MicroGrants' 2014 Partner Summit was held on July 29th at partner agency, African Development Center in Minneapolis. Since we began, we have given more than 3000 grants to people of potential through our Partner agencies. To date we are partnering with 20 agencies. Each year, we hold a Partner Summit to review the year, inform our partners of any changes in our application process as well as learn from each other how we can strengthen our partnerships. Having all our partners together who are equally committed to assisting low-income people becoming financially independent is powerful! MicroGrants is WORKing. See photos below.
May 8, 2014 was a Midwestern storm night. Dark, rain-heavy skies. High humidity and limited low visibility. But inside a gorgeous downtown Minneapolis condo, owned by Al and Kathy Lenzmeier, the smiles of many friends of MicroGrants– donors, partner agency representatives and grantees — overcame the gloomy outdoors to come together, celebrating 8 years of success. After a brief program commentary from the presidents of Twin Cities Rise!, MEDA and Summit Academy OIC, people shared stories and exchanged ideas about what MicroGrants means to them. The surprise of the evening was an exceptionally clever parody of Julie Andrews’ “My Favorite Things.”, written, and, then sung by the very talented Tricia Haynes, MicroGrants Project Manager.
Downtown Minneapolis. Upstairs at the Solera Restaurant, donors, volunteers, staff and grantees gathered together to meet the new 12-member board, listen to amazing Bistodeau Family bluegrass band, eat tapas and meander through the \'merchant marketplace\'. In support of our small business grant recipients, we invited them to be part of the event and display their products and services. A great time was had by all. Enjoy the photos!
With the Graves Hotel ballroom as the background, donors, volunteers, staff and grantees enjoyed a 5-star dinner, silent auction and program, featuring George Latimer, Joe Selvaggio & uplifting, live music. <br /><br /> <a href=\"http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/style/116860898.html\" target=\"_blank\"><img src=\"http://microgrants.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/StarTribuneLogo-e1323779747495.gif\" alt=\"Star Tribune\" /></a><br /> <a href=\"http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/style/116860898.html\" target=\"_blank\">View the Star Tribune article \"MicroGrants, maximum success\"</a>
Jim Klobuchar & Joe Selvaggio, along with MicroGrants interns, put together an inspiring group of 77 stories. Publication is an inside look at how our $1000 grants to low income people here in the Twin Cities are boosting them closer to their independence and financial self-sufficiency. Public readings like these educate and inspire; together we make the difference.