Nominate an Engaged Philanthropist!

Social Venture Partners Minnesota and the Minnesota Community Foundation are seeking nominations for the 2012 Engaged Philanthropist Award.

Nominations are sought from nonprofit and foundation leaders, academics working in the field of nonprofit management, public policy leaders, financial advisors, and business leaders. A panel of judges with broad and deep experience in philanthropy and community service will select one winner who has generously given his or her time, talents and money for the betterment of communities in Minnesota.

Launched in 2010, the Engaged Philanthropist Award is designed to promote philanthropy in Minnesota and recognize innovative and effective philanthropists who are truly engaged in their communities. Past recipients include John Larsen, trustee of the John Larsen Foundation and original funder of Project 515, and Win Wallin, former Medtronic CEO and founder of Wallin Education Partners.

The award winner receives $2,500 to be given to a nonprofit organization of his or her choosing.

Deadline for submitting nominations is 5 p.m., May 18, 2012. Nomination forms are available here (pdf). Information contained in the nomination form will not be released without permission.

The winner will be announced the week of June 25, and an award ceremony will follow at the Engaged Philanthropy Conference (EPCON) on August 23.

Social Venture Partners Minnesota invests its partners’ charitable donations of time, money and expertise in social entrepreneurs who are looking for ways to solve complex social problems in the areas of early childhood development, academic achievement, access to post-secondary education, and developmental opportunities for youth.

The Minnesota Community Foundation has for over 60 years mobilized resources and acted as a catalyst to enrich lives and create vibrant communities where all people can find hope and opportunity in Minnesota.

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