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Congrats to MINNspire Graduates!

on Sat, 2015-04-18 18:09

Photo Credit: Hannah Morgan

Congratulations to the graduates of the first cohort of MINNspire! Ten MINNspire participants completed the program on March 18, 2015. Through a partnership with St Catherine University Leadership Institute, the classes occurred on their St. Paul campus. These graduates truly epitomize MINN’s tagline: Doing Global Good Better!

MINNspire is a series of four evening classes, with additional in-between class readings. It is a curriculum exclusively created for Minnesotans aged 50+ who have experience, or are looking to gain experience, in the international sector through volunteer or consulting opportunities abroad. The curriculum was created by professional volunteer coordinators, consultancy recruiters, experienced international volunteers and others with on the ground, real-world experience in the international development sector, to assist adults in realizing their life goal of giving back abroad.

The first cohort of MINNspire students included a wide-variety of adults - from a seasoned international consultant to someone considering her first international assignment. MINNspire is a supportive environment for participants to express and explore their passion, as well as their fears, regarding giving back and to think critically about how they collaborate with others abroad. The class covered such topics as: Planting the Seed (assessing your international interest); Considering Your International Opportunities; Getting to the Field; Culture Shock and Returning from the Field. In addition, class participants were invited to share their own experiences or intentions to move forward in their international endeavors, ending with a "graduation".

If you are interested in participating in MINNspire cohort 2 in the fall, we invite you to write to learn more.

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 take this short survey on website preferences. 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

Help MINN win the Nerdery Challenge! Submit your testimonials now!

on Sat, 2015-03-21 18:48

With MINN’s planned website overhaul, we have a unique opportunity to receive a completely new website through the Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge. But we need your help to be selected for this exciting challenge. Submit a testimonial about what MINN has done for you and your organization, how we are currently serving you, and why MINN deserves a brand new and polished website:

Selection for the Nerdery Challenge is partially based upon testimonials, so please show your support by leaving feedback at the link above!