Monday, February 28, 2011

Shifting Volunteer Efforts to Advance Future Generations

Andi Egbert
There are vast differences between children that are connected to adults that care about them and those that are engaged in activities outside of school three times a week. These data points are a small part of what I learned at a presentation last week. The findings left me asking, “How might we shift our volunteer efforts here to better advance our future generations?”

Craig Helmstetter and Andi Egbert from the Wilder Research team at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation presented the data at the meeting hosted by the Corporate Volunteer Council of the Twin Cities and the Minnesota Council of Foundations. Helmstetter and Egbert serve as lead researchers and focus on a specific project called Minnesota Compass.

Craig Helmstetter
In addition to interesting new research on children and youth, Helmstetter and Egbert also discussed several other trends including: the shift of population to the suburbs, the aging population and worker shortage, the increasing diversity in Minnesota and the impact of the great recession. The information was mind boggling and overwhelming, but also very thought provoking. It made me realize that we need to examine how we can shift our resources and volunteer commitment to mirror these trends and further advance our communities.

The full slate of data is available at A quick snapshot of some of these trends can be found in the Compass Points 2011 report. I encourage you to check it out.

Susan Beatty
Corporate Communications
Bremer Financial Services

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