About the NPA


The Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation (JCF) offers the Network of Philanthropic Advisors (NPA), a network of trusted Twin Cities professional advisors dedicated to building relationships and integrating charitable planning as a strategy for achieving their clients’ overall goals.

Over breakfast workshops, professional advisors meet and learn from philanthropy professionals and colleagues to discuss approaches to engage with clients, to strengthen their relationships with clients, advance charitable planning, and to connect with other charitably minded advisors.

We are seeking advisors who have established relationships with their clients and would be comfortable (or would want to become comfortable) discussing philanthropy with them.

The NPA is open to, and intended for, all professional advisors regardless of religion and may offer continuing education credit for attorneys, accountants, and financial advisors.

The Network of Philanthropic Advisors program was designed by the Jewish Community Foundation San Diego and is sponsored by the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation.

Click here to read about our program in TC Jewfolk



The JCF has a long history of working with attorneys, accountants, financial advisors, wealth managers, and other professional advisors, providing them with tools to engage their clients in charitable conversations to enhance their relationships.

The JCF offers the NPA to advance charitable planing and further strengthen our partnership with the Twin Cities professional advisor community.


  • Dedicated NPA webpage, including list of NPA advisors
  • Presentations to your firm
  • Charitable gift projections
  • Nonprofit research for clients
  • Newsletter on charitable trends
  • Partnering with you in client or family meetings

Why join the NPA?


Over a series of workshops, professional advisors gain valuable professional development and learn new approaches to strengthen client relationships through the introduction or expansion of philanthropic conversations.


  • Provides professional development and education to participants in the area of philanthropy
  • Three (3) workshops offered annually (continuing education credit for attorneys, accountants, and financial advisors may be offered)
  • Recognition as trusted advisor of the NPA in JCF publications and on our website.
  • Connect with other charitably minded advisors
  • Learn about emerging trends in philanthropy
  • If desired, the JCF staff can partner with cohort participants to help facilitate conversations and charitable planning with their clients around philanthropy, as well as develop customized materials for your firm to lead charitable conversations.
  • Participants will also receive a complimentary ticket to the JCF’s annual professional advisor event- an event for advisors to learn about new developments in charitable planning and stay up to date on relevant laws.

Becoming an NPA Advisor


To become an NPA Advisor, participants are required to attend three (3) workshops their first year. To maintain recognition, individuals must attend one NPA alumni event or meet with JCF staff annually.

Please contact the JCF staff for dates and times of the workshops and annual event.



The Philanthropic Landscape

  • Why is philanthropy different today?
  • How has technology influenced giving?
  • What can we expect in the next decade?
  • Who are the next generation of givers?

Listen and Learn

  • Philanthropy in your practice
  • Developing a dialogue of trust
  • Being a good listener for charitable triggers
  • Creating relationships through stories

Inspire and Engage

  • Language of philanthropy
  • Multi-generational family meetings
  • Charitable giving vehicles and options
  • Planned giving conversations


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Call Alene Sussman at 952-417-2316

Following the Jewish tradition of tzedakah—giving with compassion and empathy—we empower our donors to follow their philanthropic passion and leave the world a better place.

What you value matters

What do you support? When you invest in your values, your actions shape the world.

It is not what one says, but rather what one does, that makes all the difference in the world.

— Pirkei Avot 1:17

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