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Northfield Area United Way allocation panels: a very cool community engagement process

Northfield Arts Guild presenting at Northfield Area United Way allocation panel Northfield Youth Choirs presenting at Northfield Area United Way allocation panel Northfield Area Family YMCA presenting at Northfield Area United Way allocation panel
My wife Robbie and I were invited to be on one of the Northfield Area United Way (NAUW) allocation panels last week.  In her email, NAUW Executive Director Betsy Spethmann wrote:

Betsy Spethmann, Northfield Area United WayAs a Grant Allocation Panelist, you will help decide how the funds raised during the recent United Way campaign will be invested back into services that benefit people in our community… agencies present their proposals and field questions from panelists; then the panel discusses how to allocate available funds and agrees on a recommendation to NAUW’s Board.

Volunteers find that this is an excellent way to learn more about our community and the network of human-service organizations serving the Northfield area.

Indeed, it was excellent.  And the process was impressive. Our allocation panel got to hear from/ask questions of representatives from the Northfield Arts Guild, the Northfield Youth Choirs, and the Northfield Area Family YMCA.

The Northfield Area United Way thermometer needs a boost

Betsy Spethmann, Executive Director of the Northfield Area United Way, Betsy Spethmann, Executive Director of the Northfield Area United Way, Northfield Area United Way online donation

Betsy Spethmann, the new Executive Director of the Northfield Area United Way, was down on Bridge Square yesterday, drawing attention to the organization’s fundraising thermometer.

You can use their online donation form to give it a boost.

For more about Betsy and her new job, see the Nov. 12 Nfld News: Northfield names new United Way leader