April 26th EVENT- James Rojas: Urban Planning through Art, Play and Activism!

James Rojas: Urban Planning through Art, Play and Activism!


Join WSCO from 6-9pm for an evening filled with art, community activism, and empowerment. James Rojas, founder of Place IT and Latino Urban Forum, will be facilitating an interactive workshop around urban planning on the West Side. Plan and Design an ideal West Side where you would want to live and prosper!
Rojas is one of the few nationally recognized urban planners to examin U.S. Latino cultural influences on urban design and sustainability. He has engaged thousands of people by facilitating over four hundred workshops and building and building over fifty interactive models around the world.
We look forward to hosting James Rojas and all of you at this free family-friendly interactive event!
There will be food provided from 6:00PM – 6:30PM with the workshop beginning promptly at 6:30PM.

Get your (free) TICKETS  here!

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Opportunity: WSCO is seeking a Fundraising Consultant!


The West Side Community Organization powers the people of the West Side to create a vibrant and thriving neighborhood for all.

Growing out of a movement in 1973 to save Humboldt High School, WSCO is rooted in activism, using organizing and equitable development principles as a foundation for all of our work. Our staff, board members and volunteers:

  • increase the civic participation of residents by initiating organizing campaigns, providing leadership development opportunities for youth and adults, and by educating and building the power base of residents to tackle civic issues.
  • inform issues concerning our built environment through community economic development planning, organizing resources to clean up urban blight, and advocating for equitable development
  • promote a healthy natural and social environment by fostering connections between neighbors, promoting environmental justice, and expanding housing and transportation options for all West Siders


WSCO is seeking a fundraising consultant/expert to build organizational capacity for raising funds and meeting revenue goals in 2017. 

This position will:

Review and assess current fundraising strategy and activities

Recommend annual strategies and lead the development of resulting activities

Specific Deliverables Include:

  1. Individual Donor Strategy and Implementation
  • Assess current annual development activities, current donor list and giving levels.
  • Create:
    • Strategies for individual donors based on organizational capacity and donor potential
    • Calendar/schedule of individual donor activities, milestones and timelines.
    • Key story and messages for individual donors.
    • Develop talking points for Board Members access/use.
  1. Grant Writing Strategy and Implementation
  • Assess current organizational case for support, program goals, program outcomes, and accompanying budget requirements.
  • Assess current funding proposals and required attachments in use including program and organizational budgets that outline revenue and expense by program/case.
  • Create:
    • Institutional funder prospect list and calendar to include foundations, businesses, and governmental organizations, with accompanying deadlines including cultivation and outreach strategies.
    • Proposal template for general operations
  1. Other
  • Coach organizational staff and key board members on identified strategy for funder and individual donor outreach/cultivation.
  • Educate and enlist Board Members in engaging a broader base of stakeholders; identify prospects, and determine actionable tasks.


  • Description of experience and expertise of primary consultant and any key personnel as appropriate.
  • Narrative description of project execution plans
  • Itemized cost of key deliverables
  • Include at least two writing samples, one of which must be an example of narrative used in marketing
  • References for other clients with similar projects



Total project not to exceed $10,000



Consultants will be evaluated on previous success working with community-based organizations, their ability to meet expected deliverables, and the timeline & budget.

This opportunity is open to both individuals and firms/organizations. WSCO is especially interested in working with traditionally underrepresented persons and/or those who have demonstrated success in economically & racially diverse communities.

Please submit complete applications to by Friday, April 7, 2017 at 5 pm. No phone calls please.


Thank You West Side!

WSCO wants to thank you for coming out and marching with us and TakeAction MN on Saturday. It was POWERFUL seeing all of you out in the streets marching, standing, and supporting out our immigrant and refugee community as well as elevating issues of racial, social, and economic injustices seen and experienced on the West Side. Your love and commitment to your community is inspirational and this march through the West Side demonstrated the power that this community carries.

We would love for you to continue participating in WSCO events and committees! Below are a few upcoming events and committees to look out for:

-Riverfront Development & Land Use Committee 3/21 @ 6:30PM at the Baker Center
-Business & Economic Power 4/5 @ 6:30 at the Baker Center
-Earth Day Greenway & Sunflower event 4/22 at the West Side Flats Greenway Space

Also, this photo was taken by our own ex-officio, Monica Bryand. If you took pictures you would like to share, please email them to us :

“If you have come here to help me, then you are wasting your time…But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Lilla Watson


ALERT: Protect Afterschool Programs on the West Side

Funding for afterschool programs in Minnesota is in danger of severe cuts!  President’s Trumps proposed funding zeroes out the $1.3 Billion that supports youth through afterschool programming through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC).

This link makes it SO EASY to reach out to your legislators. What’s at stake? Currently, 110 afterschool centers serve over 15,000 young people from Bemidji to Rochester and the Twin Cities to Hendricks. 21st CCLC is the largest source of funding for afterschool in Minnesota.

The West Side neighborhood has a 21st Century grant that serves over 500 youth at many different West Side Schools and community based organizations.

All of these programs would be eliminated under President Trump’s proposed budget.

Remember, only Congress can pass a budget.

click here for a cheat sheet on the federal budget process


Please let your legislators how important these resources are to our community.

3/18 – Solidarity March with TakeAction Minnesota

SATURDAY 3/18 12:30 pm Join WSCO and TakeAction in marching through the West Side in solidarity with issues affecting the West Side, the Twin Cities, and Minnesota.
We are marching in support of our community, our immigrant neighbors, and neighbors of color. Join WSCO in leading the march through the West Side.
Meet us at 12:30PM the Wellstone Center to walk with WSCO and TakeAction in renewing our hope and supporting our community.
If you are interested in joining TakeAction in their Believe Resist 2017 Annual Meeting, please find more details at TakeAction’s event page :
“The Annual meeting is a chance to be with others who are trying to make meaning of this moment, who are resisting, who are hopeful, and who are ready to fight for Minnesota and a country where love, joy, and justice prevail.”