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NOVEMBER 6, 2014

AFP Southern Minnesota’s National Philanthropy Day observance and Awards for Philanthropy will be held on November 6, 2014.  And we are delighted to host workshop speaker Jerold Panas:  


What I've Learned in 40 Years of Fundraising

Fundraising Lure and Verities

 In his forty years in the profession, Jerry has received numerous awards and citations. He is regularly asked how much he has raised in his campaigns. He has lost track, but he estimates it is somewhere north of $20 billion.

In this speech, all his experience cascades into a 4-hour session mixed generously with what he aptly called in one of his books— wit, wisdom, and moxie.

There are 41 bits and pieces of fundraising lure and verities. They cover board responsibilities, what motivates giving, what makes a great fundraiser, how to listen, and three dozen other inviolate canons of supremely successful fundraising.

Fasten your seat belts. It’s a thrilling and inspiring journey.

Register online now

For more information about National Philanthropy Day contact Brenda Walker at 507-287-2010 or Chad Campbell at 507-346-2494 or


National Philanthropy Day Awards Winners will be announced soon!  If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Allen at 507-990-6517,


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