National Philanthropy Day

Thank you for attending

We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you for being a part of the Fundraise North and National Philanthropy Day event on Friday, October 27 at the McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota. Your presence and participation made this gathering a remarkable success!

Fundraise North and National Philanthropy Day is an annual highlight for our fundraising community, providing a unique opportunity to come together, learn, and celebrate our shared dedication to making a positive impact. This one-day conference featured a wealth of insightful breakout sessions covering relevant topics such as collective giving, resilience and retention, and even ChatGPT, highlighting the cutting-edge developments in our field.

One of the highlights of the day was the National Philanthropy Day luncheon, where we had the privilege to honor and celebrate stories of remarkable generosity and service from individuals and organizations across Minnesota. It was truly an inspiring and heartwarming experience. Watch the 2023 NPD honoree panel here.

We thank you for your enthusiasm, your active participation, and for being a part of this event. Your presence and contributions are what make this day special, and we look forward to more opportunities to learn and grow together as a community at next year's event.

2023 National Philanthropy Day Award Honorees

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
"Empowering people and communities to be agents of change"

Bush Foundation Community Trust Funds
"Entrusting philanthropy to the community"

Comfort Dondo, Phumulani
"Providing refuge to African immigrant survivors"

Nicki Hangsleben, Queerspace Collective
"Building a community of safety and support"

Quentin Moore, Ascension Catholic Academy
"Cultivating relationships through care, respect and generosity"

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
"Narrowing the homeownership gap with community input"

Wallin Education Partners
"Addressing systemic barriers for students to pursue their dreams"

Be a Part of NPD and Fundraise North!

National Philanthropy Day and Fundraise North are only possible with the support of many volunteers. If you’re interested in being a part of it all, expanding your network, and putting your skills to use to give back, email


Questions about the event?
Please contact the AFP Minnesota Chapter office at or 952-444-6361
National Philanthropy Day Committee
Co-Chair: Alex Askew, The Bakken Museum
Daniel Meyers, Lakes Area Music Festival
Drew Coursin, Twin Purpose Consulting
Shunzyu Haigler, Washburn Center For Children
Clara Lind, GiveMN
Courtney Poja, Cornerstone Advocacy Service
Clayton Smith, CFRE, University of Minnesota
Tim Torgerson, AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising
Tally Venjohn, The Breck School