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Now displaying: February, 2017
Feb 24, 2017

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.

 

Feb 8, 2017

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. 

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