Despite an unusually tough budget year, the year was both successful and productive.
One of the best ways we can help nonprofits be more transparent and accountable is by working through grantmakers. Our Grantmakers Services program has taken off in the last year, as we’ve partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation and the Greater Twin Cities United Way to provide technical assistance and one-on-one guidance to their grantees as they go through our review process.
Through our robust Cultural Competency initiative, we diversified our Board leadership and built relationships and developed trust in under-represented communities. Many of the nonprofits we’ve worked with through the Grantmakers Services program are immigrant-led or underserved, and we consider this a concrete step in our commitment to become a culturally affirming, inclusive organization.
We made a significant change in how we report on the charities that complete our review process, now publicly listing only those that have achieved certification by meeting all of our standards. This provides donors with the most important information they need to give with confidence. The new certification model is geared toward helping nonprofits make necessary changes to eventually meet standards, at which point, information from the review is made public.
As we explore growth and expansion opportunities, we’ve recognized that we have reached the donors and nonprofits that we are able to reach, given our current level of resources and staffing – but the opportunity exists to serve many more. We have begun a Campaign for Growth – a 3-year, $600,000 effort to build the Council’s infrastructure to make greater impact possible. We are confident that our great supporters will come forward and help us reach our goal, as you always have.
Thank you for making our important contributions to nonprofit accountability and informed philanthropy possible.
Heidi Neff Christianson, Board Chair
Rich Cowles, Executive Director