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Systems Change: A Crucial Part of the Ecosystem

Minnesota is in the top philanthropic states, yet we continue to have some of the largest gaps in health, education, housing and jobs for BIPOC communities. This panel discussion will highlight organizations that will speak to how philanthropy can make a greater difference in communities at the local, state and global level when investments are made in systems change efforts. By attending this session, attendees will learn how systems change efforts have helped protect the environment, address inequity and strengthen developing communities. You’ll also learn about the importance of supporting advocacy and systems change work led by community leaders.


  • Emilia Gonzalez Avalos, Executive Director, NAVIGATE MN
  • Mónica Carrillo Zegarra, Regional Director, Latin America, Thousand Currents
  • Joshua Crosson, Executive Director, EdAllies
  • Colleen O'Connor Toberman, River Corridor Program Director, Friends of Mississippi River
  • Ambar Hanson, Community Relationship Officer, Mortenson Family Foundation
  • Danyelle O'Hara, Community Relationship Officer, Mortenson Family Foundation

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Recorded March 23, 2021

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