Headshot of Leah Goldstein Moses
December 20, 2016 - 3:13pm

In my very favorite episode, among many, of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver gave a “friendly” send-off to 2016. There is no doubt that 2016 had its low moments. But it also brought us many, many moments worth celebrating. As the year comes to an end, we’re planning to carry those positive moments with us—along with all the lessons we learned—to start fresh  in 2017. What were the highlights?

Amy Sparks creating a visual graphic to represent the discussions during our convening on Social Impact.
December 20, 2016 - 3:09pm

Over the last few years, the way our team thinks about social impact has been changing. We’ve been intrigued by ideas about experimentation, learning from failure, person-centered design, and market strategies for social impact. Luckily for us, many brilliant thinkers are also examining these issues:

Headshot of Kylie Nicholas
November 21, 2016 - 9:10am

There’s something very exciting about to happen all across the state of Minnesota! Starting next month, 8,000 Minnesotans living with a range of disabilities will be invited to participate in the Olmstead Quality of Life Survey. The survey will help State leaders better understand how to expand choices and community integration for the more than 500,000 people living with disabilities in Minnesota.

Members of PeaceMaker partner schools experiencing who demonstrated the sharpest decline in bullying rates are honored at a Twings game
October 19, 2016 - 4:54pm

All students need and deserve a safe space in which to learn and grow. But today, approximately 22 percent of students between the ages 12-18 report being bullied at school during the school year.

Sign at the entrance of our new office, pointing visitors to our suite on the third floor
October 18, 2016 - 11:21am

Over the past few months, we have been telling you about our impending move. We are excited to share with you that we are (finally) officially moved! 

Just across the parking from our previous office, our new space is on the third floor and is fully accessible. Our team members are in one open and collaborative area, with several meeting spaces throughout the office designed for client meetings, collaborative brainstorming, wellness activities, and more. 

Please be sure to update your records with our new address:

September 19, 2016 - 12:30pm

Even for the most passionate advocates, it can be extremely challenging to convince community leaders to take a stand on a particular issue or program. But recently, we’ve seen how innovative engagement techniques can work to educate previously uninvolved leaders—and help transform them into strong, committed supporters.

September 19, 2016 - 9:50am

Contracting. It may be a boring subject, but it’s getting more and more scrutiny from the public and private sectors alike as they think about the many ways they can increase equity. Consider…

Community Voices: reducing tobacco related health inequities
August 22, 2016 - 2:31pm

Over the last several decades, tobacco use has dropped significantly here in Minnesota and across the country. But some Minnesotans continue to suffer disproportionately from tobacco-related diseases. The reality today is that smoking—as well as other forms of tobacco use—remain the norm in many minority and low-income communities.

The Improve Group volunteers for Habitat for Humanity Build
August 22, 2016 - 1:16pm

Social enterprise is trendy. It’s a popular topic of conversation on Twitter.[1] It’s been featured on Shark Tank. And new associations and nonprofits are popping up to help social entrepreneurs succeed.

July 28, 2016 - 1:43pm

The week of July 4 was a horrible week. On July 7, I was halfway to The Improve Group’s office when I learned that Philando Castile had been killed by a St. Anthony police officer.