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See the latest news and announcements from Sundance Family Foundation, plus articles related to Earn & Learn and impact investing. 

SROI: Measuring Community Impact

SROI: Measuring Community Impact

Nonprofits have always been asked to calculate their cost savings, their financial savings, or their economic impact by creating a Social Return on Investments (SROI). These calculations are complex, and so the Sundance Family Foundation with the help of Ecotone Analytics, set about trying to discover the SROI on it’s new Earn and Learn program by the 2020 grantees. For every $1 contributed to an Earn & Learn program, there is a projected $3.50 social return on investment (SROI).
Measuring Earn & Learn’s success using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Measuring Earn & Learn’s success using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

In 2020, the Sundance Family Foundation created Earn & Learn from its evidence-based Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) to accelerate pathways that connect young adults to short-term training programs and sustainable 21st century middle-skills careers. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) provide a framework to identify and map the indicators to measure Earn and Learn’s success.
Sundance Family Foundation Engages in Shareholder Advocacy

Sundance Family Foundation Engages in Shareholder Advocacy

See how Sundance Family Foundation, through Trillium, engaged in shareholder advocacy campaigns to bring about positive change regarding carbon emission reductions for local communities in Michigan and Louisiana where Marathon Petroleum operates. Plus, learn how Sundance pushed Tractor Supply Company to increase diversity in the executive leadership team at the company.
A Trip To Design Ready Controls

A Trip To Design Ready Controls

The Sundance Team gathered with youth from several YSE organizations to tour Design Ready Controls, a control panel and wiring harness manufacturer headquartered in Brooklyn Park. See how Sundance Family Foundation is helping connect employers like Design Ready Controls with job seekers.
Youth Training Wage Update

Youth Training Wage Update

Executive Directors and Leaders of nonprofits and foundations created Youth Training Wage recommendations to the Citizens League which then brought them to Minneapolis and St. Paul. The pathway to a sustainable wage as currently implemented in Minneapolis has unintended consequences on youth training programs. The problem resulted from putting the duration of the youth programming into the ordinance itself. As a result it can not be easily amended without voting on the entire ordinance.
Changemaking – A Butterfly Effect

Changemaking – A Butterfly Effect

In early February of 2018, the New York Times published an article about the idea of a changemaker. The man who coined the term, Bill Drayton, and started the idea of social entrepreneurship, discusses in the article the importance of a changemaker in our society, and how to instill this idea in the next generation. Drayton’s passions are very similar to the passions of Sundance Family Foundation, and why they started their mission of supporting youth development and strengthening family stability. Google defines social entrepreneurship as “a person who establishes an enterprise with the aim of solving social problems or effecting social change.” Similarly, in the article Drayton defines a changemaker as someone who “can see the patterns around them, identify the problems in any situation, figure out ways to solve the problem, organize fluid teams, lead collective action and then continually adapt as situations change.” The core of these two ideas is problem solving, and how being a problem solver can open so many doors in someone’s life, and make a positive impact on society and in their own community.