How to build a women’s philanthropy focus with any size budget
Original Presentation: March 2021
About our speakers:
Jenny Norris Peterson, a women’s philanthropy consultant, has raised millions of dollars in legacy gifts through her years as a gift planner at Luther Seminary, St. Olaf College, and LSS of Minnesota. She speaks nationally about women’s philanthropy and has spoken on behalf of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute.
Executive Director, New Ulm Medical Center Foundation and Allina Health Regional Foundations
Missy Dreckman’s background experience in nonprofit work as a volunteer coordinator in the clinic, hospital and hospice setting – is what inspired her work in philanthropy. Missy’s soft spot in charitable giving work is the relationships she builds with donors and the ability to report impacts back to donors who make a difference for years to come.
Dreckman is a confident, energetic, passionate and dedicated professional who is donor centered. Dreckman is a great communicator, leader and volunteer and supports many organizations in her hometown of New Ulm and the surrounding areas.
Dreckman is skilled in major gifts, planned gifts, campaigns, staff/board development & engagement, volunteer training and management, strategic initiatives, event planning and program evaluation. She is a past board member of Kiwanis – New Ulm, ISD #88 Foundation and most recently served as a mayoral campaign co-chair for New Ulm in the 2018 election.
Missy currently serves on the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce Board; the Women’s Networking committee; is the local chairperson for Leave a Legacy New Ulm; and is an active volunteer in the New Ulm and Sleepy Eye communities – sharing the importance of volunteering with her children.
In her free time, Missy enjoys ATV rides, bonfires and being outdoors watching and photographing sunsets.
Dreckman is married to Scott who co-owns JP Plumbing and Heating, Next Level Services (a landscape and concrete business), All-Stor Public Storage and is an active real estate agent with Century 21-Red Shoe Realty. Together, they have three children and live in rural Sleepy Eye.
Rebecca Lynn Petersen is the director of development for West Central Initiative, which serves 82 Minnesota cities in nine counties in west central Minnesota. For seventeen years, she was the executive director of A Center for the Arts in downtown Fergus Falls, working with the board of directors to successfully complete a capital campaign and theater renovation project in 1997. In 2001, A Center for the Arts, under her leadership, partnered with Artspace Projects to finance and renovate the Kaddatz Hotel, which now houses 10 artist live/work spaces, two gallery spaces, studio space, and rehearsal space. From 2011 to 2018, she was the executive director of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra for seven consecutive seasons. Highlights with the DSSO included hiring a new music director, facilitating contract negotiations through interest-based bargaining, rebranding the organization and working towards a sustainable and balanced budget through a robust Heritage Campaign. Petersen perform(ed) – pre-pandemic- frequently with several regional Minnesota orchestras including; Fargo Moorhead Symphony, Fargo Moorhead Opera, NDSU Baroque series, Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Itasca Symphony Orchestra and the Fergus Falls Civic Orchestra. Petersen has a BA in music from the University of Vermont, has done advanced studies in early childhood development, and was a participant in the Creative Community Leadership Institute class of 2013 in the Twin Ports (Duluth/Superior). She has been awarded a Jerome Travel Study grant, a Bush Leadership fellowship, and the Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Commitment. In 2018 she was appointed to the Greater Fergus Falls economic development board and to the City of Fergus Falls Port Authority. She also serves on the board of Pioneer Public Television and Kaddatz Galleries, Inc. Rebecca has two daughters and two doodles and a lifelong partnership with Mark Solie (who, by the way, grew up in Dawson, Minnesota where Petersen spent her last two years of High School!)