Our staff help make GiveMN an engaging place for nonprofits and donors to connect.
Dana Nelson is the executive director of GiveMN. In her role, Dana helps Minnesota nonprofits of all sizes reach new and different audiences and enables donors to find, learn about, and contribute to local and national programs that support the causes in which they believe.
Before joining GiveMN, Dana was at Target Corporation for the past 6 years. She led Target's team member engagement strategy and national service initiatives, collaborating with organizations such as the Corporation for National and Community Service, Hands on Network and the Heart of America Foundation, among others.
Dana brings many years of nonprofit experience to GiveMN, which includes working with the Minneapolis Public Schools, serving as a program officer and leading development efforts for a start-up nonprofit organization.
Dana has a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Washington University. She is an active community volunteer with organizations such as Emerson Spanish Immersion Learning Center, Pillsbury House, Powderhorn Neighborhood Association and Centro Cultural Chicano.
She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, two sons and two Chihuahuas. In addition to playing with trucks and going to the park with her boys, she enjoys baking cupcakes for her neighbors and friends.
Development & Partnerships Manager
Dan Moore serves as the Development and Partnerships Manager for GiveMN. He divides his time between raising philanthropic resources to support the GiveMN mission and overseeing outreach and training efforts for Minnesota nonprofits and schools that use GiveMN tools to secure charitable gifts online.
Dan comes to GiveMN with a comprehensive background in nonprofit fundraising. He served as a development officer for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he oversaw capital campaign strategy, e-philanthropy initiatives, and managed the multi-channel mid-level giving program to connect passionate donors with a powerful mission. Dan serves the fundraising community as a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Minnesota Chapter and its resource development committee.
Dan is a proud graduate of the University of Minnesota Morris where he majored in Political Science. He is obsessed with volunteer service and divides his time between Gethsemane Episcopal Church, theChamplin Park High School Vocal Music Association, and Sample Night Live. In his spare time he pretends to be a photographer, sportsman, genealogist, social innovator, and proud uncle.
daniel (at) givemn (dot) org
Jeff serves as digital strategist for GiveMN producing multimedia content, writing and editing for the GiveMN blog, serving as a marketing/communication strategist and managing GiveMN's social media properties. Jeff frequently represents GiveMN as a public speaker and panelist at conferences and leads training on social media and multimedia production. Jeff also handles GiveMN’s graphic design projects.
Prior to joining the team, Jeff was a multimedia journalist and news producer for six years. Jeff is currently a half-time employee of GiveMN. In his life outside GiveMN, he owns and operates his multimedia production company – Jeff Achen Videography & Photography, which has been in business since 2006.
Jeff also has considerable experience in leading technology training and consulting. Jeff has worked in community newspapers and small market television news in Minnesota and North Dakota since 2003. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, 1993-97, where he was stationed on the USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51) as a payroll clerk. He also served in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Nepal as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2002-03 teaching English in a remote hill village.
Jeff is passionate about the role of digital media in communicating the messages, stories and the impact of nonprofit organizations to the greater community. He lives in Farmington with his wife Jennifer, daughters Kaitlyn & Avery and two playful cats.
Nonprofit Outreach & Partnership Coordinator
Nina Gazel is the Nonprofit Outreach & Partnership Coordinator for GiveMN. In her role, Nina helps enhance the fundraising capacity of Minnesota nonprofit organizations by fielding questions about GiveMN technology, consulting one-on-one with nonprofits, and supporting communities in Greater Minnesota to host successful Give to the Max Days.
Nina graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in June 2012. While earning her B.A. in Political Science and International Relations, Nina served as program director for Carleton’s cancer awareness group, Carls Against Cancer, during which she organized major fundraising events, coordinated volunteer efforts, and oversaw all financial operations. She also completed an internship with the International Organization for Migration in Maputo, Mozambique.
She lives in Minneapolis with her former college roommate and occasionally Oliver, the neighborhood cat. She enjoys swimming, crafting homemade greeting cards, and inventing new recipes.
nina [at] givemn [dot] org
Outreach & Partnerships Coordinator for Schools
Alsa Bruno is Schools Outreach and Partnership Coordinator for GiveMN. In his role, he works to expand the reach of GiveMN and its tools to Minnesota schools.
Alsa is a 2012 graduate of Carleton College with a B.A. in both Theater and CAMS (Cinema and Media Studies). Alsa has sought to find ways to improve the education system that it might better encompass the needs of all students. Throughout his high school and college years, Alsa worked through various programs concerning education, equity, social justice, and psychology to better understand how communities can better themselves.
He lives in a suburb of Minneapolis with his old college roommate, nerding out on comic books, dreaming about girls, and playing in the snow with the neighbor kids.
alsa (at) givemn (dot) org