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Democratic Process

Two weeks ago the Midterm election happened.  Even though I am very glad it is over – those ads can be very draining - I am also very encouraged by our local participation in the process.  Over 75% of...

posted at: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 12:05pm

Steele County Nonprofits

I frequently get asked the question “how many nonprofits are in Steele County”?  It seems like a reasonable question since United Way formally funds 16 locally operating nonprofits and partner each...

posted at: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 1:00pm

After the Fair

The Steele County Free Fair, which happened last week, is one of the assets that makes our community great.  We prepare for this event for weeks if not months: the anticipation and buzz builds slowly until...

posted at: Friday, August 24, 2018 - 1:00pm

Local Autonomy; Local Culture for United Ways

Last month the Star Tribune published an article about the retirement of Greater Twin Cities United Way (GTCUW) Executive Director, Sarah Caruso, after 9 years of service.  The...

posted at: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 1:05pm

The Annual Grant Making Process

It is widely known that United Way of Steele County provides funds to local human service agencies that further our vision of a sustainable and vibrant community where residents enjoy an...

posted at: Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:05pm

Volunteering in Steele County

If you’ve paid attention at all to communications coming out of the United Way office in the last few years you know that a motto of our global organization is “Give. Advocate. Volunteer.” ...

posted at: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 1:05pm

A Case for Pitching In

I am privileged to spend a lot of time with people who care deeply about others and our community.  Hands down it is the best part of my job. UWSC staff and these community members talk a lot about...

posted at: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 1:05pm

“Downtime” at United Way

Sometimes people ask me if, now that campaign is over and we hit our goal, if we relax a little or have a little “downtime.”  I do try not to laugh or smirk but for some reason it takes me by...

posted at: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 12:05pm

Broader Participation Needed

When you first enter nonprofit work from outside the sector you can undergo a little bit of culture shock.  It may appear to work like a business and we do our best to use business principles...

posted at: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 12:05pm

Myth Busting United Way

I am deeply thankful to Jeffrey Jackson, editor, and Tom Murray, publisher, for earlier this year giving me the opportunity to write a monthly column which allows me to open a window into the work...

posted at: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 12:05pm

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