Vice President of Operations & Learning, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations
Nadege Souvenir is Vice President of Operations & Learning for the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations. In her role, she oversees Grants Administration, Human Resources, and IT. Nadege is responsible the Foundations’ learning and evaluation efforts, including East Metro Pulse, a community vitality survey and report of life in Dakota, Ramsey and Washington Counties, which she launched in 2016. Nadege also leads the Foundations’ Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation efforts around racial narrative change.
Nadege joined the Foundations in 2016. She has a background in dance, arts administration and law. Prior to joining the Foundations, Nadege was an attorney at Dorsey & Whitney LLP and Maslon LLP. Nadege earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies and a bachelor’s in liberal studies with an emphasis in dance from Iowa State University; a master’s degree in arts administration from St. Mary’s University; and a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law.
“Capacity building” has been a buzzword in foundation circles for years. New research from CEP shows that, while there are areas of alignment between funders’ perceptions of nonprofits’ need and nonprofits’ actual needs, there are also crucial areas of disconnect. Worse, many nonprofit leaders say they fear asking for what they really need. How can funders break through and truly strengthen organizations in shared pursuit of impact? This session will feature an examination of innovative approaches to strengthening nonprofits, as well as interactive exercises to help funders reflect on how they can best strengthen the organizations they fund.