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Nonprofits find new ways to support programs

Jill Shannon, Margaret Smith and Lauren Koshere. Not shown: Steve Preisler. -- Submitted photo

Leaders of 32 nonprofits throughout the St. Croix Valley are now better equipped to find new and practical ways to raise funds for their organizations after completing a nine-month course on nonprofit fundraising.

The series was hosted by the St. Croix Valley Foundation (SCVF) and participants earned a fundraising certificate from the University of St. Thomas upon completion.

"I can think of no better time for nonprofits to strengthen and diversify their fundraising skills," said Jill Shannon, SCVF director of community partnerships. "For some time, our local nonprofits have seen a demand for services surge upward, first due to regional growth and more recently the economic downturn. But these organizations show their resilience, finding new and creative ways to communicate their impact and build resources for their organizations."

The fundraising certificate series began last February and each month participants focused on a different facet of fund development--annual campaigns, marketing, major gifts, capital campaigns and more. Working with the University of St. Thomas' Center for Nonprofit Management, SCVF repackaged their certificate program to bring it to Western Wisconsin. The series provided an in-depth, interactive and supportive learning experience. The University of St. Thomas' nonprofit programs are recognized throughout the nonprofit sector, both in Minnesota and nationwide.

For more please read the Nov. 11 print version of the Herald.