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Organization: Rochester Area Foundation

Sector: 501C-3 Non-Profit ; Foundation

Organization Mission: The Rochester Area Foundation along with many community foundations across the nation embrace the leadership responsibility to move beyond just building assets to building communities. We will work to build and share knowledge regarding key community issues, and increase collaborations and partnerships among all segments of the community. We will work to strengthen our capacity to assist donors in achieving their charitable objectives, while continuing to grow philanthropic resources for the greater Rochester area. RAF insists that there is a common good that unites us across urban and rural communities, minority and majority populations, newcomers and longtime residents, and our diverse political beliefs. We believe that the people of the greater Rochester area can identify the avenues of positive change for our children, our families, our workers, our students, and our communities. Positive change does not come about by accident. It takes focus, hard work, careful thinking, frequent compromise, and strategic investment. To this end, RAF offers its support, its expertise, and its leadership.

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Related News and Status


 

Status Reports / News 
Related PlanScape Status on: Pandemic, Housing

April 14, 2020 Rochester Area Foundation: ServeMinnesota is quickly moving to respond to the crisis created by COVID-19

ServeMinnesota is quickly moving to respond to the crisis created by COVID-19 and launching the Minnesota AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative. They are creating 200+ positions for AmeriCorps members who can be deployed to help organizations serve their communities during this difficult time – particularly in the areas of food insecurity, distance learning, help for older adults, support to help the health care system and more.

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September 10, 2021: Age-Friendly Olmsted County (AFOC) Meetings Log

9/10/2021 message from Dave Beal, August 2021 kickoff and inventory meeting

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September 09, 2021: Racism and the Economy -- Federal Reserve Series

Understanding the implications of structural racism in America's economy. 

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August 19, 2021: Olmsted County Kiosks to increase access to county services and information

 In an effort to help eliminate barriers such as transportation and increase access to Olmsted County services, the county is placing 11 kiosks in various locations across the community.

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August 18, 2021: Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation

The Greater Minnesota Get-Back-Together: MN State Fair 

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June 27, 2021: AARP Age Friendly Community

(1) 2021-06-27 Status Community Report;  (2) 2020-01-15:Olmsted County joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.

 

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June 17, 2021: Sustainable, Resilient Rochester

Sustainability Task Force: Presentations to CMRC, Housing and Feedback from survey and action plan

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May 29, 2021: South-of-Downtown Waterfront Small Area Plan

  March and May 2021 status slides and recording. 

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May 26, 2021: Bryk Apartments March and May Status

March and May reports to DMCC including video, documents and presentations. 

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April 13, 2021: City Council NLC Racial Equity Study Session

4/12 City Council NLC Racial Equity in Local Government Study Session. 

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March 07, 2021: City of Rochester, MN - Covid Impacts and Branding

(1) Study Session (2) Covid Impact  (3) Unify branding of City departments and teammates

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March 06, 2021: Housing Alliance Coalition

   Work Products: 2021 Housing Profile and Coalition Report 2020

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February 04, 2021: COVID-19 Impact Survey and Vaccine Update

(1) Covid-19 Impact Survey (2) Priority groups are set by the Federal government. Each state has set priorities about who gets the vaccine first, based on these recommendations.

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Impacts

The work of this organization may have impacts on the following areas:

PlanScape

Lvl 1: Housing ; Pandemic

Lvl 2: Education ; Adult Education ; C2C: Prenatal-K Development ; C2C: Kindergarten Readiness ; C2C: 3rd Grade Reading ; C2C: 8th Grade Math ; C2C: Post-Secondary ; C2C: Workforce Participation ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Leadership

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Community Health Impact area: Financial Stress/Homelessness

 


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Organization Life Cycle Assessment (Pause, Startup, Steady, Isolated Impact, Collective Impact  Unknown)

Collective Impact

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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 dmcbeam.org will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community, dmcbeam.org'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. dmcbeam.org could be an interesting first step.

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
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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