March 26, 2015
JoAnn Stormer, president of Rochester Area Foundation, knows first hand the importance of affordable housing to the city of Rochester.
The foundation’s First Homes initiative has provided access to housing for more than 1,000 households since 2001.
See what else she has to say about how she believes Endow Minnesota legislation, introduced in the Minnesota House (HF1530) and Senate (SF1399 and SF1400), encourages private giving for public good.
Her commentary in today’s Rochester Post-Bulletin does a good job of explaining what a community foundation is, how community foundations are uniquely involved in community betterment, the current generational transfer of wealth and how Endow Minnesota aims to capture some of that money and put it to work in communities throughout our state.
- Susan Stehling, communications associate
March 17, 2015
MCF President Trista Harris has been awarded a 2015 Bush Fellowship!
Bush Fellows receive up to $100,000 over 12-24 months to pursue learning experiences that help them develop leadership skills. Trista will use her fellowship to advance her work examining how the tools of futurism can be used to strengthen the field of philanthropy.
Trista will continue to serve full-time as MCF President, and she will leverage the insights she will gain from her Bush Fellowship to better serve the field.
Trista joins 22 others awarded a fellowship this year. Get an introduction to the whole cohort in this short video put together by the Bush Foundation:
Learn more on Bush’s website, and learn a bit more about the work Trista will be doing in this Pioneer Press article.
Big congratulations to Trista and to all of the 2015 Bush Fellows!
March 3, 2015
MCF member Headwaters Foundation for Justice is looking for 25 individuals to join its first-ever Giving Project, taking place in summer 2015.
The Giving Project is an innovative new model for community building, leadership development and funding social change.
It will bring together a multiracial, cross-class group of people who are passionate about social change and interested in building their skills in fundraising, grantmaking and community building.
The Giving Project requires a commitment to attend eight meetings over six months. The basic structure is:
- A cross-class, multiracial group of volunteers commits to the entire process.
- Through workshops and trainings, the group develops a shared understanding of race, class and power within society.
- Each person makes a meaningful financial gift — whatever that means for you.
- Headwaters staff will train you in grassroots fundraising and provide lots of hands-on support as you raise money from your friends, family and community.
Anyone is welcome to apply who wants to:
- Learn how to fundraise, make grants and build community
- Make a difference on issues of injustice in Minnesota
- Engage in dialogue on race and class and their impact on social change work.
The deadline to apply is April 6. Interviews will start May 2, with selected participants notified in June.
Head over to the Headwaters website for more details and to access the application. And please help spread the word!
January 27, 2015
The Minnesota Council on Foundations elected new board officers and directors at our annual meeting at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on January 22.
Officers elected for 2015 are:
- Brad Kruse, philanthropy director, Hugh J. Andersen Foundation, board chair;
- June Noronha, senior manager, Native Nations Team, Bush Foundation, vice chair;
- JoAnn Birkholz, foundation director, Medica Foundation, secretary; and
- Steve Joul, president, Central Minnesota Community Foundation, treasurer.
New directors elected to three-year terms ending in 2017 are:
- Sarah Duniway, trustee, Gray Plant Mooty Foundation;
- Frank Forsberg, senior vice president of systems change and innovation, Greater Twin Cities United Way;
- Aretha Green-Rupert, program officer, Otto Bremer Foundation; and
- Judson McNeil, president, The Toro Company Giving Program and The Toro Foundation.
Directors elected to second three-year terms ending in 2017 are:
- Brad Kruse, philanthropy director, Hugh J. Andersen Foundation;
- Gary Nan Tie, trustee, Jerome Foundation; and
- Tim Thorpe, trustee, James R. Thorpe Foundation.
Congratulations to all!