I know. I’m lucky to see demonstrations of our passion for it every day.  Not a day goes by in which I don’t have the chance to engage with students, teachers, parents and policymakers about their hopes and dreams for our kids and the critical role our schools play in making those dreams a reality. 

    Inevitably, many of those conversations turn to the subject of school funding, and how we can invest in our schools in a way that’s fair, equitable and sustainable. In the last several years, we’ve done pretty well on this front.  Governor Dayton and the legislature have made sorely needed new investments our schools.  These new resources, coming on the heels of more than a decade of cuts to education, have infused optimism in educators and parents who have seen first-hand the hard choices that schools and districts made to keep school budgets in balance.  For the first time in years, instead of talking about cuts to important programs, cautious conversations are taking place about ways to enhance learning opportunities for more students.

    During the lean years, parents in schools and districts across the state stepped up to the plate countless times to mitigate some of the worst of the cuts.  It’s impossible to say how many bake sales were held to save an early literacy program, or how many rolls of gift wrap and magazine subscriptions were purchased so libraries could be stocked or computers updated.  In a local control state like Minnesota, where decisions about curriculum, calendars and how resources are allocated, local fundraising by parents, booster clubs or community foundations can provide an important mechanism to invest in a community’s priorities for their children.  Yet conducting individual fundraising efforts often require significant time and energy, and the ability to carry them out can vary greatly from district to district, and from school to school.  That means that even well-intentioned fundraising efforts can perpetuate inequities among schools and districts.

    That’s why I’m such a fan of using GiveMN as a tool for schools and organizations to raise money.  GiveMN puts everyone on a level playing field.  You don’t need to have a huge volunteer base or mount an event that takes weeks or months to plan.  It’s easy to sign up, simple to share the word about your goals with friends and neighbors, and best of all – with relatively little time and effort, you can generate a pretty good return, all to benefit your local school and students.

    We’ve made a lot of progress in education over the last few years, but we still have more to do.  And while fundraising should never take the place of the state’s responsibility to provide adequate and uniform funding resources for our schools, it will always play an important role in schools and communities, simply because Minnesotans always roll up their sleeves to pitch in when it comes to our kids.  So we’re fortunate to have a great partner like GiveMN to help us make the most of our very Minnesotan desire to support our amazing students, teachers and schools!


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