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Career Pathway Systems

December 16, 2013 in Event, Jobs & Training, Uncategorized, United Front Blog Archives

What We Know After 10 Years and 80 Industry Partnerships

By Scott J. Sheely

Image of hands stacked together to represent partnershipAs Minnesota workforce partners continue to explore and expand their interest in engaging the business community through organized industry partnerships, some reflection on best practices that have been developed through 10 years of experience with industry partnerships in Pennsylvania may be in order.

At one time, PA funded as many as 80 industry partnerships around the Commonwealth which trained thousands of incumbent workers annually in industries including agriculture, manufacturing, logistics and transportation, health care, biotechnology, energy, communications, and others. Read the rest of this entry →

National Caregivers Month

November 9, 2013 in Caregiving, Uncategorized, United Front Blog Archives

Throughout the month of November, and all year, we acknowledge the important role that family, friends and neighbors play in caring for sick, elderly and disabled friends and relations. We featured inspirational stories from caregivers in our community through personal blogs. Read our blog series: A Personal ALS Story, Preparing for the Age Wave and Caregiving: A Family Tradition.

Caregivers offer a range of services, including emotional and spiritual support, assistance with financial matters, transportation and home- and health-related services. If you’re interested in becoming a part of our online community, CaregivingNOWregister on United Front. If you would like more information, please email


May 17, 2013 in Caregiving, Conversation, Health, Uncategorized, United Front Blog Archives

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

Faces of Poverty: Talking About Barriers to Employment

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

Investment to Impact Forum

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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Heard in Faces of Poverty

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

November Joint Annual Conference

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

Frank Forsberg

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

New Structures for New Times

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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GUEST BLOG: New Structures for New Times

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 →

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 →