Saturday, September 30, 2017

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] September 2017

[#mnrising Dispatch] September 2017

As we in the Northern Hemisphere transition into the new, yet familiar, rhythms that fall brings, it's a ripe time for (re-)connection. In the weeks ahead, join Minnesota Rising at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2017 annual conference during the "Identity and Professional Development: Supporting Early-Career Professionals of Color" session and/or LOCUS at our next Family Dinner on October 4 to check in on and with one another. Whether at one of these events or another among those listed in this month's Dispatch, we hope you'll heed the calls for action, community-building, and taking steps to build the world we want to reap this harvest season.

2017 Civic Celebration

Citizens League

Rub elbows with other politically interested Minnesotans, catch up with old friends, meet new and interesting people – and have a good time doing it – at our annual Civic Celebration! Come for the social hour with complimentary bites, cash bar, and lively meet-and-greet, and stay for our program where we'll honor two civic trailblazers: Dr. Josie Johnson and Susan Kimberly. Our honorees this year have shown how an individual person can blaze a path that has ripple effects throughout the generations. We hope you can join us Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 5:30 at the Minneapolis Event Center! " [Read more.]

Young Professional Networking Event

Ann Bancroft Foundation
The blending of giving back to the community and career advancement is a natural combination; especially here in Minnesota. The Ann Bancroft Foundation invites Twin Cities professionals ages 22-35 to explore the power of philanthropy for donors and recipients, the importance of mentor relationships and how to integrate those two components into your career adventure. We will also share how the Ann Bancroft Foundation is beginning that education early for Minnesota girls through our grant and mentorship programs. 7:30am - 9:00am at Securian Club at CHS Field on Thursday, October 12. [Read more.]

It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race 2017

YWCA of Minneapolis

Minnesota communities struggle with some of the nation's worst racial disparities. This year's event will feature Sun Yung Shin, editor of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, a provocative book where 16 of Minnesota's best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in Minnesota. Shin will facilitate and guide a panel discussion regarding current concerns in our community with seven contributors from the book. Over 1,000 diverse leaders from business, education, arts and community service will come together on Tuesday, October 17 from 11:30am - 1:30pm to move Minnesota forward through honest conversation about race. [Read more.]

Make It. MSP. Summit

You Make It. MSP.

Make It. MSP. is You. You make the region what it is and you will be critical to shaping its future. Whether you've been working on the inititiave with us since the beginning, or are wanting to learn more about how to get involved, join us as we celebrate YOU and showcase how it takes everyone coming together to make our region stronger. We invite you to dig in deeper and continue on the journey with us as we shape what's to come. Friday, October 27 from 12:15pm - 6:30pm at TCF Bank Stadium. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Family Dinner
Wednesday, October 4
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Taste of Thailand

Minneapolis Idealist Grad Fair 2017
Wednesday October 4
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Twin Cities Startup Week Opening Night Party
Sunday, October 8
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Able Seedhouse + Brewery

People of Color Career Fair
Tuesday, October 10
10:00am - 3:00pm
Minneapolis Convention Center

Courageous Conversations: A statewide dialogue about older adults in Minnesota's workforce 
Wednesday, October 11
1:00pm - 2:30 pm
Cowles Auditorium

Governance in Community: Prepare for Board Leadership
Board Repair
Wednesday, October 11
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Nonprofits Assistance Fund

Du Nord Distillery Break the Bubble
Break the Bubble
Wednesday, October 11
6:00pm - 9:00pm

2017 MINN Summit: Building Resiliency in a Changing World 
Minnesota International NGO Network
Saturday, October 14,
8:30am to 7:00pm
Humphrey School

33rd Annual Minnesota Policy Conference
Wednesday, October 18
8:30am - 4:30pm
The Commons Hotel

2017 API Leadership Awards Dinner
Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans
Thursday, October 19
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Envision Hospitality & Catering
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] August 2017

[#mnrising Dispatch] August 2017

From Hurricane Harvey to Charlottesville, this month's headlines hurt the heart. More than ever, as the stakes become increasingly higher and the challenges painstakingly extreme, we are reminded we must seek and speak the truth; call out racism, hate, and bigotry in all forms; and more importantly, go beyond merely discerning and disparaging to do the life-giving work of holding space, building relationships, and ultimately creating the kind of community that knows, values, and is in relationship with one another and the earth. And especially doing so in a way that honors the need for our self-care and collective care. May we bring light and heat to what the world calls forth from each of us now.

Seeking visual identity and web designer


LOCUS is seeking proposals to assist with updating our visual identity and website. Deliverables include a LOCUS logo and website with a project timeline of October 1 - December 31, 2017. Applicants should have a POCI-lens centered in the experiences of indigenous leaders and leaders of color that translates into writing and designing from this perspective. Through the generous support of the Linking Leaders Initiative of the F.R. Bigelow Foundation, funding of up to $6,000 is available for all costs related to this project, including design, production, and hosting. To receive a copy of the full Request for Proposal or with questions, email Diane at Proposals due by 5:00pm on Friday, September 22.

2017 Elections Summit

Secretary of State

America’s increasing reliance on social media creates exciting new opportunities in the realm of elections. Facebook’s pioneering effort in 2016 to make voter registration easier and more accessible reduced costs for taxpayers and increased citizen engagement in Minnesota. The effort helped Minnesota to regain its #1 ranking in voter turnout. The 2017 Minnesota Election Summit, which serves as the University's 2017 Constitution Day event, brings together Facebook leaders with Secretary of State Steve Simon and others to spotlight the breakthroughs in 2016 and lessons for 2017 and beyond. Join us Thursday, September 14, Noon - 1:30 p.m. at the Cowles Auditorium at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. [Learn more.]

Seeking grant reviewers 


MRAC is now accepting inquiries for new grant review panelists! MRAC holds panels year-round to support each of our grant programs and we take great effort to make sure our review panels the reflect diversity from across the region. As a panelist, you'll review peer applicant groups which can include small non-profits and informal groups (arts and non-arts related). Ideal panelists bring a diverse personal, professional, and artistic backgrounds from across the 7-county Twin Cities Metro area. To inquire further, please contact Oskar Ly, Community Connections Manager at with subject line: Panelist inquiry. [Read more.]

North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship

Nexus Community Partners
Nexus is pleased to announce The North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship. The North Star Fellowship is a four-month fellowship focused on Black American Cooperative Economics. North Star teaches Black Cooperative Economic local and national history, rethinking capitalism, support and network new black coop enterprises and their leaders, analyze local cooperative resources and institutions and support emerging cooperative businesses. The North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship is centered on the history of Black cooperative economic thought and practice. We place priority on applicants who share the ancestry of Enslaved Africans in the United States and place value on their legacy of cooperative economics and collective care. The North Star Black Cooperative Fall Session Applications are now open August 15 and will close by September 15, 5:00pm. [Learn more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Policy and a Pint: Just Add Water – The Future of Minnesota's Clean Waters 
Citizens League
Sunday, September 3
Minnesota State Fair MPR Booth

2017 Veterans' Voices Award
Minnesota Humanities Center
Monday, September 11
5:00pm - 8:00pm
University of St. Thomas

Twin Cities Professionals of Color - Fall Membership Celebration
ALPFA & NABA Twin Cities
Friday, September 15
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Foundry Lake Street

Kids 'n Kinship Annual Gala
Sunday, September 17
4:30pm - 7:30pm
Brackett's Crossing

2017 Facing Race Awards
The Saint Paul Foundation
Monday, September 18
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Mind The Gap: News – Is it Fake?
Citizens League
Tuesday, September 19
Doors: 5:30pm | Program: 6pm
Minneapolis Event Center

YPro: Debunking The Millennial Stigma
Wednesday, September 20
7:30am - 9:00am

Conversation with Scott Burns on Entrepreneurship, the Changes in the Workplace, and The Cities
Twin Cities Business Peer Network
Thursday, September 21
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Carlson School

MSP HELLO: Hello Fall
Make It. MSP.
Tuesday, September 26
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Minnesota History Center

Conversations with the Fed on Thought Leadership
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Thursday, September 28
5:45pm - 8:30pm

Climate Change and Collective Action
Bagels Beyond Boundaries
Friday, September 29
11:00am - 12:00pm
Carlson School of Management
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Monday, July 31, 2017

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] July 2017

[#mnrising Dispatch] July 2017

Drawing inspiration to fully embrace these days and this season from Mary Oliver's "The Summer Day," we leave you this month merely with an excerpt of her poetry:

I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Cafe Conversations 2017

YNPN Twin Cities

It’s that time of year for a YNPN-TC member-favorite event! Join like-minded peers for small conversation circles at this year’s Cafe Conversations (Saturday, August 19, 10:00-12:00).There is a talk for everyone! The conversations will range from serious topics like racial equity and political advocacy to personal discussions about parenthood and the question "Am I still a young professional if I'm in my 30s?" Choose your own adventure from the full list of sessions (each has its own page where you can read a description of the session, learn about the facilitator, and register to participate). Each conversation will only have 10-15 participants, so make sure to register before your favorite session is full! [Read more.]

CARE Fellowship

CARE Collaborative

The CARE Fellowship aims to provide early childhood development and school-age care professionals an opportunity to connect the dots between early childhood development and school-age care public policy and the daily work of caring for and supporting children and families. Over 200 individuals from throughout Minnesota have graduated from the CARE Fellowship. Participants will learn how they can be effective advocates for the early childhood and afterschool fields when engaging and educating policymakers at all levels of government. Advocacy is about changing the conversation and defining the debate. Participants will learn how to use their voice and share their story to impact change. Applications for the 2017-18 cohort are due August 11. [Read more.]

Recruiting Fellows and Mentors

Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (LOTT)

The LOTT program empowers emerging professional women to envision themselves as leaders professionally, personally, and in their communities. The 2017-2018 program will run from September 2017 through April 2018 and will include one-on-one mentoring, leadership workshops, networking opportunities, and more. LOTT fellows are challenged to cultivate the leadership skills they already have in order to envision themselves as current leaders and plan for future leadership opportunities. The program is also a chance for experienced professional women to share their knowledge and develop the next generation of female leaders! The 2017 application deadline is August 11. [Read more.]

Seeking Multicultural Leadership for Advisory Board

NAMI Minnesota
Minnesota's National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is seeking young adults between 18-35 to serve on a multicultural advisory board. Members of the board will assist NAMI Minnesota in providing education and outreach to build positive relationships with Minnesota's multicultural communities. Board members will gain experience working for a nonprofit, and will receive mental health psychoeducation and peer–support training. Members will assist in developing and piloting peer-based anti-stigma campaigns, and will be provided access to NAMI Minnesota's state mental health conference, research dinner, and annual mental health walk. To apply, email a resume and statement of interest to, attention: Cynthia Fashaw by September 24.

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Race to Lead: Changing the Face of Nonprofit Leadership in the Twin Cities
Public Allies Twin Cities
Tuesday, August 1
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Radisson Blu Downtown Minneapolis

Brown Bag: Taking Down Sexual Harassment in the Workplace 
Minnesota Women's Consortium
Wednesday, August 2
11:30am - 1:30pm

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
Seeking diverse grant panel reviewers
Contact Oskar

Mix & Mingle With Make It. MSP
State of Minnesota Employee Resource Groups
Thursday, August 3
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Herbie's on the Park

Womxn of Color Gathering/Clothes Swap
Saturday, August 5
11:00am - 2:00pm

To Fertility and Beyond 
The Theater of Public Policy
Tuesday, August 8
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Women's Club of Minneapolis

2017 Lead the Way Program
The Center For Research and Policy in the Public Interest
Application Deadline: Thursday, August 9 at 3:00pm EST

Wilder Block Party 2017
Wilder Foundation
Saturday, August 9
11:00am - 4:00pm
Wilder Center Lawn

Talk and Tour: International Institute of Minnesota
Monday, August 14
6:00pm -7:30pm

Board Recruitment Fair
Board Repair
Monday August 21
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Minneapolis

Pitch Slam
MN Cup Food/Ag/Beverage Division
Thursday, August 24
4:30pm - 7:30pm
Minneapolis Event Centers

“EQUAL MEANS EQUAL” Film Screening on Women’s Equality Day
Saturday August 26
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Toolkit Webinar
Charities Review Council'
Tuesday, August 29
12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Friday, June 30, 2017

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] June 2017

[#mnrising Dispatch] June 2017

Minnesota Rising celebrated 8 years since our founding last month. While a lot has changed in our state and communities over that time, what remains true is that there is an abundance of opportunities for leadership development, relationship-building, and taking action to impact and increase equity. And, that those things are all needed now more than ever. Read on for current and upcoming opportunities to connect with, engage in, and celebrate community in this month's Dispatch!

Change Network Minnesota

Bush Foundation

Change Networks are unique learning experiences for people who want to build the skills and connections that will help them become more effective leaders. They are cohort-style programs, so participants will also gain new allies who can support their work during the program and beyond. The initial Change Network offerings are designed for people who want to improve their ability to lead change in a more equitable and inclusive manner. Change Network | Minnesota is led by a collaboration between Cultural Wellness Center and Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. All programs will run from Fall 2017 to Summer 2018. Deadline to apply: July 21, 2017. [Read more.]

Facing Race 2017 Awards

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations are seeking nominations for two awards to be given to two individuals or organizations working to eliminate racism and its effects. The awards will be presented on September 18 at the Foundations' event Facing Race: Changing the Narrative. The awards are part of the Foundations' commitment to equity and offer the chance to recognize community members who are courageously transforming our region and state. We invite you to submit a nomination in support of an adult or youth who is helping to promote racial equity. New this year, we will also be considering nominations for organizations that are doing work to eliminate racism and promote equity. Nominations will be open until July 7. [Read more.]

Neighborhood Leadership Program

Wilder Foundation

If you live, volunteer or work in a Saint Paul neighborhood, and want to connect with others who make a difference in their community, then this opportunity is for you! Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, NLP is an in-depth program bringing together diverse leaders from across the community to develop skills and promote effective action. Program runs September 19, 2017 – March 14, 2018 Session Topics Include: • Understanding Your Leadership Style • Intercultural Communication & Conflict Fluency • Navigating Systems • Organizing for Effective Action • Using Community History to Inform Your Current Work. Applications are due Friday, August 4th by 5pm. [Read more.]

2017 Board Recruitment Fair

Board Repair
Are you a person of color curious about joining a nonprofit organization board of directors in the Twin Cities? We are delighted to have you attend the third annual Board Recruitment Fair for people of color on August 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Come for the whole time or just a bit. By registering in advance, we will have materials including a name tag, contact info labels, and tip sheets prepared for you. At the fair, you will meet staff and board members from the organizations, and decide if you are interested in continuing the conversation to see if it's a good fit – no pressure to decide on the spot. Organizations will be clustered by type – you won't have to visit all of them! Please feel free to come with friends! [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Dragon Festival
July 8-9 2017
10am - 5pm
Lake Phalen Park

Engaged Learning Series: Creating a Culture of Community Engagement
Nexus Community Partners
Wednesday, July 12
9am - 11am
Neighborhood House

Seeking 2017 IDEA Summit Breakout Session Proposals
Minnesota International NGOs Network
Session proposals due July 14

Twin Cities World Refugee Day
Sunday, July 16
1pm - 5pm
Loring Park

Secondhand Hounds Yappy Hour 
The LEAD Project
Wednesday, July 26
5pm - 8pm
Modist Brewing Company

Young Professionals Open House
Minneapolis Urban League Auxiliary
Thursday, July 27
6pm - 8pm
Minneapolis Urban League

Seeking 2017-2018 Youth Advisory Board Applicants
Applications due July 24

2017 Board Recruitment Fair
Board Repair
Monday, August 21
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Courtyard Marriott
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] April 2017

[#mnrising Dispatch] April 2017

April showers bring May flowers. Just as the water nurtures what's needed to let life bloom, those of us who joined together for the LOCUS "Embodying Resilience, Empowering Ourselves" workshop earlier this month had a chance to nourish our minds, bodies, and spirits through somatic healing and mindful yoga. In line with this and the springtime rain of late, we offer the poem, "Be Like Water," by Reverend Kendra Ford:

run deep run clear
fill any space to its
own dimensions
respond to the moon, to gravity
change colors with the light
hold your temperature longer
than the surrounding air
take the coast by storm
go under ground
bend light
be the one thing people need, even when they’re fasting
eat boulders, quietly
be a universal solvent

Seeking Young Entrepreneurs

Minnesota Business

From Steve LeBeau, Editor in Chief, Minnesota Business: "As part of Minnesota Business magazine’s continued commitment to young entrepreneurs, we invite entrepreneurs aged 35 and under to fill out the form below with basic information about you and your company. From this database we will choose people/businesses to write about during the year, and we will devote the August 2017 issue to young entrepreneurs. We will give priority to revenue-generating young entrepreneurs. The deadline for inclusion in the August 2017 issue is May 1, 2017." You must be 35 years old or younger as of August 2017. You must be the founder of your company. We recognize that entrepreneurial spirit can be found in many roles, but for our purposes we are only looking for those who have founded a new company. If you have a co-founder that you would like to be recognized as a Young Entrepreneur as well, he or she must fill out a separate form. [Read more.]

Critical Issues Forum: Moving Data into Action

Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce

Cross-sector leaders throughout the MSP region look at a shared dashboard to track competitiveness on key indicators like migration of talent. Curious how we stack up against the top metros across the country? Look to the 2017 Dashboard when it gets published next month. On May 12 you can attend the release breakfast hosted by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce and GREATER MSP. The Regional Indicators Dashboard compares this region’s progress on critical economic, social and environmental measures against other peer cities across the country. This Critical Issues Forum will dive deep into the 2017 Dashboard results. Expect calls to action based on a thorough analysis of the data and announcements about new regional collaborations focused on the Dashboard metrics. [Read more.]

Call for Advisory Board Members

Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (LOTT)

Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (LOTT) works to advance women’s leadership by developing, educating, connecting and inspiring emerging leaders. LOTT is primarily implemented through a fellowship program designed to develop young women’s potential to lead professionally, personally, and in their communities. The fellowship includes four intensive seminars, mentor pairing, networking, and a community engagement project. Leaders of Today and Tomorrow is sponsored by the Minnesota Women’s Consortium and operates through support of the George Family Foundation and individual donors. Please email a resume and statement of interest to Amanda Varley with LOTT Advisory Board in the subject line. Questions and applications may be emailed to Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with a deadline of Friday, June 2, 2017. [Read more.]

"Giving It All Away: Doing Well in Business While Doing Good in the World"

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Please join us for a conversation with Bob Forrester, Newman's Own Foundation President and CEO, and Laura Bloomberg, Humphrey School of Public Affairs Associate Dean, on the history of Newman's Own from its founding by Hollywood actor Paul Newman in 1982 through present day. The discussion will include a broad overview of the company's business model including its governance structure, revenues and profits, and how its business and philanthropy interface. Forrester will share the challenges and opportunities associated with the company's unique business model, based on 100% of profits going to charity. This concept was considered by some as doomed to fail from the beginning, but has prevailed and is going strong after 35 years in a competitive industry. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

First (!) Nonprofit Data Meetup 
Wednesday, May 3
5:30pm - 7:00pm (informal; feel free to drop by!)

Divas & Desserts Concert: Prospective
Thursday, May 4
St. Mary's Lake Calhoun Event Center

Redefining Race in the 21st Century: Embracing Multicultural Identities
Women in Public Service
Friday, May 5
9am - Noon
Hamline University

Immigration Law Forum 
Latino Economic Development Center
Friday, May 5
6pm - 7:30pm
East Side Enterprise Center

Minneapolis Community Conversation
Southeast Asian Roundtable
Saturday, May 6
10am - 1pm
Harrison Recreation Center

E4E Minneapolis for Reviving Sisterhood
Eat for Equity Minneapolis
Saturday, May 6
11am - 1:30pm
Public Functionary

FORUM 2017: Forging Trust 
Charities Review Council
Tuesday, May 9
8am - 11:30am
Machine Shop

The Visible City: How people use city space.
TCRG Brown Bag Speaker Series
Wednesday, May 10
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Mind Opener: Teacher due process and seniority-based layoffs
Citizens League
Tuesday, May 16
7:30am – 8:30am
Downtowner Woodfire Grill

Mind the Gap: The Flip Side of the Ballot
Citizens League
Tuesday, May 16
Doors: 5:30pm | Program: 6pm
Minneapolis Event Center

Policy and a Pint®: Talent Within Range - Bridging the Workforce Divide in Greater Minnesota 
Citizens League
Thursday, May 18
Doors: 5:30pm | Program: 6pm
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm, MN

Third Thursday: Hello Summer
Thursday, May 18
6pm - 9pm
Minneapolis Institute of Art

The 5th Annual Black Women's Expo and Job Fair 
Saturday, May 20
11am - 4pm
Concordia University

MN Capitol Pathways - 2nd Annual Celebration
Citizens League
Thursday, June 1
5pm – 8pm
Mount Zion Temple

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