A civic gathering

As chair of the board, Goff Public’s Heidi Larson convened the Citizens League 63rd annual meeting. More than 450 people attended the event where former Justice Alan Page was honored for his service to Minnesota.


Groundbreaking philanthropic roundtable

MINNEAPOLIS, MN OCTOBER 15: Fertile Ground conference on October 15, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In partnership with the American Heart Association, our client the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community convened representatives from 41 philanthropic organizations from across the country in Minneapolis in October. This historic gathering marked the first discussion among major national, regional and tribal funders on the nutritional health crisis in Indian Country.

At the event, participants agreed on next steps toward developing national strategies related to nutrition, health, food access, and agricultural development.

Learn more about the roundtable here.


Minnesota Oncology doctor featured in Star Tribune

Dr. Cheryl Bailey, an oncologist with Minnesota Oncology, was recently featured in the Star Tribune for her support of abdominal chemotherapy as a proven method to treat ovarian cancer. A recently released study showed that only 50% of patients who would be ideal candidates for abdominal chemotherapy actually received it.


A new vision for the Dorothy Day Center

Congratulations to Catholic Charities as it broke ground today on Higher Ground Saint Paul, the first phase of the new vision for the Dorothy Day Center. The organization also announced that it has raised more than half of the funds necessary to build the center, which will include emergency shelter, affordable housing, and access to critical services to help people get out of poverty.

Learn more in this Minnesota Public Radio article.


Social media’s influence increases

1 billion daily users on Facebook today

65+ Facebook’s fastest growing age demographic

63% of users get their news from Facebook and Twitter

59% of users depend on Twitter to follow breaking news stories

39% of American adults use social media as a resource for involvement in politics, public policy, and government


Prepare for the unexpected

Crises make headlines every day – “Minnesota dentist kills beloved lion” (Huffington Post); “Feds indict former Community Action of Minneapolis director Bill Davis, son” (Star Tribune); “Security threat closes U of M’s Coffman Memorial Union” (KSTP). While none of us want our name in a headline like one of these, no person or organization is immune.

Crises of all types and sizes, from public health concerns to workplace injuries to natural disasters, can happen at any time. One delay, impromptu statement, or negative headline has the potential to harm your reputation. Alternatively, a swift and thoughtful response can build loyalty and trust in your brand. Often organizations are judged more on their response to a crisis than the crisis itself.

While you cannot control every event that leads to a crisis, you can control how prepared you are to react to it. To learn how Goff Public can help you effectively prepare for and respond to a crisis, contact Jennifer Hellman.