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.

Photo of The Improve Group's new office at 661 Lasalle Street
June 29, 2016 - 4:25pm

As we are looking forward to our new office, we are very excited to share our new community room with all of you! We designed our space wanting it to be a hub for people doing important work to make communities better. As we get ready to open it to the public, we want to know what needs our space can fill for you!

This new space can be configured in multiple ways to support different types of events. To give you a sense of the size, it will seat approximately 35 people classroom-style.

Minnesota State Council on Disability logo
June 24, 2016 - 10:30am

Minnesota State Council on Disability logoApproximately 20 percent of Minnesotans are living with a disability. And living means doing just that—today people with disabilities are working, going to school, and accomplishing extraordinary things in every sector and in every community across our state. But there are still many barriers to break down.

OneVillage Partners Logo
June 24, 2016 - 10:16am

OneVillage Partners (OVP) works in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and has developed a new innovative model to catalyze action and assist rural villagers to transform their lives and communities. OVP’s model is based on the belief that to empower thriving, self-reliant communities we must empower communities to meet their own basic needs, train local leaders, and create new opportunities focused on women.

Image of The Improve Group's new office building, currently being constructed
June 16, 2016 - 11:17am

This is the view from our current office of our new building - just across our parking lot! As we watch the construction rapidly progress from a hole in the ground to this brand new building, we are getting very excited about moving into our new home.

Minnesota Department of Human Services Logo
May 31, 2016 - 1:57pm

Minnesota Department of Human Services LogoIn recent years, Minnesota’s long-term care systems have gone through significant changes to improve quality, streamline efforts, and reduce costs.