Nancy Brown

Chief Executive Officer,
Winona Community Foundation

Contact Details

Winona Community Foundation
Phone 1: (507)429-0245

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As a career-long nonprofit professional, I enjoy sharing what I have learned through successes and failures, research and trial and error. I am a bit of a wonk when it comes to policies and procedures particularly when it comes to donor stewardship.

I have taught Planned Giving Basics in the LaGrange College Master's in Philanthropy and Development Program since the summer of 2014 and am told I have a "gift" for making planned giving understandable.

I look forward to teaching Introduction to Philanthropy and Development for the first time in the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Master's in Philanthropy and Development program this summer.


University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana, United States
Master's in Nonprofit Administration, 1995

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Bachelor of Arts, 1987
Journalism - Public Relations

Professional Associations

Association of Fundraising Professionals
1996 - Present

Job History

Winona Community Foundation
Winona, MN, United States
May 2019 - present

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Senior Developmet Director
Winona, MN, United States
November 2016 - April 2019

Thompson & Associates
Vice President - Consultant
August 2012 - February 2017

Honors and Awards

Certified Fund Raising Executive
CFRE (37375)
2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018

Outstanding Professional Fundraiser
AFP-WI, Upper Mississippi Valley