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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

Giving+Together: Care and Welfare of Animals

Like many states, Minnesota is experiencing overpopulated animal shelters at an increasingly high rate, with shelters running out of resources, space, and help for our furry friends. Join us for our next Giving+Together event, where we’ll hear from guest panelists from Secondhand Hounds, Animal Humane Society and Bitty Kitty Brigade about the latest in Minnesota’s animal welfare community.

Panelists will discuss how their organizations work in partnership to ensure the well-being of all animals, the type of work they do beyond adoption, why this work matters, and what you can do to get involved in this community at such an important time for animals in need.

Event Details

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Giving Together Animal Welfare Event - a cat and dog snuggling

Past Events

Foundation Happy Hour: The Power of Impact Investing

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

Join us for a casual happy hour to mingle with other fundholders and the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation’s staff. Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D., President & CEO, will provide a welcome followed by brief remarks from Chief Investment Officer Shannon O’Leary.

Event Details

Summit Brewing Company

Giving+Together: Civil Rights and Social Justice

In this time when community need seems greater than ever, how and where should we think about leveraging resources to advocate for equity in Minnesota? What do communities need and how might we measure impact?

Join our virtual panel of three nonprofit and community leaders as we discuss civil rights and social justice advocacy work in our state, the progress that’s being made, as well as any challenges their organizations face in the work they do to create a more just and vibrant Minnesota.

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

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.

North Star Society - two older adults holding hands

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.

Two pairs of hands holding hands

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



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