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Event Registration

Professional Advisor Webinar Series - Real Estate and Other Unique Gifts

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Zoom Conference - Join by Video or Conference Call

For additional information and to register, CLICK HERE.

To access planned giving tools and additional information, visit plannedgiving.communitygiving.org.

CommunityConnections Webinar Series - Social Capital Survey Results

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Zoom Conference - Join by Video or Conference Call

For additional information and to register, CLICK HERE.

For previous webinar recordings, visit www.communitygiving.org/communityconnections.

EmpowerCF 2021 - An Annual Conference for Empowering Community Foundations

Monday, May 17th, 2021 - Thursday, May 20th, 2021
Join via Zoom

You are invited to "Create Pathways and Build Community" through four days of learning focused on community foundations. Designed for board members, volunteers and anyone who wants their community foundation to prosper, we will be offering a wide variety of sessions to expand your knowledge about what a community foundation is, what it can do for your community and tools to help your foundation grow.

Keynote Speaker Robert D. Putnam and co-author Shaylyn Romney Garrett with close out the conference with an in-depth look at their latest book "The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again".

For additional information about this event including sessions and speakers, click here.

Professional Advisor Webinar Series - Investment Outlook and Tax Update

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021

Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm

Zoom Conference - Join by Video or Conference Call

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CommunityConnections Webinar Series - Bridging the Political Divide

Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Zoom Conference - Join by Video or Conference Call

For additional information and to register, CLICK HERE.

For previous webinar recordings, visit www.communitygiving.org/communityconnections.

Professional Advisor Webinar Series - Qualified Plans and Testamentary Planned Gifts

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Zoom Conference - Join by Video or Conference Call

For additional information and to register, CLICK HERE.

To access planned giving tools and additional information, visit plannedgiving.communitygiving.org.

Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation Award in Philanthropy Annual Dinner Celebration

Date: Thursday, September 2nd, 2021
Time: 5:30-8:30 PM
Reception - 5:30pm | Dinner - 6:30pm | Program - 7:15pm
Location: Grand View Lodge at the Grand Ballroom

Award in Philanthropy Recipients - Virginia & Kenneth* Merrill

Legacy Award Honorees - Millie Gjertson* and Linnea Anderson*

Women Making Waves Award Recipient - Becky Twamley

This year we are presenting the Award in Philanthropy to Virginia and the late Kenneth Merrill of Crosslake, very worthy recipients. This award recognizes the efforts of an individual, couple or family who have significantly contributed to the field of philanthropy, either personally or through their business. We will honor Legacy Award recipients, Linnea Anderson and Millie Gjertson for their gifts upon their passing to continue their generous giving. We will also recognize Becky Twamley as our Women Making Waves Award recipient, given by our Women’s Fund (in lieu of the Women Making Waves 2021 Dinner being cancelled), and celebrate the work of our grants and nonprofit partners.

Individual Tickets are $60 each - Sponsorships starting at $500

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