Mn Fundraising Initiative has an all volunteer Board of Directors with 4 officers.
In 2016, my wife Patti and I finally took the advice of a friend and joined an NPO group that specialized in fundraising via volunteer work. Â Last year, after a lot of soul searching, we decided to leave this group and start searching for an NPO group that offered everything we were looking for.Â We realized very quickly that this group did not exist, and, on June 2nd, 2019 we decided to open MNFI.Â My goal as a board member is to build the most welcoming, transparent and professional NPO group in MN.
Outside of volunteering, I am the owner and operator of All Things Diapers.Â In the last 10 years, Patti and I have built All Things Diapers from a crazy idea to the largest cloth diaper service in MN. Â I believe as a small business owner I have a unique perspective to offer MNFI and it’s Board. Â As a Board member, I can use my business knowledge and expertise to help guide the organization in a forward-thinking direction. Â I see MNFI as an NPO that has huge growth potential which will expand its grant outreach to the larger MN community.
My wife Denise and I have been involved with MNFI since 2019. We have 3 boys in college which gives us plenty of free time to volunteer. We have met so many great people who are working to make a difference in the lives of youth that may be less fortunate to ensure they can enjoy life’s opportunities. Using the non-profit platform, I think there is more that we can do as an organization to assist the broader community. As a member of the board, I work to find ways to expand what is available today as well as explore new directions to support our mission of providing grants to fund youth opportunities. By looking creatively at the market, we should be able to find ways to selectively support kids whose parents are unable to assist due to time or physical limitations. I have a passion for training and improving processes to ensure that all members feel welcomed and have a good experience with MNFI regardless of how long they choose to participate.
In my daily life, I work for DuPont as a Sales Manager in the Personal Protection division. I focus on representative training and marketing of our products through a network of distributors. I have been a member of “corporate America” for 28 years since graduating from the Univ of MN in 1993. In my various leadership roles, I have worked on business growth in large and small companies as well personnel development. Denise and I live in Oakdale and we have 3 boys; Luke, Jake and Erik who have volunteered at various venue as well.
I have worked as a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and have worked in various fields of medicine. On a daily basis, I am involved in many team decisions and am continuously advocating for my patients. I believe that hard work and determination is the key to making the life you want. Â
I started volunteering with an NPO about 4 years ago, and have very much enjoyed the people we have met and am grateful for the experiences we have been able to provide our children. As a parent, I try daily to instill a strong work ethic in my children, and I feel as adults we need to remind ourselves of the importance of working hard. Â
I want to be a member of the MNFI board to be involved in the decision making that can expand the reach that our nonprofit grants can have across the broader Twin Cities community. Â I believe I can offer valuable insight from my nursing experience working with families, and other professionals in a collaborative way. Â I look forward to the exciting future of MNFI.
I am currently the Director of a Contact Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis where I manage 65 staff. Our focus is on helping customers with Savings Bonds and Marketable securities purchases and redemptions. My day is filled with work on Strategic Direction, Staff Career Development, and Exploring Technologies to deploy.
I am interested in becoming a board member for MNFI because I would like to further apply my business knowledge to a non-profit that supports the community that I live in. As a previous board member for a High School Booster club, my experience helped me get the team everything they needed for a successful season. MNFI helps some of the same people, helping enrich the lives of our youth helps us all prepare them for becoming responsible young adults ready to become the new workforce.