Successful partnerships advance the missions of both organizations by being mutually beneficial with a strong working relationship and communication. Both partners give some and get some, and the partnership purpose grows more than the sum of each alone. This is the case with the Sundance Family Foundation and its nonprofit partners. A stalwart foundation partner of Urban Roots, the Sundance Family Foundation has been selected as a finalist for the annual Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2015 Nonprofit Mission and Excellence Awards in the category of Responsive Philanthropy.
This prestigious award honors the efforts and vision of nonprofits and foundations as recognized and selected by their peers. Voting runs from June 15 – 30, 2015. All staff, volunteers and board members of MNCN member organizations are welcome to vote. Please feel free to share the news with your networks.
Urban Roots wholeheartedly supports the Sundance Family Foundation for this award in Responsive Philanthropy. If you consider yourself a volunteer with Urban Roots and would like to vote, please contact Glen Hill for our member ID# so you can vote.
Founded in 2003 by Nancy Jacobs and Mark Sandercott, the Sundance Family Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organization partners who support youth development and strengthen family stability. Sundance is committed to cultivating the field of Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) which helps youth find their potential and advance into careers and/or businesses that benefit their communities. To build on our mutual strengths, Sundance organized the Youth Social Entrepreneurship Collaborative with local nonprofit partners to build the pioneering field of Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE). YSE programs open opportunities for youth to take leadership roles, advance through post-secondary trainings, obtain advanced degrees, and become the entrepreneurs who will shape the future economies of their neighborhoods. Sundance not only has provided grants to support YSE programs as Urban Roots, Cookie Cart, Appetite for Change, Cycles for Change, Youth Express, Project Sweetie Pie, Youth Farm, and others, they also organize workshops and program exchanges and actively seek other resources to support their partners. These entrepreneurial programs have ignited opportunities for youth to confidently explore their interests and to pursue options that they may have never considered. In this way, in our view, Sundance Family Foundation is an engaging and responsive philanthropic foundation.