The Midtown Friendraiser™

 
 
 

Imagine 30 to 40 people coming together to learn about a vision to improve our communities. Imagine learning about their barriers and challenges - and then filling up a giant sticky wall with ideas, connections, thoughts, and words of encouragement. Imagine food, laughter, celebration, and new friendships. Imagine of a world with more Friendraisers! Each event is open to all people.

 
 

HOW IT WORKS

1. Register

Each event features a non-profit startup, small business, or creative project. Other times the project is a new initiative or idea from an established group. They all have one thing in common: make a difference.

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2. Learn

Learn the story and hear a vision for a better world. Join a table of your choosing to offer up your ideas, wisdom, and connections to help move the project forward.

3. Be Inspired

Bring your heart and passion - but leave your checkbook at home (there is NO ask for money). We need a new way to connect with causes.


BECOME A FACILITATOR!

 

If your missional community, church plant, or group is interested in empowering change-makers and visionaries, consider hosting and facilitating the Friendraiser.

 

 

It’s good to enjoy an evening at home occasionally. But too much staying home results in a life of apathy and boredom. The world belongs to those who choose to show up, connect and offer what they have to contribute. Everyone has something to contribute. Join us. 

Change-Making In a Changing World

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Change-Making In a Changing World

If you are like me, you want to feel that you have the ability to make a difference – that somehow the future will be different because of your presence, relationships and actions. You want to grow. You want to deepen your approaches to leadership, communication and strategic thinking.

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Northside Living: A Minneapolis Story

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Northside Living: A Minneapolis Story

We all want to belong to something bigger. Whether you live in North Minneapolis or you are a supporter of the good things happening in our city, we all benefit from closing the gaps in food, jobs, housing and education. Many who live in North feel a lack of supportive community for the times when we face adversity. Many have doubts about moving to the community.

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The Truth About a Good Donut

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The Truth About a Good Donut

A couple of years ago, my wife, Kelsey and I (Tim) passed through Anoka, a small town north of Minneapolis and the home of Hans’ Bakery. And as we stood in line talking to the locals, we learned that Hans’ was actually shut down for a few years. 

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Brand, Business & Buzz

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Brand, Business & Buzz

Learn more about the FREE guide for social entrepreneurs we're calling Brand, Business & Buzz. Written for leaders of startup non-profits, missional businesses, cooperatives and church plants, don't miss this free resource. 

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Filmmaker Chad Amour Reflects on the Friendraiser

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Filmmaker Chad Amour Reflects on the Friendraiser

"It was so affirming to have the chance to set the idea out in front of folks known and otherwise. To give me an opportunity to verbalize what I’m passionate about. To hear encouraging words. To be challenged. I felt equipped to move forward." - Chad Amour

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3 Must-Knows of Dialogue

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3 Must-Knows of Dialogue

Recently, Dale Durie, Leader of The Seeds Community, and a forthcoming Friendraiser Partner, sent me the slides he uses when teaching college students about dialogue. It’s incredible stuff. From these slides, I want to share with you three things about dialogue we absolutely have to know. 

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How To Get 10,000 People to Support a Documentary

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How To Get 10,000 People to Support a Documentary

In 1993, Mary Johnson’s only child, Laramium Byrd, was shot to death at a party in North Minneapolis. Oshea Israel, 16, was tried as an adult and sentenced to 25 years. Mary sought to meet Oshea while he was at the state prison in Stillwater. To make a long-story short, she forgave him – and they became close. In fact, they lived next to each other for a few years. Their story of reconciliation can be told that quickly. Here is the problem: The story is always told that quickly. 

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Tyler Sit and New City Church

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Tyler Sit and New City Church

"On paper, starting a church isn’t so complicated." In this post, Tyler Sit, founder of New City Church, tell the story of how the Midtown Friendraiser™ helped take this new project to the next level. 

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Twin Cities Producers Circle

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Twin Cities Producers Circle

By Gabriella Coll at Twin Cities Producers Circle, this is the story of a grassroots community of artists who are expanding their circles through a Friendraiser with Midtown. 

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