Join us next week, Thursday, March 16th, at the Food Building and join in the discussion about sustainable food in our parks. People for Parks will have a table at this event - we would love to meet you and hear your ideas!
The Development Coordinator is passionate about parks and keenly aware of how fundraising and development are integral to non-profit work. The ideal candidate is responsible for assisting in all areas of resource development, with a particular focus on event support, donor relationships/ gratitude practices, database administration, social media, and marketing. This position reports directly to the Executive Director.
This position is in Minnesota and is a work from home opportunity with occasional in-person meetings.
5 hours a week, some evenings and weekends required. Preferred start date March, 2017
Position open until filled.
Summary of Role & Responsibilities
The selected candidate will assist the Executive Director to implement People for Park’s Strategic Plan, with specific focus in the following areas:
-Assist Executive Director to manage & support events including Arbor Day, Poster Show, 5k, Superintendent’s Dinner, house parties, and community partner events.
-Develop additional signature event/s
-Build & maintain relationships with existing People for Parks supporters and identify & pursue new donor relationships with people in various stakeholder groups via telephone, live events, and written correspondence.
-Contribute to all aspects of donor relations, taking leadership in specific areas including:
Donor Database Administration
-Process all physical and electronic gifts, including preparing and processing deposits. Produce timely acknowledgement letters.
-Update and maintain donor records in database, including producing monthly reports for donor analysis and planning and managing quarterly and annual gratitude practices.
-Manage calendars for major donor outreach, grants, and other development opportunities.
Social Media and Marketing
-Produce quarterly e-newsletters through Constant Contact, maintain Facebook page, support content management for website.
- Provide assistance with 40 year celebration – recruitment and administration of grants.
-Attend regular staff meetings and retreats
-Participate in organizational events
-General administrative and office support
-Lifting (up to 25lbs)
-Some off-site meetings
Please send a resume with cover letter including why you love Minneapolis Parks to firstname.lastname@example.org
People for Parks is an equal opportunity employer.
LGBTQ community members and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
People for Parks Board Members Sylvia and Myles have been actively involved in connecting Minneapolis Parks with Jerry Maas and Jeff Conrad, the two local USA Pickleball Association ambassadors. Earlier this week they had their second meeting with Brigit from the Parks recreation department. Jeff, Brigit and Myles visited three parks - Lyndhurst, Powerhorn and Bottineau with the purpose of evaluating each recreation center for the establishing indoor courts. In discussion with the local directors from each park we to move ahead with developing indoor pickleball programs in those parks. The program includes free lessons by trained teachers. The USAPA will provide some funding for nets paddles and balls. More to come as details become available.
Jeremy Schroeder of the Hale Page Diamond Lake Neighborhood Association presented a grant proposal request for a concrete pad/community shelter for Triangle Park. Triangle Park has recently received a park upgrade by the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board but they were unable to fund the concrete pad/community shelter at an estimated cost of $ 45,000. The Hale Page Diamond Lake Neighborhood Association has also committed $ 15,000 to the project.
The Green Garden Bakery (GGB) is a year-round youth program supported by Urban Strategies (Urban) in Heritage Park (HP) neighborhood. Teens involved with our out-of- school and summer programming have started a youth run environmentally sustainable business. The teens piloted their business in 2015 culminating with selling baked goods with vegetables they grew in their garden at local farmer’s markets. In 2016 GGB created a foundation to expand their
business model by incorporating younger youth. These K-8th grade youth participate in STEM, Eco-arts, Environmental Education, and Cooking/Gardening programming that support the growth of GGB. During the summer this programming took place during a 8-week summer program in Sumner Field.
There are approximately 900 youth, most of whom are at-risk youth of color, between the ages of 5 and 18 living in the Heritage Park Neighborhood, and youth under 18 make up 40% of the total population. Studying data on current and past program participants reveals that 96% of all Urban's youth program participants qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch. Urban's greatest expertise is in understanding and translating the specific needs and strengths that unique communities present. In response, for the past 6 years Urban and its partners have offered a successful free hands-on, experiential afterschool and summer enrichment program for K-8 th grade youth. Due to the success of the program they have outgrown their indoor space and so this past summer they offered their summer program outside in Sumner Field. The Green Garden Bakery summer program continues to be a success outdoors with Sumner Field serving as a learning laboratory for the GGB program. Along with our 8 week outdoor summer program for 80 youth, this winter/spring 2017 they would like to also offer an afterschool one day/week GGB environmental education course in Sumner Field for 30 youth.
As we begin a new year, we want to thank our awesome 2016 sponsors:
Minnesota Brewery Running Series
Moms on the Run
Booth Law Group
France 44 Wines and Spirits
Bread and Pickle
Lake Harriet Veterinary
Anderson Race Management
THANK YOU for your support!
Upcoming Event: Posters for Parks
In collaboration with Love Minneapolis Parks, we invite you to Posters for Parks, 6-10 pm, October 20th at Lakes & Legends Brewing in Minneapolis. The event is a coming together of local artists to raise funds for People for Parks and showcase art inspired by the parks system. Thirty artists will have work on display with posters for sale.
Visit the Facebook event for more info.
Thank you to everyone who came out to Run for the Parks September 11th at Lake Harriet! We are grateful for the support of all the participants and community sponsors: Red Cow, Lake Harriet Veterinary, Wild Rumpus, Creature Comforts Dog Walking, France 44, Mary Anderson Races, Bread and Pickle, Moms on the Run, Brewery Running Series, Marathon Sports, Therapeutic Essentials, and Booth Law. A special thank you to returning volunteers and Gay for Good Twin Cities volunteers. Thank you for making the event a success!
As Minnesotans we have learned to cherish our summers. Many of us look back at those milestone summers when we learned how to throw our first spiral, dribble a ball past a defender, hit our first home run, or score our first goal, point, or touchdown! People for Parks wanted to make those milestones a reality for the many kids that use the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Centers with this donation.
People for Parks donated 62 basketballs (big and small), 111 soccer balls (sizes 1-4), 25 bats, softball and baseballs, and 49 footballs (big and small). The sporting equipment will be distributed by the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board over the next couple of weeks.
Since 1977, People for Parks has identified and funded over $2 million in special projects and events that improve Minneapolis and its parks. Projects like the annual Arbor Day tree planting, updated sports equipment, concerts in the parks, the picnic shelter at Lake Harriet, the swimming lesson scholarships, and bike helmets for children. Join us in contributing to our beautiful park system by making a donation!
People for Parks has been chosen as a partner for the second year in a row and 2016 Brewery Running Series is now in full swing. This is a great way to have fun, give back to the community and get some practice in for the People for Parks 5k on September 11th!
Runners start and end at the brewery and receive a beer token and a swag item when they cross the finish line. Races feature live music, food trucks, and awesome partners (like People for Parks!) to interact with afterward. At least 10% of proceeds each year go back to three different non-profit partners. This year, they are Brewing a Better Forest, People for Parks, and Red Shoe.
People for Parks will be at the following events:
Jun 11 - Urban Growler
Jun 18 - NorthGate
Jun 25 - Day Block Brewing
August 7 - Brits Pub