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The team at Flourish Wealth Management believes in the importance of giving back to our community. Our team members are encouraged to find ways to both engage and make a difference in our community. Involvement in local organizations helps our team develop a greater connection with the people and causes that make a difference in the lives of people, including our own team along with the beneficiaries of these charities. These are the organizations we are currently involved with, including some of their upcoming events. We hope to see you there!
Common Hope educates children and empowers families in Guatemala. Common Hope believes education is the key to unwinding the cycle of poverty. At the same time, they understand a child's success in school depends greatly on his or her family's health, safety, and stability. Because of this, they provide programs in four integrated areas: education, health care, housing, and family development. Kathy appreciates the holistic focus to the work of Common Hope; she became involved with the organization shortly after adopting her two younger children from Guatemala as a way to give back to a country she cares for deeply. She currently serves as Chair of the Executive Board. Flourish is a proud sponsor of the annual benefit Noche de Colores.
The YWCA of Minneapolis is a nonprofit organization founded in 1891 as a member of the national YWCA, the oldest and largest multicultural organization in the world. They share a common vision for peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. The YWCA of Minneapolis strives every day to achieve:
- Race and gender equity
- Economic independence for women
- Respect for diverse cultures
- A place where children and youth thrive
- A community that is vibrant and healthy
YWCA Minneapolis is led by an all-women board of directors who are responsible for setting the policy and direction for the organization. Kathy is proud to serve on the Board, and Flourish is asponsor of the Circle of Women event.
Circle of Men is a giving society established in 2016 to support YWCA Minneapolis by engaging male community leaders who are passionate supporters of the mission to Empower Women and Eliminate Racism. The group has grown and evolved over time and is taking a lead role to support early childhood education programs to prepare students for success in higher education and in employment opportunities. Circle of Men is making an investment in the Class of 2036 today, which will pay huge dividends to the State of Minnesota with a prepared workforce and successful citizens. Jay Pluimer is co-chair of Circle of Men.
Founded in 1983, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota is the first statewide women’s foundation in the nation and remains the only grantmaking organization in Minnesota dedicated exclusively to growing equity for women and girls. Founders across the state were united by a powerful common goal to create an enduring legacy of equality for women and girls. They were deeply concerned about two related issues: the small proportion of philanthropic support allocated to women and girls in Minnesota (less than 3 percent at the time) and the fact that support did not address the need for long-term system-wide change. As a statewide community foundation, the Foundation makes grants, invests in research, advocates policy, and forges cross-sector partnerships to ensure community-based, community-led solutions across Minnesota. Kathy is proud to serve on the Professional Advisors Committee for the Women's Foundation of Minnesota.
Established in 1949, Junior Achievement has broadened its reach and now serves greater Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin. Junior Achievement (JA) programs are taught in more than 700 schools throughout the upper Midwest. During the 2016-17 school year, 163,108 students experienced JA programming. JA strives to provide relevant, fundamental learning opportunities for students in grades K-12, preparing them for a lifetime of success. Each year nearly 10,000 community volunteers teach JA programs to local students. Through age-appropriate curricula, Junior Achievement programs teach children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers, and prepare students to succeed in school and beyond. Michele Lenz is proud to volunteer for this organization.
Stage Presents is dedicated to helping sick children with the healing process and providing joy to the elderly through free performances by high school ensembles. Study after study has proven that happiness improves health and lengthens lives. Imagine the impact to sick children and the elderly if they had regular access to free performances by talented high school students that made them laugh and smile. Kathy serves on the board of directors and enjoys sharing her passion for the performing arts with this organization.