ABOUT

The Better OUTcomes Initiative is a multi-year philanthropic movement to increase funding to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, Two-Spirit and allied people and groups as well as strengthen better philanthropic practices for grantmakers based in Minnesota.

Mission


The Better OUTcomes Initiative aims to provide opportunities for Minnesota-headquartered foundations and individuals to improve understanding and funding of the LGBTQ community.

Goals


Recruit one-third of the Minnesota Council on Foundations members to join the initiative.


Grow in Connection and Understanding.


Set and implement the Appropriate Standard for LGBTQ-inclusive grantmaking.

Adopting a Model That Works



The Better OUTcomes Initiative is based on a model that is already working – a place-based philanthropic collaboration called “Out in the South.” Developed by a broad coalition of foundations, “Out in the South” has successfully increased awareness of, connection to and investment in LGBTQ people in the U.S. South.

Out in the South project leadership


Our Team

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Trina Olson

Trina stepped into her role at PFund Foundation in December of 2014. With over a decade spent working on progressive ballot measure and legislative campaigns, Trina brings a wealth of fundraising, messaging and management expertise. A seasoned strategist, leader, activist and organizer, prior to PFund Trina served as both Deputy Executive Director and Interim Executive Director for Immigration Equality. There Trina was part of lobbying efforts with the White House, ICE and Congress as well as charged with supporting the team of attorneys providing free legal services to low-income LGBTQ asylum seekers, detainees and binational couples. Trina’s organizing career includes advocating for trans-inclusive non-discrimination, marriage equality, adoption policy and health care access at The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Equality California, Family Equality Council and Washington Citizen Action. Trina is particularly interested in the ways that local, regional, national and international progressive movement strategies can intersect.
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Alfonso Wenker

Alfonso Wenker is MCF's vice president. He has a range of experience in the philanthropic sector spanning program design, training and facilitation, fundraising, and event planning. Most recently, Alfonso developed a philanthropic fellowship program at the Bush Foundation now housed at MCF. Prior to his time at Bush Foundation, Alfonso held various staff roles at PFund Foundation, including as the foundation's first full-time program staff person, integrating racial equity frameworks across the organization, increasing volunteer participation and engaging new institutional funding partners. His responsibilities at MCF include leading the MCF Philanthropy Fellows program and managing MCF's internal and external diversity, equity and inclusion work.
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Anil Hurkadli

Anil is currently serving as a Program Officer for the Thrivent Financial Foundation, a faith-based, non-profit financial organization in Minneapolis. Anil's commitment to realizing educational equity for all students stems from his immigrant roots, as educational opportunities literally and figuratively transported his family out of poverty and across oceans. Anil joined Teach For America staff in 2011 as the Managing Director of Strategy, Talent and Operations for the Chicago region. In 2013 Anil joined the Regional Operations team, serving as served a chief of staff. In that role, he helped craft the staff talent and leadership development strategies for seven regions across the organization (including the Twin Cities). He also supported the strategic planning and ongoing performance management for these regions. Anil became the Executive Director of Teach For America's Twin Cities region in 2014. In this role he continued TFA’s work to develop Twin Cities students into the critically conscious and courageous leaders Minnesota needs for the future. During his time on staff, Anil also served as the national co-chair of TFA Pride, TFA’s staff LGBTQA resource group. Prior to joining staff at Teach For America, Anil opened new schools for Minneapolis Public Schools. He was also a former leadership fellow at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies. Anil is a 2003 graduate of Northwestern University and received an MBA in 2010 from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, where he worked with various social enterprises to build their capacity and deepen their impact.
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Sam Blackwell

Inspiration: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”—James Baldwin
I love living in the Twin Cities and all the amazing things it offers, but the success of our region isn’t available to all. I do this work to foster community, to address inequities, and to make the Twin Cities a great place to live for everyone. A Milwaukee native, Sam came to the Twin Cities to attend the University of Minnesota and fell in love with the community. He joined United Way in April 2014, after years of working in nonprofits in our region helping support community members in both basic needs and education. Despite being a Wisconsinite by birth, he considers himself an honorary Minnesotan, and is passionate about the future success of our community.