Northfield Shares Hires First Full-time Executive Director

Northfield Shares, a community foundation centered on philanthropy, volunteerism and collaborative leadership, has hired its first full-time executive director. The organization has reached a stage in its growth requiring the need to fill this role, made possible as part of a capacity-building grant that Northfield Shares received from the Ames Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation. Mike Krance will fill the position, starting in this new role on February 1. He will help grow capacity and build the Northfield Shares community foundation by providing foundation leadership and management, administrative support, program oversight and serving as the chief fundraising officer.

Krance has extensive professional and educational experience in nonprofit management, fundraising and corporate social responsibility, innovative community partnership building, and both volunteer and special event coordination. He has worked on behalf of a variety of local and national nonprofits, including Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Children’s Cancer Research Fund and Pinky Swear Foundation. Mostly recently, he served as Director of the Greater Twin Cities Division of March of Dimes. Krance also performs in a variety of volunteer roles at All Saints Catholic Church and School in Lakeville, Minn., including Cub Scout Pack Committee Chair, School Advisory Committee member and Parish Communications Support Team member.

When asked about his new position, Krance said, “Northfield Shares is doing great things to support its community, and I am excited by both its inspired vision and dedicated board of directors. I look forward to helping this vitally important organization as it expands its mission, its brand and its ability to make a greater impact on the Northfield area.”

Jennifer Sawyer, Northfield Shares board chair, said, “Hiring an executive director is a significant milestone for Northfield Shares, and we are thrilled to have Mr. Krance join our team. His innovative ideas, expertise and fresh perspectives will bring so much to our organization. He is an individual who leads both strategically and authentically.”

“Collaboration is vital to a vibrant and healthy community, and I can’t wait to join a group who is already so dedicated to supporting and uniting the area in collective, important ways,” added Krance.

Krance can be reached at 507-403-9755 or by email at