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U.N. Global Goals Push Minnesota Foundations to 'Think Globally, Act Locally'


Minnesota's largest foundations, joined by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, met to strategize how they can align their missions with the U.N.'s Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The United Nations Foundation, the Washington-based Council on Foundations and the Minnesota Council on Foundations organized the event at the Medtronic campus in Fridley.

Philanthropy as Catalysts for Collaboration


Council on Foundation’s Natalie Ross shares insights and experiences from February’s WINGS Forum held in Mexico. Discussing shared strategies in implementation on the SDGs in Mexico, Pakistan, Indonesia and the US, Natalie discusses how philanthropy is working with local networks of foundations, and key partners to catalyze local multi-sector collaboration around the SDGs to achieve ambitious targets. Natalie highlights the importance of collaboration and lesson-learning to achieve SDGs both domestically in the US, and globally.

How Five Foundations Collaborated on a New Strategy to Advance the Early Childhood SDGs


The powerful business community can support early childhood initiatives to achieve SDGs, but need evidence, facts, and reason to back decision-making. Five foundations, organized by the Jacobs Foundation and supported by ReadyNation International, developed a Forum to reach and inspire business leaders, joining forces to lay groundwork in eight countries. The Forum gathered key stakeholders to make the economic case for investing in early childhood, illustrating the power that can be harnessed when business leaders align to back solutions.

Why a Small Family Foundation Supports the SDG Philanthropy Platform


Pete Brach of the Brach Family Charitable Foundation and supporter of the Platform, shares his journey of philanthropy, finding a lack of available critical information for foundations to achieve greater impact, and a lack of collaboration and partnership to scale existing work. Pete Brach discuss’ the fFoundations support for the Platforms work on early childhood development in Kenya, working with Hilton Foundation, and with civil society and government very much involved.

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