Success Spotlight: The New Collaboration

Sarah Lutman writes in Twin Cities Business‘ annual issue of Giving 2013 about nonprofit collaboration to tackle the big problems facing our communities. Lutman highlights the work of Generation Next as an example of collaboration better equipped to address a large-scale problem.

Excerpt from “The New Collaboration” article: 

Generation Next’s partners include Target, General Mills, and Cargill; the University of Minnesota; the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System; the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts; private philanthropy organizations; the Minnesota Education Association; and local government entities.

The local effort is measuring five benchmarks; kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading proficiency, eighth grade math  proficiency, high-school graduation rate, and college graduation rate. Each benchmark represents a gateway to success in the subsequent stage.

Generation Next has vowed to report on what’s working, fund promising efforts through its Social Innovation Fund and other channels, work with organizations in the cradle-to-career pipeline to align efforts and gain efficiencies, and help organizations make programming decisions based on data. Read full article here.


Sarah LutmanSarah Lutman, founder of Lutman and Associates, is a nationally-recognized nonprofit executive working in strategy, governance, and creative experiences to advance philanthropic, cultural, media, and other public service organizations and projects.

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