Dec 2020: Voting Maps are Power

Watch the Issue Series here! [embedyt][/embedyt] Now that the 2020 Census is over, how can community build power and get involved in state redistricting efforts? About this Event Event Summary After high levels of Census participation, redistricting is the next step that will determine how boundaries are drawn and power and resources are allocated.

Justice for George Floyd

Art by Mr. Johnson Paints As the trial of former MPD Officer Derek Chauvin gets underway, we anchor ourselves in our vision of a world where everyone has what they need, where we honor our responsibility for one another knowing that we are all connected, a world where we all feel safe. We know that

Reflections from BCLI: Interview with Nichol Ellis-McGregor

First published September 2019. Words by: Nexus Community Partners and Nichelle Brunner Nichol Ellis-McGregor is currently the MFIP Program Manager at Rise Inc., an organization that supports people with disabilities and other barriers. From 2015 – 2016, Nichol participated in Nexus’ Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) program.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Nichol

Christina Nicholson on cooperatives, balance sheets, and dismantling white supremacy

Since Christina Nicholson joined the team last November, her energy, humor, and deep knowledge of cooperative economics have already made an impression. Christina is the Worker Ownership Initiative Program Manager, an Aquarius, and a talented quick-bread maker. We sat down over zoom to talk about her role, her journey to Nexus, and her hopes for

Mar 2021: The Practice of Co-Governance

Watch the Issue Series Here! [embedyt][/embedyt]   “Freedom is not a secret. It is a practice” – Alexis Pauline Gumbs As we think about this practice of democracy, how have Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities done the work of co-governing at different government levels? Where are examples and values from our

Nexus Worker Owner Initiative (WOI) partners with City of Minneapolis

This November, the Worker Owner Initiative, a part of Nexus Community Partners, officially became a technical assistance provider with the City of Minneapolis’ Cooperative Technical Assistance Program (C-TAP). In this role, we help business owners with succession planning, share information on forming a cooperative business or refining a cooperative business model, and more. The Nexus

Centering Our Values: The 2020 Election

In who we are and through what we do, Nexus Community Partners builds engaged and powerful communities so that each and every person can flourish in a joyful and abundant life. For this to be possible, we must usher out the rigged rules, attitudes, and practices that concentrate wealth and power in fewer and whiter

TBLMF: 10/16/2020 Individual Mutual Aid Update

To keep our community informed, here is another update on the Transformative Black Led Movement Fund Mutual Aid progress so far. These are the latest numbers, as of today. In the future, we’ll keep sharing this information, and hope to share more information around geography, demographics, and more. We know our community urgently needs this

Leadership Development that Creates Ecosystem Change: Nexus Community Partners Announces the 8th Cohort of their Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI)

They are advocates, facilitators, program officers, executive directors, and pastors. They come from nonprofits, work in government, and are graduate students. They are dynamic, innovative, and entrepreneurial. Above all, they want a seat at the table and like other years, they will push for racially equitable policies at local, regional, and state levels. From Woodbury

10/2 Update: Transformative Black-led Movement Fund on PAUSE

TRANSFORMATIVE BLACK LED-MOVEMENT FUND ANNOUNCEMENT We have had an incredible response to the Transformative Black Led Mutual Aid Fund (TBLMF). Since August 10th, requests for Mutual Aid alone have totaled over 1.5 million dollars from 700 applications (from both organizations and individuals). Because of this response we will be putting the mutual aid fund on

CLLI Leadership Survey Report Now Available

The full report to the CLLI Team at Nexus Community Partners is now available online. This report shares findings of a pre-initiative survey completed in February 2020. Findings reveal how CLLI learning community participants define and think about community leadership values, processes, strategies, and practices. Survey responses reported here were collected before the initiative’s first

What Have We Been Learning? A Community Leadership Learning Initiative Update

Survey findings from the Community Leadership Learning Initiative   The Community Leadership Learning Initiative (CLLI) goal is to deepen our collective understanding of community-driven leadership. We want to raise the visibility of community leadership to philanthropy and the broader ecosystem of leadership and community development. CLLI welcomes people from across the country to share in