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14 Ways You Made an Impact on August 14

August 15, 2013 in Events, Volunteering

Thanks to you, we made a huge impact during the second annual United Way Action Day! We’re so grateful to everyone who volunteered downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, the teams who raced at Mall of America and those who donated to our Back to School drive.
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14 ways YOU made a difference:

  1. Serving breakfast to 300 people in the early morning hours
  2. Granting $7,200 to deserving United Way partner agencies
  3. Joining over 775 volunteers for the largest speed volunteer event at the Mall of America
  4. Creating 130 blankets to keep kids warm
  5. Doing 14,000 loads of laundry for families in need with 7,000 laundry kits
  6. Teaching kids and adults healthy oral care habits with 5,030 dental kits
  7. Feeding 4,000 kids who can’t afford lunch with snack packs
  8. Assembling 600 early education kits to make learning fun for 600 pre-K children
  9. Helping 200 seniors stay active with exercise kits
  10. Providing kits to help 300 individuals find job search success
  11. Encouraging activity for kids with 200 fitness kits
  12. Finding a new way to re-use donated T-shirts by constructing T-shirt bags
  13. Designing hand-crafted flash cards for students
  14. Putting together 40 essentials kits for homeless individuals

See pictures from all our events by searching #uwactionday on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Talking About Poverty and Education

January 23, 2013 in Conversation, Education, Events, Poverty

Join us for an online conversation focused on children in poverty and the importance of education.

Nearly 200,000 children ages 0 to 17 are living in poverty in Minnesota, a 60 percent increase since 2000. Not only are the numbers of children in poverty growing, the depth of poverty is growing as well. In that same time period, the number of children living in extreme poverty ($11,525 for a family of four) increased by more than 100 percent (Children’s Defense Fund—Minnesota, 2012). Education and poverty form a close and complex interrelationship for children in our community.

Building on United Way’s Faces of Poverty 2012 report, the new briefing illustrates how education can improve children’s lives, and also outlines the work United Way is leading to help children in our community succeed. DOWNLOAD BRIEF


GUEST BLOG: New Structures for New Times

September 19, 2012 in Events

Two Themes Part Two

Reposted from The Good Counsel – A Service of Toscano Advisors LLC

James V. Toscano

Research shows that there is additional private funding for nonprofits available from donors interested in high-level impact investing. We also know another significant potential is the switching of existing donations to these very same high impact investments. Estimates of both reach approximately $50 billion, about one-sixth of current private donations.

Now, the redoing of government funding and appropriations for social impact guarantees and/or for impact bonding funds is happening. Some of these new revenue arrangements need intermediaries, some get payback only if success is achieved, but all have one element in common: the achieving of a specific outcome or impact by a highly talented, focused nonprofit organization that has had sufficient funds invested to bring its services to a larger scale. (See posting on Social Impact Bonds.) Read the rest of this entry →

New Structures for New Times

August 20, 2012 in Events, Uncategorized

Two nonprofits merge to better meet needs of the poor

Reposted from MinnPost

Ask Liz Kuoppala whether it’s the economy or the need for more clout that’s propelling her social service organization’s upcoming merger and she’s hard-pressed to make a distinction.

Really, she’ll tell you, it is both the significant need of Minnesota’s poor as well as the need for a more commanding profile in this challenging economy that is leading to the marriage of the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless and the Affirmative Options Coalition.

Simply put, the advocacy groups realize they share a similar vision and mission. In that, the groups are like many other service nonprofit organizations in Minnesota that have merged since 1999, according to an interesting study, “Synopsis: Success Factors in Nonprofit Mergers,” released in July by MAP for Nonprofits and the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. Read the rest of this entry →

Joyce Foundation President Recognizes Minnesota FastTRAC Success

May 21, 2012 in Events, Jobs & Training, Uncategorized

In a recent speech at the Philanthropy Leaders Series (hosted by MCN), Ellen Alberding of Joyce Foundation, described the important systems change efforts of Minnesota FastTRAC resulting in career pathways for low-income communities. Ellen effectively outlined the state’s efforts by talking about the success of an individual FastTRAC participant, Antoinette McCarthy (who had recently been recognized in the Governor’s second State of the State). Ellen characterized Antoinette’s story “as inspirational as her smile–that night was electric.” Antoinette, a mother of three struggling to make ends meet, had recently completed a FastTRAC training that earned her an industry recognized credential and was now on a trajectory to earning double that of a minimum wage job. Antoinette has also chosen to continue her education and will complete coursework this fall becoming a Registered Nurse. State policy change and innovative program efforts funded by Joyce Foundation was a big part of Antoinette’s success. READ MORE

Greater Twin Cities Leads Session Exploring Mergers

April 26, 2012 in Collective Impact, Events

Public sector funding is shrinking and more cuts are anticipated even as demand for services is near an all-time high. Greater Twin Cities United Way believes this is a recipe for an unsustainable system of health and human services in Minnesota – and quite likely the nation.

When the economy was strong, the nonprofit sector experienced unprecedented growth. Now, in the midst of a long term economic downturn and prolonged recovery, the nonprofit sector will contract.

United Way’s role is to provide leadership in strengthening the nonprofit sector through mergers, acquisitions, dissolutions, and similar proactive steps. We have a long-term commitment to a strong and viable nonprofit sector – helping the sector reorganize, and even reduce in size, is the best strategy to help the sector remain strong and vital.

Download Mergers as a Means of Creating Sustainable Change: United Way’s Role (PDF)

Presenters: Frank Forsberg, SVP, Greater Twin Cities United Way and
Judy Alnes, Executive Director, MAP for Nonprofits

Live United, Live the Dream: MLK Day 2012

January 14, 2012 in Events, Uncategorized

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


Statewide celebration, Central High School, St. Paul. 9:30 a.m. rally and 10:35 a.m. march from the school to Gangelhoff Center at Concordia University, Hamline Avenue. 11 a.m. program features keynote speaker Robin Hickman, president of SoulTouch. Event also includes spoken word, music and dance performances. Education Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. More information at Read the rest of this entry →

Thank You!

January 12, 2012 in Education, Events

Thank you for attending the Children & Youth Issues Briefing to celebrate recent successes, identify issues of importance for the 2012 legislative session and learn more about innovative initiatives making a difference in our communities. We hope you found the briefing to be informative and energizing.

When leaders of government, business and nonprofits align resources and devote themselves to overcoming challenges, we can achieve great things. Let’s leverage the current environment through cooperation, innovation and alignment to achieve exponential results for children.

View and download available Handouts & Presentations

Tax Credit Primer Training

December 1, 2011 in Events, Financial Fitness, Jobs & Training

These trainings are designed for social service agency staff working with low to moderate-income people to encourage tax filing for obtaining tax refund money due to them. The training will cover federal and state tax credits, free tax preparation sites and tax education and promotion resources available at no charge. It will not train people to prepare tax returns.

For more information, download the Save the Date Flyer and share with direct-service staff.

Please visit Help Minnesota Save to access the recorded webinar and download materials from the event.

Thanks for Joining Us!

November 17, 2011 in Collective Impact, Events, Uncategorized, United Front 2011, United Front Blog Archives

Thank you for joining United Front’s webinar series!

Leadership for Collective Impact
Friday, November 4; Noon – 1 p.m.

Download the presentation.

Critical Times – Critical Board Questions Webinar
Thursday, November 17; Noon – 1 p.m.

Download the presentation.