CommunityGiving with Steve Joul

Jul 19, 2017 by Steve Boland

CommunityGiving is the new entity launched to help grow and support community foundations and community giving in their service areas. The website describes their work: “Together we unite foundations in Alexandria, Brainerd, Willmar and the Greater St. Cloud area under a single framework to create efficiencies that maximize the impact of our donors.”

Steve Joul is the President and CEO of the new Community Giving, but comes to the role with many years of experience as leader of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation. Host Steve Boland asks Steve Joul about the work of the independent community foundations, and the strategic decisions to create a supportive organization to share partnership resources in a new way and grow investment in area nonprofits.

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Tags collective | giving | nonprofits | philanthropy

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Ecotone with Tim Roman

Jul 11, 2017 by Steve Boland

Tim Roman is a co-founder and partner at Ecotone Analytics, “a data analytics company working with clients who want to manage, monitor, and measure their social or environmental impact.” Ecotone helps charities and social good organizations understand their impact and structure visual communication to increase support.

Host Steve Boland joins Tim to talk about nonprofits extrapolating their long-term impact, showing just who benefits from charities doing good work, and why philanthropic partners are willing to invest in these ideas.

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Tags data | impact | Impact | social

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Analyze This with Kevin Church

Jun 20, 2017 by Steve Boland

Analyze This! is “a Twin Cities meetup group for data science practitioners and enthusiasts to collaborate on practical, real world problems. Each quarter, a business or organization presents a specific issue that requires data science expertise.”

Kevin Church is a data scientist and a co-founder of Analyze This!, and joins host Steve Boland in discussing the role of analyzing data in driving charitable donations, charitable outcomes, and future engagement in nonprofits.

There are many visuals in this work, but this specific image is from a data challenge for Habitat for Humanity Twin Cities, used in analyzing their donor records.

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Diversity and inclusion with Jonathan Palmer

Jun 6, 2017 by Steve Boland

Jonathan Palmer is the executive director of the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, and a seasoned nonprofit leader in a diverse community. Jonathan recently served on a panel at the Charities Review Council meeting on diversity and inclusion in nonprofit leadership. Host Steve Boland joins Jonathan for a conversation about moving past commitment to action in changing the course of nonprofit leadership, defining some terms, and being ready to be uncomfortable along the way.

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Tags and | diversity | equity | inclusion | leadership | nonprofit

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HOURCAR with Paul Schroeder

May 8, 2017 by Steve Boland

Paul Schroeder is the CEO of HOURCAR, an effort which is currently a program of the Neighborhood Energy Connection but which is spinning off to become an independent nonprofit. HOURCAR provides car sharing services in the Twin Cities area, and what was once a small group of cars is now a fleet of over fifty vehicles.

Paul joins host Steve Boland to discuss the reasons for HOURCAR to leave (spoiler alert, NEC is merging with CEE this year!), and the challenges of a capital-intensive mission like managing car-sharing in a very dynamic world.

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Tags HOURCAR | new | nonprofit | spin-off

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