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Organization: Rochester Area Foundation

Sector: 501C-3 Non-Profit ; Foundation

Organization Mission: The Rochester Area Foundation along with many community foundations across the nation embrace the leadership responsibility to move beyond just building assets to building communities. We will work to build and share knowledge regarding key community issues, and increase collaborations and partnerships among all segments of the community. We will work to strengthen our capacity to assist donors in achieving their charitable objectives, while continuing to grow philanthropic resources for the greater Rochester area. RAF insists that there is a common good that unites us across urban and rural communities, minority and majority populations, newcomers and longtime residents, and our diverse political beliefs. We believe that the people of the greater Rochester area can identify the avenues of positive change for our children, our families, our workers, our students, and our communities. Positive change does not come about by accident. It takes focus, hard work, careful thinking, frequent compromise, and strategic investment. To this end, RAF offers its support, its expertise, and its leadership.

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Related News and Status


 

Status Reports / News 
Related PlanScape Status on: Pandemic, Housing

April 14, 2020 Rochester Area Foundation: ServeMinnesota is quickly moving to respond to the crisis created by COVID-19

ServeMinnesota is quickly moving to respond to the crisis created by COVID-19 and launching the Minnesota AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative. They are creating 200+ positions for AmeriCorps members who can be deployed to help organizations serve their communities during this difficult time – particularly in the areas of food insecurity, distance learning, help for older adults, support to help the health care system and more.

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June 29, 2022: Vaccines Protect Our Families

Information Series Article 2: Vaccines Protect Our Families

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June 25, 2022: May 2022 Board Meeting

May 2022 Proceedings and notable breakouts

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June 08, 2022: MN Frontline worker application portal now open

To thank those Minnesotans who worked on the frontlines during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency, Gov. Tim Walz signed Frontline Worker Payments into law April 29, 2022, enabling those workers to apply for Frontline Worker Pay. Application dates are June 8 through July 22, 2022.
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May 19, 2022: Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative (BHCL)

(1) Bloomberg News (local infrastructure Hub (2) Keep it local grant recognized by Bloomberg

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May 02, 2022: Housing Alliance Coalition

Olmsted County and the City of Rochester commit to federal housing solutions effort, House America. 

 

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April 17, 2022: Unified Development Code project

City of Rochester Community Development Department announces next steps for Unified Development Code project

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April 15, 2022: Minnesota Department of Human Services Focus on U.S. born Black Minnesotans

(1) Advancing Racial Equity in the MN Medicaid Program; (2) A Focus on U.S. born Black Minnesotans

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April 09, 2022: Project HEALINGS Communication

Sample of partner recordings to encourage Covid vaccination

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March 24, 2022: Riverfront Small Area Plan Community Engagement Sessions

Rochester’s downtown riverfront is poised for transformation. The Riverfront Small Area Plan project will create a high-level plan for future phased redevelopment.

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February 27, 2022: Minnesota Department of Health 2022 Newsletters

Cultural, Faith, and Disability Communities COVID-19 Updates

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February 03, 2022: Riverfront Small Area Plan Consultant selected

Gambol Associates, a Massachusetts firm, selected for the project to come up with a concrete proposal. 

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Impacts

The work of this organization may have impacts on the following areas:

PlanScape

Lvl 1: Housing ; Pandemic

Lvl 2: Education ; Adult Education ; C2C: Prenatal-K Development ; C2C: Kindergarten Readiness ; C2C: 3rd Grade Reading ; C2C: 8th Grade Math ; C2C: Post-Secondary ; C2C: Workforce Participation ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Leadership

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Community Health Impact area: Financial Stress/Homelessness

 


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Organization Life Cycle Assessment (Pause, Startup, Steady, Isolated Impact, Collective Impact  Unknown)

Collective Impact

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Beam
  • 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 dmcbeam.org will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community, dmcbeam.org'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. dmcbeam.org could be an interesting first step.

Definitions
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
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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