Maybe the penultimate career planning question we should all be asking ourselves is, "What else do you do?" You've heard the saying, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." No kidding. But I was surprised recently to discover that, when forced to think about it, most people do have something going on the side.
Sen. Champion: 2014 Bonding Bill makes smart investments/create jobs
Thursday, 08 May 2014 15:31
The Minnesota Senate released the details of a $1.165 billion capital investment bill on Monday outlining the use of $846 million in General Obligation (GO) bonds and an additional $200 million in one-time cash taken from the state's budget surplus. The bill is estimated to create more than 28,000 jobs and provides a broad cross section of projects that invest in Minnesota communities.
FUNdraising Good Times: Fundraising reports: clarity or obfuscation?
Monday, 05 May 2014 14:40
Mel and Pearl Shaw
Fundraising reports can clearly communicate progress towards agreed upon goals and milestones. They can also take a lot of time to produce. They can be confusing. They can have too much detail, or too little. They can engage and energize. They can also obfuscate.
Minneapolis approves $200,000 in Grow North funding
Monday, 05 May 2014 14:34
On Friday, April 25, the Minneapolis City of Council approved $200,000 in Grow North funding and a Tax Increment Financing package of $451,500 to support the DC Group's expansion in North Minneapolis. The DC Group plans to renovate and expand its facility located at 1977 West River Road, Minneapolis. DC Group, a 2013 "Best in Business" award recipient from the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, is the first recipient of Grow North program funding. The City investments are expected to assist in bringing 33 new jobs to North Minneapolis with 15 of the jobs targeted to local Northside residents. Minneapolis has set a goal of attracting 1,000 new jobs to North Minneapolis in the next five years.
Friday, 02 May 2014 14:20
Ron Busby, Sr., President, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.
Let me get my disclaimer out of the way first... The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) is a business organization. Our sole purpose is to improve the lives of Black people by actively working to change the market environment. We advocate for improvements in capital access, increased opportunity and the transfer of the skills necessary to successfully, and profitably compete in America's economy.
FUNdraising Good Times: How to keep a fundraising job
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:49
Mel and Pearl Shaw
Part two in a two part series.
We have seen nonprofit executive directors and college presidents pull their hair out over their relationship – or lack of a relationship – with their development staff. There are magic words development professionals say that pour gasoline on a slow smoldering fire. Here are a few.
FUNdraising Good Times: How to work with a fundraising professional
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:02
Mel and Pearl Shaw
Part one in a two part series.
Are you an executive director who wonders why his development staff doesn't raise more money? A college president who wishes her vice president was ahead of goal? Here's a question to help answer those questions: what are you willing to do? Your nonprofit's fundraising results are a reflection of your commitment and your willingness to prioritize fundraising, and your words are a reflection of that commitment. Consider the following things we have heard nonprofit leaders say. Do you hear yourself in these comments? What can you do to change?
Crystal McCrary, director of the film 'Little Ballers'. Carmen Robles, associate editor for Afrodescendientes in Insight News. Mohamud Noor, interim director of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota.