Isuroon is dedicated to building Somali women and girls social connectedness and self-sufficiency so that they can lead healthier, more productive lives in Minnesota and globally.
Background: Isuroon is a grassroots organization working for the health and connectedness of Somali women and girls so they and their families can thrive in Minnesota and globally. With Isuroon, women and girls build their own health and wellness, economic self-sufficiency, community engagement and leadership.
Isuroon grew out of the Twin Cities’ Somali community and is led by the very women they serve. Listening drives their priorities — in meetings, collaborations with organizations of faith, community-based participatory research, and face-to-face conversations. They’ve earned their reputation of trust by empowering Somali women to improve their lives.
Isuroon partners with health care professionals to promote wellness and decrease health disparities. For policymakers and the broader Minnesota community, they are the go-to source for data and cultural competence on a wide range of issues affecting women and children of Somali descent.
- Civic Engagement
- Health and Wellness
- Case Management
- Legal Aid Clinic
- Increase and Expand Somali Health and Wellness Programming
- Maximize Community-Based Participatory Research and Evaluation
- Continue Public Policy and Advocacy Work
- Continue Building Organizational Excellence
Annual Budget: $550,000
- Communications and Marketing – Isuroon feels extremely connected to the community it serves, but would look to new board members to help them connect and reach out to the broader Twin Cities community, particularly healthcare organizations in the area. Support in the development of a solid communications and marketing strategy is helpful.
- Fundraising – They are currently working on a capital campaign to support the expansion of Isuroon. A board member interested in building bridges to the broader community.
- Real Estate – Isuroon has recently purchased a building, so additional board member with experience in building management and renovation would be greatly appreciated.
- Human Resources – As Isuroon grows, ad hoc support in employment policies and procedures is a request. Also, Isuroon volunteers utilize young Somali undergraduates, so a candidate with an interest in supporting Isuoroon volunteer career development (resume support, etc.) would be a boon.
- Number of members currently: 5
- How many needed: 2
- Meeting frequency: 6 meetings annually
- Meeting location: Minneapolis
- Standing Board Committees: Finance, Governance, Fundraising
- Do you carry Directors & Officers Liability Insurance? Yes
Time expectation: Up to 8 hours/month
Financial contribution required: Yes, at a level meaningful to the board member.
Service on committee required: Yes
Length of term: 3 years