Making Sense of Earned Income Opportunities

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Photos courtesy of Urban Ventures

Urban Ventures in Minneapolis created earned revenue programs — a coffee roasting business, farm, market and beekeeping operations — to broaden the nonprofit's income mix and support its mission of community development in Minneapolis. CityKid Java provides coffee services to individual and corporate customers, while employing teens.

When Urban Ventures launched CityKid Java nearly 15 years ago in Minneapolis, the community development nonprofit was just hoping to generate some extra revenue outside the common mix of individual donations, corporate giving and foundation grants . . .

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