Metro Blooms is a nonprofit corporation, incorporated in 1979. We have an 11-member volunteer Board of Directors. We were established as the Minneapolis Garden Awards program to recognize beautiful gardens. In 2007, we shifted our focus to promote ecological design and practices, and now offer raingarden and resilient yard workshop programs, landscape design consultations, installations and sustainable landcare services. Our vision is changing landscaping norms, and engaging residents to create resilient landscapes, plant more natives, and restore the ecological function to our urban landscape. We work with more than 50 neighborhood and community organizations, 6 affordable housing communities, and 30 Minneapolis Public Schools. We have engaged more than 10,000 residents to learn about and install thousands of raingardens and native plantings in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and throughout the state. We work hand-in-hand with many partners and coordinate the Blue Thumb – Planting for Clean Water® partnership of 50+ local government agencies, landscape contractors and native plant nurseries committed to resilient landscapes.
- Neighborhood projects help to bridge the divide between clean water partners and diverse and low-wealth communities to strengthen equitable, resilient neighborhoods.
- Commercial and institutional property owners understand their impact on clean water and install practices to reduce runoff and to maintain beautiful landscapes.
- Design, installation and landcare services offer high quality, affordable services to get more projects in the ground and to ensure long term function and beauty of stormwater best practices and native plantings.
- Sustainable landcare training for early career and transitioning professionals from diverse backgrounds offers on-the-job training which demonstrates measurable improvement in quality of work, and provides industry recognized certification to support career development.
- Residential property owners learn their impact on clean water and pollinator habitat and how to create resilient landscapes; they take action to implement and care for best practices, and to share information on our website.
- Conditions are created for underserved watershed stakeholders, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, to take action and be involved in our projects as decision makers, leaders, learners, project managers and contractors.
- All staff are supported in contributing their best to the mission, achieving work plan goals, and continuing their professional growth. They are recognized and rewarded for achievements. Metro Blooms thrives on an inclusive, supportive, innovative, and flexible work culture.
Annual budget: $1.35 million – Earned Income, Foundations, Government Grants or Contracts
Metro Blooms is seeking board members with skills in the following areas:
- Board Governance
- Financial Management
- Number of members currently: 8
- Meeting time and frequency: 12 meetings a year
- Meeting location: Minneapolis
- 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: 2 Years
- Renewable: Yes
- Does nonprofit carry liability insurance? Yes