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November 23, 2012

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November 23, 2012

People for Parks is an agile organization, by which I mean that it is relatively small and definitely grassroots, so it is able to act quickly when approached for "just a little help." Although grants range from large to almost tiny, each one helps a group or organization enhance Minneapolis parks. People for Parks has provided support, large and small, for everything from a playground that will be accessible for every child to planting shrubs to replace buckthorn in the bird sanctuary.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 20, 2012

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November 20, 2012

People For Parks is a grassroots organization committed to enhancing Minneapolis parks. Just in the past few years funds raised by People For Parks has planted trees in some on the Minneapolis parks through People For Parks Arbor Day Project, helped with the eradication of bucktorn through the purchase of equipment for the Minneapolis Parks forestry department and contributed money for the purchase of two chess tables at Logan Park amongst other projects. Currently People For Parks is involved with the Falls For All Project at Wabun Park and the Martin Luther King Legacy project at King Park. The People For Parks board works hand in hand with the Minneapolis Park Board to insure Minneapolis residents that the parks remain "the jewels" of our city.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 20, 2012

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November 20, 2012

People for Parks' help keep our Minneapolis parks beautiful and functional. The financial support they have been able to offer has maintained the value of some of our treasures, such as the bandshell and Women's Ordinary at Lake Harriet. They have replaced trees that were lost to disease and protected others from the same fate. They help small neighborhood groups improve their parks and keep communities strong.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 3, 2012
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1 previous review
February 16, 2011

We are working with People for Parks to fundraise to improve the level of accessibility for a park reconstruction at the Wabun Picnic Area in Minnehaha Falls Park. The People for Parks Board has been... more

November 3, 2012
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For over 2 years now, the board and staff of People for Parks has worked tirelessly with its Falls 4 All Committee to fundraise to build a universally accessible playground specially designed so that kids with disabilities can play side by side with their able-bodied peers. Now at 75% of its nearly million dollar goal, the organization continues in its fundraising efforts, with a deadline of early 2013 to complete the fundraising. True to its purpose, this has been a citizen-based effort, with numerous fundraisers, grant writing, and meetings with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board staff, all in an effort to make this much-needed playground (the FIRST of its kind in the Minneapolis Park System) a reality for the citizens of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Certainly People for Parks and its Falls 4 All Committee are to be commended for its dedication to this huge fundraising project for a universal access playground that will allow children and adults, both with and without disabilities, a place to challenge themselves, explore, interact and play, with independence and dignity, as a group or as individuals.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 16, 2011

We are working with People for Parks to fundraise to improve the level of accessibility for a park reconstruction at the Wabun Picnic Area in Minnehaha Falls Park. The People for Parks Board has been very supportive in donating their time and talent to our cause. They have impressed me with their commitment to the improvement of the Minneapolis Park System and their fiscal responsibility.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

enjoying the many improvements that they championed in the Minneapolis Park System, such as the Lake Harriet Rock Garden, the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra concerts, the Lake Harriet Picnic Shelter, to name a few.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage others to become involved with their worthy causes, both financially and through a donation of their time.

October 17, 2012
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October 17, 2012
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Family, not "client" - This is the whole point: the "role" category that I just clicked doesn't begin the describe the relationship that my organization has with People for Parks (PFP). It's funny, too, we were welcomed into the family only seven months ago. Again, this illustrates the point. PFP lives its mission with the people and organizations it serves. I am the treasurer of a neighborhood, grassroots organization that is committed to better connecting the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park (MLK) to the community and to promote Dr. King's legacy through activities and physical layout in the Park. We are entirely volunteer run and lead. When we approached PFP to be our fiscal agent, they literally took us under their wings and helped mus become established. The board members collaborated with us in writing a memorandum of agreement that spelled out each organization's roles and responsibilities. This was done in a mutually respectful manner. The quality of the relationship that was established is rare. Having done this several times on behalf of community groups I can testify that often the organization with the power simply dictates terms to the neighborhood group. Here, PFP took steps to ensure communication was open and decision making had a two-way path. PFP went above and beyond the specific requirements of "fiscal agent" in other ways that supported our group. They identified potential funding sources, introduced us to individuals and organizations that could support our work and helped mus with logistics of individual fundraising and specific events. It takes this special support and the efforts above and beyond the requirements of "client-provider" to make relationships successful. PFP has done this for us. MLK is pleased and proud to be part of the PFP family.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 12, 2010

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April 12, 2010

People for Parks has a committed volunteer board dedicated to making the Minneapolis Parks experience a great experience for all. The bandshell plaza is a great improvement to Lake Harriet, as is the picnic shelter. Other projects include helping improve tennis courts across the city and inoculating Elm trees. This arbor day they will donate 100 trees to Jordan park in Minneapolis, adjacent to the Hmong International academy. Great people working hard.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to give back to the park system which has enriched my life so much.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hardworking, creative and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Really help the Minneapolis Park system. The sculpture garden needs work, lots of parks need upgrades. Wouldn't take 10 million, just $1million would let us do some great projects like a new playground at Beard's Plaissance, repairs to parks city wide.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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