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Transition Updates

Message from Luciano Patiño, President of the Board
On behalf of the PFund Board of Directors, it is my honor to introduce Trina Olson as our new Executive Director. Trina brings a successful track record working on a variety of LGBT and social justice causes. Her passion and dedication are infectious, and we are excited to start working with her to expand the local and regional work of PFund as she takes the helm in late 2014.

We would also like to thank our incredible search committee who gave tremendously of their time and who brought us an outstanding slate of candidates. Their dedication and hard work helped us find an outstanding new Executive Director.

Message from Rebecca Voelkel, Interim Executive Director
I’m thrilled to welcome Trina Olson. I’ve had the honor of working closely with Trina over the past five years. She is a seasoned and passionate fundraiser, a brilliant thinker - especially about our work at the intersection of justice issues - and a deeply capable, caring manager. I can’t think of a better person for PFund’s future. I’m very much looking forward to working with her as she steps into her new role.

2015 Scholarships: Now Accepting Applications –
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

PFund Foundation recognizes outstanding LGBT and allied students for their service, leadership and academic achievement. We will award $60,000 in scholarships in 2015. Awards range from $2,000 to $10,000. Application deadline: February 2, 2015. Click here to learn more and access the scholarship guidelines and application form.

Applicants are encouraged to sign up for one of two informational webinars: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 12 1 p.m. or Thursday, December 11, 2014, 4 5 p.m. Kayva Yang, Director of Programs, will discuss eligibility, available awards and how to develop a strong application. If you are unable to join a webinar, please contact Kayva at or 612-870-1806 to ask questions and discuss your application.

Moxie Awards Thank You! –
Friday, September 26, 2014

PFund’s 2014 Moxie Awards were a huge success! Over 180 people came to the Science Museum of Minnesota to celebrate PFund’s 2014 scholars, grantee partners and QReach partner organizations. Thank you to all who attended - and special thanks to our volunteers, performers, scholars and partner organizations!

BOP Community Recognition Award –
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Bisexual Organizing Project recognizes individuals, community organizations and businesses annually that have demonstrated long term commitment to the support of the Bi+ community in the Upper Midwest. This month, BOP named PFund as the recipient of the 2014 Community Organization Community Recognition Award. PFund is humbled by this recognition and grateful to have opportunities to work with BOP to help resource Bi+ communities and for BOP’s work to support change in the Upper Midwest.

PFund named 2014 Nonprofit Mission
Award recipient –
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

PFund is honored to be recognized by Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits with their Responsive Philanthropy Nonprofit Mission Excellence Award. Thank you to MCN members for your endorsement and thank you to Upper Midwest LGBT communities for your partnership and passion for resourcing change in our region!

QReach Update
PFund gathered with over 60 leaders, funders and the QReach advisory group in St. Paul, Minn. in September for the QReach final convening: Thriving Forward. Stay tuned for convening highlights and photos coming soon! For more information about the QReach regional assessment, here. Check out the photos from the kick-off convening last March in Des Moines, Iowa here.

PFund's 2013 Annual Report is available. Download and read a copy here.

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