Building Financial Capacity in Local Organizations

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Historical Society
In Progress
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

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.

Project Details
Metropolitan State University, Access Philanthropy and the Minnesota Historical Society will provide intensive training in fundraising for local historical organizations. Eight workshops will be held around the state in the fall of 2011. Next, participants will complete online assignments, then a second set of eight workshops will be held in the spring of 2012.
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 Chapter 6, Article 4, Subdivision 5, History Partnerships.
Appropriation Language

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.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Boulevard W.
St. Paul
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155