The Eden Prairie Community Foundation is aiming high with its 2020 Strategic Plan.
It calls for the Foundation to be a better community leader and make a bigger impact on Eden Prairie by collaborating with other organizations on fundamental changes.
The four planks of its strategic plan – all focused on making Eden Prairie better for you – call for the Foundation to:
- Help with hardship. That is, delve more into the root causes of food and housing insecurity, and other issues, and work for systemic change.
- Be a hub. Eden Prairie currently has no one comprehensively connecting people with services. The Foundation will work with its many partners to do that.
- Unite on diversity. Being a “community of communities” is something we want Eden Prairie to better understand and celebrate.
- Increase capacity. None of the work listed above is possible unless the Foundation enlists more financial and volunteer support from the community.
Of course, the challenge with any strategic plan is to accomplish the lofty goals. To do that, the Foundation is creating a “community of practice” in each of the four areas.
What’s a community of practice? It’s an army of partners who feel strongly about or are engaged in the same topic. The Foundation may have mighty goals, but it’s a small organization and knows it can’t make a bigger impact without help from many others, including local government, civic organizations, our nonprofit partners, and people like you.
The Foundation’s board of directors is leading the work, and each of the four initiatives listed above has a “team” that includes board members and volunteers. In some cases, they meet weekly to ensure that progress is made.
You can download our strategic plan overview for more details about the initiatives:
Every great building or house needs a solid foundation, and the Eden Prairie Community Foundation is trying to supply more structural integrity to this great home we call Eden Prairie.
If you’d like to be involved in the Foundation’s work, please contact Executive Director Mark Weber at (952) 949-8499 or [email protected].