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Building Out Rochester Area Non-profit Consortium

Local nonprofits are working collaboratively to develop shared services to increase operational efficiencies. The top priorities identified by the community are health insurance, IT tech support, and joint purchasing.

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Project Information

About the project

Project Phase (Pre-concept, Concept, Plan, Develop, Available, Archive)

Develop Phase


PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Business Process, OpenBeam, Pandemic, Technology Enablement

Level 2:

DMC Impacts:

Community Health Impacts:


Contact: Brooke Carlson ; Email: ; Phone: TBD

Lead Organization: Family Service Rochester, Diversity Council, IMAA

Known/Likely Collaborators: Alliance for Strong Families and Communities ; Channel One Regional Food Bank ; Diversity Council ; Families First (Fomerly: Child Care Resource and Referral) ; IMAA ; Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium ; Rochester Human Resources Association ; United Way of Olmsted County ; Zumbro Valley Health Center

Potential Collaborators:

Related Projects

America’s Community for Health ; Cradle to Career ; Digital Equity IT Infrastructure ; Police Assisted Recovery (PAR Program) ; SharePoint Usage Enablement



Detailed Description


Public Announcement




Key Status Reports

Nonprofit COVID-19 Response Structure and Social Determinants of Health   Date: 2020/05/05  

(1) Consortium resources have been temporary redirected to cross-sector COVID-19 response planning in the Rochester are. Please contact Brooke with questions. 

(2) System approach for Social Determinants of Health

Rochester Nonprofit Consortium Meeting Materials   Date: 2020/02/27  

2020-02-11 Strengthening our Human Services Ecosystem by Rochester Nonprofit Consortium meeting materials

Rochester Area Non-profit Consortium   Date: 2019/10/01  

Event: Webinar "Moving to the Cloud" featuring the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and the Diversity Council (presentation slides attached)
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 1
Time: 12 - 1:30 pm


Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium Taking Action Pt. 2 Forum   Date: 2019/02/20  

Part 2 Meeting Material

Action Groups being formed   Date: 2018/11/20  

Action Groups being formed to make progress on: Health Insurance; IT: Tech Support; Joint Purchasing of Goods and Services

"Organizing for Impact" Symposium   Date: 2017/02/01  

 A symposium for nonprofit executives and board members to participate in a sector planning discussion.

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Project Status/News

July 13, 2020: Rochester Area Non-profit Consortium July 2020 Accomplishments

 Nonprofit Consortium-led accomplishments in the COVID-19 response.

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June 23, 2020: Rochester Nonprofit Consortium Commits to Racial Justice

Offering a collective, community-wide commitment to action, Rochester Nonprofit Consortium leads a Collaborative Response to Racial Equity

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May 05, 2020: Nonprofit COVID-19 Response Structure and Social Determinants of Health

(1) Consortium resources have been temporary redirected to cross-sector COVID-19 response planning in the Rochester are. Please contact Brooke with questions. 

(2) System approach for Social Determinants of Health

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April 10, 2020: Resoruce Guide, County Resources Locator, Legal Assistance Resources, Financial Resources through Propel, Unemployment Insurance Data, HourCar

2020-04-10 Message from Brooke A. Carlson, MA, MPH  Strategist, Rochester Nonprofit Consortium 


Important resources/opportunities:  
We continue to hold cross-sector planning calls (MWF 3 - 3:45 pm) as well as a weekly call (Weds @ 5 pm) specifically for executive directors to discuss internal challenges. If you'd like to participate in either or if I can support you in any other way, please contact me.
Keep up the exceptional work, everyone.
Brooke A. Carlson, MA, MPH
Strategist, Rochester Nonprofit Consortium 
President, North Sky Health Consulting, LLC
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April 07, 2020: Nonprofits needs townhalls with MN Gov. Leaders

There will be two Town Halls with House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler and Senate HHS Chair and Deputy Majority Leader Michelle Benson on issues facing non-profits Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

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April 03, 2020: Together Greater Rochester Area COVID-19 Community Support Fund

(1) Grant Application Now Available for Nonprofits to Apply for Together Fund Grants

(2) Rochester Area Foundation and other community partners announced the creation of a fund called TOGETHER: Greater Rochester Area COVID-19 Community Support Fund. Hosted at Rochester Area Foundation, the TOGETHER Fund will award grants to local nonprofits that are experiencing unforeseen challenges due to the ongoing pandemic.

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March 24, 2020: Rochester Nonprofit Sector Emergency Response Guidance

Rochester Nonprofit Sector Emergency Response Guidance is a collection of resources and information to share with the community. 

*** Channel One's staff is overextended and requests that clients and social service professionals do not call their offices. Instead, please visit Channel One's website for current information food distribution. 

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March 23, 2020: Emergency Funding Sources for Nonprofits

Emergency funding sources for nonprofits: Community Recovery Fund (MCF), Otto Bremer Trust: Headwaters Foundation for Justice and MCN Updates

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February 27, 2020: Rochester Nonprofit Consortium Meeting Materials

2020-02-11 Strengthening our Human Services Ecosystem by Rochester Nonprofit Consortium meeting materials

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Related PlanScape Status

Business Process, OpenBeam, Pandemic, Technology Enablement  

August 04, 2020: Mayo Clinic

Masks for Coronavirus: What are your thoughts?

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August 03, 2020: Collider Foundation

Collider is Seeking Passionate Individuals for Three Contract Ecosystem Navigator Positions

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August 01, 2020: IMAA and LAOC

 Free legal Clinic offered by LACOC at IMAA. 

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June 17, 2020: Beam connecting TBE with community resources

Set up connections with Diversity Council's Community Mobilization Resources and allies

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June 01, 2020: Rochester Downtown Alliance Downtown and Inteview Series

(1) Downtown restaurants reopening and (2) Preparing to re-open and interviewing Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium about COVID. 

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May 28, 2020: DMC EDA Covid Recovery Actions

COVID-19 Recovery Actions: (1) Presentation to DMCC board (2) Webinar COVID business restart discussion series

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May 12, 2020: Diversity Council Newsletters with COVID-19 Info

In light of all that is going on throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Diversity Council wants to remain a connector and convener for all those in need throughout our community. If you are aware of valuable information and resources, please email and we will do our best to increase awareness.

If you have needs to express as an individual or member of a particular community, please reach out to Diversity Council is willing and happy to hear your concerns and connect you with the correct resources.

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May 11, 2020: Rochester-area Chamber of Commerce - back to work info series

Topics include: 5 Steps to Reopening your business safely, Liability Concerns for Reopening Your Business

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May 01, 2020: COVID Communication Survey

Survey results on COVID communication resources and challenges. The Olmsted County Incident Command Safety Officer is the point of contact for engaging Public Health Technical Specialists in community outreach efforts:

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  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community,'s  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. could be an interesting first step.

The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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