Your Chance to Vote on the Innovation Award Finalists

December 10, 2012

lgi_pnlc_logo_with_incommons_2012Congratulations to Dakota County Community Services, Irondale High School of Mounds View Public Schools and the City of St. Paul, the finalists in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs/InCommons Local Government Innovation Awards!

A public vote will determine which one of these finalists will receive a $25,000 grant to continue innovating.In addition to the three finalists, 15 other local government entries will receive awards for their innovations.

InCommons and the Humphrey School invite you to help in helping select the $25,000 grant recipient by attending a community conversation to learn and share about local government innovation.

These events are an opportunity to talk with local government officials and to connect with others interested in supporting and improving the work that our schools, cities, and counties do every day. Everyone who attends a community conversation in December will have a chance to vote for which of the three finalists should receive the $25,000 grant.

Three are coming up:

  • December 13 with Dakota County Community Services: 9:30 am to 11:30 am at the Rosemount Community Center.
  • December 18 with Irondale High School: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at the TIES Building in Saint Paul.
  • December 19 with the City of Saint Paul’s EMS Academy: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Fire Station 51 in Saint Paul.

Visit the InCommons website to learn more about the Awards and to see how the finalists and award recipients have been making Minnesota better by doing things differently.


Big Conversations and Innovative Formats

October 11, 2012

Joint Conference

There’s just one week left to register before the late fee kicks in for Allied for Action, the joint annual conference of MCF and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits! Will we see you there? You won’t want to miss these conference highlights:

I’m excited to explore ways nonprofits and philanthropy can move forward together.

-Brad Kruse, Hugh J. Andersen Foundation

Friday Plenary: The New Minnesota

Plenary speakers

Nate Garvis, Lori Saroya and Paul Schmitz

Through a series of TED-style talks, a panel of these nationally-known thought leaders will challenge you to rethink long-term strategies for engaging stakeholders and serving communities:

  • Nate Garvis, founder and president, Naked Civics, LLC
  • Lori Saroya, co-founder and executive director, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota
  • Paul Schmitz, national CEO, Public Allies

I love the theme of this year’s conference! I’m especially looking forward to hearing the featured speakers.

-Sharon Goens, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners

The Art of Hosting

Through an innovative partnership with InCommons, MCF and MCN will host you in conversations to dig deep into the challenges grantmakers and nonprofits must face together. See the six topics you’ll choose from in your small group.

The quality and professional connections are what set this conference apart.

-Matt Killian, Initiative Foundation

And That’s Not All!

  • Pick from 30+ breakout sessions with expert speakers leading you in discussions about the topics you care most about.
  • Get concrete tools and ideas for action during the Friday morning coffee chats.
  • Make new connections over lunch while celebrating this year’s winners of the Minnesota Nonprofit Awards.
  • Enjoy unbeatable opportunities to connect and network with 1,400 leaders in Minnesota’s nonprofit and grantmaker communities!

This is a can’t-miss two-day conversation on how to face our common challenges together. Register by October 17 to beat the late fee, and show up ready to learn, share and be inspired.



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