Foundation launches ‘hub’ pilot project

A pilot project to build stronger relationships among Eden Prairie nonprofits and civic organizations has been launched by the Eden Prairie Community Foundation.

The pilot will test the theory that the Foundation, working more closely with charitable and service organizations serving Eden Prairie, can bring about more positive impact, better communication, and less duplication.

It’s also a test of the Foundation’s new strategic plan which, among other things, calls for the organization to be more of a leader and a “hub” in the community.

The pilot, overseen by a Foundation team, will have EPCF volunteer Molly Koivumaki serving as “ambassador” to more than a half-dozen civic organizations – including Rotary and Lions clubs – each of which will appoint a “liaison” to work with Koivumaki. She is a former longtime City of Eden Prairie employee and community volunteer, including as past president of the Eden Prairie Noon Rotary Club.

“Eden Prairie civic organizations do amazing work that often goes unnoticed,” Koivumaki said. “The ‘hub’ project will not only connect these organizations with each other, but help the Foundation call attention to their community service. Through this project, we will connect, listen, provide support, promote, and collaborate in ways that make Eden Prairie even better.”

In a few weeks, the Foundation will assess the outcomes of the pilot project and decide whether to expand it to other local organizations, using additional volunteer ambassadors.

The mission of the Foundation is to fill unmet needs and encourage philanthropy in Eden Prairie, and it is best known as a grant maker, a fiscal sponsor, and a host to charitable fund holders. In granting more than $2 million to nonprofits and other organizations over the years, the Foundation has assisted individuals and families living in poverty, funded vital services to older adults and individuals living with disabilities, strengthened community services, and provided scholarships and access to after-school programs for local youth.

Categories: Feature, Foundation News

Mark Weber About the Author Mark Weber has been the executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation since October 2013. In this role, he enjoys meeting with Eden Prairie residents, and being an active member of the community. If you’d like to connect with Mark, call him at (952) 949-8499 or email him. You can also read Mark’s full biography.

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