MCN Annual Conference 2017

Oct 17, 2017 by Steve Boland

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits had it’s annual conference on October 12 and 13, 2017. The conference theme was Evolve, and host Steve Boland spoke with many attendees about what they learned, what they had to share, and challenges still to be resolved. The conference website features a download area where people can review the conference program (including presenter information), presentations or materials from sessions, and more.

The interviews in the podcast are in the following order.

Biftu Takele, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Cari Ness Nesje, Car Talk Vehicle Donation Services
Maria Moeller, The Improve Group
Mahamed Cali, Somali American Community
Al Onkka, Aurora Consulting
Laura Holway, Artist and more at Small Art
Pete Dross, Center for Victims of Torture
Jess Birken, Birken Law
Brooke Thomson, Annex Teen Clinic
Gina DiMaggio, Medica Foundation

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Global Giving 2017 with Heather Mansfield

Oct 10, 2017 by Steve Boland

“The 2017 Global Trends in Giving Report is a research project that seeks to gain a better understanding of how donors prefer to give and engage with their favorite causes and charitable organizations. Sponsored by the Public Interest Registry and researched by Nonprofit Tech for Good, the report summarizes donor data across six continents about how online and mobile technology effects giving. The report also explores the impact of gender, generation, and ideology upon giving and volunteerism.”

Report author Heather Mansfield joins host Steve Boland to talk about where the report is pointing charities in the future, some surprising findings, and asking just where is the needed gamification in giving to accompany all this online information.

Visit for more information.

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Cookie Cart with Matt Halley

Oct 3, 2017 by Steve Boland

Cookie Cart “provides teens 15 to 18 years old with lasting and meaningful work, life and leadership skills through experience and training in an urban nonprofit bakery.” It is also one of the earlier examples of a charitable, social enterprise in the Twin Cities area.

Executive Director Matt Halley joins host Steve Boland to talk about the Cookie Cart mission, how social enterprise is a mission-based tool and not a financial management solution (most often), and how a capital-intensive charity needs to communicate about the importance of donated revenue along side earned-revenue components.

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Tags Cart | Cookie

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GivingLoop with Abdallah Absi

Sep 26, 2017 by Steve Boland

GivingLoop is “a sustainable fundraising platform that helps non-profits focus less on fundraising and more on changing the world.” Abdallah Absi is co-founder and CEO and GivingLoop, and joins host Steve Boland to talk about the movement toward sustainable/repeat giving, the platform choices that impact charities, data integration in platforms and more.

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Tags #GivingLoop | nonprofit

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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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