Service: Strategic Services

Man stacking wood at Better Futures warehouse

Better Futures Minnesota

"Propel’s partnership was extremely helpful to my organization and it instantly increased confidence in myself, in my staff, and in my board that we were doing the right thing."

Dr. Thomas Adams, President & CEO, Better Futures Enterprises

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WE WIN staff and youth standing in front of a green wall

WE WIN Institute

"The board development work we did with Amanda [Ziebell Mawanda] at Propel literally gave our board members the tools to start leading the organization and not just following the lead of the staff or executive director."

Sindiswa Georgiades, WE WIN Institute

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Into the Woods performance at Old School Art Center

Old School Art Center

"Even when you think that you are doing OK, it isn't until you go through the board development process that the full board has the opportunity to engage in active strategy and goal creation."

Linda Kvasnicka, Board Member, Old School Art Center

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People participating at the Lake Street Bash

Lake Street Council

"It can be hard to prioritize board development when you've got programs to run and a grant application due by 4:00 pm on Friday. Working with Propel helped us take a vague notion that our board could be more engaged and effective, and helped us break it down into manageable chunks."

Allison Sharkey, Executive Director, Lake Street Council

Strategic Services

JK Movement team: three people standing facing camera

JK Movement

"For an organization like us still in a growth phase, if you don’t have support or the opportunity to apply for upfront loans like we were able to get from Propel, it can be hard to continue to grow."

Johnny Allen, Executive Director, JK Movement

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Elpis Enterprises youth woodworking

Elpis Enterprises

"The trajectory is long – it can take people a long time to get where they want to go. Part of that is getting kids on a journey that they’ll enjoy, and that they choose."

Paul Ramsour,
Executive Director, Elpis Enterprises

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Student working with teaching artist Chiaki O’Brien to create a weaving using the Saori method at a school for transition-aged students in White Bear Lake (May 2018)

VSA Minnesota

"This confirms what I’ve thought: our mission has gotten out there. Individuals, organizations, the press, and others get that yeah, people with disabilities should have access to the arts."

Craig Dunn, Executive Director, VSA Minnesota

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