My title is ﭭunity Impact Associateᴠthe Minneapolis Jewish Federation. This means Iಥsponsible for ensuring the Federation's vision of a dynamic and caring Jewish community now and into the future through working with partner agencies, such as the Jewish Family and Childrenӥrvices of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Jewish Community Center, to achieve powerful impact. The role involves researching and analyzing trends, best practices, and new initiatives. It also entails staffing designated fund committees, including managing funding requests and allocations processes for maximum efficiency, effectiveness, and alignment with Federation, designated fund and community priorities. I identify and implement improvements to funding policies and procedures and steward relations with and serve as liaison to local Jewish agencies and synagogues. Click here for more information about the Minneapolis Jewish Federation Minneapolis Jewish Federation
I worked as the Manager of Board & Volunteer Services for MAP for Nonprofits. MAP is a 'management service' organization, which means it provides services and consulting to other nonprofits. Unlike other providers, it is a nonprofit. MAP stands for the Management Assistance Program. My job entailed managing the well-known board matching program, Best on Board, which linked people interested in serving on nonprofits boards with nonprofits looking for qualified and committed board members. In addition to that part of my work, I also helped nonprofit boards become more effective through delivery of public and custom training sessions.
I love the work I did a MAP. I got to see passionate people creating change and striving to improve critical areas of our society. By working with organizations like the Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society, the Minnesota Environmental Initiative, The Hemophilia Foundation of Minnesota & the Dakotas, The History Theater, etc. I also learned a heck of a lot about a lot of things!
I continue to be known nationally for my expertise in Nonprofit Life Stages and Focus Groups via my books. Through the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, (the publishing arm which spun off and became Fieldstone Alliance), I published two books: The 5 Life Stages of Nonprofit Organizations: Where You Are, Where You're Going, and What to Expect When You Get There and The Wilder Nonprofit Field Guide to Conducting Successful Focus Groups. Both books have sold well over 5,000 copies.
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