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Forum for International NGO Practitioners in Minnesota

The Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) is a forum for international practitioners and supporters to learn, network and exchange professional expertise. It is MINN’s vision to be the leader in providing a collaborative environment for Minnesota international NGOs to learn and exchange ideas.  Our efforts result in innovative and effective solutions that enrich the lives of the global community.

Whether you are new to the world of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or a seasoned veteran, MINN is your forum to connect with colleagues and stay aware of what other NGOs based in Minnesota are doing around the world.


Note from Communications Manager on Nerdery Challenge, Photo Contest & Upcoming Survey

on Thu, 2015-04-16 17:24

MINN Readers,

We are pleased to announce that MINN has been selected for The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, to be held the weekend of May 2-3! MINN, along with 13 other deserving nonprofits in the Twin Cities area, will receive pro bono services from a volunteer website development team resulting in a brand new website. Everyone here at MINN would like to convey our greatest appreciation for the fantastic testimonials written by our supporters. Your incredible contributions most certainly helped our successful bid for the Web Challenge.

In only a few short weeks a team of three--led by the audacious Karen Baumgaertner and rounded out by certified nerds Beth Scudder and Shane Dill (myself)--will flip a 24-hour switch and bring MINN into new light. We can’t wait to shamelessly guzzle the vast quantities of caffeine needed for the demanding overnight schedule! But most importantly, we are so excited at the opportunity to improve and reconfigure our website to better serve our constituents. A key priority of the Board of Directors’ strategic plan, a new website will expand and enhance the services and resources MINN is able to provide its members, while also establishing the tools and platforms needed for MINN’s continued growth and improvement. 

Help make our before and after screenshots the best of the show with your photos! If you are a MINN Member, submit up to 3 photos of places you've been for your international development or humanitarian work to be displayed on our new website! Share the amazing work you do and showcase your photography talents while also making our website beautiful and fun. If you aren't yet a member but want to join in, read about all the benefits and sign up here. Photos should be submitted directly to

Additionally, please look for a short survey in next week’s newsletter. Your feedback will assist us in communicating the needs and priorities of the new site to the development team during the Web Challenge weekend.

Best Regards,
Shane Dill
Communications Manager

MINN Event: Networking at the Surly Beer Hall

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Celebrate Earth Day by getting out and meeting new people! Join MINN for a networking event at the new Surly Beer Hall on Wednesday, April 22nd from 5:00-7:00pm. MINN will host a selection of appetizers to compliment the great locally-produced drinks. No need to RSVP. Everyone is welcome!

Location: Surly Beer Hall is tucked off University Avenue, located at 520 Malcolm Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis. It’s a block or two from the Green Line’s Prospect Park station, the U Transitway for buses and Dinkytown Green­way for bikes.









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