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.

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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.

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CornerHouse: Supporting Children and Families in Crisis

Screen Shot 2018-04-14 at 6.35.22 PMCornerHouse hosted its annual fundraiser at the Golden Valley Country Club this week.  It is hard to describe the emotional impact of attending this event and listening to parents and children tell their stories of abuse and struggles of lifelong healing on the other side of tragedy.   The stories also bring forward key points that abuse is happening in almost every neighborhood and community and many times it is people very close to the children and not strangers.  We must all be aware of this and watch for the signs.   The courage of these individuals to get up and share their experience is amazing.  The need to drive awareness to these issues is paramount as is the work that CornerHouse does everyday.

The event grew quite a bit in size from last years topping around 400 people in attendance and more who likely donated but couldn’t make the event.   Several families and police force units announced contributions of over $5000 dollars to the cause.  The event opened with an overview of the crisis that included over 20,000 incidents of child abuse reported in Minnesota last year.  This not only impacts the children but the entire family.   CornerHouse has expanded into family services over the years to meet the needs of the family in concrete with the core mission of supporting the children.   The also provide critical interviewing services with the children to support the police in the prosecution of the predators involved in the crimes.   CornerHouse is also known worldwide for having some of the best approaches and processes to this space.  They have trained centers like themselves in every county in Minnesota,  every state in the US, and in many countries around the world.

Being deeply embedded in the community is critical in the operations of these type of support centers.  CornerHouse recently announced its expansion from Hennepin into the Rodgers area.   Expanding their reach is fantastic but will bring new challenges in terms of scale, bandwidth, and overall risk of sustainability.   This is where they need the support of funding from all of us. They are also looking for a new Executive Director to lead in the development of the next chapter of the organization.   This person needs to be both visionary and with a strong business background as CornerHouse has tremendous opportunities to grow from a small local service provider into a national and global leader on many business fronts.   If you know of qualified business people that would be interested in this new role,  please connect them with the organization and their talent search firm of CohenTaylor.

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2017 CornerHouse Breakfast / Fundraiser

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I attended CornerHouse breakfast as a part of their 4th annual fundraiser in support of abused children and their families.
The event was well attended with ~300 guests of the non-profit.   The event started with open networking as guests arrived followed by a sit-down breakfast as the keynote began.   I’ve attached the event agenda to this post to highlight the fantastic speakers that presented.  The subject of child abuse is quite a difficult topic.  Several facts were quite shocking including that only 20% of abuse cases are reported and it is mainly by someone the child knows.   Our speakers were very generous to share their stories of working in this field and specific cases they had involvement in.   It was a tough and emotional hour for everyone.  I really have to give credit to the presenters who had to struggle through some pretty personal emotions at the podium for the sake of the cause.   At the conclusion of the fundraiser, I had the chance to get introduced to many people at the CornerHouse organization.   What a great team that is supporting and extremely important cause.
Learn more and get involved: CornerHouse
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Event Agenda:
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