The Minot Area Community Foundation is in a time of transition...
For many years, it has been known for its grants to area organizations and groups, providing financial means for many projects.
The Mouse River flood sent it in another direction -- helping to raise millions of dollars for those rebuilding...
Now, as Perry Olson tells us today, the direction is changing again...
It's what most everyone strives for...a better quality of life.
And at the Minot Area Community Foundation office, enhancing that is the new goal.
(Ken Kitzman, MACF Director) "We need to look at better ways to do things. You can't continue to do the same things."
Ken Kitzman is President at MACF.
He's watched as the foundation has evolved over the last three years from a simple granting foundation, to a needed flood-recovery agency helping to raise funds, to what it is becoming now: an institution that can bring groups together for the betterment of the region.
(Ken Kitzman, MACF Director) "Working collaboratively on larger projects that have a big impact on the community. That is really where we are at now."
MACF will still grant funds, but the main goal moving forward it to think bigger and better for the community, bringing leadership, increasing giving, and meeting the needs of a growing community.
(Ken Kitzman, MACF Director) "The Community Foundation literally can act as a conduit to bring groups together. Sometimes to fund, sometimes to dream, and sometimes to just get the right people in the room in a leadership role to say how do we work on this. This is what we heard, this is what we are seeing...how can we do this better?"
Bigger projects can come from this.
Take for example what is coming to Oak Park: this band shell will be replaced with a new, larger, more dynamic amphitheater.
It has happened thanks to the foundation bringing together funding donors, an online contest, and the park district.
(Ken Kitzman, MACF Director) "We are really excited. We are going to have a truly nice amphitheater in a nice area. Children will use it, young adults will use it. It will be used on Fridays and Sundays."
Moving forward, this is what the foundation hopes to do: bring to Minot what people want.
But what do people want?
We'll hear more about getting those answers tomorrow.
Perry Olson, KX News.
Friday, we'll look at the 'Community Listening Sessions' that the foundation hosted, and why they were so successful.