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Fast Forward: Kate Barr

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March 2016
“One of the best signs of a financially healthy nonprofit is a nonprofit that ends its operating year with a surplus," says Kate Barr, executive director of Nonprofits Assistance Fund. Barr has been making meaning out of financial information and strategies for decades, with stints as an arts administrator and a bank executive. Her goal is “to help people connect the dots between mission and business model.” In this episode, Barr talks about how funders consider which organizations they elect to collaborate with or support. She also explains the challenges of a one-size-fits-all approach to...
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Fast Forward: Dominick Washington

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March 2016
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 covers the use of budgetary systems as models for other operations and how to encourage a culture of collaboration within an organization.
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Fast Forward: Ho Nguyen

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February 2016
Ho Nguyen is a program officer at PFund Foundation. Formerly, she was the grassroots advocacy coordinator with Pro-Choice Resources, and she has been actively engaged in anti-racist work and social justice strategies for over a decade. Her background is in housing, homelessness, poverty, and ensuring 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.
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Fast Forward: The Improve Group

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January 2016
Leah Goldstein Moses founded The Improve Group in 2000 with a vision to improve programs and organizations that impact the world. In this conversation, we talk with Moses and The Improve Group’s research and evaluation director Jennifer Obinna about how grantmakers can and should be using evaluation in their work. They address 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...
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Fast Forward: Dr. Eric Jolly, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners

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November 2015
“My life has been focused on a deep belief that education is a liberating force in human development," says Dr. Eric Jolly, new president and CEO of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. In this episode, MCF president, Trista Harris sits down with Jolly for a conversation about his transition from decades spent working in academia and the non-profit sector to the world of foundations. He talks about the unique role community foundations play in philanthropy, the outpouring of support he's received from the sector, where Minnesota Philanthropy Partners is as they celebrate 75 years and where they'...
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Fast Forward: Terri Ann Lowenthal

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October 2015
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 writing on the subject. In this interview, Lowenthal talks about the importance of the census and the American Community Survey and gives examples of how the collected data is used. She talks frankly about how and...
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Fast Forward: Molly de Aguiar

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October 2015
Molly de Aguiar directs the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s media grants, while also managing the foundation's communications initiatives. She’s working at the intersection of grantmaking, communications, media and community building. In this interview, she 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 more.
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Fast Forward: Akhtar Badshah

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October 2015
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. Badshah spoke at the 2015 Minnesota Council on Foundations Annual Conference. In this interview, he talks about impact investing, mission-driven corporate giving, and the importance of putting a face and name to the communities grantmakers serve.
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