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Fast Forward
Insights from big thinkers in philanthropy
Category: Non-Profit
Fast Forward features conversations with big thinkers in the field of philanthropy. Through these interviews by Minnesota Council on Foundations staff, you'll learn about the latest trends in Minnesota grantmaking, gain insights on strategies behin ...more
Fast Forward features conversations with big thinkers in the field of philanthropy. Through these interviews by Minnesota Council on Foundations staff, you'll learn about the latest trends in Minnesota grantmaking, gain insights on strategies behind important philanthropic efforts, and come away inspired with ideas and approaches you can take back to your organization.
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March 02, 2016 01:35 PM PST

Bush Foundation Communications Director Dominick Washington joins us to explain what he calls “Whole Pig” philanthropy, a way of trying to have an impact at every level and part of an organization. He also talks about how his political and nonprofit background informs his philanthropic work and the ways he thinks about partnerships and cross-sector relationships. He also talks about using budgetary systems as models for other operations and how to encourage a culture of collaboration within an organization.

February 11, 2016 12:01 PM PST

MCF President Trista Harris shares her take-aways from a training at the Institute for the Future and a look at where philanthropy is headed. She also talks about what hover boards mean to philanthropy.

February 05, 2016 12:32 PM PST

Ho Nguyen is a Program Officer at PFund. She was formerly the Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator with Pro-Choice Resources and has been actively engaged in anti-racist work and social justice strategies for over a decade. Ho’s background is in housing, homelessness and poverty, working to ensure that all people and families have access to safe and affordable housing. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the MN Coalition for the Homeless.

January 14, 2016 11:23 AM PST

Leah Goldstein Moses founded The Improve Group in 2000 with a vision to improve programs and organizations that impact the world. In this conversations, we talk with Leah Goldstein Moses along with The Improve Group’s Research and Evaluation Director Jennifer Obinna about how grantmakers can and should be using evaluation in their work.

Leah and Jennifer talk about best practices in evaluation, the importance of thinking through how evaluation aligns with your identity as a foundation, building evaluation capacity, how to decide when to bring in outside help for evaluation and what to do with evaluation data once you’ve captured it. They also talk about keeping realistic expectation for the outcomes of investing in evaluation and share why their personally passionate about their work.

December 17, 2015 10:13 AM PST

Eagle Heart holds an Master’s in Business Administration; a Bachelor’s of Arts in Mass Communications, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in American Indian Studies. Sarah is a 2014 recipient of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s “40 under 40 Award”, which recognizes emerging Native American leaders who have demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication and made significant contributions in business and/or their community. Sarah is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
This past September, Sarah Eagle Heart became CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy

December 10, 2015 09:28 PM PST

Beth Zemsky a community organizer, educator, psychotherapist and organizational leader. In this interview, Beth talks with Alfonso Wenker about her multidisciplinary approach to intercultural organizational development.

November 11, 2015 12:40 PM PST

“My life has been focused on a deep belief that education is a liberating force in human development.”
Trista sits down with MN Partners President and CEO Dr. Eric Jolly for a conversation about his transition from decades spent working in academia and the non-profit sector to the world of foundations. Dr. Jolly talks about the unique role community foundations play in Philanthropy, the outpouring of support he's received from the sector, where MN Partners is as they celebrate 75 years and where they're headed. He also shares his vision for the field of Philanthropy and recommends the book "Social Determinants of Health."

October 13, 2015 08:47 AM PDT

Terri Ann Lowenthal is a nationally recognized expert on the census and a consultant specializing in the census, the federal statistical system and the use of data for policy purposes. Lowenthal is currently part of The Census Project, a nonpartisan collaborative of census stakeholders supporting the census and other vital Census Bureau programs. Go to censusprojectblog.org for her excellent writing on the subject. In this interview, Terri Ann Lowenthal talks about the importance of the Census and the American Community Survey. She gives examples of how the collected data is used and talks frankly about how and why certain legislators and politicians are trying to disrupt data collection and the Census overall.

October 12, 2015 01:34 PM PDT

Molly de Aguiar directs the Geraldine Dodge Foundation’s media grants, while also directing Dodge’s communications initiatives. She’s working at the intersection of grantmaking, communications, media, and community building. In this interview, Molly talks about tools and the ways grantmakers can tell their own stories as well as the stories of their grantees. Go to www.grdodge.org to see some of the initiatives Molly refers to. And come hear her speak at the MCF annual conference on October 28th and 29th in St. Paul.

October 05, 2015 02:23 PM PDT

Akhtar Badshah is the founder and chief catalyst of Catalytic Innovators Group. He led Microsoft’s global community investment and employee program for 10 years. Akhtar will be speaking at the Minnesota Council on Foundation’s Annual Conference, giving our closing keynote presentation the afternoon of October 29th. The last day to register for this year’s conference is October 16th. Go to www.mcf.org/2015conference for more details. In this interview, Akhtar Badshah talks about impact investing, mission-driving corporate giving, and the importance of putting a face and name to the communities grantmakers serve.

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