A New Conversation About Education
The Faces of the Hunger Epidemic in Minnesota
She Saved Her Husband From Deportation
Ballinger | Leafblad is proud to present the following information on behalf of our client, The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations, in its search for an Associate Vice President, Marketing & Communications.
About Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations
We believe in the best of Minnesota and the power of its communities. With roots in the East Metro and partners across the state, we are Minnesota’s largest community foundation and the partner of choice for thousands of donors, nonprofits, and community organizations. We inspire generosity to make Minnesota better for all who call it home.
Our highly-skilled team is known for stewardship and expertise, administering more than 2,000 charitable funds and managing $1.5 billion in assets. In just this past year, the Foundations and our donors invested $100 million for community good.
We bring together donors, nonprofits, and community members to solve some of the biggest problems facing Minnesota communities. Our partners are change agents, and together we invest for good to make a lasting impact in our communities.
The staff of The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations are also proud to use their expertise in supporting the work of F.R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation – two private family foundations.
MISSION: The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations work to advance three strategic goals: advance equity, strengthen healthy communities and broaden philanthropic expression.
Council on Black Male Success – The Foundations have committed $1 million per year for three years to support specific goals and opportunities related to housing stability, education, economic opportunity and mental health and well-being for African American youth and men ages 11-32.
East Metro Pulse – In partnership with Wilder Research, the Foundations commissioned its first East Metro Pulse survey and report in 2016 asking a random sampling of Dakota, Ramsey and Washington county residents about areas that impact their daily lives from education to health. In 2017, the results were offered to policy makers, community leaders and funders to bring the community voice into the work they are doing. The next survey will be conducted in 2019.
Facing Race – The Facing Race Awards honors individuals and organizations working to eliminate racism and its effects throughout Minnesota. Nominations are submitted by members of the community and reviewed by a panel of community volunteers that also recommends finalists for recognition.
Investing in Affordable Housing – In 2017, The Foundations began a partnership to address the rapidly growing affordable housing challenge in the East Metro. The Foundations funded CommonBond Communities and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity with Program-Related Investments (PRIs) of $1 million each.
Minnesota Super Bowl Legacy Fund – Hosted and supported by the Foundations, the Minnesota Super Bowl Legacy Fund traveled the state in 2017, giving out grants totaling more that $3.5 million in 52 communities in the 52 weeks leading up to Super Bowl LII. The grants focused on improving the health and wellness of Minnesota’s children including kitchens for healthy meals, playgrounds and ball fields, community gardens and more.
Management Improvement Fund Statewide Expansion – The Foundations’ Management Improvement Fund helps anchor nonprofits in stability through grants that strengthen their internal operations. Grants ranged from less than $4,000 to more than $13,000 and helped with strategic planning, financial assessment, capacity building and leadership and board development.
Broadening Philanthropic Expression
El Fondo Boriqua Hurricane Relief – When Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean Islands in 2017, Minnesota’s Puerto Rican community and the state came together around a donor advised fund of The Saint Paul Foundation called El Fondo Boricua to raise funds for relief efforts. More than $150,000 was raised for medical and social services needs including a matching contribution from the Foundations.
Muslim Community Endowment Fund – In 2017, the Foundations began a partnership with the Muslim American Society of Minnesota and the Minnesota Education Trust to establish the Muslim Community Endowment Fund. One of the fund’s goals is to broaden access to philanthropy in the Muslim American community in Minnesota.
Donor Advised Funds – Donor advised fundholders at The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations make positive change possible every day. In 2017, donors partnered with over 2000 nonprofits to grant funds totaling $55.1 million into the community. Donor advised fund grants went to organizations in 62 of Minnesota’s 87 counties.
The AVP of Marketing and Communications is on the community impact team, which is the community knowledge hub of The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations. Comprised of experts from wide-ranging disciplines, this team works closely with nonprofit organizations and leaders across Minnesota to strengthen local communities. The team manages grantmaking for select affiliates of The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations, supports community endowments and their donors around the state, and leads community initiatives. The AVP of Marketing & Communications’ key responsibility is to develop and implement an organization-wide marketing communications plan, including developing strong messaging, stories of impact and collateral. The AVP is responsible for managing all communication channels including web, e-comm, social and traditional media, etc.
The Associate Vice President of Marketing & Communication works in collaboration with colleagues across the organization to fulfill two primary responsibilities:
Other Characteristics, Skills, and Abilities
The compensation package for this position is highly attractive and includes an executive base salary, bonus opportunity and participation in the organization’s benefits plan.
For additional information and to apply for the position, please contact:
Lars Leafblad, MBA
Marcia Ballinger, PhD
US immigration policy touches countless communities in Minnesota and across the country, but the historic roots, present-day political battles and long-term human impact are still invisible to many of us. To effectively create change, we all need important context on this complex and far-reaching issue.
Deportation exacerbates existing oppression and historical injustices.
Many immigrants and refugees to the United States, including members of Release MN8, sought refuge in the US because of instability and war in their homelands. It is no secret that the conditions they escaped are connected to US military and political involvement abroad. Such is the recent situation with Central American unaccompanied minor migrants leaving Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. That thousands of young people from this region now seek asylum at the US border, only to be turned away, highlights the dangerous contradictions inherent in US foreign and immigration policies, particularly given the history of US interventions that destabilized these nations, specifically connected to the drug war.
This tragic irony is also present in the case of Cambodian refugees who fled war and genocide in Cambodia over 30 years ago. The Khmer Rouge regime oversaw the “killing fields” period of Cambodian history (1975-1979). Prior to the Khmer Rouge’s takeover, Cambodia (and neighboring Laos) experienced massive US bombings raids across its countryside in the early 1970’s. US military forces sought to disrupt Vietnamese communist supply lines, disregarding the neutrality of both Cambodia and Laos during the Vietnam War. These bombing raids both devastated Cambodia’s agricultural infrastructure and contributed significantly to political instability that eventually gave rise to the Khmer Rouge.
Ched Nin and other Southeast Asian refugees are essentially all children of the US-Vietnam conflict. Most Cambodian American deportees were young when they arrived in the US. Some were babies. As Eric Tang observed in his book, Unsettled: Cambodian Refugees in the NYC Hyperghetto, there has never been an adequate resettlement policy for Cambodian refugees. And with inhumane immigration and deportation policies, the US continues to fail this community. Something is critically wrong with a system that deports individuals who arrived here as refugee infants and toddlers.
Immigration is a federal policy but local decisions matter
For lawful permanent residents (LPRs—i.e., green card holders) with removal orders, as was each of the MN8, their convictions for state crimes lead to deportation. The types of offenses that can trigger a removal order are part of a very broad category called “aggravated felonies.” An offense is deemed an aggravated felony when it earns a criminal sentence of at least one year. As legal scholar Bill Ong Hing noted in his book, Deporting Our Souls, the aggravated felonies category has been broadening ever since the term became part of immigration laws in 1988. It includes things ranging from rape, treason and murder, to relatively minor offenses such as criminal damage to property or selling small amounts of marijuana.
The interaction of state and local authorities—like police, district attorneys, and judges—with immigration policy matter for LPRs. Local and state decisions, including enforcement and prosecution, carry significant implications for immigrants and refugees who are not US citizens. Jenny Srey and the ReleaseMN8 coalition are preparing to introduce legislation in the Minnesota Legislature that would allow individuals to challenge their state convictions if they were not notified of the deportation consequence of the conviction or plea bargain (see US Padilla v Kentucky). And the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee have put forth a 13 point sanctuary city platform for Minneapolis that includes funding legal representation for immigrants detained by ICE, and promotes active ordinances to deter local cooperation with ICE.
The consequences of separating families are severe.
Deportation doesn’t just affect those caught up in the criminal justice web of current immigration policy. It causes severe harm to those left behind, including young children. Ched Nin and his wife, Jenny, were raising five children and leading ordinary lives when Ched was detained in 2016. The impact of his deportation would have been catastrophic for his entire household: his wife, three daughters, two stepsons and his parents. Ched is a respected carpenter and the loss of his union salary and health coverage would have been devastating for the family.
Beyond the financial challenges, it is difficult to fully assess the ongoing impact of such an absence on a family, though one can imagine that cycles of poverty, reliance on social services, and contact with the criminal justice system are intimately connected to the disruption and disintegration of family systems.
Not all family members with removal orders are able to share the type of progress narrative that Ched is able to convey—a story of mistakes made, and of redemption. In fact, many individuals caught up in this immigration-criminal justice web are being directly transferred into immigration detention after serving prison sentences. Many are subsequently deported without ever seeing their families, even though they had children, spouses, parents and siblings desperately awaiting their return.
It is important to acknowledge that these individuals, all of them, also deserve to be with their families. It cannot be overstated that deportation creates more problems for families and communities. These families, now more than ever, need their loved ones home.
Vichet Chhuon is Associate Professor of Culture and Teaching and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota. His work centers on the teaching and learning needs of immigrant and marginalized students, and the relationships between educational institutions, families and social context.
The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC)’s grant programs provide opportunities to partner with organizations offering robust humanities programming in communities across Minnesota.
MHC is announcing the launch of a competitive grant opportunity through the Minnesota State Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF). Aligning with its Veterans’ Voices program, MHC is seeking humanities-based projects that celebrate the rich diversity of voices, identities, stories, and experiences of Minnesota’s Veterans across the state.
MHC is also announcing the launch of a competitive grant opportunity through the Minnesota State Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF). Aligning with its foundational offerings around absent narratives, MHC is seeking humanities-based projects that celebrate the rich diversity of voices, identities, stories, and experiences of Minnesotans.
The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. Program interests include regional economic and community development, Minnesota’s arts and artists, education equity, youth development, Midwest climate and energy, Mississippi River water quality, neuroscience research, international crop research, and rural livelihoods. Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Foundation has assets of approximately $2.4 billion and grants about $90 million a year. For more information, visit www.mcknight.org.
Designated as a Great Place to Work® for its high-trust, high-performance workplace culture, 100% of McKnight employees say they’re proud to work here. Employees love our mission and the chance to take on meaningful, creative work alongside caring, talented colleagues in a beautiful location with great benefits. In addition, McKnight has been recognized as one of the nation’s best workplaces for women and one of the nation’s best small workplaces.
The international program assistant will provide program and administrative support for the Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) including expenditure responsibility grants requiring detailed review and strict adherence to internal controls. Responsibilities include managing grantee information and reports, assisting with organization of local and international meetings and conferences, and overseeing grant nomination and application processes. The international program assistant (PA) is a key administrative contact person for grantees and consultants of the CCRP.
Key Areas of Responsibilities
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Required Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years related full time professional work experience in a foundation, nonprofit, or government field, or a combination of equivalent experience and training. International work experience in a developing country is preferred.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Hiring Range is $24.00-$25.00/Hour
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