Honoring Innovation in Technology

Last week, the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) presented the 2012 Tekne Awards to honor those who play a significant role in discovering new technologies that educate and improve the lives and futures of people living in Minnesota and beyond.

An MCF member and a nonprofit changing the way Minnesota gives online were among the recipients:

Blandin Foundation (on behalf of the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities Coalition) won the Innovative Collaboration of the Year Award.

Blandin Foundation aims to ensure that its rural Minnesota partner communities have access to broadband Internet capabilities.

The latest in a series of broadband projects led by Blandin Foundation, MIRC was built on the lessons learned and the success of its predecessor broadband-focused programming. It supports a broadband vision for Minnesota, developed by the project’s guiding strategy: to ensure a high quality of life and a globally competitive future for its citizens, businesses and communities.

MIRC partners are numerous and the impact the collaboration has had on broadband adoption is significant. In fact, the adoption rate is 29.8% faster in MIRC partner communities when compared to the rest of rural Minnesota.

GiveMN (an affiliate of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners) won the Technology Excellence in a Nonprofit Organization Award.

GiveMN aims to transform philanthropy in Minnesota by growing overall giving and moving more of it online.

Since its launch in 2009, GiveMN has helped raise $50 million, for over 6,600 non-profits. GiveMN’s new model for e-philanthropy, combined with its relationships with local partners, lends credibility to the organization’s mission. In addition, GiveMN provides training to help non-profits and individuals become more digitally savvy fundraisers.

GiveMN’s fourth annual Give to the Max Day is one week from today, on Thursday, November 15.

Congratulations to all fifteen of this year’s Tekne Award winners!

– Susan Stehling, MCF communications associate

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