Dear Kingfield Neighbor--
We are your neighbors and we volunteer our time to lead the Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA), your most local non-profit.
Why do we do it? We volunteer our time because:
we learn about projects of importance and interest to our neighborhood,
it connects us to our community and helps us build relationships with neighbors, and
it is fun and satisfying to come up with an idea, and then have a team of people who are willing to help you carry it out!
2023 brought opportunities and challenges to KFNA. From the much anticipated annual Empty Bowls, celebrating our talent at PorchFest, the Pollinator Pathway Project, the introduction of Power-of-Produce at the Farmer's Market, flexing our civic muscles at the Ward 8 City Council Election Polling Parties, Kingfield neighbors really have shown up and enjoyed being together!
But events like these brought challenges also. Events are, simply put, time consuming to plan and to run and KFNA does not have the money to continue to pay full-time staff to lead all these projects. We faced a 66% funding reduction last year and each foreseeable year into the future, from our largest supporter, the City of Minneapolis.
Why should you care? What does KFNA do besides bring neighbors together and create community?
KFNA and other neighborhood organizations were created to help reduce crime, organize neighbors around community safety, and plan and execute infrastructure projects benefiting their neighborhood. Neighborhood associations, including KFNA, also have become the communication tool and conduit for many city departments to share information with residents. Despite how needed this work still is, and how reliant community partners are on neighborhood organizations helping them connect with neighbors and get beneficial projects done, we are severely underfunded.
To continue to serve the neighborhood and our mission of creating connections, building community, and fostering engagement we, the KFNA Board of Directors, are taking action.
As we invest our time and energy as your Board of Directors, please know that even as we have had to restructure Kingfield, the neighborhood will not go away. Our goal is to keep the spirit of KFNA alive, and to find ways to sustainably continue our much-loved events, so we can continue to serve Kingfield and address issues as they arise.
If you value the events we put on in the neighborhood, the advocacy for safety and for affordable housing, and having an elected group of neighbors holding regular public meetings to work on issues important to where you live, then please Donate to the Kingfield Neighborhood Association Today.
Your 2023-2024 KFNA Board of Directors