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Volume 47 Contents:
March 1 – Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce “The WomEn’s Conference”
March 1 – Greater Twin Cities United Way “Best of Awards” Celebration
March 1-3 – Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg College and Humphrey School of Public Affairs
March 2 – Baby’s Space Annual Fundraiser featuring Alison Scott
March 3 – St. Olaf College Black & Gold Gala
March 3 – Minnesota’s World Savvy Challenge
March 4 – Save the date for Fourth Generation’s “Graze for Good” on Sunday, March 4th at 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Spill the Wine. Support Fourth Generation’s grantmaking to local organizations addressing Food Justice in the Twin Cities and get a sampling of food by amazing local chefs from Piccolo, Tilia and Travail Kitchen and Amusements.
March 6 – MN High Tech Association “Women Leading in Technology” event
March 6 – “The Non-Nonprofit; Should Nonprofits Operate More Like Businesses?” Event hosted by Greater Twin Cities United Way, Ashoka Twin Cities and many other partners
March 6 – The White House Project -> Go Lead program with Kelly Groehler of LIKE “Seven Rules and 10 Simple Steps for Social Media in Your Campaign”
March 8 – Goodwill/Easter Seals is hosting monthly behind-the-scenes-tours – mainly to build awareness for the general public about how their “stuff” makes it out of the car, into our stores and creates job training and employment opportunities for people with barriers to self-sufficiency. The next tour is Thursday, March 8 (8-9 am) at the Goodwill/Easter Seals main campus @553 Fairview Avenue N.
March 8 – Thursday Musical “Next Morning Artist Series Concert” 10:30 am
March 8 – Women’s Foundation of MN “The Stir” fundraising gala – 5 to 8:30 p.m.
March 12 – “Recovery Day on the Hill” [PDF] – MN Recovery Connection (via Julia Parnell)
March 13 – Entrepreneurs Rally [PDF] presented by EO at CoCo Minneapolis – 6 to 11 pm
March 14-23 – You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, a Project SUCCESS produced middle school musical at Marcy Open School
March 15 – Twin Cities Thursday Happy Hour event at Rosa Mexicano
March 16 — Youth Frontiers 3rd Annual “Cultivating Ethics in Business” Luncheon, featuring Chuck Mooty and Chris Coborn. Sponsor a table or RSVP to Mindy Plewacki at mplewacki-at-youthfrontiers.org. 11:45 a.m., Graves 601 Hotel
March 20–22 – Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity presents “A Time for Innovation” The 24th annual event presented by the University of St. Thomas features three keynotes from high-profile leaders, 64 sessions within eight tracks, a career fair, diversity awards and networking opportunities: http://www.stthomas.edu/mcf/
March 24 – ICA Food Shelf attempting “Guinness World Record” for “Largest Food Drive in a 24 Hour Period”
March 24–25 – “The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge”
March 24 – Early-career and mid-level women wanting to accelerate their transition into leadership roles are invited to a high-impact, high-intensity, one-day seminar, A Women in Leadership Event: “Poised for Leadership” at Concordia University, St. Paul from 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
March 28 – Greater Twin Cities United Way “Flight of Fashion”
April 4 – Opportunity St. Paul Conference:
Make a different in St. Paul poverty by attending the Opportunity St. Paul conference on April 4, 2012, at the RiverCentre. Provide direction for summer and fall working groups who will create actionable tactics based on the work of the Legislative Commission to End Poverty, the Blueprint to End Poverty and the ITASCA group. The best projects will receive 2013 funding for implementation! Register here.
April 11–14 – National Youth Leadership Council:
“23rd Annual National Service-Learning Conference® and youthrive PeaceJam Leadership Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Originating in Minnesota in 1989, the National Service-Learning Conference is the largest gathering of youth and adults involved in the service-learning movement. Each year, it draws approximately 2,200 attendees from across the United States and around the globe. Can’t attend, but want to assist youth with attending the conference? We currently have a waiting list of 375 Minnesotans waiting for partial scholarships to attend.” (via Andrew Grewell) Additional information.
April 18 – Home Tour of Donaldson Mansion, a fundraiser for Project SUCCESS
April 19 – “Dish – Cuisine for Change” gala supporting Second Harvest Heartland
April 20 – Save the date for an event with Margaret Wheatley at Loyola Spirituality Center (via Lisa Negstad)
April 27 – The 2012 MinnRoast supporting MinnPost.com
April 28 – Strategy for Good Workshop:
Thinkers & Makers is excited to announce that the sixth workshop in the Strategy for Good series will be held on April 28thth, 2011 at the ST PAUL location of CoCo. We’re looking for ad folks, creative thinkers and business minds to join our teams of strategists, and for non-profits and other socially responsible organizations who would like a little FREE branding/marketing/media help from us. The format this time around will include initial coffee and networking time, some group brainstorming, and then break-out sessions focused on 5 great organizations (tell your friendly neighborhood non-profit to sign up!) and their specific marketing and brand strategy challenges.
Interested? Sign up for our newsletter, check our our new website to see the full details: and then register for the workshop!
May 5 – The Basilica Landmark presents “Setting the Stage”, the 5th Annual Emmanuel Masqueray Ball benefitting needed capital improvements for The Basilica and its Campus.
May 19 – The Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Remembering Our Stars Gala raises funds to support the many programs and services of the Association and is also a time to celebrate the lives of loved ones with Alzheimer’s and related diseases.
KeyStone Search’s winter 2012 “Culture Matters” e-newsletter – 10th anniversary special edition
The Minnesota Business Partnership Education Foundation, partnering with CenturyLink, is proud once again to administer the Qwest Foundation Teachers & Technology Grant Program. Over the past five years, the program has distributed nearly $450,000 to public school teachers across Minnesota.
“A Decade of Outcome-Oriented Philanthropy” by Paul Brest
TED.com announces “10 Ads Worth Spreading”
Mike Frommelt article “Interviewing Leaders: Ask the right questions to find executives who fit” in new issue of Minnesota Business
Mpls St. Paul Business Journal seeks “Women in Business” nominations
11 Amazing Thank You Notes from Famous People (via Dana Nelson)
Social Venture Partners MN seeks investee proposals
Martha Carlson and Lars Leafblad featured in “Finding & Keeping Your Greatest Asset” in new issue of Minnesota Business
“Pay it Forward” by Gene Rebeck in Twin Cities Business on Joe Selvaggio and MicroGrants
Minnesota Monthly’s “The Revolutionaries” – 12 Minnesotans who are changing the way we think about the world – and its future
“This is not your mother’s nonprofit” about the LEAD Project in Star Tribune
“Career Counsel: Planning for Your Recruitment” by Pollenite Lars Leafblad
Pollen expresses condolences to the family (including Pollenite Bob Schoenbaum) of the late Donald Schoenbaum who passed away on February 24 at age 86 and whose obituary “Guthrie ‘hero’ ran theater for 17 years” ran in the Star Tribune.
Several Pollenites included in this video about CaringBridge.org, “CaringBridge in One Word”
Project SUCCESS launches “Helping Kids Dream with their Eyes Open” video with Haberman
State of the Artist: “Works Progress: Old Rhythms Making New Sense”
Enter the Minnesota Idea Open Challenge III: Working Together Across Cultures and Faiths
At the Idea Open, we believe that Minnesota is a better place when we work together in ways that push us beyond our usual comfort zones. This year, we ask you to help answer the question: What is your best idea to build bonds and work together across cultures and faiths in your community? Enter your best idea from February 28 through March 23, 2012 online at www.MNIdeaOpen.org/challenge3, via email at MNIdeaOpen@gmail.com, via voicemail at (612) 217-1580, or at select Idea Open events.
The Idea Open encourages ideas of all sizes and shapes. Three winning ideas receive a $15,000 grant for implementation, and the individuals who submitted the winning ideas each receive a $500 cash prize for their efforts.
The Idea Open Challenge III: Working Together Across Cultures and Faiths is made possible by One Nation and three affiliates of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners: Minnesota Community Foundation, Facing Race and the Multicultural Endowment. Learn more at onenationfoundation.org and mnpartners.org.
InCommons and Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of MN “Connect for Health Challenge”
The Connect for Health Challenge is a new grantmaking initiative of the Blue Cross Foundation, which plans to award up to $500,000 to nonprofits, schools, and units of government to support efforts that strengthen social connections in Minnesota communities. Challenge judges will select up to 20 grantees to receive up to $20,000 each. The recipient of one larger grant (up to $100,000!) will be determined by Minnesotans in an online statewide vote.
Jim Mesick on being named one of the six “Community Leaders” for Finnegans
Brad Lehrman on joining the Soffer & Charbonnet Law Firm
Betsy McDermott Altheimer on launching her own consulting and creative practice
Matt Norris & The A-List on being a finalist for the White House “College Campus Champion of Change”. You can vote to support their nomination here.
Brian Strub on his new role as Manager of Physician Outreach with the MN Medical Association
Dan Wick on his new role as Partner School Associate with Charter School Partners
Shawn Hunter on his new role as Sr. Director of Software Development with Telvent
Kate O’Reilly on her new role on communications team of Twin Cities Public Television
JoAnn Neau on her new role as board chair of Project SUCCESS and to Elise Linehan for her two years of leadership as chair
Jean Vucas Roberts on 25 years of leadership at the Saint Paul Foundation and best wishes for her next adventure
The A-List – Executive Director
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation – Manager of Public Policy
College Possible recruiting AmeriCorps and VISTA members
Friends of the Boundary Waters “Bill Rom Advocacy Fellowship”
Highland Friendship Club – Executive Director
The Minneapolis Foundation – Manager of Investments
Pohlad Family Foundation – Grants Administrator
Rotary Club of Minneapolis – Paid Internship (via Judy Kirk)
Search Institute – President & CEO (via Dr. Marcia Ballinger of KeyStone Search)
St. Olaf College – Founding Director, Center for Vocation and Career
University of Minnesota – Associate Dean, Center for Community Vitality
University of Minnesota – UMN Law School, Executive Director of the Corporate Institute
Valley Outreach – Executive Director
Work Effects – B2B Sales Consultant
Tempo, the Young Professional Group for Minnesota Opera is looking for great volunteers to join our Board of Directors or our various committees. If you know someone interested in Opera and arts advocacy, please direct them to Tempo. (via Benjamin Jones)
Numerous MN non-profit board openings c/o MAP for Nonprofits:
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