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GMCC - DIW Separation

Dear Friends:

In the life of a nonprofit organization, there is always change – and when made intentionally and thoughtfully can be incredibly positive in spite of initial anxieties.

It is with bittersweet feelings that I write to let you know that after a mutually beneficial partnership of 65 years, the boards of directors of both the Division of Indian Work (DIW) and the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches (GMCC) have decided to separate our organizations.

Both organizations are excited to take this next step! DIW anticipates new opportunities to strengthen and grow the services they have offered to our American Indian community since 1952. They are ready to pursue their long-time desire to be an independent, American Indian led, human services organization and GMCC is proud to have been part of their legacy. We look forward to a continued, positive working relationship with them.

GMCC, too, is making strategic changes to position ourselves for a bright future. In 2017 we are taking steps to ensure that GMCC will be a strong, vibrant, and positive force for strengthening our community. We are committed to the effective programs we are known for – Minnesota FoodShare, Kinship Mentoring, Metro Paint-A-Thon, and Urban Immersion Service Retreats – and we are fully engaged in keeping these impactful programs relevant and sustainable going forward.

2017 will be a year of transition and both boards will be working together to ensure the process goes smoothly and that services to people will not be adversely affected. I invite you to stand with us throughout this journey. 

Exciting things are happening! Please contact me if you have any questions.

Respectfully,

Curt Peterson
Interim President and CEO


Frequently Asked Questions


Why have GMCC and DIW decided to become separate organizations?

This is something that has been considered off and on since the beginning of this partnership some 65 years ago. Many of the mechanisms for operating separately have been implemented over the years.  For example, DIW has its own board of directors and strategic plan. GMCC is currently undertaking strategic organization change and the timing is right for DIW to become its own entity.

Will DIW and GMCC continue to operate out of their current locations?

DIW will continue to operate out of the building that was built for them at 1001 East Lake Street. GMCC will continue to operate out of the Russ Ewald Center for Urban Service (RECUS) at 1100 East Lake Street and will relocate several staff from the DIW building to RECUS.

Will GMCC be changing the programs and services it provides to the community?

GMCC is committed to the effective programs we are known for – including Minnesota FoodShare, Kinship Mentoring, Metro Paint-A-Thon, and Urban Immersion Service Retreats. We are fully engaged in keeping these impactful programs relevant and sustainable going forward.

Is GMCC financially healthy?

Yes. Three different financial analyses were conducted, including two by outside entities, which determined that the two organizations could operated independently. 

Is GMCC leadership changing?

GMCC is being guided by Curt Peterson, Interim President and CEO, and by the board of directors. A thoughtful transition plan to new executive leadership is being developed but there is no specific timeline for when this might happen.


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