AFP Minnesota is excited to co-present this education session with the Minnesota chapter of Community Centric Fundraising (CCF). During this session, our speakers will offer insights and training about donor organizing and relational fundraising. These practices prioritize relationships over financial transactions and invite donors to be in long-term relationships with organizations and their people.
Mary Delorié, Director of Individual Giving, Headwaters Foundation for Justice
As the Director of Individual Giving at Headwaters Foundation for Justice Mary inspires individuals and households to make meaningful gifts that make community-led grantmaking possible. Her responsibilities include developing appeals that motivate donors to fuel movement organizers across Minnesota, and managing an extremely conscientious and fun team in the process. Mary also creates opportunities that engage HFJ volunteers to be donor organizing ambassadors. Prior to working at HFJ she was the Director of Development at AchieveMpls (now Achieve Twin Cities) and The Cedar Cultural Center. She has a 20+ year history in serving mission-oriented nonprofits. Mary is a bi-racial Midwestern island-girl with creole roots in the Seychelles Islands. Extra-curricular activities include BIPOC-guided theater experiences, digesting novels with her book club, walking/skiing in her nearby park in North Minneapolis, and chasing around her 3-year-old toddler. She is always plotting a next international trip to visit family abroad.
Aimee Vue, Director of Innovation, Youthprise
Aimee Vue is unabashedly from Minnesota. She has a deep passion for all things dairy, a strong aversion for unnecessary niceties, and believes that we do better when we all do better. With roots in Minnesota, she comes from a family of educators and community organizers and is dedicated to finding the social impact through-line in everything she does. Aimee is Youthprise's Director of Innovation with expertise in design thinking, innovative youth engagement practices, and youth philanthropy. Aimee leads design thinking sessions, focus groups, and presentations for organizations, companies, and clients to implement youth engagement practices into their processes and policies with a racial equity lens. She has worked on projects with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hennepin County, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and 3M Foundation. Aimee is also the President of the Brown Club of Minnesota, served as a board member for the Southeast Community Organization, was a Nexus Community Partnership Boards and Commissions Leadership Initiative Fellow, and was part of the 7th Cohort of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice’s Giving Project. Aimee lives in downtown St. Paul, MN with her partner, Ethan, and their lovely cat, Theodosia. She is an aspiring French chef, weekend kayaker, and the most New England-ish Minnesotan you’ll meet.
Unny Nambudiripad, Fundraising Consultant
Unny cultivates wellness, health, love, compassion, justice, and equity among social change makers, including himself, so that we are more loving and empowered to improve the lives of nonhuman and human animals.
Unny has fundraised for numerous organizations in the Twin Cities area including Compassionate Action for Animals and Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha / The Center for Workers United in Struggle. His roles include serving as an Executive Director, Fundraising Consultant, capital campaign manager, board member, and Development Coordinator.
Duaba Unera, Donor Organizer, Wild Path Collective
Duaba (He/They) is a Black culture worker, donor organizer, community builder from New Orleans who now calls Minneapolis home. He is a community and organization development practitioner whose work focuses on increasing the economic, social, and political power of Black, Native, and People of Culture.
Duaba is also a founding member of the Wild Path Collective, a cooperative land and cultural regeneration organization focused on restoring connections to land for People of Culture to the soil. Their goal is to create access to land for people who have been pushed out of their homelands into cities and ghettos, so that they can remember their ancestral ways of regenerating the soil, soul, and culture. Currently, the collective stewards 80 acres of land and water held as a commons in Osceola, WI, a project which took three years of relationship building and donor organizing to secure. Now they are preparing to enter another season of donor organizing to raise funds for land work, programming, and creating an endownment to stabilize the land.
Nancy Vue Tran, Director of Development, Minnesota Freedom Fund
Nancy Vue Tran (she/her/nws) is oldest child of seven and a first generation Hmong American. After six years as public defender representing clients facing mental commitment, Nancy transitioned to become Development Director at Freedom Inc (FI). While at FI, a Madison, Wisconsin based gender/racial justice organization serving Black and Southeast Asian survivors of domestic violence, she honed her foundation and government grant writing skills as well as organized several campaigns. She also successfully led FI in building strong peer to peer fundraising model and has trained other non-profits in peer to peer fundraising strategies. With her unique combination of development, advocacy and organizing work, she knows intimately the necessity of including the voices of those most impacted in building organizational wealth for BIPOC/Queer lead groups who have historically had little investment in their capacity and infrastructure. She is currently Director of Development at the Minnesota Freedom Fund where the intersection of her legal and development experience works towards a world against oppressive cash bail and over reliance on the carceral system. Nancy can often be seen out with her two children- Quinn Suab-Nag and Maddie Suab-Paj and partner Hong Tran eating all the delicious food in the Twin Cities. She is an avid DIY-er and makes her own soap and skincare products and enjoys gardening.
This event will be virtual. To be accessible to each member of our fundraising community, we’re offering you the option to pay-what-you-can. Your payment helps us honor our speakers time and expertise with a stipend and cover the costs of technology and technical support for promotion, registration, and the session. The average cost per person is about $30. If you would like to assist with covering the cost of the session for another individual, you can enter your payment under the donation section.
*This event is CFRE approved for 1.25 pts