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PlanScape Impact(s): Business Process ; Technology Enablement
Last modified: November 27, 2019 Public Report From Non-profit Consortium Buildout



Message from Brooke Carlson

Hello nonprofit colleagues,
We continue to make progress toward our goal of increasing operational efficiencies among nonprofits. Please see attached newsletter for updates and upcoming events.
A few highlights (see newsletter for details):
  • Shared Staff: Both Families First and Threshold Arts are looking for shared staff positions. 
  • Free Meeting Space: A listing of local organizations that provide free meeting space for nonprofits. 
  • Joint Purchasing: Save money on purchasing through the Back Office Collaborative's purchasing contract with Staples. 
  • Health Insurance: Benefits MN, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits health plan, is up and running and accepting inquiries. 
  • IT Event: Join us at 12 pm on December 6 for a catered lunch from Victoria's sponsored by EO Johnson. Their team will share tips and information about document management and printer/copier solutions. RSVP to me by December 3. 
Stay safe and enjoy your holiday weekend, everyone!
Brooke, Consortium Strategist 
Brooke A. Carlson, MA, MPH
North Sky Health Consulting, LLC





PlanScape Impact(s): Business Process ; Technology Enablement
Last modified: November 27, 2019 Public Report From Non-profit Consortium Buildout

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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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