September 11, 2014
The results of the 2014 Minnesota Nonprofit Awards are in, and the recipient of the award for Responsive Philanthropy goes to PFund Foundation.
MAP for Nonprofits and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits chose to honor PFund for its QReach initiative:
In 2011, PFund convened grantees and partners across the Midwest to learn more about the needs of the communities they aim to serve. As a result of those conversations, PFund created QReach, a community network building and regional assessment project in partnership with LGBT organizations and leaders, donors, funders and allies. It is designed to address the needs identified by LGBT communities in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, and at the same time increase the resources to those LGBT communities by both building up PFund and philanthropic giving to LGBT communities in Minnesota. Through its QReach initiative, PFund is providing an important and needed framework through programming, convenings, media tools and capturing learnings; helping to build a stronger GLBTA community that has a stronger presence to help those that have further to come.
Other 2014 Minnesota Nonprofit Award winners are:
- 5% Campaign: Nonprofit Mission Award in Advocacy
- CLIMB Theatre: Nonprofit Mission Award in Anti-Racism Initiative
- Conflict Resolution Center: Nonprofit Mission Award in Innovation
- CommonBond Communities: Nonprofit Excellence Award
- YouthCARE: Nonprofit Excellence Award
Learn more about the winners by watching the video below, and see them honored in person at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits annual conference in November. Congratulations to all six!
September 3, 2014
Are you a school, city, township, or county that has been innovating to improve services or reduce the cost of local government? If so, share your innovation for a chance to win $5,000 and a professional video highlighting your effort!
The Local Government Innovation Awards—sponsored in partnership between the Humphrey School’s Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center, the Association of Minnesota Counties , the League of Minnesota Cities, the Minnesota Association of Townships, and the Minnesota School Board Association—recognize the creative ways counties, cities, townships and schools are making Minnesota better and doing things differently. All types of local government innovation are encouraged to enter. Through a partnership with the University’s Center for Integrative Leadership this year, the Awards are particularly interested in surfacing innovations involving cross-sector or cross-systems collaborations.
This year up to 20 local government entities will be recognized as award winners for their innovative work. The winner in each of the four categories will also receive a professional video highlighting their innovation work and a $5,000 grant from the Bush Foundation to continue local government innovation and redesign work!
Learn more and help spread the word.
July 11, 2014
Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation has launched a leadership award in honor of Ann K. Johnson, former Executive Director of Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, and Community Affairs Director of Delta Dental of Minnesota. Ann dedicated her career to uplifting the lives of others and encouraging those around her to use their talents towards improved oral health for all Minnesotans.
The Ann K. Johnson Minnesota Community Health Spirit Award will be given to an individual in special recognition of their contributions to improving oral and/or overall health in Minnesota, and to celebrate their visionary leadership.
An award of $2,500 will be presented to honor the recipient for his or her spirited leadership in oral and/or overall health on behalf of underserved communities. Prospective nominees will be considered based on Ann’s leadership qualities:
- Inspiring and bringing together people to achieve oral health and/or overall health goals
- Leading by example through a lifelong commitment and dedication to communities
- Seeking continual growth through listening, learning, and practicing creative leadership
- Achieving significant accomplishments for community health, especially oral health
- Promoting a positive work experience – working with a smile in all that is done, and having fun in the work you do
- Helping others shine and rise to their full potential
Candidates must be nominated by an organization or by an individual with whom they are personally or professionally affiliated. All candidates must have a nomination package submitted by July 31.
Visit the online nomination form to learn more about the award and the process. Good luck to those being nominated!
July 1, 2014
With near-limitless demand and finite resources, nonprofits have to be inventive and nimble every day to fill the gap and carry out their missions. Now, Eide Bailly is offering you the chance to help recognize those doing the best at undertaking sustainable, creative, and impactful revenue generation initiatives.
Eide Bailly’s Resourcefullness Award will be presented in Minnesota and three other states, with a grand prize winner, runner-up and honorable mention all receiving recognition and an award. Submissions will be evaluated on these criteria:
- Sustainability: How reliable is the initiative in generating continuous revenue for the organization?
- Creativity: How unique, inventive or clever is this initiative in the non-profit industry?
- Implementation: How well was this initiative executed?
- Impact: How great was the financial impact of the initiative?
- Overall Impression: What is your overall impression of this organization’s initiative?
Last year’s grand prize winner in Minnesota was Mankato Symphony Orchestra, for its Music & Brews fundraising event that created unique partnerships with local businesses.
Submissions are due August 29, with winners announced October 8. Visit Eide Bailly’s site for more information and to access the application. Good luck to those applying!
May 21, 2014
The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits invite you to submit a nomination or application for a Mission or Excellence Award, to be presented at MCN’s annual conference in October.
The Nonprofit Mission Awards showcase the work of Minnesota’s outstanding nonprofits in the categories of:
- Anti-Racism Initiative
- Responsive Philanthropy
Past winners of the Responsive Philanthropy award have included MCF members such as Elmer L. and Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and Headwaters Foundation for Justice.
Nominations are due May 30 and can be made through MCN’s website.
MAP for Nonprofits seeks nominations for the Nonprofit Excellence Awards, one for an organization with less than $1.5 million in annual operating expenses, and one for an organization with $1.5 million or more in expenses. These awards are based upon how closely organizations align with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence.
Nominations for these awards are due May 29; see how to apply on MAP for Nonprofits’ website.
Best of luck to those being nominated!
April 7, 2014
Earlier this month, MCF member C.H. Robinson received the Community Impact Award in the Workplace Giving Campaign category from Minnesota Business magazine. The honor recognizes a successful volunteer or employee-giving campaign benefiting any non-profit or other worthy organization.
This is the second year in a row that Minnesota Business has recognized C.H. Robinson in the Workplace Giving Campaign category in recognition of various employee volunteer campaigns that the company facilitates. This year, C.H. Robinson was presented the award for the company’s 14 years of support and dedication to the MinnDakotas chapter of JDRF, the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes research.
Each year, C.H. Robinson’s employees gather at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN to participate in the annual Walk to Cure Diabetes. What began as a small group of employees who participated in the Walk in 2001, has now grown to 645 Team Robinson walkers who participated in this year’s walk.
“We are proud of the work our employees do to make C.H. Robinson a great company,” said Angie Freeman, vice president of human resources at C.H. Robinson. “Awards like this are a reminder that giving back is embedded in our company culture and that the same ingenuity and hard work that help us succeed as a company, also help make our communities better places to live and work.”
Learn More About Corporate Giving
Corporate giving often extends beyond giving grants. Noncash charitable contributions include employee volunteer time such as this and donated goods and services. To learn more about Minnesota’s corporate giving landscape, see our January blog post, and our Giving in Minnesota and Grantmaker Rankings research.
Congratulations to C.H. Robinson!