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Culturally Powered Communities

United Way of Olmsted County’s Culturally Powered Communities is a transformational capacity building program designed to strengthen the education, health, and financial stability of Olmsted County’s cultural communities by strengthening the organizations that serve them.

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About the project

 

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Background

Culturally specific organizations (CSOs) are the best advocates for their communities because they understand the cultural norms, beliefs, and traditions of the people they serve; effectively engage community members; recognize and remove barriers to accessing services; and bridge norms between communities and institutions. These strengths of CSOs are often challenges for established mainstream organizations seeking to better serve a diverse cross-section of the community. At the same time, a lack of resources often keeps CSOs from developing capacities in areas such as data management, fundraising, technology, HR, or board development.

As communities know and research verifies, CSOs play a vital role in communities’ wellbeing. Studies indicate that people of color, Native Americans, and immigrants often prefer to interact with organizations that reflect their culture and traditions. However, these organizations are less likely than their mainstream counterparts to receive grant funding and tend to be smaller in size.

Culturally Powered Communities is principally designed to support CSOs through significant funding, individualized organizational and professional development, peer learning, and strengthening networks of leaders and organizations. The program also supports mainstream organizations with project-based mini-grants, support and training in organizational development to improve equity, and peer learning.


 

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Sponsorships

Culturally Powered Communities is an equity strategy made possibly through a collaboration between United Way of Olmsted County and Mayo Clinic.

CPC is powered in partnership with Otto Bremer Trust.

We appreciate the support of our partners at Cradle 2 Career, The Diversity Council, Emmright Consulting, Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Rochester Area Foundation, Sports Mentorship Academy, and Zumbro Valley Health Center. 

 

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Key Beam Reports on:

Best Practice, Diversity and Inclusion, Technology Enablement  
December 05, 2021: Why Get Vaccinated?

(1) November 2021 e-Magazine (2) Info about booster and (3) Education Slides in English and Chinese.  

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December 02, 2021: Multi-Year Plan and $15M Commitment

Mayo Clinic announced an additional $5 Million contribution to affordable housing bridge. 

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November 20, 2021: Use of "America City for Health" as moniker to attract DMC investment

Presentation to DMCC Board in November 2021 Board Meeting. Focus on attracting more companies coming in.  America City for Health as lead generation asset. 

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October 23, 2021: Facing Race 2021 Awards Ceremony

2021 Facing Race Awards Event on TPT 7PM October 24 and other broadcasts schedule. 

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October 23, 2021: Tackling Racism as a Public Health Issue

1. 10/22/2021 Presentation to CMRC;  2. August update posted on Olmsted County website

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October 16, 2021: Adminstration of Rochester's 3.12M award from Minnesota Main Street Economic Revitalization Program

Press Release DMC EDA to administer 3.12M distribution of MN Main Street Economic Revitalization Program.

"Formal grant criteria will be established, including the prioritization of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) participation. DMC will serve as the administrator of the grant."

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October 10, 2021: Commitment to Action for Racial Justice project

September 27 2021, checkpoint meeting with commitment undersigned.  

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October 05, 2021: P-TECH 535

RCTC grand opening and IBM video in support of P-Tech. 

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September 22, 2021: History Center of Olmsted County

Newsletter and article about importance of the history center. 

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September 14, 2021: Olmsted County Health Assessment and Planning Partnership (HAPP)

Status reports: September 2021, March 2021 from CHAP quarterly meetings

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September 10, 2021: Age-Friendly Olmsted County (AFOC) Meetings Log

9/10/2021 message from Dave Beal, August 2021 kickoff and inventory meeting

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September 09, 2021: Racism and the Economy -- Federal Reserve Series

Understanding the implications of structural racism in America's economy. 

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Last modified by support on 2021/11/22
Created by support on 2021/07/07

 

 

 

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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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