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Pollen newsletter Volume 47: A special announcement

A special announcement, Strategy for Good at CoCo, ‘This is not your mother’s nonprofit,’ and more.


That special announcement from Pollen

Pollen is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the award-winning creative design team of Paper Darts.

Read the full press release at Pollen’s new web home:

The full launch of our new web home will be April 1st.  In the interim we invite you to learn more about the Pollenites behind Paper Darts – Jamie Millard, Regan Smith and Meghan Murphy.

What is Pollen?

For those of you experiencing Pollen for the first time, here’s a quick overview of who we are:

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Volume 47 Contents:

  1. Events
  2. Ideas/Inspiration
  3. Pollen Props
  4. Jobs/Internships
  5. Boards


March 1 – Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce “The WomEn’s Conference”

March 1 – Greater Twin Cities United Way “Best of Awards” Celebration

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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 5 – 2012 Minnesota Bike Summit on Capitol Hill

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”

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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 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:

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March 24 – FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) Mpls Dinner

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 19 – Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference

April 20Save the date for an event with Margaret Wheatley at Loyola Spirituality Center (via Lisa Negstad)

April 27 – The 2012 MinnRoast supporting

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 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)

“All the Time in the World: What a charred ancient tree can teach us about impermanence, deep time, and our place in the universe.”

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

Thomas Edison’s Eccentric Job Interview Questions

“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 in One Word”

Project SUCCESS launches “Helping Kids Dream with their Eyes Open” video with Haberman

Jon Spayde “A line or two: a hypercreative omaha idea for Minneapolis/St. Paul”

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, via email at, 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 and

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.

Pollen Props

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

MN-based National Marrow Donor Program recognized in Fast Company as one of the “World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies”

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

Lars Leafblad featured on cover of new issue of Minnesota Business


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

Students Today, Leaders Foreverseeks co-executive director (via Irene Fernando)

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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Lars Leafblad

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