Community Giving


Through the CommunityGiving Consulting Group, we offer the expertise of experienced Community Foundation professionals to local community foundations to help them reach their full philanthropic potential. Our team of consultants have years of experience in the field and are committed to helping community foundations grow and prosper.

We provide support to community foundations in the areas of:

  • Community Foundation 101
  • Governance
  • Asset Growth and Development in a Community Foundation
  • Strategic Planning for Community Foundations
  • Grants and Community Leadership within a Community Foundation
  • Finances, Investments and Operations in a Community Foundation

  • For more information please contact us via email at or by phone at (877)-253-4380.

    Barb Carlson

    Barb Carlson, a graduate of Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, was in public education for 11 years as a teacher and as Title IX Coordinator.She then served in a variety of positions in institutional advancement from alumnae director to vice president at the College of St. Benedict.Barb joined the Central Minnesota Community Foundation in 2000 as the director of donor relations and retired in 2013.Less than a year later, she became a consultant to CommunityGiving.


    Susan Lorenz

    Prior to joining the Foundation, Susan was employed by various cities, counties and nonprofit organizations in Wisconsin and Minnesota.She has a BS in Public Administration and a minor in Local & Urban Affairs from St. Cloud State University.She has also served as an adjunct professor at St. Cloud State University where she taught Grant Writing to senior and graduate students.From 1997 through the fall of 2018, Susan Lorenz served as the Director of Community Programs at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation. Her duties included management of grant and scholarship programs along with community initiatives at the Community Foundation. She successfully secured over $6.1 million in grants over the years for various programs and institutions and has been nationally recognized for her work with the Foundation Center.