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Join us at Future Giving+Together Events

Our Giving+Together events bring fundholders together to learn about a variety of topics related to charitable giving. If you are a current fundholder, please contact your philanthropic advisor to learn more or RSVP for an upcoming event.

Join us at Future North Star Society Events

Annually, we host two events for members of the North Star Society. Members of the North Star Society have included the Foundation in their wills or estate plans and are beacons of light for future generations. If you are a member of the North Star Society, please contact your philanthropic advisor to learn more about upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Giving+Together: What's Our Role: Philanthropy's Responsibility with Equity, Power and Accountability

The COVID-19 pandemic sparked new conversations about philanthropy's responsibility to advance equity, rebalance power and maintain accountable relationships with grantees and grantseekers. At this Giving+Together event, our panelists discussed the role humility and collaboration play when supporting nonprofit organizations and what issues are most on the hearts and minds of leaders across Minnesota.

This event was for Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation fundholders and their guests.

Giving Together October 6 event

Creating a Lifetime Gift

You’re finalizing your estate plans, including confirming your beneficiary designations and bequests, and now you’re wondering what comes next. Does your executor know where to find all your passwords? Do they know how to cancel your electricity service or magazine subscriptions? Do they have access to all those photos you have saved in the Cloud?

In this special North Star Society event, attendees learned practical tips and guidance for ensuring that successors are able to honor your legacy by executing your plans in accordance with your wishes, while also closing out the other elements of your lives.

Creator and facilitator of A Lifetime Gift™, Shelly Halverson, shared insight from her research and certification as a Celebrant, as well as personal experience, about ways you can be proactive in your end-of-life planning.

This event was for fundholders and their guests.

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Giving+Together: Preserving the Mighty Mississippi

We joined our three panelists on the Anson Northrup riverboat as they introduced the exciting work and initiatives to revitalize the Mississippi River and make it a resource for all. With the Mississippi River as the backdrop, they covered the challenges and opportunities for building stakeholder collaboration and community engagement around the river, while exploring ways to enhance the Mississippi’s environmental health, educational resources and space for recreation.

This event was for Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation fundholders and their guests.

Event Details

Padelford Boat Landing, Saint Paul

Mississippi River overhead shot with Giving Together logo

Giving+Together: Welcoming our Newest Minnesotans: Afghan Refugees

More than 74,000 Afghans may be evacuated to the United States through Operation Allies Welcome, a federal program to coordinate efforts to support vulnerable Afghans as they safely resettle in the United States. Operation Allies Welcome in Minnesota, community partners, counties and other state agencies are working together to ensure those who seek refuge have the support and resources to rebuild their lives and become part of our communities.

Join us for our virtual Giving+Together event to learn about this partnership and the efforts underway to provide safe, short-term housing for new Afghan arrivals and the legal assistance needed to help secure permanent immigration status. Also, learn how you can help our newest Minnesotans transition into our communities.

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Giving+Together: Bridging the Justice Divide

Join the Foundation for a virtual event and hear from panelists who are working to reform the criminal justice system. The discussion will explore how we can work inside and outside of the criminal justice system to create economic mobility and life success for those impacted.

We Are All Criminals photo

Philanthropy Boot Camp

Do you have children, grandchildren or other loved ones in your life aged 5-17? If so, we hope that they - and you - will join the Foundation for a virtual, hour-long event designed to engage youth in giving.

At this exclusive event, young people will have the opportunity to participate in fun, interactive activities and conversations around kindness and giving with their families, friends or caregivers. The event will be presented in partnership with Doing Good TogetherTM, a national nonprofit based in Minnesota that empowers families to raise generous, thoughtful and engaged children by offering opportunities to practice kindness and serve others together

Event Details

This event is for fundholders' children, grandchildren or other loved ones aged 5-17.

Giving+Together: Homelessness

Homelessness is not inevitable and can be solved with housing resources and programs. Join us for a webinar conversation and hear from community experts about who is experiencing homelessness, what factors may contribute to people becoming homeless and pathways to end homelessness.

Equity Inside Out

Though the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation has long advocated for equity, the racial reckoning of 2020 lifted these issues to the forefront. If you have not been steeped in this work, it may feel like a new language or foreign territory. Join Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D., president & CEO, and Nadege Souvenir, senior vice president of Operations & Learning, as they have a conversation about equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI).

Attend the webinar and learn a little bit about EDI, from key terminology to personal experiences to resources for more learning. We will also answer some common donor questions and share some of the Foundation's racial equity work.

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