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November 20, 2018 Public Report On Rochester Area Non-profit Coalition


Message from Brooke Carlson

Happy Friday nonprofit leaders,

We are making progress! A special thank you to those who participated in the "Taking Action to Develop Shared Services" forum earlier this week (see attached meeting materials). We had a robust, productive discussion with over 40 nonprofit leaders to determine our top three priority operational functions. We collectively decided to start with:
  • Health Insurance
  • IT: Tech Support
  • Joint Purchasing of Goods and Services
To move the work forward, we are establishing short-term Action Groups for each priority. The expectations of these groups are as follows. Note that the Health Insurance Action Group may require a slightly longer time frame.
  • Attend ~3 meetings between November and January 25
  • Provide expertise to guide discussions and work in between meetings
  • Collaboratively develop action plan/road map for implementation
  • Assist with presenting action plan back to large group by February
My team will support the planning/scheduling, research, and work of these teams. Additionally, 1-2 Executive Committee members will participate in each group to contribute their expertise.
Here is the link to the Action Group Sign Up. If you are interested, you may add your name directly or contact me. Please consider including your organization's subject matter expert for the appropriate priority area.
Great news - we have started building a website! It is a work in progress, but in addition to our emails, we will be posting information about events, background documents, and resources. Please bookmark it for now. Link:
As always, feel free to contact me with questions. Thank you, again, for your leadership in this important work.
Consortium Strategist
Brooke A. Carlson, MA, MPH
North Sky Health Consulting, LLC









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