Make Your Nominations for the 2014 Minnesota Nonprofit Awards

May 21, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 4.02.19 PMThe 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:

  • Innovation
  • Anti-Racism Initiative
  • Advocacy
  • 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!


Vote Now for the 2013 Nonprofit Mission Awards

July 18, 2013

2013awardsThe nominations are in for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits 2013 Nonprofit Mission Awards finalists. These four awards honor nonprofits that make outstanding contributions to Minnesota’s high quality of life.

Finalists for Responsive Philanthropy award include MCF member Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation, nominated for its work to counter bias against Minnesota’s Muslim community. Other finalists in this category are Healthier Minnesota Community Clinic Fund and The Ordean Foundation.

Finalists in the other categories include:

  • Innovation: Children’s Dental Services, Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance
  • AdvocacyMinnesota Coalition for the Homeless, Project 515, Youth Moving Forward
  • Anti-Racism: Community Celebration of Place, Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG), Un-Fair Campaign

Voting is open through August 2. Learn more and pick your favorites at the Minnesota Nonprofit Awards website. The winners will be announced at MCN’s annual conference, October 24-25 in Duluth.

Congratulations to all the finalists!

Nominations Open for the 2013 Minnesota Nonprofit Awards

March 15, 2013

2013awardsIt’s that time of year to help honor the great work done by nonprofits in Minnesota! The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits are seeking nominations for the 2013 Minnesota Nonprofit Awards, to be presented at MCN’s annual conference in October.

The Nonprofit Excellence Awards honor Minnesota-based 501(c)(3) organizations that are at least five years old. They are based on how closely a nonprofit aligns with MCN’s Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. Only self-nominations are accepted for these awards, with input from the board required as part of the nomination.

The Nonprofit Mission Awards recognize outstanding contributions in:

  • Innovation
  • Advocacy
  • Anti-Racism Initiative and
  • Responsive Philanthropy

A selection committee will narrow the nominees to three in each category. Then, MCN member organizations and their staff will vote on the winners from the field of finalists.

See the website for more details about the awards, then send in your nominations! They’re due May 30 at 4 p.m.

The State of Minnesota’s Native American Nonprofit Economy

March 12, 2013

nativereportEarlier this month, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Native Americans in Philanthropy released their Native American Nonprofit Economy Report. I had the chance to attend a community forum about the report, where we heard from those who put it together along with responses from several Native nonprofit and tribal leaders.

Among the many insights they shared about the state of Native American nonprofits in Minnesota, here are a few that stuck out to me:

  • Native-led nonprofits are an innovative group — 83 percent of them feel they’re better off now than they were five years ago and attribute that to a serious organizational focus on obtaining results.
  • The majority of Native American nonprofits are located in the Twin Cities metro area. This is a boon for the many Native people living in this urban area, but it also means Native nonprofits in rural areas are overlooked. Nonprofit resources are also badly needed within reservation communities.
  • Native nonprofits do not receive substantial funding from casino revenue. This is a common misconception, but the reality is that tribal funding of nonprofits is a distant fifth place as a source of revenue, behind government (federal, state and county) support, private foundation grants, earned revenue and private donations.

And some key recommendations for funders:

  • Consider long-term funding support for programs, operations and public policy advocacy, instead of one-year grants that can leave nonprofits constantly unsure if they will be able to sustain any momentum from their efforts.
  • Build close relationships in the Native community, and develop joint evaluation metrics using logic models based on community assets rather than deficits.
  • Make it a point to support youth and leadership development.

You can download the full report from the Native Americans in Philanthropy website. I recommend giving it a read and learning more about this important part of Minnesota’s nonprofit community.

-Chris Oien, MCF web communications associate

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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