Neighborhood & Community Relations

Crown Roller Mill, Room 425
105 5th Avenue South 
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 673-3737

Training and Resources

ADA Resources for Neighborhood Organizations:

Accommodations Checklist

Guides and Frequently Asked Questions

Festivals and Community Building Events -  The purpose of this reference guide is to help neighborhood organizations better identify when expenses may or may not be eligible for reimbursement through their CPP or NRP contracts.

Neighborhood Organizations and Elections - A guide covering Frequently Asked Questions, including guidance on providing a forum for a candidate to speak, neighborhood organization work on ballot initiatives, and participation in voter registration and get out the vote activities.

Neighborhood Organization Trainings:

Basic Board Roles and Responsibilities - Why we have neighborhood associations; why we have boards; governance and how the board adds value to an organization; preserving public trust and protecting the public interest; basic board functions (mission, planning and evaluation, policy, staff oversight, resources, troubleshooting, and providing leadership). 2-4 hours, plan on some discussion among Board members, analysis of organization’s mission. 

Individual Board Member Roles and Responsibilities - Fiduciary duties of Directors; setting expectations and ground rules; roles of officers; other board roles; creating a positive and fulfilling environment. 2-4 hours, plan on some discussion and taking time to develop mutually agreed on expectations for Board members. 

The Board and Financial Management - The role of the Board in financial management; the role of the Treasurer; establishing a Finance Committee; financial policies and procedures; effective reports for the Board; why a budget is important; questions Directors should ask at every board meeting. 1-2 hours. 

Meeting Facilitation - Methods for planning and facilitating a meeting or series of meetings for best outcomes. What are some common practices as well as some new tools for facilitation. 1-4 hours. 

Team Building - How can you make the Board (or committee, task force or work group) more effective as a team? Group dynamics and decision making; unanimous, majority and consensus methods of decision making; different styles of decision making; Prepare for some interactive exercises around team dynamics. 2-4 hours. 

The Role of the Chair - The role of the board or committee chair in ensuring effective meetings by knowing what to do before, during and after the meeting. How to solicit information from members to develop an agenda; designing agendas to focus on priorities; getting participation; managing the meeting; dealing with problems; four basic principles of Roberts Rules; delegation of tasks; follow through after the meeting. 1-2 hours, depending on size of group. 

Planning and Evaluation - What are some basic planning tools, such as logic models, decision trees and mind maps, and how to evaluate progress. How to think about the relation of outcomes and "outputs," resources, goals and tasks. 2 hours. 

Participation and Outreach - What participation means, why it is important, and its relation to power. Benefits and consequences of becoming a participatory organization. Common and some surprising tools for outreach; pearl diving 101; door knocking; tents and lemonade stands; surveys and other tools. 2 hours, plan on some discussion and brainstorming. 

Community Organizing - What it means to "organize" the community for power, and how this is different from simply "participation." Identifying issues, mobilizing people, conducting a campaign. 2 hours, plan on some discussion. 

Asset Based Community Development - ABCD and overcoming negative perceptions about your community. Identify and mobilize assets that might help strengthen your community. 2 hours, plan on discussion on media perceptions and creating a neighborhood inventory

Grassroots Fundraising for Neighborhoods - Successful grassroots fundraising campaigns used by Minneapolis neighborhood organizations. Why fundraising is important, what you need to do to get in position for fundraising, and examples of neighborhood activities from "coffee cans" to Direct mail. 2-4 hours, plan on discussion and brainstorming. 

Conflict Management and Resolution - How to identify and manage conflict in your meetings and in your community. Recognize your own response to conflict and the influence on how your organization manages conflict. Simple steps for dealing with conflict. 4-6 hours, prepare to analyze a meeting where you have experienced conflict, and to discuss how you feel about conflict. 

Strategic Planning - How to prepare for a strategic plan: developing a "plan for a plan;" who leads the planning effort; who should be involved, what are the basic steps. This is not just a workshop but a working session for the board to prepare a three- to six-month process for developing a strategic plan. 4-6 hours, expect some homework prior to the workshop, and be prepared to talk about key questions facing the organization.


Robert Thompson
Neighborhood Specialist
Neighborhood and Community Relations Department
(612) 673-2523

The City of Minneapolis invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event within our city. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or should you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting 612-673-3737.



ADA Resources for Neighborhood OrganizationsA guide covering Frequently Asked Questions, including guidance on providing a forum for a candidate to speak, neighborhood organization work on ballot initiatives, and participation in voter registration and get out the vote activities.

Last updated Jan 8, 2015