Sami Pelton - Chair
Chief Relevance Officer LLC
Stephanie Dilworth - Treasurer
University of Minnesota College of Design
Lola Mercedes Parker Foundation for Economic Empowerment of Business and Professional Women
Minnesota Department of Revenue
Darla Kashian - Secretary
RBC Wealth Management
Design Forty Five
Meghan McInerny - Vice Chair
Cordale Q. Handy In Remembrance of Me Foundation
Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization
West Central Initiative
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
Dr. Michael Self, Sr.
Metropolitan State University
Lindy Yokanovich, Esq.
Cancer Legal Care
February 1, 2021 -- The GiveMN Board of Directors is searching for up to three new members to join for three-year terms beginning in July 2021, and open the search to nominations from our community of stakeholders, including donors, nonprofit and school staff and volunteers, and anyone who is passionate about Minnesota philanthropy and the vibrancy of our nonprofit sector.
Learn more about our board and the nominations process below, including the responsibilities of board members, the strengths and perspectives we are seeking, how to nominate yourself or someone in your network, and a note from our current Board Chair and Governance Committee Chair.
The GiveMN Governance Committee is seeking board members who are passionate about Minnesota philanthropy and the vibrancy of our nonprofit sector. Priority will be given to nominees with a variety of strengths and perspectives that deepen our connection to our communities and reflect our organizational values.
First and foremost:
We are prioritizing nominees who represent the following communities:
We also believe that nominees who represent the following communities may be good candidates for the board:
GiveMN works to live out four core values in our programs and in our governance of the organization and is seeking nominees with whom these values also resonate positively.
* The GiveMN Board of Directors is seeking and prioritizing community members whose perspectives and contributions as volunteer board members might be informed by their legal training, background, and experience. GiveMN retains separate outside counsel and is not seeking a board member to serve as the organization’s attorney.
Members of the GiveMN Board of Directors are asked to engage with the organization’s mission and stakeholders in the following ways.
The deadline for nominations was 11:59 pm CT on Monday, March 1, 2021.
On behalf of the GiveMN Board of Directors, we are delighted to invite you to submit nominations for up to three open positions on our board with terms beginning in July 2021.
This marks the second year of our public nominations process, part of our ongoing effort to continue building deep connections to our communities. Last year, we welcomed four new members to our board after reviewing dozens of strong candidates nominated by donors, nonprofits, schools, and those who care about philanthropy in Minnesota. Learn more below about our newest class of board members—Carmen Means, Jenna Ray, Dr. Michael Self, and Lindy Yokanovich.
Our board of directors is a group of committed volunteers who help guide the strategic direction of GiveMN. Since our founding 12 years ago, they have been integral in the creation of our programs such as RaiseMN, Give to the Max Day, and GiveMN.org.
The nomination process is open for the month of February, and we invite you to nominate people—including yourself—who you think would help us in our mission of igniting generosity and growing giving. Nominations are due by March 1. Then our board’s governance committee will review all nominations as we work to bring new members onto the board this summer.
Thank you for being a part of philanthropy in Minnesota. We look forward to learning more about you and the leaders you most respect through this process.
Sami Pelton, GiveMN Board Chair
John Larsen, Governance Committee Chair