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CEONet Membership

CEONet - Connecting Community Foundation Leaders to Build Stronger Communities

CEONet invites CEOs of community foundations throughout the US to become Founding Members of this new network. All CEONet members are CEOs of community foundations. Whether your budget is $100,000 or $100,000,000 there’s a way for you to connect with peers from around the country on issues that are important to your community and help you grow professionally.

To learn more about CEONet, visit

*Please provide CEO's contact information on the next page.

Estate Planning and Tax Strategies Workshop - RESCHEDULE


Attend this FREE Workshop to learn about the following:

  • Estate planning essentials shared in a down to earth and easy to understand way
  • Tax savings opportunities from the latest legislation and year-end strategies
  • Leaving a legacy and charitable giving options with tax saving strategies and community impact

  • Join us at the new MN Traders Co for this informative workshop. There will be approximately 90 minutes of material presented from 3:00-4:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer session, to conclude by 5:00 p.m. Presenters include Rene A. Millner and Laura J. Hansen, Attorneys at Breen & Person, Chris Clasen from Clasen & Schiessl CPAs, and Karl Samp, Executive Director at Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation.

    Date: Monday, November 1, 2021
    Location: MN Traders Co., 31038 Government Dr., Pequot Lakes, MN
    Time : 3:00 - 5:00PM

    This workshop is free to attend but registration is required by October 28th to plan accordingly for food and seating.

    Brainerd Lakes Area Lunch and Learns for Nonprofits

    Date - Tuesday, December 7, 2021
    Time - 12:00-1:00pm
    Location - Prairie Bay

    Join us for lunch and have an opportunity to meet the new executive director of the MN Council of Nonprofits. Attendees will hear what MCN has planned for the next year and can network with other Lakes Area organizations and partnering professionals.

    Meet and Greet with Nonoko Sato, the Executive Director at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. In partnership with MCN’s board, staff, and key stakeholders, Nonoko charts MCN’s strategic response to organizational and sector challenges. She is a relentless champion for racial equity and justice, and excited for MCN to model new approaches across the organization’s values, operations, programs, policy agendas, and partnerships. Nonoko values making authentic and deep relationships with people and is excited to mobilize the nonprofit sector to take on its next set of political and economic challenges and help nonprofits accomplish their missions to create a healthy, cooperative, and just society.

    Prior to joining MCN, Nonoko served for nine years as executive director of SMART, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that champions education equity by supporting students in overcoming systemic barriers on their journey to a college degree. She currently serves on the boards of Coalition of Asian American Leaders, Theater Mu, and BenefitsMN.

    Originally from Tokyo and Chicago, Nonoko graduated from Carleton College. She lives in Minneapolis with her partner and is a proud parent of two students in Minneapolis Public Schools.

    Offered in partnership with the Initiative Foundation, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Sourcewell, and Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation.

    First 40 people to register receive free lunch.

    CommunityConnections Webinar Series - Welcoming Communities

    What does it mean to be a "welcoming" community? What work can communities do to help earn this reputation? Why is it important in this current economic and political climate?

    Please join us for our next CommunityConnections webinar series on Thursday, December 16 from 11am - 1pm with speaker Bill Blazar, former senior vice president of public affairs and business development at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. Bill's presentation will focus on the urgency for central Minnesota communities to be “welcoming”; what that means for change and growth; and strategies for welcoming. He will discuss opportunities to develop and grow our regional economy and their direct link to welcoming.

    Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021

    Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Zoom Conference - Join by Video or Conference Call

    For additional information and to register, CLICK HERE.

    For previous webinar recordings, visit

    CommunityConnections Webinar Series - Placemaking

    Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022

    Time: 11:00AM - 1:00 PM

    Zoom Conference - Join by Video or Conference Call

    For additional information and to register, CLICK HERE.

    For previous webinar recordings, visit

    Central Minnesota Community Foundation Annual Celebration in Philanthropy 2021-2022

    You are invited to join us as we celebrate philanthropy and honor those who have made a significant impact in our community!

    Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022
    Time: 4:30 - 7:00 PM
    Location: The Park Event Center, Waite Park, MN

    We will be honoring the following award recipients:

    Debra Leigh - 2021 ATHENA Award Recipient

    Dennis & Barb Gregory - 2021 Alex Didier Award in Philanthropy Recipients

    Melinda Gau - 2021 Professional Award in Philanthropy Recipient.

    Women's Fund Presents: Dancing with Our Stars LIVE!

    For more information about the event and to vote with your dollars for the dancers/charities, visit

    Date: June 13, 2022
    Location: College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN
    Time: 5:00-8:30 PM

    CommunityConnections Webinar Series - Building Community

    Date: Thursday, June 16, 2022

    Time: 11:00AM - 1:00 PM

    Zoom Conference - Join by Video or Conference Call

    For additional information and to register, CLICK HERE.

    For previous webinar recordings, visit