2014 Annual Report

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” — Alan Watts

Photograph of trumpeter swans in water surrounded by plant life.

Photograph by J. Buchanan, compliments of The Trumpeter Swan Society, a 2014 MAP strategy client.

Change. One year after achieving our best financial performance in our history, we learned we would lose a long-term funder.

We used the six-month notice to prepare for the ensuing change, and we also worked on an astounding 789 projects with organizations and engaged more than 1500 people in learning about board governance, in pursuit of — maximizing the community impact of nonprofits and social innovators through consultation, training and support.



Provided essential services to more than 500 organizations

spotlightCLOSE UP: LAO ADVANCEMENT ORGANIZATION OF AMERICA  The LAO Advancement Organization of America needed to achieve exacting requirements before offering new respite and day services to seniors and caregivers. With dedicated accounting support from MAP, this hard-working organization completed the necessary pre-work and was able to launch Lao Seniors Quality of Life, based on Lao language, culture and beliefs. Participants have access to activities, classes, support groups, social interaction, nursing services, meals and many other services.

Developed strategies and business models that strengthened 62 nonprofit organizations’ ability to manage change and achieve missions

spotlightCLOSE UP: TRUMPETER SWAN SOCIETY  After successfully restoring Trumpeter Swan populations throughout the nation, the Trumpeter Swan Society needed to revisit the organization’s purpose. As a result of a strategic planning process with MAP, the society determined they would focus on building a movement of people that enjoy the trumpeter swan population and influence policy affecting the stewardship of the population

Engaged in exciting new approaches for greater social impact

Our strategy consultants worked on two COLLECTIVE IMPACT Initiatives engaging a broad swathe of leaders to work across traditional boundaries in the domestic violence field and the disabilities and employment field

We made preparations and completed pilots for the launch of a NEW service, FISCAL SPONSORSHIP

We trained consultants in the practice of alliances and strategic reorganization consultation at the Support Center/Partners in Philanthropy in New York City; and shared our realignment experience and research with nonprofit leaders and funders by presenting at conferences in New York and New Jersey

We expanded our charitable work in the region and accelerated innovation and entrepreneurship by providing fiscal sponsorship to three projects: Pollen, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – Twin Cities, and Northside Educational Alliance. We provided Model A fiscal sponsorship to OTA, which creates a collaborative network for the region’s creative class.

spotlightCLOSE-UP: IMPACT INITIATIVE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  How would we end domestic violence in Minnesota if we could start all over again? That was the question leaders from across Minnesota addressed in an collective impact initiative that brought disparate leaders together and ended up producing trust among participants, changing attitudes and producing a foundational document and strategies that continue today, through the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women.

Strengthened Sector Leaders and Board Members

Nearly 250 LEADERS participated in our Leaders Circles®, Coaching, and High Impact Leadership training

More than 1500 INDIVIDUALS learned about board governance practices from MAP, whether through regularly-scheduled sessions, special sessions at area corporations like 3M, and Xcel Energy; or trainings sponsored by a single funder, for example, the Missouri Slope Area United Way in Bismarck, ND; the  Charities Review Council (brought together 50 organizations), the Cannon River Watershed Partnership and its guests from the Northfield Area United Way, League of Women Voters-Northfield, and the Northfield Arts Guild, the Hennepin County Bar Association’s LINC program, which prepares member attorneys for board leadership and the United Way of Goodhue, Wabash & Pierce Counties, to name a few…

2014 board training

spotlightCLOSE-UP: COUNCIL OF MICHIGAN FOUNDATIONS  Our successful Leaders Circles® program is now benefiting leaders in Michigan. We packaged our program ‘for use’ by the Council of Michigan Foundations and trained their Circle leaders.

Plunging into Change; Disruptive Innovation

At mid-year, we learned of a significant funding shift. The Greater Twin Cities United Way, due to a change in focus, would not be funding MAP in 2015. MAP took the information into account in the form of a new strategic plan following a thorough review of nonprofit needs, funder interviews, and a strategic retreat on disruptive innovation. The new plan called for MAP to exit the service areas of legal hotline and technology and to add fiscal sponsorship and succession planning services to MAP’s roster.

At the end of the year, we did the hard work of exiting the technology services and the legal hotline area, and we turned the corner toward 2015 with a leaner staff, and an ambitious plan for action.

2014 Evaluations

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2014 MAP Staff

Judith Alnes
Executive Director

Kiwana Cannon
Consultant, Technology Services

Barbara Clare
Chief Financial Officer

Walter Cox
Senior Consultant, Strategic Services
Director, Accounting and Finance Services

Julie Dappen
Director, Marketing and Business Development

Phil Duran, J.D.
Legal Services

Danielle Gangelhoff
Finance & Project Specialist

Gordon Goodwin
Senior Consultant, Strategic Services

Karen Graham
Director, Technology and Innovation

Christine Hammes
Director, Strategic Development Services

 Jennifer Kramm
Consultant, Strategic Services

Maria Lopez
Program & Operations Associate

Julia Malmgren
Consultant, Accounting and Finance Services

Tom Moberg
Strategic Technology Consultant

Mary Nehring
Assistant to the Executive Director

Becky Olson
Consultant, Accounting and Finance Services

Charley Ravine, J.D.
Director, Legal Services

Shari Reily
Marketing and Database Analyst

Judy Sharken Simon
Senior Consultant, Strategic Services

Amy Wagner
Associate Director

Brian Wald
Business Development Manager, Accounting and Finance Services

Acacia Willey
Consultant, Accounting and Finance Services

Cary Walski
Technology Education and Outreach Coordinator

2014 Corporate and Foundation Contributors

Over $50,000
ADC Foundation
Patrick & Aimee Butler Family Foundation
Fieldstone Alliance
Greater Twin Cities United Way
The McKnight Foundation

$10,000 to $49,999
Ameriprise Financial
Hugh J. Andersen Foundation
Athwin Foundation
Otto Bremer Foundation
Ecolab Foundation
General Mills Foundation
Phillips, Jay & Rose, Family Foundation
Piper Jaffray & Co.
Shavlik Family Foundation
Target Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation – Minnesota

$5,000 to $9,999
Best Buy Children’s Foundation
Bremer Financial Services
Medtronic Foundation
U.S. Bancorp Foundation
Xcel Energy Foundation

$2,000 to $4,999
Andersen Corporation Foundation
Deluxe Corporation Foundation
Medica Foundation
Securian Foundation

$1,000 to $1,999
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Dorsey & Whitney Foundation
H.B. Fuller Company
Western Bank

Up to $999
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Charles M. & Carol E. Denny Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation
Ryan Foundation

2014 Individual Contributors

$1,000 and up
Judith Alnes
Karen Alnes
Paul and Dianna Babcock
Grayce Belvedere-Young
Courtney Colby
John Corkrean
Christine Esckilsen
Aaron Gordon
Christine Hammes
Diana Lewis
Kimi Martin
David Mitchell
Laura Owen
Laurene Roller
Walter Sawicki
Ron Zweber and Peter Scott

$500 to $999
Leslie Anderson
Barbara Clare
Julie Dappen
Karl Dornfeld
Brad Kruse and Kimberly Faurot
Mark Malmberg
Heidi Meyer
Charlie Ravine
Vicki Schmidlin Reher
Ellie Skelton and Tony Thomas
Todd Tonneson
Susan Voigt
Brian J. Wald
Gregory P. Zeller

$100 to $499
Barb and Tran Alfrey
Susan Alnes
Ronnie Brooks
Ellen and Peter Brown
Armando Camacho
Sarah Clyne
Rich and Jackie Cowles
Walter Cox, Jr.
Amy Crawford
Peter Dross
Phil Duran
Dan and Kathy Flicek
Amy Fredregill
Gordon Goodwin
Jennifer Gostovic
Karen Graham
Phil Hansen
Diane Herman
Jacqueline Hill and Don Christensen
Ron and Marty Jacobsen
Louise Jensen
Cynthia Kleven
Andrew Kruse
Sandra Larson
Marshall and Paula Lehman
Julia Malmgren
Rachel Mathre
Carla McGrath
Emily Menchaca
Patricia Moore
Margot Moritz
Mary and Bob Nehring
Katie Nyberg
Kathleen O’Brien
Renae Oswald-Anderson
Diane Paauwe
Patty Pannkuk
Theresa Peterson
John Poore, Whole Leaders LLC
Jon Pratt
Ella Ramsey and Bill Merrill
Maria and David Reamer
Jennifer and Chris Reedy
Jim Rustad
Bob and Mary Seng
Sanjeev Shah
Stanley Shepard
Davis and Margaret Shryer
Nancy Slaughter
Sarah Suemnig
Kathleen R. Toay
Jim and Sharon Toscano
Jerry Totall
Amy Wagner and Charlie Witzke
Cary Walski
Michael Whitescarver
Sandi Wilkens

Up to $99
Joel and Emily Barker
Margaret Bull
Alexander Chan
Kris Kewitsch
Lars Leafblad
Daniel and Suzanne Levitt
Kit and Marilyn Natz
Becky Olson
Brian Peterson-Delacueva
Mary Polzin
Judy Sharken Simon
Lisa Sinclair
Amy Sinykin
Jim Stathopoulos
Roger Toogood
Wendy Wehr

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