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A Smart Giver’s Guide to Give to the Max Day 2021

It’s almost Give to the Max Day again! Whether you’re new to Minnesota’s annual giving holiday, or a seasoned pro who knows their way around the Golden Ticket prize pool, Charities Review Council is here to help you make giving decisions with confidence. “Give to the Max is a celebration of the generosity of Minnesotans… Read more

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Q&A: Smart Giving to New Nonprofits

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2021 edition of the Smart Giver Newsletter. Not on our mailing list? Sign up here to receive the next edition in your mailbox. Q: I’m interested in supporting a new nonprofit. As a Smart Giver, what should I be looking for? As a lawyer for nonprofits, I help founders take… Read more

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Meet Heather Wilmot LeMay

Heather (she/her) has over six years of executive leadership experience in nonprofit program operations and grant management, with nearly ten years of experience in web-based data systems focused on the human services and nonprofit sector. Heather earned a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Minnesota focusing on Macro Practice Social Work (i.e. systems, administration, policy) and is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW).   Heather was the… Read more

Meet Alexa Carter

As a small (but mighty) team, we rely on the contributions of paid interns to accomplish our work. This week, we’re excited to welcome our new Council intern, Alexa! Alexa (She/her) is a student in her final year at the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, where she is studying Art and Peace and… Read more

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Q&A: All About Planned Giving

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2021 edition of the Smart Giver Newsletter. Not on our mailing list? Sign up here to receive the next edition in your mailbox. Planned giving. Gift planning. Legacy planning. Even estate planning. They’re all slightly different angles on the same thing: taking a 10,000-foot view of one’s finances… Read more

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