Collaborations making work smarter, not harder

Volunteers have become ever more important as struggling nonprofits in a troubled economy experience mounting pressure to provide resources and services. Despite the trying economic times and the first decline in charitable giving in 20 years, the Volunteering in America report finds that rates of volunteerism continue to hold steady from 2007 rates. As a … Continue reading

Social media for social good, with a side of bacon

This Friday marks Social Media Breakfast – Minneapolis/St. Paul #17. Social Media Breakfast, with local chapters across the nation, is a networking and learning opportunity for local social media users to talk about using social media and social networking tools in their business or careers. The July 2009 #SMBMSP topic is, “Nonprofits & Social Media,” … Continue reading

Twin Cities ranked #1 for volunteerism!

The Corporation for National and Community Service released their annual Volunteering in America report today, which highlights Minneapolis-St. Paul as the number one ranked large metro area for volunteerism in the country. The state of Minnesota ranks 3rd in the country with 38.4% of residents volunteering, for a total of 1.6 million volunteers giving 169.7 … Continue reading


During the National Civic Summit last week, I attended a session hosted by Best Buy on their new @15 initiative. The effort is based on their contention that, “What happens at age 15 has a lot to say about teens’ success in school and beyond.” The Best Buy Children’s Foundation commissioned Minneapolis-based, Search Institute, to … Continue reading

LWVMNEF recruiting mentors for LOTT Fellows!

The annual LOTT conference is known to be a thought-provoking experience for many, and a life-changing experience for some. I’m excited to have been a part of LOTT’s Advisory Committee for the past several years and look forward now to supporting its programming into the next phase! See below for the official announcement about the … Continue reading

National Civic Summit in Minneapolis next week!

The annual National Association of Secretaries of State conference will be held in Minneapolis at the end of next week and it turns out there’s an open invitation to join in on the fun at the National Civic Summit! If you are interested in improving nonpartisan civic imagination and impact, you won’t want to miss … Continue reading

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