Philanthropic Services

The philanthropic services team is the driving force behind growing and supporting our network of Minnesota philanthropists. Made up of experts from a variety of sectors, this energetic team works with individuals, organizations and financial and legal advisors to help them make a difference in Minnesota communities.

The team provides a range of services — from estate planning support to the latest online tools for managing and tracking individual giving — and access to resources that help others be effective in their giving.


Jeremy Wells

Jeremy Wells

Vice President of Philanthropic Services
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Christine Elias

Christine Elias

Associate Vice President of Philanthropic Services
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Nicole Husnik

Nicole Husnik

Administrative Assistant
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Sonja Casperson

Sonja Casperson

Administrative Assistant
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Joe Lindell

Joe Lindell

Development Operations Analyst
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Deepti Basnet

Deepti Basnet

Development Operations Analyst
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Partner relations


Shannon Gahagan

Shannon Gahagan

Partner Relations Officer
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Aurea Gerard

Aurea Gerard

Partner Relations Officer
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Becky Stibbe

Rebecca Stibbe

Partner Relations Officer
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Mala Thao

Mala Thao

Partner Relations Officer
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Mariah Mousel

Mariah Mousel

Partner Relations Associate
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Gift planning


Elizabeth McCray

Elizabeth McCray

Gift Planner
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MN Partners

Patty Rajala

Paralegal
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Luther Ranheim

Luther Ranheim

Gift Planner
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Chris Cheney

Chris Cheney

Gift Planner
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Together We Thrive

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners is a network of foundations, funds and organizations that share knowledge and services to make charitable giving thrive and benefit all Minnesotans. Minnesota Philanthropy Partners supports The Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation, Mardag Foundation and more than 1,700 affiliates across Minnesota.

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