Nonprofits Help Farmers Bring Food to Schools

Nonprofits Help Farmers Bring Food to Schools

Food hubs are places that can serve many small farmers from a single site, and there are a few hundred food hubs in the U.S. Something like an aggregator, forwarder and expeditor, a food hub is both a facility and a service provider that has the tools, equipment, space, and marketing expertise to allow small farmers to reach new buyers. Food hubs enable wholesalers to meet regulatory standards for preparing and storing their produce for new markets.

The Green Acre is one food hub in Minnesota that helps farms sell local produce to 20 area schools.

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Embracing the Ephemeral

Embracing the Ephemeral

In early 2017, 8 Bridges Workshop launched Wanderway, a free online course to help small nonprofits and creatives tell their stories and connect with their audiences online. Throughout the course’s development, our collaborator Beck Tench underscored that we were entering an ever-changing terrain. This impermanence hit home over the past year and a half amidst widespread social media burnout. We’ve therefore decided to accept ephemerality and plan for Wanderway’s retirement, giving users one more year to explore the course’s lessons, resources, and questions.

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Nonprofits and the Art of Storytelling

Nonprofits and the Art of Storytelling

The art of storytelling has become a major topic in the nonprofit sector in recent years as nonprofits’ fundraising, marketing, and engagement with communities depend on honing their narrative skills.

At the annual Media Impact Forum in Philadelphia, social scientists spoke about what they have learned from a deep dive into the science of story building. Conclusions and examples of stories they think are great are available at scienceofstories.org.

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Philanthropy Beyond Grantmaking

Philanthropy Beyond Grantmaking

A new Minnesota nonprofit, the Venn Foundation, is offering a streamlined approach to using an underutilized tool in philanthropists’ tool kits. Venn aims to provide philanthropic organizations and foundation with the outside expertise and legal structure that will allow them to make more loans. Specifically, Venn will focus on facilitating program-related investments (PRIs): below-market-rate loans that can provide flexible working capital for a range of causes. 

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A New Name, a Fresh Vision

A New Name, a Fresh Vision

We're excited to announce the launch of 8 Bridges Workshop, a refreshed, rebranded, and reimagined vision for Lutman & Associates.

Why 8 Bridges? That’s the number of ways you can cross the Mississippi River from our offices in Saint Paul. (Unless you go by boat or freight train!) Go ahead, count them (Lafayette, Robert, Wabasha, Smith, Lexington, Fort Road, Ford, Marshall)! And the idea of bridging is central to our work, as connectors, partners, and capacity builders.

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