Elements group attended the CommunityGiving conference hosted at the river’s edge convention center in St. Cloud Minnesota. The event was a gathering of non-profit organizations all around the region to discuss collaboration and shared services in meeting their mutual causes. CommunityGiving is an organization that is developing the regional non-profit ecosystem by providing shared services and funding to create a larger impact and efficiencies for the non-profits in its network. The event was well attended and features many notable speakers talking about overall trends in the non-profit community and in organizational issues inherent in non-profits and how they must evolve. The day featured both keynotes and break out tracks on more specific topics of funding, engaging donors, and operations.
As Elements Group has been working in the areas of regional development. It is important for us to call out that a critical component of progressive regions is the development of these collaborative / co-opition based models. The alignment and combining of assets and capabilities to create a larger impact and more opportunity for a region is critical to developing true regional advantage. While we see the largest impact being when industries combine to form more powerful regional consortiums to create large opportunities and address large regional challenges, there is a growing trend in the non-profit space. This is usually lead by foundations uniting around some of the grand challenges of our time, but it is equally effective for localized and community based issues as demonstrated by the work that CommunityGiving is piloting. Their model is worth study for your own local goals and ecosystem development.
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