Spring has sprung, and we likewise sprang forward for Daylight Saving Time. The Vernal Equinox points to a balancing in nature of day and night, and with March being Women's History Month we saw a similar effort in humankind to balance gender equity through advancing the Equal Rights Amendment and celebratingInternational Women's Day on March 8. In the month ahead, opportunities abound for inspiration, self-care, learning and development, connecting, vulnerability, and balancing what we most wish to be and do with what the world needs most from us now. See opportunities below and on the sidebar in this month's Dispatch!
RaiseMN is open for business!
RaiseMN is the answer to years of research, listening, and planning as the GiveMN board and staff sought to fill the critical gap identified by Minnesota nonprofits: a lack of confidence that organizational fundraising strategy and infrastructure will keep up with the demands of their missions, especially among small- to medium-sized nonprofits. RaiseMN believes nonprofits are experts on their organizations and donor relationships, but sometimes need a little outside expertise or collaboration to build a right-sized sustainable fundraising strategy. That's why they use a coaching model, which relies on questions, listening, and thoughtfulness on both sides, to provide a bespoke experience for each organization they work with. The RaiseMN team has expertise – and particular energy – for working with small- to medium-sized fundraising shops. Whether you have one burning question or you're looking for on-going support, they're here to help! [Read more.]
Apply for Metropolitan Council Committees
Metro area residents who want to help shape regional policy and services are invited to apply for one of several advisory committees to the Metropolitan Council. The Council relies on these committees to help develop solutions that best serve the entire region and is seeking diverse perspectives – across geography, income, age, race and ethnicity, ability and life experiences – to inform policy-making and operations. Consider applying to serve on one of these seven advisory groups: Audit Committee, Equity Advisory Committee, Land Use Advisory Committee, Livable Communities Advisory Committee, Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission, Transportation Accessibility Advisory Committee, Transportation Advisory Board. These are volunteer positions, but members are reimbursed for expenses related to their service, such as parking. [Read more.]
Take the MSP Hello Newcomers Survey
Share your experiences in our MSP HELLO Newcomers Survey: What makes you feel welcome or part of a community? How likely are you to stay in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP) region? How easy or difficult was it to find the resources you needed when you moved here? Whether you have recently moved to MSP or relocated here many years ago, MSP Hello wants to hear more from you. What was a lifesaver? What more could have helped? Who or what are you looking to meaningfully connect with? By learning more about your experiences, the partnership can can continue to develop better solutions that meet your needs. Throughout 2019 and beyond, the team will take what you share and engage the community in creative and collaborative solutions. Take the survey today to help build a region that is more welcoming and inclusive and better connects newcomers to resources, communities and each other. [Read more].
Volunteer for Doors Open Minneapolis
Doors Open Minneapolis is a weekend-long event that allows the public free, behind-the-scenes access to buildings in the City of Minneapolis that are architecturally, culturally, or socially significant. It is your chance to explore the buildings that tell our city’s story. From theaters to business hubs, sacred spaces to private clubs, sports complexes to engineering wonders, historical gems to not-even-open-yet buildings, Doors Open Minneapolis will give visitors a FREE behind-the-scenes look at over 100 exciting venues. They to enrich experiences by presenting meaningful conversations with many of the people who make these venues the marvels that they are. Greeters are needed for 4 hour shifts at each participating venue. You will welcome and register visitors, and be ambassadors for this great new civic program. You will receive a free Doors Open Minneapolis t-shirt and get ‘front of the line’ VIP access at all other venues. [Read more.]
Despite it being the shortest month, February has been full to overflowing. There were numerous opportunities to celebrate Black History Month throughout the past 28 days and there are multiple ways to continue to learnabout and support local African American culture and community all year long. This month ushered in the Year of the Pig as the Lunar New Year kicked off on February 5. And of course, we set the record for the snowiest February in Minnesota history, with more than a foot of snow falling in the Twin Cities since the record was broken earlier this month. As we keep count of the snowfall as well as one another, we can start to staff up for the 2020 Census and nominate our colleagues and co-conspirators for the 2019 Nonprofit Leadership Awards. Thanks for your work to help surface and support other leaders with these submissions, and may coming together to overcome the record-breaking levels of snow bring out the best in all of us!
"She Won! Now What?" International Women's Day Reception
In honor of International Women's Day, LOCUS is partnering with POWERMoves to celebrate amazing women of color who are leading as elected officials, entrepreneurs, and so much more. Special guests at "She Won! Now What?" on Friday, March 8 include: Marquita Butler, the 2nd black woman elected to the Brooklyn Center City Council; Maria Regan Gonzales, the 1st Latina Mayor of Richfield; and MN Fateemah, award winning stylist & Beauty Inclusion Strategist. Enjoy light snacks, treat yourself to a complimentary cocktail and gift bag, and take photos with FotoGenic MN! [Read more.]
Challenging Islamaphobia Conference
Join the largest regional conference on challenging Islamophobia in the nation. The conference will bring leading national experts of Islamophobia, as well as community leaders in Minnesota addressing how to challenge Islamophobia. Last year's conference drew over 250 attendees from school administrators, government employees, corporate diversity and inclusion leaders, non-profit leaders and elected officials, students, and community activists. The mission of CAIR-Minnesota is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. [Read more.]
Apply for NEW Leadership™ Development Institute 2019
NEW Leadership™ Northern Lights has held an annual NEW Leadership™ Development Institute since 2004. These intensive five-day residential institutes provide leadership training, inspiration and support for women in the upper Midwest. Particular emphasis is placed on supporting women from communities that are underrepresented in public leadership. Participants gain valuable leadership experience by attending workshops on: running for office, public speaking, fundraising and grant writing, public policy advocacy, working with the traditional and new media, and building community partnerships. [Read more.]
Changing Racial Narratives in Media Conference
On March 19-20, attend "Truth and Transformation: Changing Racial Narratives in Media, an innovative conference that aims to equip media professionals to challenge racial narratives and build trust in local news media. Learn how to create more accurate, complete and trustworthy "narratives by challenging racial bias -- for yourself, your work and your communities. The conference is the product of a collaboration between The Minnesota Humanities Center, Minnesota Public Radio, KMOJ, Pillsbury United Communities, ThreeSixty Journalism at the University of St. Thomas, and Hamline University. [Read more.]
2019 is off to an historic start with the longest U.S. government shutdown in history and the polar vortex visiting record-breaking cold temperatures across the Midwest and beyond. To keep up the cold front, celebrate with The Great Northern 2019, which brings together legacy festivals and original programming, all highlighting Minnesota at its wintry best with an accessible, family-friendly focus. To get a break from the frigid air, consider joining a human rights delegation focused on migration and social movements in Honduras this spring. And to make sure our communities count in 2020 and continue to be fully resourced in the years to come, get active with the Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership. Wishing you warmth in the meantime!
Tapping the Potential of Community Engagement
This workshop series is designed to deepen your knowledge, broaden your perspective, and sharpen your skills as you explore the potential for community engagement to create equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities. The sessions are for anyone who is interested in learning more about community engagement, or for those who wish to deepen their work with community. NOTE: Attendance at all four sessions is required, as this is a cohort experience and each session builds upon previous sessions. [Read more.]
APM Podcasts: Open Call
Have an idea for a new podcast? American Public Media, a division of Minnesota Public Radio (“MPR”), is launching an open call for podcast pitches. They’re looking for storytellers, producers and new talent from all backgrounds to join in entertaining, educating and connecting with people in new ways. They’re ultimately looking for two to three new show ideas to develop into pilots and potentially full seasons of at least six episodes. If selected for a full season, APM will also provide marketing and PR support, underwriting/sales and membership opportunities, and the opportunity to collaborate, cross-promote and learn from other APM Podcast teams. [Read more.]
East Metro Pulse
Data can reveal many things about a place. But the way a community functions is more nuanced than numerical.The Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundations released the second volume of East Metro Pulse, a survey of residents in Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties that measures community vitality and quality of life. The data is free and available ateastmetropulse.org, and the Foundations encourage policy makers, funders and local leaders to use the data to find opportunities to learn, champion important issues and create new networks that will benefit the community. [Read more.]
Wilder Foundation Training and Consulting Services
The Wilder Center for Learning and Excellence™ at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation provides educational training and consulting services that connect you to the decades of experience and community wisdom generated from helping people and organizations develop new skills and ideas, address vital community issues and reach their full potential. The team is comprised of practitioners grounded in research, learning from the community, and accelerating what works through continued education! They offer a variety of training in topics that are culturally responsive, reflect the community Wilder serves and are relevant for Wilder's overall mission. [Read more.]