CommunityGiving Conference

Screen Shot 2018-12-01 at 11.18.34 AMElements 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.

Learn more about CommunityGiving

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Future Good: Book Launch

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October 24th, 2018

I attended the launch of Trista Harris’ new book Future Good hosted by Wise Ink at T3 in downtown Minneapolis.   The event was well attended and Trista presented a great video and addressed the crowd about her journey in creating the book.    She has embarked on a life of “living” the life of a futurist.  Whether it is traveling to the United Nations or visiting Richard Branson on Necker Island,  she has integrated learning about the future into her daily life.

The book is a fascinate read about her journey and insights she is gleaning along the way about future trends in the world and how it affects the world she comes from that is foundations and non-profits.  A good book to challenge old ways of thinking in those spaces and to begin to envision the opportunities possible if foundations and non-profits can align to the future and evolve their organizations to be relevant in making a meaningful impact in that future.

Learn more about the book.

See more photos of the event in the gallery.