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CHAPTER MEETING & EDUCATION SESSION: News You Can Use! Twin Cities Fundraising Pros Share Their Best Lessons

March 10, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Chapter Meeting

AFP Minnesota Chapter President Carolyn Egeberg will present the “President’s Year Ahead” highlighting 2017 chapter goals, events, and activities planned for 2017.

Join us to learn how you can further your engagement in the chapter this year!

Education Session

Join us as some of Minnesota’s top fundraisers share their favorite lessons learned from their years in the industry, as well as the stories behind those lessons!

We’ve invited panelists from a range of different organizations to share some of their finest insights and the stories of how they came to be. This promises to be an unmissable event and a lively conversation in which you can expect to hear not just great advice but the kind of concrete wisdom you can take back to your desk and begin using right away.


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Carolyn EgebergCarolyn Egeberg is a strategic nonprofit executive dedicated to improving lives and building capacity within communities. Her track record of successfully partnering with executive teams and boards to define and execute strategies has helped to ensure organizational mission and vision are fulfilled. She is passionate about the excellent work that is expected of the nonprofit sector and is motivated by the understanding that committing to a strong culture of philanthropy means we are here to nurture the love of mankind. She is a strong believer in the commitment that leaders make to develop the skills and talents of those around them.

Carolyn has ten years of experience with 3M, leading technical teams to commercialize highly innovative products for the medical device and transportation industries; eleven years with CaringBridge, a nonprofit organization globally serving more than 40 million people a year; and nearly three years with the executive team of the Science Museum of Minnesota, a beloved and widely admired state wide asset.

Carolyn has lived in the east metro and western Wisconsin for the last 28 years. She is married with two adult children and one rescue dog.

Danielle St. Germain-GordonDanielle St Germain-Gordon joined the Guthrie Theater as Director of Development in July 2013. Prior to relocating to Minneapolis, Danielle was Chief Development Officer at Arena Stage, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and Associate Director of Development at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, all in Washington, DC. She was an Adjunct Professor at American University, Washington, DC, and served on the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities as a Policy Committee and Executive Committee member. She currently serves on the Boards of AchieveMpls, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and HELP (Haitian Education and Leadership Program). She resides in Minneapolis with her daughter, Sophia, who is a freshman at Southwest High School, and her son is a sophomore at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Danielle also attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she received a BA in Humanities, with a minor in Art History/Studio Arts.

Mary Pat LeeAs Executive Director, Mary Pat Lee is responsible for leading operations at the Crisis Nursery, carrying out Board policy, representing the Crisis Nursery to the public, and executing the Crisis Nursery’s strategic plan. Ms. Lee joined the Crisis Nursery in June 2006 and has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management and fund development. Prior to joining the Crisis Nursery, Ms. Lee served as Director of Development and Communications for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. She has also held executive positions at nonprofits including The Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C., St. Catherine University in St. Paul, and the St. Paul Tenants Union. Ms. Lee was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Political Science from St. Catherine University.

Carlene RhodesCarleen Rhodes has worked with nonprofit organizations for over 40 years. Carleen became the President of The Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota’s largest community foundation, in 2003 and, with that appointment, also became the key staff lead for two private foundation clients: F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation. She also managed the staff that supported Minnesota Community Foundation, the quickest growing community foundation in the state. In 2006 she oversaw the alignment of the two community foundations under one board and, in 2012, the creation of the Minnesota Philanthropy Partners brand to describe the many separate foundations and affiliates that share expertise and support systems.

Previously she served as President of Minnesota Children’s Museum, as a partner in the consulting firm Bentz Whaley Flessner, as a fundraising professional for several nonprofits including the College of Saint Benedict and American Heart Association, and as an English teacher.

As a newly retired professional, Carleen is very interested in finding ways to repurpose her skills and tap her connections to benefit communities. She wants to continue learning and finding new ways to give back for the privileges she has been afforded in her career. She also wants time to play with friends and her two granddaughters.

Carleen serves on the boards of Commonbond, Jeremiah Program, Montessori Center of Minnesota, Center for Victims of Torture, and Regions Hospital Foundation.

Don TaylorDon Taylor’s thirty-year history as a nonprofit executive has included primary roles in resource development, leadership, and strategic direction for organizations in healthcare, education, human services and organized philanthropy.

Prior to his search career, Don was Vice President of Development and Client Services at The Minneapolis Foundation. His also worked as the VP/Chief Development Officer at Courage Center in Golden Valley; Gift Planning/Major Gifts Director at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota; and Directors of Development for the School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas and the Laura Baker School in Northfield, MN.

Don has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive, with an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and a B.S. in Music Therapy from the College of St. Teresa in Winona, MN. Don has served as a board member for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Minnesota Chapter. In 2005 Don was named Outstanding Professional Fundraiser of the Year by AFP, Minnesota Chapter.


Noon to 12:30pm  Registration and Lunch*
12:30 to 1:00pm  Lunch & Chapter Meeting
1:00 to 2:00pm  Education Session

* Lunch is included.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn best fundraising practices.
  2. Benefit from the wisdom of long-time practitioners and leave with actionable advice.
  3. Gain exposer to perspectives of fundraisers from various segments including the arts, foundations, and a specialized fundraiser recruiting firm.

Education Session attendees will earn one CFRE credit.

CFRE International Approved Continuing Education Provider


March 10, 2017
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Event Categories:


AFP Minnesota


Register online:
Members: $25; Nonmembers: $45 (Registration fee includes lunch.)
Advance Registration Closes:
4:30pm Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
451 Lexington Pkwy N
St. Paul, MN 55104
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(651) 280-2000

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