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Garrett Backes

Development Director gbackes@propelnonprofits.org 612-249-6771

I have been working to ‘make more mission’ through the power of fundraising for well over a decade now. My career’s work includes building philanthropic partnerships in support of rural Minnesota communities, people with disabilities, arts and culture, and the broader community’s nonprofit organizations.

I was born, raised, schooled, and spent the earlier part of my career in Greater Minnesota. My wife and I call Saint Paul’s Hamline-Midway neighborhood home, with our two cats in our century-old house. I am a perpetual learner and adventurer, always in ‘tourist mode’ in my quest to experience the best of the Twin Cities, rural Minnesota, and beyond. I am a foodie and a lover of the outdoors, sports, and music. I especially cherish my family and friends.

In my work here at Propel Nonprofits, I am so very grateful for the opportunity to work every day with generous foundations, businesses, and individuals, leveraging philanthropic support to bring about a healthier, more vibrant, more just community and society.