Foundation for Essential Needs (FFEN): Call for new Board Members

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Foundation For Essential Needs


Foundation for Essential Needs (FFEN) is focused on reshaping the Minnesota hunger relief sector - to ensure all food shelf shoppers trust it to predictably offer healthy food options and a dignified experience. FFEN plays a unique role in the system, providing funding paired with no-cost consulting to food shelves so that they can serve their community more effectively and efficiently. FFEN’s relational approach utilizes skilled volunteers to support service and operational changes at both the local and system level. In the last year, FFEN has piloted educational offerings to integrate more formalized professional development offerings for food shelf leaders.

FFEN continues to experience significant growth over the last three year with increased programming to food shelves, increased paid staff and an expanded organizational budget. Additionally, the Board of Directors just approved the first formal Strategic Plan for the organization through 2024. As the organization moves forward into this next chapter, we are seeking individuals to join our Board of Directors to provide leadership, fresh perspective and energy for the course ahead. Be a part of positively impacting food access in Minnesota while ensuring a strong and sustainable FFEN for the future!

Board members are responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight to the organization as well as contributing to resource and relationship development for FFEN. FFEN’s Board currently is made up of an engaged group of entrepreneurs and innovators with an array of personal and professional experiences. To complement these existing members, FFEN is particularly interested in candidates with these qualities:

  • Presence in and/or connections to greater Minnesota communities
  • Ability to see and develop creative partnerships that solve system challenges
  • Willingness to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within the organization
  • Commitment to connect FFEN’s mission and work with your personal and professional network
  • Specific experience in HR, Legal, Marketing, and Technology Systems highly desired.

For more information on the organization and the role, visit FFEN’s website and review our current Board Member position description .

Interested individuals should contact FFEN’s Executive Director, Kate Burggraff, by Friday, January 21st, 2022 at or 952-913-0243

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About Foundation For Essential Needs


701 North 3rd Street, Suite 203, Minneapolis, MN 55401, US

Mission Statement

Reshape the Minnesota Hunger Relief System.


FFEN is a nimble, innovative and entrepreneurial nonprofit focused on reshaping the Minnesota hunger relief system through capacity building and culture change. In the rapidly changing hunger relief sector, we engage 50+ skilled pro-bono volunteers to offer pragmatic and no cost consultation paired with equipment needs to food shelves adapting their services to meet their community needs. We operate by building trust-based relationships with local food shelves and support them to incorporate increased business and service best practices in their work. Creating a statewide hunger-relief sector that moves beyond pounds of food to advance shopper outcomes that offer dignity, security and wellbeing.



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701 N 3rd St #203Minneapolis, MN 55401



  • Organization Design
  • Performance Management
  • Capacity Planning
  • Administrative Support
  • Fundraising
  • Resource Development / Management





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