We care deeply about the success of the nonprofit sector and its ability to implement community-led solutions.
In addition to our grantmaking, we offer resources to help our nonprofit partners across the state build capacity to fulfill your mission.
Our foundation partners with Catchafire to offer Minnesota nonprofits a way to connect with volunteers who can provide expertise and complete short-term projects for nonprofits in a variety of areas.
Catchafire is an online platform that matches skilled professional volunteers with nonprofits to help them increase their capacity and achieve their missions. Through Catchafire, nonprofits can schedule a phone call with an expert in a particular field or have volunteers complete a project. Project examples include creating a new logo, developing a marketing or fundraising strategy, database training, financial planning or budgeting.
Since April 2018, our foundation has made it possible for hundreds of nonprofits across the state to access Catchafire. In the program’s first 16 months, nonprofits have gained tremendous value through the short-term projects and calls, with services adding up to more than $1 million in value through Catchafire.
Interested in Catchafire?
In our second year, we are offering Catchafire resources to nonprofits around the state of Minnesota.
Is your nonprofit organization interested in using the Catchafire platform? Contact Dustin Moretz at 651.325.4208 or by email to learn more about this capacity building resource.
“ This experience has been wonderful for our nonprofit. To have our promotional materials professionally done and to have someone take the time to update our volunteer handbook is wonderful.”
Dawn L. Selle, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center Director of External Affairs
In the First Year
matched on a Catchafire project or call
between grantees and volunteers
volunteered by professionals for grantee projects/calls
Resources for Nonprofits during COVID-19
With the rapidly changing and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, new funding sources and resources have emerged. Our resources page for nonprofits details our Foundation's response and grantmaking updates, as well as additional funding opportunities and other community resources.
Investing in community-led solutions is central to our work. We believe that investing in a nonprofit’s capacity to grow and sustain their work is essential. The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation is pleased to support the next cohort of the RaiseMN Campaign Institute.
This initiative focuses on building the fundraising capacity of nonprofit organizations. It launched in 2016 with an initial group of five nonprofits. Since then, RaiseMN has drastically scaled up, and their expanded coaching team has worked with hundreds of nonprofits across the state.
The 2020-2021 cohort will offer fundraising coaching to 14 small- to medium-sized nonprofits located, or doing work, in Ramsey, Dakota and Washington counties. You can also watch for a cohort focusing on Greater Minnesota to open in Spring 2021. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the RaiseMN team at firstname.lastname@example.org.