You are here: Home / Community Assets / Community Networking Group (CNG) News 2/14/2018

Community Networking Group (CNG) News 2/14/2018

PlanScape Impact(s): Best Practice ; Business Process ; Civic Engagement ; Housing ; Networking ; Vision/Identity
Last modified: February 14, 2018 Public Report From Community Networking Group (CNG)



CNG Announcements

Instead of convening a meeting in February, the CNG Steering Committee encourages friends to attend the February, 22  Cradle to Career: Plan for the Future community event.

The next CNG meeting will be at 8AM, March 22, 2018, Rochester Area Foundation: featuring (1) panel conversations on social determinants for health--their relationship with P2S; (2) Complete Count 2020. More details to come.

Also, the February CNG meeting material: Olmsted County administration structure and goals, CNG Survey, and Complete Count 2020 Intro can be found per this link.



Partners News

Rochester Area Foundation


Good afternoon!


We’re kicking off the spring series of the NonProfit Academy with Building Your Communications Plan on March 28th from 1-4pm.  Two of Rochester’s senior communicators will spend an afternoon helping you to create a plan to increase awareness, interest and participation for your organization - as well as better relationships with your stakeholders and funders.  Come join Heather Holmes from Journey to Growth and John Hachtel from UMR for a fun and productive afternoon talking about branding, public relations, communications, and opportunities for moving your organization forward.  Registration is $15 on Eventbrite and the flyer is attached:


Herberger’s Community Days Fundraising Opportunity is happening March 1st-3rd this year.  They provide a coupon booklet that you can sell and keep 100% of the proceeds to direct toward mission activities.  Booklets are available for purchase online as well.  Some organizations who have a great network and do this annually have recognized up to $15,000 which is a great addition for any size budget.  For more information go to:


As part of its 30th Anniversary Celebration, and to show the value of older individuals to lead and inspire, Elder Network is recognizing 30 individuals or couples who are over 60 and who are serving as a vital part of our community.  To nominate a senior you would like to recognize, complete the website form:  Nominations are due by March 16th and awards will be announced by March 23rd.  More information is attached.


Rochester Area Volunteer Administrators (RAVA) and 125 Live are co-sponsoring a volunteer fair on April 12th.  Tables are free and the public will be invited to sign up for volunteer opportunities.  If you are seeking new volunteers, here’s your chance to meet those in the community who have an interest in becoming involved!  An informational flyer is attached.


Finally, if you are interested in new ideas or a quick refresher for topics of interest to nonprofits, Nonprofit Jenni offers free access to interviews and content through itunes or blog:  Every offering is free of charge and Jenni provides opportunities for access to free consulting services this year.  Contact for more information.


The rest of the NonProfit Academy lineup this spring includes:

                April 26                 1pm-4pm            Evaluation & Impact For Grants and Projects

                May 3                    1pm-4pm            Conflict Resolution

                May 15                 11am-1pm          Grantmaking Through the Rochester Area Foundation  

                June 21                 1pm-4pm            Financial Considerations For Fund Raising & Special Events


As always, thanks for all of the hard work you do in the community.  Please feel free to give me a call if you have questions or need further information.


Best, Jane


Jane Angelone, Grants Administrator

Rochester Area Foundation

12 Elton Hills Drive NW, Rochester MN 55901

Phone: (507) 282-0203|Fax (507) 282-4938

Direct: (507) 424-2417 |




PlanScape Impact(s): Best Practice ; Business Process ; Civic Engagement ; Housing ; Networking ; Vision/Identity
Last modified: February 14, 2018 Public Report From Community Networking Group (CNG)

Site Information
  • 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.
Links to Beam and beam sub-sites: