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Initiative Foundation gains recognition for excellence in coaching

The Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation, with a mission to strengthen the economy, community and philanthropy for 700,000 residents in 14 central Minnesota counties, will be recognized for its coaching program for AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer...

The Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation, with a mission to strengthen the economy, community and philanthropy for 700,000 residents in 14 central Minnesota counties, will be recognized for its coaching program for AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) service members.

It is one of five organizations to be honored at the 2015 ICF Minnesota Awards Ceremony Sept. 22 at the Minnetonka Community Center. The ICF Minnesota Prism Award nomination reflects the Initiative Foundation's commitment to enhancing effectiveness by using coaching as part of its leadership strategy.

The Initiative Foundation has been an AmeriCorps VISTA sponsor for 15 years, overseeing the recruitment, placement, training and supervision of national service members across Central Minnesota. VISTA members serve full-time for a year to create and strengthen services and programs that help alleviate and eliminate poverty. More than 80 service members have received coaching since the foundation added that element to its VISTA training program in 2008.

"Our Leadership and Professional Development program, conducted with support from the Northway Group, focuses on developing and utilizing the existing strengths of the VISTA service members, building community amongst them, helping them to face and resolve conflicts as they arise, and creating an environment where they can thrive and make substantial contributions to the communities they serve. VISTAs have said that the coaching and support they received made an important difference in their ability to complete their service," said Chris Fastner, senior program manager.

All five nominated organizations will speak about their specific programs. The presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer panel on Sept. 22 at the Minnetonka Community Center, where the award recipient will be announced. The Prism Award is ICF Minnesota's highest honor for organizations utilizing coaching to advance their vision.

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