MN Fundraising Initiative

aka MNFI   |   Andover, MN   |  http://www.mnfundraisinginitiative.org

Mission

Enriching the lives of youth by providing grants to fund opportunities they would otherwise not be able to experience.

Ruling year info

2019

President

Martin Cross

Main address

14813 Able St NE

Andover, MN 55304 USA

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EIN

84-1964216

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problem that currently exists is that many enrichment activities for youth are expensive, and most families have limited or restricted funds to cover additional expenses. It is unfortunate when youth have to miss out on activities such as dance, art, music, fine arts education or sports that we know can add so many positive experiences to their lives. It is even more unfortunate when a student cannot further their education at a trade school or college/university solely on the basis of their family's financial ability to pay. MNFI’s goal is to help provide these families with funds that can be used directly to enhance the child’s experience and further their education. Grants are written directly to the organization that is providing the experience to ensure a transparent exchange of the grant funds on behalf of the recipient.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grants for the youth

Provide grant funding for K-12 grade school sporting activities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Grants for the youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average online donation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Grants for the youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Due to Covid we ave seen our numbers drop in 2020 but we anticipate that these numbers will go up in 2021.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Grants for the youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

MNFI’s mission is to enrich the lives of youth by providing grants to fund opportunities they would otherwise not be able to experience. Our goal is to involve as many community members as possible in volunteer opportunities to raise grant funds. We want to be able to offer an enrichment grant to any youth who is in need.

MNFI's main grant building strategy is local community volunteer opportunities. We are building a team of volunteers who help at local events/venues and in return MNFI receives a donation to our grant pool. Secondly, we are researching and writing grant requests from companies and foundations that will increase our available grant funds. Lastly, we are working on building an investment program with a portion of our capital to create our own endowment fund with which we can offer more enrichment grants.

MNFI is building a group of volunteers who can independently reach out to local community leaders to find future volunteer opportunities for our group. We have a website to promote MNFI and both our volunteer group and the grant program we run. We have a board made up of volunteers with different experiences and wider community connections allowing us to further spread the word and mission of MNFI.

As of January 2021, MNFI is just over 18 months old and we have successfully secured contracts with all Twin Cities sporting and concert venues that utilize volunteers. This has allowed our volunteers to raise donations and grant funds in excess of $240,000 and has given our board the privilege of awarding grants totaling over $197,000.
Next, we want grow our volunteer group, add to our volunteer opportunities, and continue to increase our grant revenue which will increase our grant giving capabilities.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MN Fundraising Initiative

Board of directors
as of 2/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Martin Cross


Board co-chair

Joe Kubiatowicz

Patti Cross

Treasurer

Stacy Schelkoph

Secretary

Board leadership practices

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/12/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data