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The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations recently hosted their first ever data parties, focused on East Metro Pulse, Volume 2. The Foundations will be holding five more data parties, open to anyone interested in learning how to sift through the data book and understand how to use this data in their work.

When Sally and Karen traveled as a family to Guatemala two years ago, they were surprised at how quickly their sons, Sam and Joey – both 10 years old, noticed and were saddened by the human struggles and injustices that many people in that region were experiencing. It was this experience that made the couple consider how they could involve their kids in their philanthropy – not decades down the road, but right away.

When it comes to philanthropy and community impact, more and more donors and nonprofit organizations are looking to data to help inform their work and better understand the impact they make in their communities.

As temperatures drop and winter gets into full swing, many of us are contemplating how we can help the growing number of people experiencing homelessness in our communities.

President Joe Spencer sat down with us after six months on the job to talk about the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance’s goal to fill every corner and block of downtown Saint Paul with people and places that delight and surprise.