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GiveMN names executive director

GiveMN, Minnesota's online giving leader, named Jake Blumberg as its executive director. Blumberg will lead the organization. Sparked by its annual Give to the Max Day, GiveMN has helped raise more than $125 million for nonprofits and schools acr...

GiveMN, Minnesota's online giving leader, named Jake Blumberg as its executive director. Blumberg will lead the organization. Sparked by its annual Give to the Max Day, GiveMN has helped raise more than $125 million for nonprofits and schools across Minnesota since 2009. "We are delighted that Jake is going to join the GiveMN team," said Cyndi Lesher, chair of the GiveMN board of directors. "His combination of relevant experience, knowledge of fundraising and willingness to try new things make him a great fit for an organization that is a leader and innovator in online philanthropy."

Blumberg comes to GiveMN with nearly a decade of leadership experience in nonprofits, political campaigns and education groups. At Open Arms of Minnesota, he led a team as senior director of development, communication and volunteer engagement. Open Arms cooks and delivers meals to people with life-threatening illnesses. He also was a leader and fundraiser for Project 515 and Minnesotans United for All Families, where he led very successful fundraising campaigns for the organizations working in support of marriage equality.

Blumberg, who grew up in Colorado, reported he draws inspiration from the life and work of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone.

"I know firsthand the value of an organization that believes 'We all do better when we all do better,' " he said. "I understand the value of coalitions working from a perspective of abundance not scarcity, and I am eager to be part of GiveMN's commitment to ignite generosity across Minnesota. This is going to be fun."

Blumberg will start at GiveMN just before Give to the Max Day.

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"As a donor, I have enjoyed the ease of supporting my favorite causes with an easy click of the mouse," he said. "As a fundraiser, my interactions with GiveMN have left me with a strong belief in the GiveMN model and the benefits it brings to Minnesota's nonprofit and school landscape. I am ready to jump in with both feet."

Blumberg has a bachelor's degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University and a master's of professional studies in political management from The George Washington University. He is an avid golfer and sports fan, and he enjoys games of strategy. Jake and his wife, who is pursuing her doctorate at the University of Minnesota, live in Minneapolis. Lesher also thanked GiveMN Interim Executive Director Andy Goldman-Gray for leading the organization during the leadership transition.

"Andy stepped in and ensured fidelity to our mission for the past three months, and we appreciate the leadership he brought to a seamless transition for our partners and stakeholders."

GiveMN links donors with organizations that are working to make Minnesota a better place. Its online giving website, GiveMN.org, enables charitable giving any time and any place, allowing people to donate.

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