Friday, July 31, 2020

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] July 2020

[#mnrising Dispatch] July 2020

It's an historic time as we continue to see protests and legislative proposals in support of Black lives, neighbors stepping up to provide mutual aid and social connections in a time of physical distancing, and increased individual and collective initiative to create change. In addition to holding critical conversations, making donations, and volunteering time, it's more important than ever to take action by completing the 2020 Census Form and making plans to vote in this Presidential Election Year. Fill out the Decennial Census form online at and register to vote by mail or other manners at the Minnesota Secretary of State's website. Keep engaging in each and all of the ways available to you in order to leverage your voice, your vote, and your power to take action in 2020 for the future that is to follow!

BMPP Micro-Grant Applications

BMPP Giving Circle's 2020 grant cycle is now accepting proposals. Micro-grants of up to $2,500 are available for projects serving the Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islander communities that are focused on building solidarity across Black, Indigenous, Asian and Latinx (all usually included in the umbrella of BIPOC) communities and healing projects that hold and support communities during this moment. This can include (but is not limited to) community and neighborhood organizing efforts, community teach-ins that liberate the mind and creates opportunities to unlearn and relearn BIPOC-centered histories and issues, work that centers the needs of BIPOC communities in issues-based advocacy and power building, and providing healing for communities, artists, organizers, etc. Deadline is August 14, 2020. [Learn more.]

Pro bono services from Goff Public

"Over many years, Goff Public has been honored to help address racial disparities in our community through a variety of client and pro bono work and involvement in civic organizations. But we know that much more must be done to achieve a just and equal society, so we are dedicating our experience, talent and hard work where it can count. We are currently offering some of our communications and government relations services at no cost to local nonprofits and advocacy organizations that are working to achieve racial equity within our community. Whether it is advocating for legislation at the state Capitol, developing communications strategies or pitching stories to news outlets – we want to support organizations that are striving for constructive change, building relationships, and sharing resources and perspectives to help educate the community. Organizations that are interested in our pro bono services can fill out the form by August 21." [Learn more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Mind Opener: What is Food Justice, and Why is it Important?
Citizens League
Tuesday, August 4
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Online Event

Solution Spotlight: The Power of Partnership
Wednesday, August 5
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Online Event

Know Your Price Book Launch Event
Center for Economic Inclusion
Thursday, August 13
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Virtual Event

More than a Mixer Virtual Event
Cookie Cart
Thursday, August 13
5:50pm – 7:15pm

Veterans Voices: Hikes & Humanities
Minnesota Humanities Center
Saturday, August 15
8:00am - 2:00pm
Afton State Park

Microaggressions and Bias Workshop
YWCA Minneapolis
Thursday, August 20
11:00am - 12:30pm
Virtual Event

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] June 2020

[#mnrising Dispatch] June 2020

This month, we celebrated Pride, recognizing Stonewall was a riot, as well as Juneteenth, knowing that our nation's other Independence Day symbolizes how justice has always been delayed for Black Americans. We are living in unprecedented times and while we may understandably yearn for a sense of certainty and stability, it’s clear that what was considered normal prior to this pandemic was not working for most of us, and as such, we are called to make a new way for ourselves and our communities in this time of transformation.

Today, the Board of Commissioners voted to declare racism a public health crisis in Hennepin County. "Due to racism, Black, Indigenous and People of Color in Hennepin County statistically have poorer educational outcomes, earn less, and are less likely to own homes or have access to quality health care and jobs than White people. These disparities have lifelong impacts, including higher disease rates, and, as we’re seeing now, higher rates of COVID-19. Naming racism as a systemic cause to disparities is key to continue to move this work forward." Let's draw inspiration from the courageous leadership of Commissioners Fernando and Conley to address a pandemic within a pandemic, and use the power and capacity we each have to contribute to our community's collective renewal.

Community Equity Program

The Community Equity Program (CEP) is an immersive program housed out of Wilder Foundation that brings together up to 15 Black, Indigenous, Black, People of Color (BIPOC) who currently serve as community leaders to build an even more powerful and influential voice in public policy decision making in order to drive social change and transform lives in Minnesota. Community Equity Program's mission is to deepen engagement of BIPOC communities in the legislative process by building connections to people, communities, groups, and organizations that influence or enact public policy. Apply for the 2020-21 CEP cohort by July 17! [Learn more.]

Facing Race Awards Nominations

The Facing Race Awards offer an annual recognition of anti-racism activists and organizations in Minnesota. They are a way to honor those in our community who challenge absent and harmful narratives on race, build solutions that unite, instead of divide, and push for justice and equity. Through these Awards, the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation celebrates and learns from those leading the way forward. Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their commitment to racial equity and anti-racism efforts in Minnesota? Nominate them for the Facing Race Awards by July 2. [Learn more.]

Coursera for Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has partnered with Coursera to provide free career-focused, online learning resources to Minnesotans. Coursera offers 3,800 courses and training modules from over 200 top businesses and universities, including more than 60 courses from the University of Minnesota. These learning opportunities are aimed at preparing people for in-demand jobs. This partnership is made possible by the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative. Minnesotans interested in using Coursera must register before September 30, 2020 and will have access to the platform through March 2021. [Learn more.]

Emerging City Champions Fellowship

8 80 Cities is looking for young leaders with bold ideas to make mobility, public space, and civic engagement more equitable to apply for the Emerging City Champions fellowship and microgrant program funded by Knight Foundation. Now in its sixth year, the Emerging City Champions program has helped launch the leadership journeys of over 100 inspirational alumni. The program provides selected fellows aged 19-35 with leadership training, access to peer networks, coaching, and $5000 in seed funding to implement one community project in one year. Applications are due on Sunday, July 12. [Apply online.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Seeking Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Panelists
Minnesota Humanities Center
Apply by July 7

Warrior Writers Workshop
Minnesota Humanities Center
Thursday, July 9
6:30pm – 8:30pm

NDN Radical Imagination Grant
6 Indigenous artists/culture bearers of all traditions, mediums and genres will be awarded grants of $50,000.
Submit by July 10

All you need to know about Elections, Nonprofits, and more!
MN Council of Nonprofits
Tuesday, July 14
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Citizens League Board Member Nominations
Submit by July 14

Black Lives Matter and the 2020 Elections
Center for the Study of Politics & Governance
Wednesday, July 15
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Zoom Webinar

Virtual Leadership Breakfast with Virginia Brown
YNPN Twin Cities
Friday, July 17
8:00am - 9:00am

Twin Cities Startup Week 2020 Event Submission Request
Submit by July 19

Unconscious Bias: Impact --> Counteract
Impact Hub Minneapolis St. Paul
Thursday, July 23
12:00pm - 1:30pm

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] May 2020

[#mnrising Dispatch] May 2020

We're gutted. And heartbroken. Because George Floyd was killed earlier this week while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department and because of the violence and destruction that has barraged our local neighborhoods amidst the ensuing protests for justice for George and our Black, Indigenous, and communities of color in Minnesota. But we know in our guts and hearts what needs to be done: We join in the demand for justice to be served and for this time of uprising to result in change that has been long overdue for our communities and systems.

Acting on the small and large scale, we can: Support locally-organized mutual aid efforts, donate to community organizations especially those serving and led by BIPOC leaders, advocate to our community leaders for accountability and transformative systems change that results in truly equitable opportunities and outcomes, and turn toward one another to protect and rebuild our communities. All while taking safety precautions as we continue to unite to diminish the spread of COVID-19. Take action as you are called, and take good care of yourselves and one another.

Editor's Note: It has recently come to our attention that a Facebook Group with the same moniker was created earlier this year. As an 11+ year old network, Minnesota Rising is not at all associated with this newer group. 

Unsung Hero Award Nominations

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is pleased to announce the annual Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards. In partnership with the McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation that advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive, four Minnesotans, two from the Twin Cities metro and two from Greater Minnesota, will each receive $10,000 in recognition of the significant impact they have had on the state of Minnesota and its communities. Nominations will open on Monday, May 18, 2020, and close Thursday, June 18, 2020 at noon. [Nominate an Unsung Hero.]

We Love Lake Street

Make a donation to help rebuild Lake Street’s small businesses and community organizations. The Lake Street Council (501c3) will donate 100% of funds to help rebuild Lake Street, starting with direct support to small businesses and nonprofits to help them rebuild their storefronts, reopen their businesses and serve the local neighborhoods. A majority of Lake Street businesses are owned by immigrants and people of color, and Lake Street Council is committed to ensuring that support is accessible to all businesses and has an equitable impact. As the Council works to allocate and distribute these funds, they will focus on helping the hardest-hit and most vulnerable businesses in the community, which disproportionately includes immigrant and POC-owned businesses. [Donate online.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Mind Opener: What is Food Justice, and Why is it Important?
Citizens League
Wednesday, June 3
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Online Event

Jane Whitlock: "What I learned about life from death"
TEDxMinneapolis: Virtual Series
Thursday, June 4
5:00pm - 6:00pm

SPECTRUM Community
A community of multicultural changemakers creating an inclusive impact economy
June 9 - 11, 2020

Jan Malcolm and Responding to COVID-19 in Minnesota
Thursday, June 11
11:00am - 12:00pm
Zoom Webinar

Capitol Pathways End of Session Celebration
Thursday, June 11
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Live Online Event!

Thong Nguyen: "Can virtual reality change your mind?"
TEDxMinneapolis: Virtual Series
Wednesday, June 17
5:00pm -6:00pm

So You Want to Work on Elections?
Monday, June 22
12:00pm - 1:00 pm

Racism 101 Virtual Workshop
YWCA Minneapolis
Thursday, June 28
12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Thursday, April 30, 2020

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] April 2020

[#mnrising Dispatch] April 2020

Per Governor Walz’s press conference this afternoon, we have at least two more weeks of the stay-at-home order to help stem the tide of COVID-19. Minnesotans are finding numerous ways to help manage through this unprecedented time, including volunteering their time and resources, producing face masks, making contributions to individuals and organizations experiencing economic hardship, engaging in mutual aid, participating in birthday parades, supporting local businesses, and more. Upcoming opportunities for taking action to support one another and remind ourselves of our resilience and agency include donating during #GiveAtHomeMN from May 1 - 8, applying to serve on the Ramsey County Racial Equity & Community Engagement Community Advisory Committee, attending a free Hollaback! Bystander Intervention Training to stop anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment during this pandemic, and supporting Black-owned businesses and nonprofits in the Twin Cities, among other events and activities highlighted in this month's Dispatch. Stay safe out there and take good care of yourselves and each other!

Give At Home MN

GiveMN is partnering with the Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, as well as nonprofits and schools across Minnesota, to hold #GiveAtHomeMN May 1-8! #GiveAtHomeMN will be a celebration of generosity and call to give back to the causes you care about most. It’s a weeklong online fundraiser at to support nonprofits and schools all across Minnesota. Just as Minnesotans come together each year during Give to the Max Day, #GiveAtHomeMN is about the power of our collective generosity and how it can make a difference during this unprecedented time. [Donate now.]

2020 Request for Proposals

YNPN Twin Cities is requesting proposals for presentations, seminars, or workshops that advance, emphasize, and promote inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility within the nonprofit sector. Four applications will be selected and provided a $250 honorarium for turning their application into a reality as a program for YNPN-TC members. Applicants must be able to conduct their program before the end of 2020. The YNPN-TC board of directors will accept applications before Sunday, May 31st at 11:59pm. [Apply online.]


Nine months, endless potential. The FINNOVATION Fellowship program supports and empowers social entrepreneurs who have bold ideas for sustainable, systems-level change. The FINN Fellowship program develops leadership capacity and builds entrepreneurial skills in early stage founders. Supported by the Bush Foundation, its goal is to empower social enterprise leaders in Minnesota and beyond through an immersive nine-month program. Fellowship applications are open now through May 15th! [Apply online.]

Humphrey Policy Fellows

The Policy Fellows program is one of the country’s most respected public affairs leadership experiences for emerging and mid-career professionals. The nine-month program is unmatched in its interaction with public officials, leadership training, diversity of participants and perspectives, and opportunity to undertake important projects that benefit the wider community. Fellows from the Twin Cities area and across greater Minnesota come together as a cohort once a month and travel together to Washington, DC, for a multi-day study trip. The application deadline for the 2020–21 cohort is Monday, June 1, 2020 at 11:59pm. [Learn more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Minneapolis City-wide call with Business/Employee Community
Office of Mayor Frey
Friday, May 1
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Conference Call

Mind Opener: Early Childhood Education
Citizens League
Friday, May 1
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Zoom Webinar

2020 Celebration

Friday, May 1
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Facebook Live

Mindful Monday PowerYoga
General Assembly
Monday, May 4
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Minneapolis Livestream

Policy Fellows Program Application Webinar
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, May 5
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Zoom Webinar

Equity Briefs: Innovating in Times of Change
Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, May 6
8:30am - 9:30am
Free Webinar

Inclusive Leadership in a Virtual World
The Forum on Workplace Inclusion
Thursday, May 7
11:00am - 12:00pm
Zoom Webinar

Scaling Vote at Home Processes for Safe & Secure Elections with Amber McReynolds
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, May 5
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Zoom Webinar

The Cultural Jambalaya Diversity Awards
2020 Diversity Awards - Call for Nominations
Submissions due May 10
Award presentation on September 24

Online Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing
Saturday, May 16
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Workplace 2020: An Intersection of Diversity & Politics
The Forum on Workplace Inclusion
Thursday, May 21
11:00am - 12:00pm
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] March 2020

[#mnrising Dispatch] March 2020

We sprang forward for Daylight Savings Time in Minnesota into an unprecedented era as our international community now contends with COVID-19 on the global scale. Our most significant civic duty during these next few weeks, per Governor Walz's Executive Order, is to #StayHomeMN to help #FlattenTheCurve and shore up critical health and hospital system resources for those most vulnerable among us. While we're asked to physically distance, we can stay socially connected and prioritize self- and community-care in the midst of rapid and profound changes to life as we have known it. Let's support artists, nonprofits, small businesses, essential workers, children, elders, and marginalized community members during this critical time, recognizing that viruses don't discriminate and neither should we, so that we can emerge from this challenge having learned how resilient, creative, resourceful, and powerful we can be, together.

April 1 is Census Day 2020

Counting Every Minnesotan — Census Day is April 1, 2020: Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau works to count every person in the United States, including everyone living in Minnesota. The resulting count will guide the distribution of billions of dollars to Minnesota’s communities, determine political representation for the next decade, and provide data that shapes how Minnesota’s policymakers and business leaders decide to invest public and private resources. The 2020 Census is happening now. You can respond online, by phone, or by mail to help ensure a complete count of our Minnesota communities. [Learn more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Virtual Program Info Session: MN Cup & Finnovation Fellows
Wednesday, April 1
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Zoom AMA

Are You OK?: a virtual gathering
Pollen Midwest
Thursdays, April 2 - 30
2:00pm - 3:00pm

2020 Making Our Voices Effective for Equity (MOVEE) Summer Program
Deadline: Friday, April 3 at 5:00pm CST

Countering Xenophobia and Anti-Asian Discrimination During COVID-19
Friday, April 10
10:30am - 11:30am

2020 Nonprofit Finance & Sustainability Virtual Conference
Propel Nonprofits
MN Council of Nonprofits
Thursdays, April 14 & 21
9:15am - 3:30pm

2-Day Launch Camp
April 17 - 18

The Art of the Alt Tag
WeCo's Accessibility Team
Thursday, April 30
12:00pm - 12:30pm
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