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Dot.Org Awards

Dot.Org Awards

Who are the leaders in innovative uses of technology? Which organizations are pioneering new approaches in communications? The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is proud to present the Dot.Org Awards, recognizing nonprofits who are using technology and communications in inspiring, effective and creative ways.

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Congratulations to the 2018 Dot.Org Award Winners!

Creative Campaign

Appetite For Change
Grow Food

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Appetite For Change’s (AFC) Grow Food project inspired young people to use food as a tool to build health, wealth and social change in North Minneapolis. After learning kitchen skills, how to grow and sell food, and exploring community food systems, the youth were challenged to take personal responsibility with their intake of food and information. To help spread this message, 25 youth ages 4-24 spearheaded and led the Grow Food music video process. They wrote and shared bars/lyrics, had freestyle sessions and created the storyboard for video production. AFC partnered with nonprofit Beats & Rhymes to record the music, and the video was shot at AFC’s garden and Breaking Bread Café. In addition to the effective audience engagement of the video itself, youth are performing their breakout hit live, along with six other healthy living songs they created, throughout the community. The project was completed in accordance with AFC’s core values that youth lead the project from A to Z. This unique communications product has garnered more half a million YouTube views and the attention of news outlets, celebrities, chefs and good food enthusiasts across the country and internationally.

Program Delivery
Minnesota Compass
Twin Cities Custom Profiles Tool
Duluth Custom Profiles Tool

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The Minnesota Compass Custom Profiles Tool, a project of Wilder Research and developed in partnership with Excensus, LLC and with support from McKnight Foundation, Northland Foundation, the city of Duluth, Ordean Foundation, and Family Housing Fund, provides a nonpartisan point of reference that informs priority-setting, decision-making and efforts to improve lives in our state. The customizable mapping tool allows visitors to easily build, draw and compare data profiles to better understand their communities. Users can pull population, housing, and workforce characteristics into custom-designed profiles to compare key differences across geographic regions, such as school districts, counties, and transit corridors, or between areas you create (e.g., Twin Cities East Metro vs. West Metro or Duluth Lincoln Park neighborhood vs. Lester Park neighborhood). Minnesota Compass makes data accessible and relevant to Minnesota communities. This tool allows stakeholders to influence policy, advance equity and achieve sustainable outcomes targeted to the needs of their region by helping citizens access data about the areas that matter most to them. Visitors use the information they gather for grant writing, identifying priorities, strategic planning, raising awareness about neighborhood conditions and developing vibrant neighborhoods.

Website Redesign - Small Organization
Charities Review Council

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Charities Review Council’s website redesign serves to help achieve their mission of working with donors, funders and nonprofits to create a culture of philanthropy focused on engaged and authentic partnership. More and more donors have been accessing The Council's resources online before making their giving decisions. In order to continue to support donor partners, the Council needed to make changes to their website to better align with donor needs. Aside from better serving their donor and nonprofit partners, The Council also needed to align their visual brand with their vision for the future. The new website and online tools are unique in that they are designed to be collaborative and culturally affirming, providing the knowledge, skills, and confidence for nonprofits to do their best work. The new site makes initial donor-nonprofit connections easier than before with improved search features, enhanced nonprofit profiles, and resources that support both our donor and nonprofit partners. The project also included an integrated blog, mobile site, and brand-aligned aesthetic. The new site demonstrates the Council’s values of being intentional about creating spaces, places and tools for authentic engagement and relationship-building.

Website Redesign - Large Organization
NeighborWorks Home Partners


NeighborWorks Home Partners’ website redesign aligns with the organization's mission to revitalize neighborhoods by creating and supporting successful homeownership. With the help of consultants, peers, community members and customers, NeighborWorks identified areas of waste and areas for growth in their organization and determined strengths and opportunities for better serving the community. Those findings were incorporated into the list of needs for the new website. Many technology tools have been added to the site, like the ability for customers to create user accounts and upload documents to their records prior to coming to the offices for appointments. Housing counselors are able to verify documents in advance of the appointment and reschedule if needed. They have also integrated more forms into the website to provide easier interfacing with job applicants, allow customers to pay fees online, and receive information from loan customers who are requesting data. All of these functions have multiple benefits: streamlining the sharing of information in a uniform manner, freeing staff time that had previously been spent on data entry, and providing a better experience and more timely service for NeighborWorks’ customers.

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2018 Communications & Technology Conference
Wednesday, March 21
7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis


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