Building Rural Resilience

Rallying after a crisis, getting kids ready for kindergarten, and raising up the next generation of great Minnesota leaders. A round-up of coverage for the Initiative Foundation.

Her Day in Court

Amy Hagstrom Miller took her abortion rights case all the way to the Supreme Court. And won.

Still Growing

“I think the idea of the family farm means a lot to people around here and they don’t want to see them go away, that’s for darn sure—but they don’t always realize what it takes to keep them going.”

Mother of Invention

With a hard-to-get beauty patent, alumna Gwen Jimmere is taking her line of natural hair products from the kitchen sink to the global market. From the Winter 2016 edition of Kent State magazine Gwen Jimmere ’03, MA ’08, recently became the first African-American woman...

Within Walking Distance

My great love affair with Horace Cleveland continues! Here's the new annual report we produced for the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, the nonprofit organization behind the big RiverFirst initiative, an ambitious public/private effort to connect every corner of...

Building a Healthy Housing Market

Whether you’re a Baby Boomer or a Millennial, real estate ends up being everybody’s business–especially in rural Minnesota. Check out my latest cover story for IQ, the magazine of the Initiative Foundation.

Handing down the tradition

Old Traditions, New Technology: The Center for Irish Music celebrates its 10-year anniversary with an interactive annual report.

A Greater Minnesota

Forged in crisis 30 years ago, the Minnesota Initiative Foundations have become a new model for rural philanthropy, economic development and forward thinking.