Mike Ricci shares the very compelling story that made him transition from working at a wealth management firm to becoming director of professional outreach and investments at the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota.
Mike has a dual role at CCF. As Investment Officer, Mike provides consistent stewardship of your CCF investments. He also collaborates with the Foundation’s Investment Committee to execute and maintain the long-term investment strategy needed to manage assets in perpetuity.
As Director of Professional Outreach, he spends time cultivating awareness of CCF and its work with wealth managers, accountants, bankers, and attorneys. In this capacity, he aims to broaden CCF’s reach to potential donors who wish to align their philanthropy and Catholic faith to meet the needs of the community.
“We’re much more interested in quality rather than quantity.”
Awale Osman, Community Innovation Associate at the Bush Foundation, speaks with high school student Kyue his early path through education as an immigrant, why community plays such a large role in his work and laugh and about the programs he works on as a Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow at the Bush Foundation.
Awale Osman has a variety of experiences expanding community organizing and program development in nonprofit, K-12 and higher education spaces. Awale has lived disparate experiences—from war-torn Somalia, to Kenyan refugee camps, to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in American classrooms, to high academic honors—and created much change—expanding after-school opportunities for youth in Twin Cities suburbs, building capacity and confidence in the youth of Rochester, MN, impressing upon U.S. congressmen the value of federal department of education TRIO programs, opening the campus climate for underserved students and increasing the retention rate of Black community college students. He most recently served as a TRIO Student Support Services advisor at Normandale Community College.
“Overall, the LGBTQ community is more likely not just to live in poverty but to live in extreme poverty.” – Trina Olson
Trina Olson, executive director of PFund Foundation, and Anil Hurkadli, program officer at Thrivent Financial Foundation, sit down with MCF’s Levi Weinhagen to talk about persistent myths and misconceptions about the LGBTQ community. Trina and Anil talk about why these myths exist, where they come from, what they do and how folks inside and outside philanthropy can work beyond the myths to build relationships with and create programs that serve real people.
In this conversation Trina and Anil mention several resources and significant figures connected to LGBTQ movements, issues and understandings.
This is a live recording of the 2017 Annual Conference opening plenary session on the State of Philanthropy.
This panel features:
David Biemesderfer, president and CEO, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.
Peggy Flanagan, Minnesota State Representative and board member, The Minneapolis Foundation.
Gayle Ober, president, George Family Foundation.
Trista Harris, president, Minnesota Council on Foundations.
Moderator, Levi Weinhagen, communication and media specialist, MCF.
Patrick Troska talks candidly about going through a new strategic planning process and the role deeper understandings of equity has played in refocusing the work.
Patrick Troska is the Executive Director at the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota. Troska also serves as point person for the Foundation's funding strategies in the areas of housing and transit. He has been with the Foundation since 2000, when he came on board as a program officer. In January 2005, Troska was promoted to senior program officer with responsibilities to oversee all aspects of the Foundation's annual grantmaking program, including reviewing all final reports submitted on grants made by the Foundation. From 1997 to 200, he was a fund distribution and community initiatives manager for the United Way of the Saint Paul area. Troska began his career in youth services where he held several positions with the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and the Minnesota Children's Museum. He earned his B.A. from St. John's University and holds and M.A. in Leadership from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
Troska has served on many nonprofit boards, including District202, ACTS of St. Paul and Minnesota AIDS Project, which he chaired from April 2010 through April 2012. In June 2009 he completed a fellowship in public policy at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
"I wouldn't ask somebody to run through a wall if I didn't run through it with them."
Jesse Ross is Policy Associate at the Minneapolis Foundation and a Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow
In this episode of the podcast, Jesse talks about how coming from many years working for nonprofits makes him able to understand how foundations and nonprofits view one another and where communication could be improved. He talks about his passion for building relationships, partnerships and community. And he talks about a few specific programs he's really excited to be working on.
Jesse’s heart is centered on community development, with 12 years of experience in nonprofit and community-based organizations throughout North and South Minneapolis. Jesse works on both program development and direct community engagement, with the goal of empowering people to effectively impact their own communities. Jesse previously worked for Young Life, a global nonprofit organization, and TreeHouse, a local faith-based nonprofit, where his areas of focus included policy and program development, organizational leadership, diversity and culture, youth and family development, fundraising, outreach, and a host of other initiatives.