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Crossing Arts Alliance gains honor as nonprofit of the year

A packed art gallery provided a full house for a surprise announcement at The Crossing Arts Alliance's 8X8 fundraiser. The downtown Brainerd event Thursday, Oct. 4, brought in funds during a silent auction of art crafted on 8X8 canvas from people...

A crowd gathers for the annual 8X8 fundraiser at The Crossing Arts Alliance Thursday, Oct. 4, in downtown Brainerd. In addition to the silent art auction, the event included a surprise announcement. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch video
A crowd gathers for the annual 8X8 fundraiser at The Crossing Arts Alliance Thursday, Oct. 4, in downtown Brainerd. In addition to the silent art auction, the event included a surprise announcement. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch video

A packed art gallery provided a full house for a surprise announcement at The Crossing Arts Alliance's 8X8 fundraiser.

The downtown Brainerd event Thursday, Oct. 4, brought in funds during a silent auction of art crafted on 8X8 canvas from people across the community. The venue was also an opportunity to surprise The Crossing Arts Alliance with the award as 2018 Nonprofit of the Year.

Holly Holm, director of Brainerd Community Action, made the announcement as the auction was about to wrap up, bringing a special bonus 8X8 canvas for viewing only noting the award.

Holm noted this 8x8 "represents a nonprofit organization that has contributed its passion to this community for the past several years with its diverse art interests, ongoing exhibits, gallery receptions, workshops, and educational programs for all ages, and let's not forget about the gift shop."

Holm recognized Lisa Jordan, The Crossing Arts Alliance executive/artistic director, and the Crossing's board of directors on behalf of Brainerd Community Action and the Brainerd Jaycees "for their partnership within the community and your passion for the arts. Because of your hard work, you have helped create a healthy, thriving and vibrant artist community and we thank you for that!"

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Jordan was surprised with flowers and balloons at the fundraising event.

Criteria for Nonprofit of the Year criteria are as follows:

• Demonstration of a positive impact on the region/improve overall quality of life for the community,

• Demonstration of community/nonprofit partnership,

• Active involvement by director, staff, board members, volunteers, constituents and other stakeholders in delivering excellent service/product,

• Effective fundraising and resource development,

• Solid financial management,

• Unique use of financial resources to strengthen organization, and

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• Effective use of social media and IT for communication of product/services.

Typical characteristics of a successful nonprofit, Brainerd Community Action reported, include a proactive board of directors, dedicated staff and unwavering support from community partners. To recognize a stand-out nonprofit with these characteristics, this award is presented to an organization that displays amazing leadership, integrity and management skills required for success.

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