Community Giving




November 20, 2019
River's Edge Convention Center
St. Cloud, MN

(Please note the change of location from previous communications)

This event is an exciting day of learning about growing and developing community foundations. Join experienced community foundation staff, donors and volunteer leaders from across the state as they facilitate educational sessions which offer the opportunity to learn from both the presenters and from other attendees.

CG Day is designed for board members, volunteers and anyone who has a passion for community based philanthropy and wants their community foundation to grow and impact their local community positively.






Who Should Attend?

  • Foundation Staff and Board Members
  • Volunteers
  • Anyone With a Passion for Community Based Philanthropy


8:00am - Registration and Breakfast

8:30 - 9:45am - Welcome and Keynote Speaker Ryan Weber - "Intro to Exponential Technology and Leadership - Exploring Trends to Prepare Local Communities for the Future"

10:00 - 11:00am - Breakout Session I

11:15am - 12:15pm - Breakout Session II

12:15 - 1:45pm - Lunch and Panel Discussion - "A Donor's Perspective"

2:00 - 3:00pm - Breakout Session III

3:15 - 4:15pm - Breakout Session IV

4:15 - 4:30pm - Conference Close and Community Spirit Awards

Keynote Speaker


Morning Session - Ryan WEber

Intro to Exponential Technology and Leadership: Exploring Trends to Prepare Local Communities for the Future

Intel Co-Founder Gordon Moore famously predicted that computing power would grow exponentially by doubling every two years (“Moore’s Law”). The implications of such rapidly improving computing power are now evident all around us.

There are now many exponential trends that are expected to disrupt us just as much if not more than the internet and mobile did over the past 20 years. By learning about these trends, we can be better prepared to meet the opportunities and challenges impacting our local communities today and in the future.

This presentation aims to provide a short overview of a few of these technology trends, an introduction to exponential thinking and leadership, and practical skills for your community foundation to strengthen your community and create opportunity in an era of exponential growth and change.

Ryan Weber is a Managing Partner at Great North Labs, an early stage venture fund that primarily invests in technology startups across any industry that are based, or have meaningful operations, in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Great North Labs has assembled a team experienced in scaling technology startups across a variety of industries, along with individuals with strong expertise in exponential technologies, to enable regional startups to achieve rapid growth and global reach. Previously, Ryan co-founded and served as Chief Product Officer of NativeX (formerly named W3i/ a digital media company that he scaled to $70M in revenue, 170 employees, and offices in Silicon Valley and Minnesota with his twin brother, Rob.

Lunch Plenary Session

"A Donor's Perspective" Panel Discussion


Why do donor's choose to work with community foundations? What is important to them as they make philanthropic decisions and how can community foundations best support them? For our lunch plenary session, we have invited four donors to speak to us from their perspective. Brenda Jennissen of Felling Trailers in Sauk Centre, Paul Bugbee of Bug-Bee Hive Resort in Paynesville, Debra Leigh of St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud and Bruce Pohlig of Alexandria will join us to give their perspective on community foundations.

BreakOut session Information

CommunityGiving Day offers a wide variety of breakout session for attendees. Our four tracks are focused on community impact, asset development, board engagement/nuts & bolts, professional advisor focused and CG resources.

Community Impact

-Creating Opportunity - Community Foundations as Thought Leaders or Catalysts
-Strengthening Community - Creating Community Impact Through Donor Engagement
-Grantmaking Basics
-Community Vision/Leadership

Asset Development

-Growing Unrestricted Funds
-Fundraising Funds - The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
-Working with Professional Advisors
-Community Foundation Marketing Strategy and Using Facebook to Engage with Your Community

Board Engagement / Nuts & Bolts

-Essential Roles of Foundation Board Members
-Operating Models and the Life Cycle of Community Foundations
-Securing Operating Funds and When to Hire Staff
-How are Funds Invested at CommunityGiving?

CentraCare Professional Advisor Focused Sessions*

-Six Ways to Pay for Long Term Care, in 60 minutes
-Charitable Giving in 2019 and Beyond
-Estate Plans of the Rich and Famous
-The Letterman Top 10 Retirement Considerations (As Hot as Cayenne Pepper)

*Note these sessions have been submitted for continuing education credit.


-What is the CommunityGiving Model?
-Measuring the Health of Your Community Foundation

pricing and registration

CommunityGiving and partner community foundation staff, board and committee members are able to attend this event free of charge. For all other individual registrants, the fee is $99. To register, click here.

Event Contact Information

If you have questions about the event or registration, please contact the CommunityGiving office at (877) 253-4380.