News Release

United Way of 1000 Lakes
Kimberly Brink Smith
350 NW 1st Ave., Suite A
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
t. 218-999-7570
c. 218-259-9535

The United Way of 1000 Lakes announces Live Web-Streaming of "New Structures for New Times: Leadership for a Strong Nonprofit Sector"

The United Way of 1000 Lakes together with the Blandin Foundation and the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation will host a live stream leadership forum,

"New Structures for New Times: Leadership for a Strong Nonprofit Sector" on Tuesday, July 31, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Timberlake Lodge Hotel.

Designed for non-profit board members, directors and staff, foundations, schools, government officials and community leaders, the free forum will explore strategies to maintain our strong nonprofit community in the challenging times ahead, in light of growing need and declining state, federal and government funding. The live stream will educate organizations and individuals about the options across the realignment spectrum, as well as hear organizations share their stories and experiences.

The United Way of 1000 Lakes is one of five United Way's across the state partnering with the Greater Twin Cities United Way to host the forum via Live Video Streaming from the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel.

Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. with a light breakfast, followed by keynote speaker, release of a new study by MAP for Nonprofits and Wilder Research on success factors in nonprofit mergers; a panel discussion by nonprofits and business leaders; and breakout sessions on realignment strategies that may help to sustain the services in our communities.

Keynote: Paul Grogan, president and CEO of The Boston Foundation, will share his thoughts on how each of us can be a catalyst for a collaborative future.

Panel Facilitator: Luz Marķa Frias, Vice President of Community Philanthropy, The Minneapolis Foundation

Panelist: Armando Camacho, President, Neighborhood House; Jon Campbell, EVP & Director of Social Responsibility, Wells Fargo; Linda Keene, CEO, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Valleys; Jennifer Martin, retired SVP, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans & Board Chair of Children's Home Society.

For reservations contact the United Way at 218-327-7570 or For more information about the event, visit

About United Way of 1000 Lakes United Way of 1000 Lakes is improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of community. Our focus is on the basic building blocks for a good life: education, income and health. United Way of 1000 Lakes partners with 27 agencies and invests in more than 35 local programs to create positive change across Itasca County. For more information on how to join the United Way and its partners to build a stronger community, visit or call (218) 999-7570.

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