The monthly drop-in Nonprofit Coffee Klatch organized by the Eden Prairie Community Foundation might, to the uninitiated, look like a good excuse to grab a “cuppa joe” and talk about the weather.
But it’s really a safe haven for local nonprofit leaders trying to do better in Eden Prairie – a place to trade knowledge, ask hard questions, and occasionally even join forces on a community project.
That’s a plus for Eden Prairie, because an active and healthy nonprofit community helps make life better for the people who live and work here. And strengthening the nonprofit sector in Eden Prairie is a Foundation goal – one it takes seriously.
“The Nonprofit Coffee Klatch has been a wonderful network for me,” said PROP Executive Director Janet Palmer, one of the participants. “Not only am I better connected to what other nonprofits in the area are doing, but I’m also able to share and learn valuable strategies, issues, and solutions to common problems.
“Rather than reinventing the wheel, often times we can learn what worked for other organizations and share best practices” she added. “Sometimes learning little ‘tidbits’ can save a lot of time and energy.”
About two dozen local people who lead nonprofit organizations get invited to the monthly coffee gathering, where there are no fees and no agenda. Attendance varies, but typically 4-8 people regularly attend. Meetings are held once a month, on Friday from 7-8 a.m., at Rustica Café & Bakery on Eden Prairie Road.
If you lead an Eden Prairie nonprofit and would like to be added to the email distribution list for this group, contact Mark Weber, executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.org.