March 29, 2021
Development Director Job Posting
We are looking to hire an enthusiastic Director of Development to secure financial support for our organization. The Director of Development will set and achieve fundraising goals, maintain knowledge of fundraisers' interests, and cultivate relationships with fellow employees and volunteers. You will be an active participant in fundraising events, undertake vision trips, and maintain a social media presence.
Organization Overview: The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) is a non-profit community development intermediary organization working within the urban American Indian community focused on community development, community organizing, community engagement, and Indigenous arts. With an annual operating budget of $1 million dollars, NACDI works in an asset-based way to support Native people in creating the future we envision for ourselves. Through projects like All My Relations Arts, Four Sisters Farmers Market and Urban Farm, and Make Voting a Tradition, NACDI innovates while honoring and strengthening relationships between contemporary American Indians and the living influence of preceding generations and promotes the community vision of the American Indian Cultural Corridor in South Minneapolis.
NACDI/AMRA work takes place in a dynamic, community-focused environment where teamwork and flexibility is highly valued and supported. Support for the Director includes Gallery staff and volunteers.
REPORTING PROTOCOL: Chief Operating Officer
CLASSIFICATION: Exempt/ Full Time
The Development Director will be responsible, but not limited to the following:
Works closely with the Chief Operating Officer to develop a comprehensive fundraising strategy to expand philanthropic support for the organization. Directs and manages all aspects of the fundraising plans including but not limited to: annual giving planned giving, corporate and foundation grants, major individual and corporate gifts, and special fundraising events. Manages all aspects of data collection and reporting requirements.
The successful applicant will build lasting relationships with donors, and keep them informed on how their financial input is making the world a better place. Preferred candidates will be self-motivated, deadline-driven multitaskers.
Director of Development Responsibilities:
Director of Development Requirements:
Salary range $80,000 plus benefits package.
Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references from successful fundraising efforts to Ed Minnema, NACDI Chief Operating Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information contact Ed Minnema, Chief Operations Officer, at email@example.com.
First review of submissions on April 9, 2021.
For Immediate Release
March 7, 2019
Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) CEO
Joins Metropolitan Policymaking Body
Minneapolis, Minnesota — On Wednesday, March 6, NACDI President & CEO Robert Lilligren (White Earth Ojibwe) took the oath of office along with 15 others from around the region as a member of the Metropolitan Council. Lilligren will represent Met Council District 7 which comprised of North and South-Central Minneapolis and the City of Robbinsdale.
The Metropolitan Council is the regional policy-making body, planning agency, and provider of essential services for the Twin Cities metropolitan region.
The Council's mission is to foster efficient and economic growth for a prosperous region. The appointments were made by Governor Walz with the support of Lt. Governor Flanagan, from of over 200 applicants. Lilligren is the first enrolled Tribal citizen to serve on Met Council in its 50-year history.
After being sworn into office, Lilligren was affirmed by a unanimous vote of his colleagues to the position of Chair of the Met Council’s Community Development Committee. The Council's Community Development Committee addresses issues involving development and implementation of the regional comprehensive plan (Thrive MSP 2040), Metro HRA operations, Livable Communities Act grants, and regional park plans and grants.
“I am honored to be appointed by Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan to this position, where I will be able to serve the region, my district, and my community,” says Lilligren, who continues as NACDI’s CEO while assuming the part-time Met Council role. “I am committed to bringing Native values of respect for place, land, water, and people to regional policy-making.”
Lilligren, who served for 12 years on the Minneapolis City Council and currently serves as Chair of the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID), sees direct connection between his work at NACDI, at MUID, and on the Met Council. “My goal is to bring greater equity of opportunity, especially economic opportunities – through our regional investments,” says Lilligren.
The Chair of NACDI’s Board of Directors, Sam Olbekson expresses his support for Lilligren’s new leadership role. “We are excited to see Robert broaden his public service with this appointment to the Met Council. As Chair of the Community Development Committee he will be well positioned to advance the American Indian Cultural Corridor project, as well as other regional place-based community development,” says Olbekson, We are proud to see the first Native member on the Met Council."
The newly inaugurated Met Council is the most diverse in its history. The appointees include seven people of color or indigenous people (POCI), seven women, two incumbents, and two immigrants. This bipartisan group includes former and current local elected officials, business owners, community organizers, arts and education professionals, and more.
Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) is an American Indian community development intermediary organization – the first of its kind in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. NACDI believes all American Indian people have a place, purpose, and a future strengthened by sustainable community development. NACDI’s key projects include the development of the American Indian Cultural Corridor, management of All My Relations Gallery, and catalyzing the implementation of the American Indian Community Blueprint.
For Immediate Release
Native American Community Development Institute Will Lead and Develop Community-Led Strategies to Address Homelessness in the Minneapolis Native American Communities
Minneapolis, Minnesota - The Bush Foundation granted Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) an Innovation grant for the WiiDooKoDaaDiiWag “They Help Each Other” (THEO) project in response to the Franklin Hiawatha Encampment.
“Due to NACDI’s history and depth of relationships, we found it to be well-positioned to lead a problem-solving process and begin to identify solutions to conditions of homelessness in the Native community,” said Rudy Guglielmo, who serves as a Community Innovation Program Manager for the Bush Foundation.
In the summer of 2018, a small cluster of tents appeared near Franklin and Hiawatha
Avenues in Minneapolis and grew rapidly. By September 2018, 300 to 400 people, primarily Native, lived there in over 150 tents. The Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID) came together with the community to identify immediate needs and redirect their resources in response. Community allies mobilized to direct outreach and support for the encampment.
NACDI and MUID are recognized by community and the City of Minneapolis as intermediaries to engage the public and private sectors and other organizational and community partners. Community allies quickly mobilized direct outreach and support at the camp. Collectively we will seek and create long term strategies to the homeless and issues contributing to the creation of the encampment, and innovative ways to address the historic, systemic challenges in the Native community.
“At the Bush Foundation, we believe NACDI’s ability to collaborate and engage the community can result in shared ownership of solutions to conditions causing homelessness in the Native community,” said Guglielmo.
THEO was created to support NACDI, MUID and Allies to continue to aid Native people to achieve their self-determined goals successfully, through broad community organizing and engagement process. This led to the closing systematic gaps in access, policy, practice, and programing to improve the condition for homeless Native people.
Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) is an American Indian
community development intermediary organization - the first of its kind in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. NACDI believes all American Indian people have a place, purpose, and a
future strengthened by sustainable community development. NACDI’s key projects include the development of the American Indian Cultural Corridor, management of All My Relations Gallery, and catalyzing the implementation of the American Indian Community Blueprint.
At the Bush Foundation we invest in great ideas and the people who power them. We encourage individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.
The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth. Inspired by the Bushes’ desire to build their community and encourage innovation, the Foundation has invested more than one billion dollars in grants to thousands of organizations and individuals.
For more information: Bushfoundation.org