Sarah Lutman is a St. Paul-based independent consultant and writer for clients in the cultural, media and philanthropic sectors.
Why and how does the Minnesota State Fair Foundation raise money?
When a millennial succeeds a baby boomer, board members need to be open to learning from a young leader.
Critiques of philanthropic practices are coming from every direction, prompting some foundations to change their behavior.
What policy changes and appropriations do Minnesota nonprofits want from the 2019 Legislature?
The neighborhood library is now a global information hub and community connector.
Make 2019 the year your board focuses on its effectiveness.
Foundations are exploring more ways to involve community members in helping boards make good funding decisions.
Foundations are getting into the business of business, which creates wealth and jobs for low-income communities.
The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations got a quick education in how to handle bitcoin donations.
Nonprofits help farmers bring fresh local food
to your children’s lunch table.
Nonprofits will be more effective when they share narratives that build empathy and inspire action.
Following a year of record donations, The Minneapolis Foundation leverages its resources to address economic and racial gaps.
Minnesota foundations can expand impact through program-related investments (PRIs).
Hutchinson’s TigerPath program stands out among Minnesota schools.
People expect easy access to an array of digital information, and Minnesota
nonprofits will need to ensure that mobile pathways exist.
The new tax law requires nonprofits to rethink their case for support.
Is visiting a museum a cultural experience? What about attending a street fair?
A new survey examines how we view culture.
The Wilder Foundation is seeing results with a new anti-poverty
program that empowers low-income family members.
The new website aims to improve philanthropic practice through user feedback.
A new foundation consortium helps immigrant-focused nonprofits in Minnesota.
Minnesota nonprofits use Twitter to share news and ideas.
Minneapolis and St. Paul schools are seeing results with continuous learning programs and performance tracking.
Purpose, planning and practice will help you build a community online.
Without careful planning for the imagined changes, the best-laid plans will fail.
The state’s changing demographics fuel the work of Minnesota Compass, which helps nonprofits identify trends.
Public radio’s Krista Tippett and On Being expand their Civil Conversations Project.
Two nonprofit management assistance programs strengthen their effectiveness by merging their organizations.
Twin Cities Theatres of Color Coalition plays artistic and social justice roles that merit a new approach to budgets and financial support.
Businesses must join with nonprofits and the public sector to tackle worker housing shortages.
You can make your year-end contributions from your sofa and support artists and entrepreneurs.
The new federal overtime rule has nonprofits—largely reliant on government and philanthropic funding—hustling to comply with higher wage costs.
Change starts in our hearts, heads and homes. Here are resources to start making change.
Nonprofits, like businesses, will run into big trouble if they lack sufficient operating reserves, detailed continuity plans and strong boards.
There are many credible sites for vetting nonprofits before making charitable contributions.
Grantmakers are uniting to support programs to close food access gaps across the state.
Funders work together to change the story and trajectory of a low-income neighborhood that’s emphasizing its assets.
Minnesota and national nonprofits are adapting to sweeping changes in the work world and the public square.
Arts veteran Ben Cameron returns to Minnesota to lead the Jerome Foundation.
Nonprofit helps Hmong farmers grow their business, along with their crops.
What are the ripple effects from Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s charitable giving?
Why not get involved in the Youth Social Entrepreneurship Collaborative?
Preparing the nonprofit sector for a new generation of leaders.
Dr. Eric Jolly takes the helm of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners.
Hundreds of local nonprofits, some led by immigrants, are changing the world.
When "designed by committee" isn't a bad thing.
Nonprofits unleash digital strategies to help advance civil society.
The philanthropic community has moved beyond simple feminism to ask fundamental questions about gender roles.
The Minneapolis Foundation is just one of Minnesota’s prominent nonprofits turning 100 this year.
Fresh ways to engage and retain the 21st-century board member.
The Northside Achievement Zone collaboration is producing results.
Creative Minnesota report shows the size and strength of resilient sector.
What are nonprofit leaders lobbying for?
Is your nonprofit operating for the modern era or with a template from the past?
Minnesota’s veterans join forces to challenge stereotypes and build new narratives.
The Makers Coalition exemplifies ways that for-profit and not-for-profit sectors can come together.
This school year, consider doing something extra to help Minnesota’s children.
Fortune 500 consultant Cecily Sommers gives advice to arts administrators.
For-profit or nonprofit, there’s more than one way to do good. Getting set up as a B corporation may be the smart play.
Mission investing takes root among Minnesota endowed foundations.
Central Corridor Funders’ Collaborative, which coordinates development along the new light-rail line, is a partnership that works.
The nonprofit sector embraces infographics.
TCB talks with president and CEO Mark Dienhart about the organization’s plans.
Charity Navigator is another step along the path toward results-oriented philanthropy.
How will proposals to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage affect the nonprofit sector?
Grantmakers use open competitions to identify new ideas and reach new people.
Thoughts on an increasingly activist philanthropic sector.
Millennials are gathering in big numbers to help build Minnesota’s civic culture.
Beyond the buzzwords, what does it really mean?
How online education is changing traditional, nonprofit colleges.
Here are a few things to ponder for those interested in leaving the for-profit world.
Much can be learned from the economics of orchestras—even if you’re not interested in classical music.
Museums are finding new ways to engage the public, in person and online.
Jennifer Ford Reedy on the role of government, the utility of metrics, and the value of optimism.
Competition among nonprofits is a healthy force for change.
Just like businesses, nonprofits need to know when it’s time to fold.
New partnership sets cradle-to-career goals for all metro students
It’s easier than ever to spend your philanthropic dollars wisely. Here are some guides.
Foundations are joining the transparency movement to better serve their “customers.”
How this year’s election could affect nonprofits—and their funders.
Performing arts organizations are experimenting with new ways to sell tickets.