Pollen is a community comprised of civic-minded connectors who share ideas, career and civic engagement opportunities and peer-to-peer recognition to create positive impact and personal and professional growth for its members.
I hope you'll bear with me as I take the liberty of sharing a quick note and some fun facts as we publish our 40th issue of Pollen, but if not you can scroll down to access our normal content.
We distributed the first issue of Pollen on December 4th, 2009 and in the 39 issues that have followed, we've grown from several hundred members to over 4,000 "civic-minded connectors" who share our belief in co-creating opportunities for fellow members to grow, develop and make impact personally, professionally and civically in our community.
Our membership stretches across the entire political and public policy spectrum and across hundreds of corporate, not-for-profit, foundation, and public sector organizations and agencies in Minnesota and beyond.
My dream and vision for Pollen is that we are truly planting seeds that will bear new ideas, new compromises, new relationships and new solutions in the decades to come as a result of this shared and collective experience in the Pollen community.
Thank you for sharing in that dream and vision by reading, by sharing, by belonging, and by co-creating Pollen together over the past several years.
Thank you for entrusting me, MinnPost.com and Pollen's future curatorial stewards with your content, your time, your reputation, and your participation.
It's an honor…privilege….and gift to be able to build this community with you. Thank you!!
Very sincerely yours,
Lars-Erik Birk Leafblad
Founder and Curator 1.0, Pollen
Your feedback welcome and encouraged via LarsL-at-keystonesearch.com
And now some Pollen "Fun Facts" as we look back at our first forty issues together:
What "ingredients" came together to help germinate the launch of Pollen?!?
The writings of.....Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, Malcolm Gladwell, James Surowiecki, Seth Godin, Dale Carnegie, Daniel Pink, Robert Cialdini, Tom Peters, and Jim Collins.
The actions and inspiration of and from.....Cecily Sommers (The PUSH Conference), Nate Garvis (Naked Civics), Alicia Phillips (Next Innovations), Sean Kershaw (The Citizens League), Joel Spoonheim (Civics Connection), Chadburn Blomquist (TEDxTC), Dan Grigsby/Luke Francl (MinneDemo), Diane Tran (Minnesota Rising), Matt Hemsley/Uri Neren/Jim Delaney/Lan Freitag et al (the LEAD Project), Kim Borton/Nena Street/Ben Marcy/ et al (Common Grounds), Robyn Schein (Fourth Generation/Minneapolis Foundation), Trista Harris (EPIP-MN), Leah Lundquist/Jamie Millard et al (YNPN-TC), Colin Kloecker/Shanai Matteson (Works Progress), Patrick Kuntz (Ignite Minneapolis), Jon Spayde (The Line), Wendy Helgeson/Ellen Watters (InterCity Leadership Visit), Blois Olson (Morning Take), Mary Lahammer (TPT Almanac), Lori Sturdevant/Rachel Stassen-Berger (Star Tribune), Gene Rebeck (Twin Cities Business), Drew Wood (Minnesota Business/Thrillist.com), Brad Brown (Social Venture Partners — MN), Tammy Mencel/Mark Reilly (Mpls/St. Paul Business Journal "40 under Forty"), Larry Jacobs/Kate Cimino/Lea Chittenden (HHH School of Public Affairs Policy Fellows), Peter Hutchinson (The Bush Foundation/Bush Leadership Fellows), Carleen Rhodes/Jen Ford Reedy/Dana Nelson (Minnesota Philanthropy Partners/GiveMN.org), Mrs. TeWinkel (Calvin Christian School). Scott/Sarah Burns (Citizens League membership drive)
The support of......The Blad Pad — Maren Leafblad, Megan Leafblad, Peg Birk, KeyStone Search — Marcia Ballinger, Rebecca Driscoll, Mike Frommelt, Diane Meskan, Nathan Perez, Bob Schoenbaum, MinnPost — Joel Kramer, Laurie Kramer, Corey Anderson, Stephanie Johnson, Audra Otto, Paper Darts — Jamie Millard, Meghan Murphy Suszynski, Regan Smith
The early cross-Pollenators who recruited new members to Pollen in 2009/early 2010…..
Lee Anderson, Angie Andresen, Regina Barr, Stacy Bee, Karla Bigham, Peg Birk, Sarah Bjelland, Laura Bloomberg, Andy Brehm, Julie Brekke, Amanda Brinkman, Laura Brod, Chad Brown, Virginia Brown, Martha Carlson, Karen Casanova, Jennifer Champer Huber, Kate Cimino, Katie Clark, Dan Cramer, Catherine Day, Stephanie Devitt, Duchesne Drew, Nathan Dungan, Jean Edhlund, Carolyn Egeberg, John Eichten, Karla Ekdahl, Christiaan Engstrom, Liza Etienne, Tom Evers, Barb Farrell, Dani Fisher, Charlie Flinn, Jen Ford Reedy, J. Forrest, Amy Fredregill, Jeff Freeland Nelson, Robert Freeman, Katy Friesz, Angela Garrett, Nate Garvis, Robin Gibson, Jane Goodnight, Natalie Greve, Dan Grigsby, Kelly Groehler, Mike Guild, Catherine Gunsbury, Jake Hamlin, Lindsay Hanson, Nicole Harrison, Trisha Hasbargen, Dan Haugen, Wendy Helgeson, Steve Helland, Joanne Henry, Scott Herold, Brian Hobbins, Nels Hoplin, Deb Hopp, Dan Hoxworth, Tim Huebsch, Julie Hurbanis, Mark Jansa, Ann Kaner-Roth, Beth Kathan, Sean Kershaw, Morgan Kinross-Wright, Karen Kodzik, Andrea Kopfmann, Meghan Krause, Mike Krueger, Elizabeth Lake, Chris Lambe, Taylor Larson, Ron Lattin, Megan Leafblad, Brad Lehrman, Jeremy Lenz, Annie Levenson-Falk, Katie Lichty, Marshall Lichty, Mike Logan, Alex Lopes, Ali Lozoff,…….
And Ben Marcy, Mark Marshall, Albert Maruggi, Chris Mayr, Jan McDaniel, Beth McMullen, Jeff Meacham, Sona Mehring, Tammy Mencel, Rohn Jay Miller, Margarette Minor, Teresa Morrow, Jason Mosakowski, Katie Nadeau, Joe Nathan, Tom Nelson, Dana Nelson, Uri Neren, Michelle Ness, Jennifer Niemela, Meg Nodzon, Dan Olson, Joan Olson, Blois Olson, Matt Oquist, Christopher Orr, Cathy Paper, Frank Parisi, Stephanie Payne, Steve Pederson, Dave Pelka, Naomi Pesky, Jeff Peterson, Brian Peterson, Jodi Petrich, Alicia Phillips, Dave Pinto, Lisa Pope, Jamie Proulx, Lisa Radzak, Sarah Richter, Heather Riddle, Kristin Robbins, Delinda Rood, Jill Rudnitski, Erin Sapp, Rachel Schaefer, Ben Schein, Robyn Schein, Tanya Schmitt, Eric Schubert, Lynne Schuman, Dick Senese, Raj Shah, Ali Sipkins, Kim Snyder, Nils Snyder, Cecily Sommers, Joel Spoonheim, Keith Stout, Jen Swanson, Christine Swanson, Greg Tehven, Tom Teigen, Joe Thiegs, Jennifer Thompson, Ted Thompson, Hans Thomsen, Ann Ulring, Jan Unstad, Mark Van Note, Bill Venne, Jim Vos, Dave Walstad, Joel Wessman, and Andrea Wood.
My sincere apologies in advance to the dozens I've inevitably missed who were fellow early recruiters/ambassadors/cross-pollenators….thank you to each and every one of you for sharing Pollen!
440+ members responded to our poll on this question in March 2011 called "Pollen's Future" -> read all responses from fellow members via the secure link below. You will need a password to access the data.
For those of you experiencing Pollen for the first time, here's a quick overview of who we are:
"Pollen is a community comprised of civic-minded connectors who share ideas, career and civic engagement opportunities and peer-to-peer recognition to create positive impact and personal and professional growth for its members."
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Volume 40 Contents:
1) Pollen special feature —2011 Give to the Max Day with GiveMN
4) Pollen Props
Pollen's Q&A with Pollenite Dana Nelson, GiveMN Executive Director about 2011 Give to the Max Day, occurring November 16: (full disclosure, Lars Leafblad is a member of the GiveMN Strategy Cabinet)
What is Give to the Max Day?
Give to the Max Day is the Great Minnesota Give Together! It is the day for Minnesotans to come together to raise as much money as possible for nonprofits in 24 hours. Give to the Max Day started when we launched GiveMN in 2009 and now in our third year, has become a "new tradition" to kick off the holiday giving season.
Through its engaging web platform, GiveMN helps nonprofit organizations of all sizes reach new donors, increases giving through fun and engaging campaigns (like Give to the Max Day!) and significantly reduces overall fundraising costs
GiveMN helps individuals find, learn and contribute to Minnesota and national programs, and facilitates quick and easy online donations by credit card and organizes online charitable contributions in one location.
Why should nonprofits participate in Give to the Max Day?
Honestly, Give to the Max Day is awesome (ok, I am totally biased)! It's EASY, fun and is a "ready-made" event for nonprofits to leverage. We make it as turnkey as possible by providing template emails, logos and other marketing tools — so all a nonprofit has to do is copy, paste and send.
We will have a great media campaign (last year we garnered an amazing 169M media impressions, huge kudos to Padilla Spear Beardsley) and new this year are partnering with the Mall of America for a live event all day with great new social media elements.
No matter what else a nonprofit organization has planned for their year-end fundraising, Give to the Max Day is an exciting reason to ask their supporters to give to their organization AND to ask their supporters to ask their friends to give. That is the beauty of social media and online giving. If you're still not convinced, check out my Top 10 list here!
How can Pollenites get involved?
Encourage your favorite nonprofits to do something for Give to the Max Day… even if it's just sending an email to donors and asking their donors to ask their friends to give. Refer them to the Give to the Max Day nonprofit toolkit where they can open the email to donors, copy, paste and send. It is literally that easy! There is, of course, a lot more that nonprofits can be doing to raise more money.
Click here for a checklist to ensure that your nonprofit is doing everything it can to leverage Give to the Max Day…
Or better yet, click here to watch the webinar that walks you through how to "hit it out of the park" on November 16!
Mark your calendars now for November 16. Go to GiveMN.org and donate to all of your favorite Minnesota charities that day. Many nonprofits will offer the opportunity to double your dollars throughout the 24 hours. And every donation you make gives your favorite organizations the chance to win even more money.
Any last words?
Together we have the power to raise MILLIONS of dollars for THOUSANDS of Minnesota nonprofits in ONE day. How cool is that? But don't just take it from me — read below from Pollenite nonprofit leaders who share their Give to the Max Day faves below.
December 4 — Youth Frontiers Integenerational Women's Brunch: Choosing to Respect Our Authentic Selves. Sunday, Dec 4 at noon-2 p.m. at Calhoun Beach Club. To RSVP email Mindy at mplewacki-at-youthfrontiers.org.
Fourth Generation has selected Nutrition and Food Justice as its focus area for the year. Members will be exploring the issue and identifying great nonprofit organization working on Nutrition and Food Justice in our community to fund. Thanks to the generosity of The Jay and Rose Phillips Foundation of Minnesota and The Minneapolis Foundation there is $20,000 available in matching funds for Fourth Generation's grantmaking. This is a great year to get involved and amplify your giving. Find out more and get involved: (via Robyn Schein)
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the premier book arts organization in the U.S., is looking for candidates for board service. Senior managers from arts-friendly corporations preferred, but will consider other experience. For more information, contact board member Pam Johnson at pjohnsonsearch-at-gmail.com. (via Pam Johnson)