November 2011 Blog Archive

United Front 2011

Part I: Making the Case for Collective Impact
The following two blogs explore Collective Impact from the perspective of Dana Mortensen, Co-Founder/Executive Director, World Savvy: Think Beyond Your Borders, who attended United Front 2011.

At United Way’s annual conference, United Front 2011, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in contemplating the conference theme, Collective Impact. As an individual nonprofit leader focused intently on scaling the impact of my organization’s work, I welcome chances like these to get a fresh perspective on the bigger picture, the larger ecosystem that my work is a part of. READ MORE

Part II: Does Collective Impact Have a Seat at the Innovation Table?
Nonprofit leaders constantly consider how to differentiate ourselves from our peers. How is our solution more effective? Why are we different and worthy of support? READ MORE

Disruptive Forces for Collective Impact
Blogger: Kate Barr, Executive Director, Nonprofits Assistance Fund
Brief Description: In this post, Kate Barr explains the six disruptive forces that nonprofit organizations need to address and tackle in order to move forward in collective impact planning. READ MORE


Family Violence Community

Protecting the Rights of Older Americans
As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to a close, the Administration on Aging (AoA) would like to recognize the importance of maintaining a strong commitment to promoting the dignity and protecting the rights of Older Americans. Each year, hundreds of thousands of older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. Yet it is estimated that only about one in five of those crimes are ever discovered. READ MORE

Underage Prostitution: Life on a String
Middle-class girls are increasingly lured into prostitution–Beth Hawkins explores how it happens and what’s being done to stop it. READ MORE

Garden of Truth: Stories of Native Sex Trafficking Victims in Minnesota
On October 27, the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC) and Prostitution Research & Education (PRE) released a new report called Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota, the first-of-its-kind based on interviews and surveys with more than 105 Native women aged 18-60 in the Twin Cities, Duluth and Bemidji. READ MORE


Health Community

One Call Made Me a Caregiver
It happened in an instant…Thursday night, August 4. I had just finished coaching my 5-year-old son’s soccer game when I heard a voicemail from my twin sister, Jackie. Her voice was in high alarm “Jenny, call me ASAP!” I knew something was wrong because we talk every morning, not the evening. I dial her number and sure enough, it’s happening…our mom is in the emergency room with chest pain. READ MORE

Reflections on Caregiving
They say it takes a village to raise a child. In much the same way, it takes a team to care for an older adult. While many of us are a part of the villages that surround the children in our communities, we are rarely drafted to join a caregiving team – in fact we are often oblivious to the fact that these teams even exist. Over the past year as I have met with, interviewed, and worked alongside caregivers I have become a cheerleader for caregivers and the teams they are trying to build. READ MORE

Taking Care of the Caregiver
My 80-year-old mother lives 1,000 miles away; she was first diagnosed with dementia/Alzheimer’s about a year and a half ago. Then nearly a year ago she moved into a long-term care facility with two levels of memory care. I am a caregiver. I am a primary caregiver to my mother. Being a primary caregiver across a great distance is a unique predicament, with both challenges and freedom, sometimes at the same time. READ MORE


Homelessness Community

For too many young people, there’s no place like home
A young person smelling of stale alcohol after sleeping on the floor of a house filled with older, chemically dependent individuals for the last 45 days. She wasn’t into drugs before, but after being offered marijuana countless numbers of times, she thinks, “Why not?” and now she’s hooked. READ MORE


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