May 17, 2013 in Blog Post, Caregiving, Conversation, Health, Uncategorized
United Front is pleased to announce the launch of a new online caregiving community, CaregivingNOW, A Network on the Web for MN Caregivers. Meet some of the CaregivingNOW members who are sharing their stories and caregiving journies and learn more about the community here. If you know someone who would be interested in joining, download this CaregivingNOW flyer or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 3, 2013 in Conversation, Jobs & Training, Poverty, Uncategorized, United Front Blog Archives
Finding a job, even in an improving economy, has gotten much more complicated. Once upon a time, the get-a-good-education mantra held true for most Americans seeking upward mobility and a middle class existence. Increasingly, though, finding a life-sustaining career that justifies a costly education is a tough proposition for many young people.
Later this month, we’ll explore the various employment obstacles facing Minnesota’s would-be job seekers in United Way’s continuing online conversation series, Faces of Poverty. REGISTER NOW
December 12, 2012 in Event, Jobs & Training, Uncategorized, United Front Blog Archives
Thank you for Attending!
Stay connected and continue the conversation in United Front’s Jobs & Training online community. Be sure to login and introduce yourself in the Welcome to the Community thread then post your questions or comments in the Investment to Impact thread. Download materials from the forum here.
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November 1, 2012 in Uncategorized, United Front Blog Archives
“We have seen a large impact in our Meals on Wheels program with people under 60 who don’t qualify for T3 meals (Older American Act money). We have had to subsidize some who have been on the CADI waiting list for the past four months. We have had small fundraisers that have covered some but we can’t take on anymore clients. We are pained by having to try people away. We try to find other resources but there are none. Meals on Wheels programs who receive T3 money won’t serve them and the private meals delivery programs charge too much.” Maureen Davidson
“It [seniors in poverty] was surprising because we have never thought about elderly people being in need of care based on their lack of finances. We also thought it was surprising that half of people in poverty are in deep poverty and how little money they must rely on each month.” Shakopee High School Students, Social Science Class
October 11, 2012 in Collective Impact, Event, Uncategorized, United Front Blog Archives
DATE: November 1 & 2
LOCATION: St. Paul RiverCentre
Join us for mold-breaking plenaries, interactive breakouts, and productive dialogues, where we’ll learn how to harness the power of our differences and truly work together toward a greater good. From the opening session through the final reception, we’ll build upon our collective desire for action. LEARN MORE
Featured Breakout Session
Nonprofit Realignments for Community Results: Engaging Philanthropic and Nonprofit Leadership for a Strong Nonprofit Sector
Judy Alnes, executive director, MAP for Nonprofits; Frank Forsberg, senior vice president, systems change and innovation, Greater Twin Cities United Way; and Greg Owen, senior research manager, Wilder Research
September 19, 2012 in Event, Uncategorized, United Front Blog Archives
Nonprofits in Post-Recession Times: Rebuilding; Merging; Thriving
Reposted from The Executive Summary, Paul Mattessich, executive director, Wilder Research
Hull House in Chicago, the iconic model of a nonprofit multi-service agency, the original “settlement house” founded by the Nobel-prize-winning social worker, Jane Addams, closed its doors abruptly in 2012 – succumbing to the formidable social and economic challenges faced by contemporary nonprofit organizations.
Times are tough. We know that. Those of us who manage organizations serving the community and who have worked through demanding times before also recognize that, with creativity and hard work, we can persevere; we can succeed in continuing to meet the needs of the community.
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August 20, 2012 in Event, Uncategorized, United Front Blog Archives
Two Themes Part One
Reposted from The Good Counsel – A Service of Toscano Advisors LLC
James V. Toscano
Recently, Greater Twin Cities United Way, with MAP for Nonprofits and Wilder Foundation, sponsored a “New Structures for New Times” conference. Over 500 nonprofit and foundation representatives attended, hearing that our nonprofit sector needs to strengthen through collaborations, mergers, acquisitions, dissolutions, and “similar proactive steps.”
The familiar litany of reasons for these actions were all mentioned: government cuts, “new normal,” need for more businesslike management, increasing societal need. The overall theme in this work is that we are faced with a dilemma, given the number of nonprofits and the shrinking resources available to them. The keynoter, Paul Grogan, president of the Boston Foundation, described aggressive leadership and funding to achieve successful mergers and collaborations in very persuasive language. Judy Alnes, CEO of MAP for Nonprofits, then introduced a research study called Success Factors in Nonprofit Mergers done by MAP and the Wilder Foundation. Read the rest of this entry →
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 →
August 1, 2012 in Event, Uncategorized, United Front Blog Archives
Making Sense of Mergers
Judy Alnes, Contributor, executive director, MAP for Nonprofits
We’re done with the last minute scurrying to finish the nonprofit merger research which was unveiled yesterday July 31st. The research team has held its final meeting, designs have been poured over, fonts selected, paper purchased, edits made, and press checks completed. Now all that’s left to do is turn our attention back to the future. And what a huge future it is as nonprofit leaders explore strategies to keep their organizations successful.
When MAP and Wilder Research embarked on this research journey two years ago, we aimed to learn more about nonprofit mergers. Do they create more vital organizations? Can a merged nonprofit be more effective in securing resources? Can it stave off the pain of reductions in funding? Can it create a more revved up financial engine for preserving the services that we most need in our communities? Do nonprofit mergers hold any promise as a response to the tight economic times in which nonprofits find themselves? Read the rest of this entry →
July 20, 2012 in Event, Uncategorized, United Front Blog Archives
DATE: Tuesday, July 31
TIME: 8 a.m. – 12 noon
LOCATION: Hilton Minneapolis
A conference on collaborative strategies to maintain our strong nonprofit sector in the challenging decade ahead, in view of declining government funds and increasing need. MORE INFORMATION