If you missed us at The Lowbrow last night, there is still another chance to learn more about KFNA! Thanks to the neighbors that attended!
KFNA Board Informal Coffee Hour, 3-4:30 PM, Wednesday January 14, Butter Bakery Café
Kingfield Neighborhood Association Board Members will host another informal (yet informational!) session about being a part of KFNA. Come with your questions about the workload and responsibilities of serving as part of this 13 member, volunteer, non-profit board of directors. Also come with you ideas for increasing community involvement and tackling community issues! Yes, there is some work involved in being part of the board, but the payoff in meeting new neighbors and working to improve your immediate community is huge! Please join board member Dan Swenson-Klatt and Project Organizer Cheryl DeGroff for coffee and to learn more about getting involved in the Kingfield Neighborhood Association!
Give to the Max Day has become a veritable annual holiday of giving to the causes and organizations that Minnesotans care about. Last year the day was so successful at generating donations that the computers crashed. This year, just like shopping for the holidays, you can order now and schedule your gift to be given on the big day! We at KFNA ask, as you weigh who to share your hard-earned dollars with, to consider sharing it with your neighborhood association, the Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA).
Kingfield neighborhood is special for a lot of reasons, but a lot of those reasons come back to your neighborhood association. KFNA has worked really hard for the last 20 years to engage amazing neighbors in their very own neighborhood. The goal in doing this work is to assist residents in developing and sharing their own special talents and skills to solve both smaller, neighborhood-level concerns but also to pilot programs and projects that can be duplicated across the City.
KFNA has helped develop programs and leaders in the areas of urban agriculture including farmers markets and community gardens, alternative energy including solar and geo-thermal education and installation, public art including tried and true methods to deter graffiti and build identity using exterior business murals and wrapped utility boxes, and much more including programs and projects focused on store-front development, street usage and traffic calming, recycling, race-based discussions and building connections to other neighborhoods and communities, and affordable housing. KFNA uses your donations to support these programs and more.
Some of you might ask, why should I give money to my nonprofit neighborhood organization? Neighborhood groups receive financial support from the City of Minneapolis to do their work, don’t they?
Although KFNA is fortunate to receive some support from the City of Minneapolis for the outreach and long-range planning we do in the neighborhood, the City only provides about $50,000 annually, which is about 50% of KFNA’s annual operating budget. Let’s be frank. $50,000 is not enough money to employ two part-time staff, maintain an office and communication channels via websites, e-mail (like this one!), and social media, pay for insurance, accounting services, and plan and implement numerous projects and events annually.
To continue to do all the work we do in Kingfield Neighborhood, we need your financial support as well. Donations can be made via Give MN page, or visit the Kingfield Neighborhood Association page at https://kingfield.org to learn more about the work we do first, and make a donation from there.
Gifts in of any size are greatly appreciated and put to work in your neighborhood!