Tuesday, November 6, 2012

We've Moved!

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Bremer Bank Nonprofit Resource Specialist Team

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Do You Know the Legend of Stone Soup?

Maybe you read it to your children. In the legend, hungry travelers started soup from a stone and convinced the villagers to contribute what they could, making enough to benefit the whole community. The UND Center for Community Engagement uses the tale to remind students, faculty, and community members what good can come if we all do our part.

We know that’s something you believe in, too. That’s why you support many worthy projects in the community.

As a co-chair of the Center’s Community Advisory Board, I believe in the role of the Center to make the legend happen. The Center connects students and faculty to projects in our community. Imagine students helping their geography professor map improvements in the Near North Neighborhood in Grand Forks, mentoring New Americans who have come here from places around the world, and helping market Special Olympics. These are the kinds of projects the Center for Community Engagement helps make happen through its Stone Soup Fund.

How can you help?
Local partners such as you make it possible to continue the Center’s program of matching needs in the community with student and faculty research and learning. The goal is to create a better Grand Forks and region and to help UND students learn what opportunities are available for them while they are here and after they graduate.

Why not see for yourself? We invite you to come to this year’s Stone Soup Awards Program and Luncheon Thursday, Nov. 8. Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown and UND Vice President Susan Walton will be serving our special stone soup recipe. Community-university projects will be on exhibit, and awards will be presented to deserving individuals, a UND department, and community partners.

If you have any questions, please call the Center at 701.777.0675 or visit www.communityengagement.und.edu.

Kelly Greenlees, NRS, Grand Forks

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

How Rude!

How rude! Seems winter isn’t letting fall have its day – out my front door recently anyway.

I’m sticking with fall yet, though, and hoping to see many friends and colleagues at the Minnesota Council of NonprofitsMinnesota Council on Foundations Joint Conference in St. Paul on Nov. 1 & 2. A fantastic fall tradition for nonprofits in Minnesota!

I’ll be participating with three colleagues in a breakout session on Friday morning on a topic “near and dear” to us and perhaps to you too. If so, please join us! (We won’t be rude!)

Creative Problem Solving for Small, Community-Based Nonprofits: Challenges and Opportunities-- focuses on how small, community-based nonprofits throughout Minnesota, including many within immigrant and refugee communities, can best accomplish their important missions. Using Greater Minnesota and metro scenarios based on real examples, participants will explore key issues, challenges, potential solutions and opportunities. The panelists will provide their perspectives, identify possible resources and respond to questions. Designed to address start-ups and more established nonprofits, the goal is candid discussion and real problem solving.

Lois Schmidt, NRS, Willmar