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Fast Forward is the Minnesota Council on Foundation’s (MCF) audio program that features conversations with big thinkers in the field of philanthropy. Through these interviews, listeners learn about the latest trends in Minnesota grantmaking, gain insights on strategies behind important philanthropic efforts, learn about new resources from their peers, and come away inspired with ideas and approaches they can take back to your organization.
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Now displaying: December, 2016
Dec 19, 2016

"Some foundations deal with disruptions well and some don't."

Bruce Thao talks about coming into F.R. Bigelow and Minnesota Philanthropy Partners as a Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow. He shares his excitement about the new Linking Leaders initiative, talks about building relationships with his cohort of fellows and with his philanthropic colleagues. Bruce also shares thoughts on the state of philanthropy under a new federal administration and the importance of having genuine relationships within the communities you're trying to build and work beside.

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As a Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow through the Minnesota Council on Foundations, Bruce serves as a Program Associate at the F. R. Bigelow Foundation.

At the Foundation, Bruce directs leadership initiatives for communities of color in Saint Paul's East Metro area, spearheads funding initiatives to support innovation in leadership development, and supports the Foundation’s grantmaking to address a variety of human service and capacity needs.

Bruce holds a master's in psychology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia as well as a master's in social welfare from the University of Chicago.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Bruce founded his own consulting business, providing leadership coaching and diversity training to individuals and institutions, and served as Director of Programs for Hmong American Partnership and Hmong National Development. Bruce was also a 2013 Bush Leadership Fellow and a 2014 White House Champion of Change. 

He was selected as 2016 “Young Professional of the Year” by the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. Bruce is also a Board Member of the St. Paul Children’s Collaborative. 

Outside of work, Bruce enjoys running, tennis, meditation and traveling.

Email  or call 651.325.4268

Dec 14, 2016

On this episode, Katie Troyer talks about working on an international team connecting employees with their own personal philanthropic goals and she talks about the relationship she shares with her fellow Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellows

Katie Troyer is an Employee Engagement Associate with the Medtronic foundation and part of the 2016 cohort of Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellows. Katie has dedicated her career to connecting community members with resources and opportunities. Prior to joining the Medtronic foundation, Katie served as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Governor Mark Dayton. In this role, she worked to develop and implement strategies for Minnesotans from communities of color, the LGBTQ community, and the disabilities community to gain employment, contracting, and engagement opportunities within state government and to create an organizational environment of inclusivity. Previous to this role, Katie worked with adults with developmental disabilities to provide support of their personal growth and success.

Dec 6, 2016

On this episode, Sonja Moore talks about the Grotto Foundation’s ongoing strategic planning process, rethinking program focus and having realistic conversations about equity in philanthropy.

Sonja Moore became the Grotto Foundation’s fourth Executive Director in 2014. Previously, she served as Director of Partner Relations at MN Philanthropy Partners, helping fund holders at The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation achieve their philanthropic goals. Sonja also has nearly a decade of fundraising experience working for Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota and the Blake School in Hopkins. Earlier in her career, she was an educator, teaching both Spanish and English to a multitude of age groups ranging from preschool children in a bilingual elementary school to octogenarians at a Community College. She received her Bachelor of Arts in international relations from The American University in Washington, D.C. She also received a Master of Arts in education from Chapman University.

Sonja can be reached at 651-209-8011 or smoore@grottofoundation.org

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