You have helped the Citizens League improve Minnesota. Here is some of what we have done together in recent years:
|Long-Term Care:Our collaborative produced a working model to change an unsustainable financing system.
|Budget: We identified citizen priorities for solving the state's recurring budget challenges and highlighted $24 billion in tax expenditures not being considered by
the Legislature to fill the gap.
||Transportation: We organized leadership and support to secure $188 million
for innovations to reduce congestion for employees in the I-35W South Corridor.
|Water: We identified a new governance approach needed to protect Minnesota waters. The report continues to be used by decision makers in agriculture, government and other sectors.
|Mental health:We transformed the mental health payment and service delivery system by convening the Minnesota Mental Health Action Group, culminating in the most comprehensive legislation and funding reform in two decades.|
|Members and the public volunteer 1,300 hours per month on average to help us build and achieve our goals: More than 28,500 hours total in 2010 and 2011!
|Our Common Ground principles model lay the foundation for citizens and government to work together to produce better public policy.
|We provided roughly 1,000 hours of Quantum Civics Leadership Training in 2010 and 2011 during 28 sessions..|
|We've launched new projects and are taking a closer look at higher education reform, electrical energy, tiered teacher licensing and more.|
|Our weekly email list has grown to more than 5,300, and we now have more than 1,700 Facebook fans and more than 2,100 Twitter followers.|
|We sponsored nearly 200 public events in 2010 and 2011, attended by more than 5,600 Minnesotans.|
Ensuring a Healthy Organization
Thanks to you:
- Total membership has increased by 70% in six years.
- Donations to the Citizens League have increased by 225 percent since 2003, and
we ended 2009, 2010 and 2011 in the black.
- We gained over 750 new members and ended 2011 with 2,343 members, the largest total membership in a decade
- The Nonprofits Assistance Fund featured us as an example of an organization that transformed challenges into opportunity.
- We reframed the issues and earned public recognition:
"In our increasingly polarized political environment, the Citizens League is still a place where people with diverse points of view can come together for the common good." -- MinnPost article
"The Citizens League's recommendations are timely indeed." --Star Tribune Editorial
The Citizens League has played a central role in some of the biggest policy reforms in Minnesota history, including the Minnesota Miracle, charter schools, MinnesotaCare and the Metropolitan Council. Read more
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