Target Foundation Funding Opportunity: Racial Equity Grants. This opportunity is up to $200,000 in general operating support, with an opportunity to request support over two years for BIPOC-led organizations. Four priorities:

  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • Workforce Development
  • Housing
  • Asset Building

The Foundation supports organizations that improve the asset building opportunities available to traditionally marginalized communities, especially those that are engaged in work to increase financial inclusion, wealth building and overall financial health.

Mortenson Family Foundation is making three key changes to its grantmaking process:
  • Schedule a 30 minute call with Community Relationship Officer Ambar Hanson (for Expanding Opportunities for Children and Families grants) or Danyelle O’Hara (for Sustaining Environmental Systems grants).
  • Share updates on the outcomes you stated you want to accomplish in your 2021 application. No more budget reports.
  • If you have an annual report that includes last year’s outcomes, the foundation can use that report.[1]
  • We applaud the Mortensons for streamlining grantseeking for nonprofits.

This may confuse some applicants- there is a different process/contact depending on grant.

Huntington Bancshares (which merged with TCF) announced it wants to be the largest SBA funder in the Twin Cities market. No small feat, since climbing to #1 in SBA loans means creating A LOT of general banking business – both consumer and corporate lines. In turn, this means a lot more presence in the Twin Cities and lots more community investments, including Community Reinvestment funds. Consequently, more funding for community causes. Watch these folks, especially, Marcio Thompson, Community Development Relationship Manager.
Groundbreak Coalition – You’ll be hearing about these folks and the $2 billion they’re investing in thousands of BIPOC homeowners, businesses, rental units, and commercial developments in the neighborhoods most affected by the George Floyd protests. Th effort is led by representatives of major regional and national foundations, including the McKnight, Minneapolis, and Bush Foundations, our Twin Cities Mayors, several banks (PNC, Sunrise, Wells Fargo, US Bank, JPMorgan, and others), Chambers of Commerce, the Center for Economic Inclusion, Hennepin and Ramsey counties, and several private businesses.

Our Favorite Dysfunctional Financial Corporation – Our friends at Otto Bremer Trust are getting things together with the help of Ramsey County District Judge Robert Awsumb. Two big things:

  • The judge removed trustee Brian Lipschultz from the OBT board of trustees. Read the Star Trib article here.
  • The judge said the trustees could still move forward with the proposed sale of Bremer Bank, one of the things that started the relationship meltdown between the trustees and the bank official.

Lots of questions about the remaining trustees’ ongoing interest in selling the bank. But there’s no question that someone would be willing to pay big bucks for it, its presence in four states and its great relations with local (rural and urban) communities.

One of the top current bidders is Huntington Bank (the new TCF). Would Huntington keep up OBT’s community grants and outreach programs? They don’t have a history in their own banking practices, but maybe.

Meantime, the trust’s grantmaking operation remains remarkable, one of the best, if not the best, in Minnesota. April announcement of $7.3 million to 96 organizations.

ISO Director of Development for cancer research

Organization: Rein in Sarcoma

Position: Director of Development

Compensation: $70,000 – $80,000


[email protected]

Access Philanthropy is pleased to conduct the search for a Director of Development for Rein in Sarcoma.

Organization Background

Rein In Sarcoma, (RIS) is a leading resource for patients and families touched by sarcoma cancers. Sarcomas are an uncommon and often lethal group of bone and soft tissue cancers that may strike both children and adults. While rare among adults (less than 2% of all cancers), sarcomas are one of the most common cancers among children and young adults (17%).  Sarcomas are often diagnosed late or misdiagnosed contributing to its high mortality rate. We work in collaboration the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota to carry our mission of sarcoma education, patient and family support.  Education relationships are beginning in Wisconsin at The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin Madison College of Medicine. In addition, Rein in Sarcoma (RIS), works in partnership with the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota to fund innovative, collaborative and high impact research.

RIS is the largest sarcoma foundation in the Midwest. It is a Minnesota Nonprofit tax exempt (501c3) organization and meets all of the Minnesota Charities Review Council’s standards.

Since its creation in 2001, the foundation has been led by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by the efforts of hundreds of volunteers. Rein In Sarcoma has reached thousands of people and raised more than $2 million for sarcoma cancer research.  In July of 2017, an Executive Director with strong relationships in the RIS community was hired. Office space is located in Fridley, MN.

RIS has developed a fundraising plan in partnership with an external consultancy organization. The current objective is to hire a contract Director of Development to implement the development framework and expand relationships with community members, businesses and foundations.


Rein In Sarcoma Foundation is dedicated to:

Key Responsibilities

As the sole development staff leader, the Development Director reports to the executive director and is staff member to the Development Committee comprised of motivated, dedicated volunteers.  In collaboration with the Development Committee Chair and members, the Development Director is responsible for implementing the comprehensive 2018 development plan and time line. Ensuring funds from individuals and corporations meet goals to support programming and operations in order to sustain and grow a dynamic, diversified organization. They are to empower and collaborate with a strong team of volunteer leaders and build relationships with existing donors to achieve the goals of the organization. Their work is guided by the mission (above), which articulates the strategic direction.

Required Qualifications

with existing and new donors.

out the organization’s mission.


Preferred Experience



The annual compensation range is $70,000 – $80,000.

Rein in Sarcoma affirms its social and legal commitment to promote an atmosphere and environment that recognizes the principle and practice of equal employment opportunity. As such, Rein in Sarcoma does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, status with regards to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission or citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

How To Apply 

Submit cover letter and resume to Access Philanthropy, at [email protected].

The search committee will accept applications on a rolling basis with a final deadline to apply of March 25, 2022.


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