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Last modified: November 20, 2018




Action Groups being formed to make progress on: Health Insurance; IT: Tech Support; Joint Purchasing of Goods and Services



Message from Brooke Carlson

Happy Friday nonprofit leaders,

We are making progress! A special thank you to those who participated in the "Taking Action to Develop Shared Services" forum earlier this week (see attached meeting materials). We had a robust, productive discussion with over 40 nonprofit leaders to determine our top three priority operational functions. We collectively decided to start with:
  • Health Insurance
  • IT: Tech Support
  • Joint Purchasing of Goods and Services
To move the work forward, we are establishing short-term Action Groups for each priority. The expectations of these groups are as follows. Note that the Health Insurance Action Group may require a slightly longer time frame.
  • Attend ~3 meetings between November and January 25
  • Provide expertise to guide discussions and work in between meetings
  • Collaboratively develop action plan/road map for implementation
  • Assist with presenting action plan back to large group by February
My team will support the planning/scheduling, research, and work of these teams. Additionally, 1-2 Executive Committee members will participate in each group to contribute their expertise.
Here is the link to the Action Group Sign Up. If you are interested, you may add your name directly or contact me. Please consider including your organization's subject matter expert for the appropriate priority area.
Great news - we have started building a website! It is a work in progress, but in addition to our emails, we will be posting information about events, background documents, and resources. Please bookmark it for now. Link:
As always, feel free to contact me with questions. Thank you, again, for your leadership in this important work.
Consortium Strategist
Brooke A. Carlson, MA, MPH
North Sky Health Consulting, LLC









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Project Phase Definitions
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.
About Beam
  • 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.

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