Rochester, MN. – Jodi Millerbernd, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, received the 2014 Nonprofit Visionary Leader Award Presented by The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of MN Campus.

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) is committed to building the strength and integrity of the nonprofit sector statewide. As part of this commitment, in 2010 MCN initiated the Nonprofit Leadership Awards to recognize the passion and energy of individual leaders at various stages in their nonprofit careers.

In 2014, YNPN – Twin Cities, the Harvard Club of Minnesota Foundation and the Center for Integrative Leadership (CIL) at the University of Minnesota joined MCN in recognizing nonprofit leaders.

The Visionary Award recipient must have at least five years of experience in a senior leadership role within the nonprofit sector. They must also demonstrate the ability to develop and implement creative and effective organizational leadership strategies and is able to create and nurture valuable collaborations and partnerships to advance the work of nonprofits, and result in tangible benefits to the community.

According to Jodi’s award nomination, “Jodi is devoted to children, particularly those from disadvantaged circumstances. She has made children her priority through an extraordinary and unique project.

For the past five years, she has been at the helm of a collaboration between Boys & Girls Club and Child Care Resources & Referral to form a legal partnership that has resulted in new opportunities that change lives. Jodi has led our organization through the complex schedule of planning, construction, and fundraising to launch a successful capital campaign and ensure that our new facility could open on healthy fiscal ground. The new facility houses both organizations to share service to children and families from birth to high school graduation.  The Club is now developing integrated programs that address the physical, social, and educational needs of hundreds of families in Rochester, with the goal of creating a national model to bridge the gaps between youth and family services. "

Jodi received a $4,000 educational grant from the Harvard Club of Minnesota Foundation to be used for an executive-level professional development program of her choice at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. This award is co-sponsored by MCN and the Harvard Club of Minnesota Foundation.