December 2011 Blog Archive

United Front 2011

Learning about Leadership: 21st Century, Decade Two
Blogger: Christine Hammes, director of strategic development services at MAP
Brief Description: The systems, institutions, and processes inherited from the 20th century—government and foundations as reliable resource streams for nonprofits, for instance—are not working today. We know this. We just don’t yet know precisely what will replace them. READ MORE

Tim Tierney Bridgespan Group

The ‘Third Rail’ of Nonprofits: Overhead
Blogger: Veronica Dagher, Dow Jones Newswires
Brief Description: This Wall Street Journal Interview with Tim Tierney of the Bridgespan Group highlights ideas discussed in the group’s recent article entitled “The Donor-Grantee Trap – How ineffective collaboration undermines philanthropic results for society, and what can be done about it.” Mr. Tierney spoke with Veronica Dagher of Dow Jones Newswires about how a “starvation cycle” is dangerous to charities and the people they serve. Read the Excerpt.


Education Community

Surplus offers hope for Minnesota schools and communities
Nobody expected this morning’s good news – that the State of Minnesota is projecting an $876 million surplus for the current two-year budget cycle (FY 2012-13). This gives the state the chance to take positive steps toward keeping our promise to our kids and protecting vital investments in our economy. READ MORE

Opinuendo: On a tutorial for tutors and books for Africa
With a book release party this week, the St. Paul Public Schools Foundation and the Greater Twin Cities United Way took a step into the publishing world. It’s a welcome step on the road to helping improve student performance. “We have a wealth of knowledge,” says Karen Woodward, the foundation’s program director and founding director of the Tutoring Partnership for Academic Excellence, an effort to increase the quality and quantity of tutors and tutoring programs in St. Paul. READ MORE


Family Violence Community

Family Violence Year in Review
The Family Violence community has had a productive and impressive year with the launch of many new programs and initiatives. We have, as well, sustained the loss of family violence agencies with new ones forming to fill the gap. Committed to delivering services according to best and promising practices, the dollars to support the work of agencies has been reduced. READ MORE


Health Community

It Takes a Mosaic to Build a Village
Volunteers of America Minnesota (VOA) – Southwest Senior Center recently completed a 150 square foot mosaic which was installed on a rundown corner on Bryant Avenue in Minneapolis. Participants and community members aged from 9 to 99 participated in the project. READ MORE

Minnesota Gets a Clean Bill of Health
Released this week, America’s Health Rankings, produced by the United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association, provides information on health indicators and disparities across the United States. Users can compare states with one another, produce full reports, and view 5 charts on health behaviors. Minnesota ranks #6 overall, with an outcomes rank of 2, smoking rank of 8, and obesity rank of 14. READ MORE


Homelessness Community

Striking Increase in Homeless Kids
It’s heartening to see the daily good work going on in Minnesota to help people get the housing and services they need- from the work of advocates, service providers, and everyday citizens. However, MHP’s latest 2 x 4 Report reveals that we still have a long road ahead, with long-term unemployment leading more workers to the brink. READ MORE


Jobs & Training Community

Channel that “99 percenter” energy by linking to the SKILLS@WORK movement
Protesting the increasingly unfair advantage of the top 1 percent (arguably, economic conditions have gotten at least marginally better in recent decades for a somewhat larger 10 percent at the top) underlies much of the new energy around politics and policy these days. And that can be healthy, because the economic decline of the middle class and the working class is the biggest challenge of our times.


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