Friday, August 30, 2013

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] August 2013

[#mnrising Dispatch] August 2013

This month, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the historic "I Have A Dream" speech delivered by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Much has been written of the significance of this occasion, and what has or has not been accomplished in the half-century since. While some gains have been made, it's clear many inequities and challenges persist in our communities today. In this era of technological revolution, where we have ever more tools to organize, mobilize, and tackle our most pressing civil and human rights issues, may we also leverage the content of our individual and collective character to move further along the arc of justice. Join us in exploring how we can begin "Cultivating Capacity for Collective Leadership" at the 4th annual Minnesota Rising Un/Conference in Minneapolis on Saturday, November 16, 2013.  

Minnesota Rising 2013 Un/Conference Planning Meeting
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Grassroots Solutions
RSVP to minnesotarising[at]!

Innove Immersion Day 

Innove, an initiative of Colonial Church
A day for young social entrepreneurs to gain practical skills, build networks and foster relationships to help develop your idea that serves the common good. Receive guidance at any stage in the process, whether you are just developing your idea or at the point of launch, we have a day planned that will help you take your plan to the next level. Interested in learning more from someone who knows a lot? We have a skilled team of Innove coaches at the ready who are willing to give you a personalized consultation of your idea and business plan. Application deadline is September 18 at 3:00pm. [Read more.]
Lori Sturdevant

PhilanthroFair: October 1st

The Lead Project

WHAT is a PhilanthroFair? An event offering young professionals the opportunity to learn about the Twin Cities nonprofit community and get involved in leadership roles. October's PhilanthroFair will feature:
  • Representatives from approximately 12 Twin Cities nonprofits who are eager to share information about their organizations and their contributions to the community
  • Amazing opportunities to sit on a Board of Directors or to pursue a strategic, skill-based volunteering role. All levels of nonprofit experience are welcome!
  • A chance to meet and socialize with other motivated and talented young professionals from the Twin Cities who are also seeking opportunities to connect with local nonprofits. [Read more.] 
Bridging Arts and Audiences

My 5 Takeaways from a Trip to Milwaukee 

Jeff Urban, Leadership and Community

I feel very fortunate to have been a recent participant in the Citizens League Generation Now Leadership Visit (GNLV), a 3-day trip to Milwaukee for emerging leaders. The purpose of the trip was for participants to expand their leadership skills through a hands-on interactive learning program. The 3-days included tours, presentations, panels, discussions and networking. We were introduced to various success, challenges and leaders of the Milwaukee community. [Read more.] 

Dollar by Dollar | How Millennials Do Philanthropy: Inside Out

YNPN Twin Cities

As mission-driven young professionals, most of us either work in or with nonprofits that rely on some aspect of fundraising. We hear at work about the importance of the individual fund campaign and probably overhear the word "donations" semi-regularly. But what's our role in philanthropy? Do you consider yourself a "philanthropist?" Is the title "philanthropist" reserved for seasoned professionals with overflowing pocket change? No way. It's time to embrace our roles as young philanthropists. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed network partners and collaborators!

Creating Effective Resumes - The Recruiter's Perspective
Saturday, September 7, 2013
10:00am - 11:30am
Neighborhood House

Facilitating Innovation in Your Organization
Social Innovation Lab
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
9:00am - 12pm
Wilder Center

Career Management 2013
Network Buzz
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Stella's Fish Cafe

Words from the World Wide Web

August 2013 Edition

21.6 million millennials lived with their parents in 2012, Pew says | August 1, 2013 | LA Times
"The reasons why millennials are living with their parents vary, Pew said. It's a combination of economic, educational and cultural factors. But one striking detail shows that men are more likely than women to still be living with their parents."

The Outsiders: How Can Millennials Change Washington If They Hate It? | August 26, 2013 | The Atlantic
"Young people are eager to serve and to change the world. They just have no faith that public service or elected office are the way to get it done."

To Attract Millennials, Automakers Look to Smartphones | August 29, 2013 | NPR
"Millennials are driving less and getting their licenses and cars later, and automakers are left to figure out how to compete not just with each other but also with consumer electronics. Cars used to represent freedom - now everyone knows, including carmakers, that's not true anymore. For millennials - and almost everyone else - freedom is now the cellphone."


Making Our #MNRising Mark!

Don't forget to tag your upcoming emerging leader events, thoughts, musings, and more,#mnrising, on Twitter and Facebook. Let's aggregate and organize ourselves for increased interaction and potential for collaboration! 

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

You're Invited | Social Innovation Lab: Facilitating Innovation in Your Organization

Continuing to host insightful and urgent conversations, the Social Innovation Lab is curious to know if your organization is leading innovation in its field? If you're interested in considering that question with other like-minded inquirers, join them next month to explore tools and activities for tapping into sources of innovation. See details below and join the Lab in its efforts to build sustainable and inclusive communities in Minnesota!

Is your organization leading innovation in its field? 

Do you feel the constant pressure to attract new funders and clients to sustain your organization's work? In that immediate pressure, it's easy to forget the previous bursts of innovation that made the current work possible. This training will offer tools and activities for tapping into the sources of innovation in your organization and field. You will leave with activities that you can use to assess and spark innovation that leads to impact and funding.

Facilitating Innovation in Your Organization
Sept. 17, 2013, 9:00 AM - Noon
Held at Wilder Center, St. Paul, sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Led by Sam Grant and Michael Bischoff from the Social Innovation Lab

Find out more and register


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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

You're Invited | SMBMSP #57: Social Media Case Studies

Rather than having to live the lesson yourself and learn the hard way, take some guidance from the three social media case studies to be presented at this week's SMBMSP #57. Learn from leading local agencies about their efforts to drive buzz, engagement, and mind share within the market. You're invited to storytime with a side of bacon!

Social Media Case Studies

Friday, August 30, 2013 from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
We're back from our summer break and ready to dive into a selection of social media case studies. Representatives from three local agencies will walk you though the details, share the results, and answer your questions.

Case Study #1: Buffalo Wild Wings
Agency: space150
Buffalo Wild Wings' focus is pretty simple: Wings, Beer, and Sports. If there is a better place to start for a social media assignment, we haven't seen it. Hear how space150 took an already thriving social brand with a loyal audience, and turned it up a notch to drive record setting growth, and engagement during BWW's most important time of year: Football Season.
Craig KeyPresented by: Craig Key, Associate Media Director
Craig helps to lead space150's digital and social media planning and strategy. This includes all aspects of digital campaigns including mobile, social, desktop and search. Craig works to keep the agency informed on trends in the digital space, and works across departments make sure projects are utilizing digital media platforms appropriately, efficiently and in a way that aligns with a client's marketing objectives. Craig graduated with a BA in Communications, Media Studies from Azusa Pacific University. He has also taught Social Media at the world-renowned Miami Ad School.

Case Study #2: Carmex
Agency: Bolin
What happens when you dream for an epic viral event and it actually comes true? Are you prepared for what comes next? This presentation covers the Carmex Half-Court Hero Contest from conception all the way up to the amazing half-court shot made by 50-year-old computer technician, Micahel Drysch. That basket, followed by a tackle from LeBron James resulted in what we now refer to as the "Epic Worldwide Adventure", which delivered over 486 million earned media impressions for the Carmex brand.
Presented by:
Nathan EideNathan Eide, Emerging Media Director

Nathan is a digital strategist and seasoned marketing professional who achieves business results for his clients by driving customer behavior through a comprehensive strategy focusing on the integration of content, campaigns and conversions delivered through a variety of digital tactics including: social media, email, paid media, search engine marketing (SEM), search engine optimization (SEO), customer relationship management (CRM) and a host of other acronyms. With a breadth of experience including time on the agency side as well as in-house at Fortune 500, digital start-ups and small businesses, Nathan has worked with brands such as: BMW, 3M, Microsoft, Valspar, Best Buy, Deluxe Corporation, Coca-Cola, Lufthansa, UnitedHealth Group, Dell, the PGA Tour, Oracle, Canon, Honeywell, Citrix, Agilent Technologies and Thomson Reuters.
Nathan serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association and has presented across the country on emerging media strategy.
Michael KraabelMichael Kraabel, VP of Creative
Mike is a Creative Director who writes, designs, strategizes, codes, films and more. He is a truly versatile talent who believes in big creative ideas. Mike has designed and implemented programs for some of the nation's most recognizable brands, including Target Corporation, Ecolab, Microsoft, Best Buy, 3M, Unilever, Cargill, National Marrow Donor Program and National Endowment for the Arts. An early pioneer of interactive marketing and PR, Mike has been devising digital communications programs for companies for more than 16 years. His programs have consistently won recognition among peers and national press. In the past few years, Mike has become a much respected guest lecturer in the academic environment and at industry conferences, and has served as an advisor to various marketing organizations across the country.

Case Study #3: Michelina
Agency: Spyder Trap
Michelina's is a nationally-distributed frozen food brand based out of Minneapolis. However, the company had no social media presence before coming to Spyder Trap in late 2012. Through a combination of new website design, paid advertising and organic engagement we were able to not only establish the brand on Facebook and Twitter, but were able to make the brand relevant in a crowded digital space. We combined product-focused posts with an extensive listening strategy allowing us to find users tweeting about Michelina's and initiate conversations with potential brand advocates. At the same time, we were increasing referral traffic to their website leveraging a previous untapped audience. This holistic approach took Michelina's from the bottom of the freezer to top of mind with consumers.
Steve RetkaPresented by: Steve Retka, Social Media Coordinator
Mike has over 3 years of agency experience working with a variety of clients and industries. He's also a self-professed tech geek, football aficionado, and an avid photographer.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013


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"The life that I could still live, I should live, and the thoughts that I could still think, I should think." 
-C. G. Jung

Monday, August 26, 2013

You're Invited: MINN Holy Land Networking Lunch

Beat the heat and join the Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) indoors for a networking lunch at Holy Land Deli! Treat yourself to an end-of-the-summer meal with globe-trotting companions and a discount on the delicious buffet. No RSVP required, so stay cool and drop on in!

Join us for our second delicious networking lunch of the year at Holy Land Deli (2513 Central Avenue Northeast Minneapolis, MN 55418). Tuesday, August 27th from 11:30am – 1:00pm. Come share stories of work around the globe, meet others in the sector, or just enjoy a meal surrounded by interesting people. Expect lively conversation paired with delicious food to fuel your day! Satiate your appetite with a lunch of falafel, tabouleh, gyros, and kebobs alongside the old standbys of burgers and fries! You can either order from the deli or indulge in the buffet. Due to the generosity of Holy Land, everyone who eats from the buffet will receive a 10% discount!  No need to RSVP. Everyone is welcome!

Copyright © 2013 Minnesota International NGO Network, All rights reserved.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Accepting Applications: Facilitate an EXCO Class this fall!

It's time to go back to school, though this time, you can be at the head of the class! Experimental Community Education of the Twin Cities (EXCO) offers you an opportunity to share your knowledge, questions, and curiosity with others this fall by facilitating a class. Applications are due by August 26th and classes will start October 7th; you'll have more than enough time to pick out your outfit for the first day of school!

Have you been wanting to share your thoughts and ideas about something with other interested people? Start an EXCO class to learn together!
Have you been wanting a group of folks to read a book with? Start an EXCO reading group to discuss those tricky and complex ideas!
Have you been curious to connect with other urban gardeners, new and old? Create an EXCO gardening workshop to get dirty with new folks!
Have you been wanting to figure out ways to support local movements? Create an EXCO support group to collectively develop solidarity actions!
YOU have knowledge and skills to share! Come and teach a class with EXCO - Experimental Community Education of the Twin Cities!! 
To apply: fill out a brief description of your proposed class on our website, If you have any questions or would like a paper copy of the application to fill out, please contact us at or call (651) 998-9268
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

You're Invited: "I Have A Dream" 50 Years Later

Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington and the historic "I Have A Dream" speech by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the African American Leadership Forum to commemorate the occasion, in-person or online. You'll hear from an inspiring panel as they reflect on the March, progress in the last half-century, and the work that lies ahead to fully realize the dream.  

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.

"I Have A Dream" 50 Years Later:
Marking the Anniversary of the 1963
March on Washington

Please join the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the African American Leadership Forum as we mark the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech.

Wednesday, August 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m. 
Reception to Follow

Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis
  • Dr. Josie Johnson, educator and civil rights leader
  • Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, director of the Community Justice Project, University of St. Thomas Law School
  • Vice President Walter F. Mondale, former vice president of the United States
  • Professor Samuel L. Myers, Jr., Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • The Rev. Rolland Robinson, Taylors Falls Methodist Church
  • Sharon Sayles Belton, former mayor of Minneapolis and vice president for community relations and government affairs, Thomson Reuters
Through remembrances and conversation with the audience, our guests will reflect on the 1963 March on Washington, progress over the past 50 years, and challenges ahead.

If you can't attend in person, join us online. 

Visit to watch a live stream of the event and join the conversation by blogging with other members of the virtual audience. Follow us on Twitter: #HHHCivilRights.

Parking may be available for a fee directly across the street in the
Nineteenth Avenue Ramp.

Keeping Faith with a Legacy of Justice: This is the first of several civil rights-related events the Humphrey School of Public Affairs will host as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. More so than any single law, this legislation was responsible for hastening the demise of de jure segregation in many parts of the country. No U.S. lawmaker was more responsible for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than Hubert H. Humphrey, and he regarded its passage as a crowning achievement of his political career. During 2014, the Humphrey School and community partners will sponsor a range of activities to mark the anniversary of this critically important legislation, recommit to civil rights principles, and increase awareness of contemporary civil rights issues.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

You're Invited: Give to the Max Day 2013 Trainings & Webinars

The Great Minnesota Get Together begins tomorrow and is already preparing for the Great Minnesota Give Together on November 14, 2013. See below for updates on this year's day of giving and learn how you can connect with GiveMN where you're at - online or as they take their show on the road!

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Learn more about Give to the Max Day 2013

We know that the Great Minnesota Get Together is just around the corner, but now is the perfect time to start planning for the Great Minnesota Give Together! On November 14, 2013, Give to the Max Day returns and we want to help you raise more than ever.

Leaderboard Prizes, Golden Tickets, Video Contest, and More
We will award prize grants to the organizations that receive the most contributed dollars during Give to the Max Day in these categories:
  • Main Leaderboard - All nonprofits and schools are automatically eligible to compete in this category, including colleges and universities.
  • Medium Nonprofits Leaderboard - For 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations with budgets of more than $100,000 and less than $1 million. 
  • Small Nonprofits Leaderboard - For 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations with budgets of $100,000 or less based. 
  • Greater Minnesota Leaderboard - For all Minnesota nonprofits and schools outside of the seven-county metro area.
The four leaderboards will share the same prize structure:

1st place - $10,000
2nd place - $7,500
3rd place - $5,000
4th place - $2,500
5th place - $1,000
6th through 10th place - $500

Click here for more details about Give to the Max Day contests, prizes, and awards. 
Download the Give to the Max Day 2013 logos

GiveMN on the Road: Upcoming Trainings in Your Area
We're busy packing our bags and loading the minivan. The GiveMN team is hitting the road soon to bring training sessions to communities all across Minnesota. Click the links below to sign up today for a training in your area:
Come hang out with the GiveMN crew and learn how to raise the most on Give to the Max Day, including technical assistance for your page and advice for your fundraising campaign.

And stay tuned for training in the Twin Cities, Duluth and Northfield to be announced!

Webinar Series: Give to the Max Day and In-Depth Trainings
Another great way to get all the information is to join us online for an hour to learn all the details about Give to the Max Day 2013 or to dive deeper into social media and other great fundraising tools. 
The GiveMN team is here to help you and your organization build a successful Give to the Max Day campaign. Here's to another record breaking year together in 2013!

Your GiveMN Team,

Dana, Jeff, Dan, Nina, Alsa, Leona, & Olivia
(Yes, we've welcomed two new AmeriCorps members to the team. More on that soon!)
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