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Showing posts from February, 2016

Opportunity - Community Capitals workshop

Research shows that the most successful communities contain seven key elements. Join the researchers Cornelia Flora and Jan Flora as they detail how to engage different community members in developing all seven capitals where you live.

Date: March 21, 2016
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Black Bear Casino - Stoney Brook Room
Cost: $20 (includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch)

For more information, contact Extension Educator Dawn Newman (218-726-6474 or

Register online now.

This event is a collaboration between the University of Minnesota Extension and the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Extension to help create public outreach that focuses community strengths.

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Opportunity - Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation announces $100,000 in grants

As part of its effort to invest in economic growth in the region, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation is offering $100,000 in Incentive Grants for nonprofits and government agencies. Grants go up to $20,000 and should focus on the areas of early childhood and economic development. Applications are due March 21, 2016. Get the full guidelines and online application at their website.

Learn - Leading through Change

Change can be tough - for individuals and communities. In the recent issue of Vital Connections, Elyse Paxton spoke with Willmar resident Melissa Sorenson and Extension Educator Brian Fredrickson about ways that leaders can help make change happen. Check it out.

Learn - Advocacy Training Events

Doing good work happens at all levels, whether it is helping to address immediate needs or working to create systems change. If you or your organization is thinking about the big picture opportunities, consider Minnesota Council of Nonprofits' webinar series on Advocacy. In their own words:
Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits this spring for the Let's Advocate!—a series of free learning opportunities devoted to exploring the skills, processes and resources that can help you advocate effectively for your organization. Through a mix of webinars, in-person convenings and workshops, this free series will help you make advocacy a core part of your nonprofit. Opportunities are free and most are available online. Topics include:

Children and Youth Issues Briefing - Feb 18 from 8:30-11:30 a.m.How a Bill Becomes a Law - Feb 25 from 10-11 a.m.Session Line-Up - March 11 from 10 a.m. - noonCapitol Lab - March 18 from 10 a.m. - noonUnderstanding the State budget - March 30 from 10-11 a…

Join the team - hiring an Alumni Program Coordinator

We are looking for a new team member to lead our Alumni Program and provide coordination to some of our leadership cohorts. This team member will make sure that alumni of leadership and civic engagement programs continue to receive support and education from our statewide network. Location options are available across the state. For more information, check out the full posting.

Winterfest 2016 - Back and better than ever

Join your friends and make some new ones at Winterfest 2016. If you like being active in the outdoors, come to this event that supports community leadership development across McLeod County. For more information, check out the McLeod for Tomorrow webpage. Show up and you may even get to meet an alpaca!