Building Financial Capacity in Local Organizations
History Partnerships. $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000 the second year are for partnerships involving multiple organizations, which may include the Minnesota Historical Society, to preserve and enhance access to Minnesota's history and cultural heritage in all regions of the state.
Partners: Access Philanthropy
The 500-plus historical societies and organizations throughout Minnesota have a deep passion and commitment to the work they do and the people they serve. Too often, however, these organizations lack the staff, time and skills necessary to secure ongoing financial support. Even the most experienced organizations have felt increased competition for funds in an increasingly uncertain economy. This program creates an opportunity for local history organizations to build their financial capacity through intensive training in non-profit fundraising and grant proposal preparation. By offering this training, the Minnesota Historical Society and its partners hope to increase the capacity of local historical societies and organizations throughout Minnesota to not only apply for and receive grants, but to diversify and strengthen their funding and support base. More than 200 volunteers and paid staff from small and medium-sized historical organizations have attended intensive training workshops offered in these communities: Andover, Duluth, Luverne, Mankato, St. Cloud, Willmar and Winona.