Winona Nonprofit Alliance

The Winona Nonprofit Alliance brings together more than 50 of Winona’s nonprofits of all shapes and sizes to collaborate on programs and services, network and share resources, and maximize community impact.

The Alliance builds close relationships among members through regular gatherings and events, shares resources, provides mentoring and professional development, and aligns nonprofits’ work to best serve Winona and the surrounding communities.

Alliance members range from small arts and civic organizations without full-time staff to large human services and education organizations with hundreds of employees. The Community Foundation provides oversight and administration, with a team of Winona nonprofit leaders guiding the group’s vision and activities.

Alliance members began gathering in 2017 to address the nonprofit community’s needs after the closure of the United Way. The group has since met regularly at partner nonprofits, hosted more than a dozen professional development events, teamed up on collaborative programs and services, shared office and meeting space, and more.

A generous grant from the Otto Bremer Trust in 2020 allowed the Alliance to create a new and expanded vision, build a leadership team and organizational structure, and come under the umbrella of the Community Foundation.

The Alliance’s first project is a one-stop-shop giving portal, Winona Gives, for the community to learn more about and donate directly to nonprofits doing great work in the Winona area.

Professional development trainings we have offered:

  • How To Be A Rock Star Board Member – annual half-day board development workshop
  • Professional networking events – held in Winona with regional and state funders and organizations. Past presenters have included: Otto Bremer Trust, Bush Foundation, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Propel Nonprofits, Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration, Charities Review Council, and others
  • Regular workshops and trainings led by local experts, including: Engaging your board in fundraising; building and using nonprofit dashboards; working with local media to tell your story; advocating for change without getting political; using social media to promote your nonprofit and engage with your community; and more
  • Convenings and conversations on big issues: Adapting to the realities of COVID-19, cooperative scheduling for fundraising events, exploring collaborative nonprofit space, and more

President: Stacy Shones, Development Coordinator, Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center

Vice-President: Nancy Brown, Development Coordinator, Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center

Secretary: Keri Cada, Director of Licensing and Policy, Home and Community Options

Treasurer: Amanda Hedlund, Executive Director, Habitat For Humanity of Winona-Fillmore Counties

Vanessa Southworth, Director of Minnesota Programs, Family and Children’s Center

Doug Grout, Executive Director, Semcac

Katrice Sisson, Manager of Community and Donor Relations, Winona Health

Want to join the Alliance? Membership is just $50 a year, or $25 for nonprofits without full-time staff.

Membership includes six two-hour gatherings per year, lunch-and-learn series, board development, special events, shared communication, professional development, relationships, collaboration, resource and knowledge sharing plus rights to be on the Winona Gives page.

Download this info sheet to learn more about the Alliance’s activities. Ready to join? Contact Zoe Kwitek at [email protected]

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Winona Gives Webpage