Among its varied programs, Consensus Council facilitates certain crucial community initiatives.
Restorative Justice aims to provide a respectful, compassionate, and healing response to crime and conflict. With program services offered statewide in North Dakota and in Clay County, Minnesota, Consensus Council’s Restorative Justice program helps restore, to the extent possible, those harmed by an offense, encourages accountability from the person responsible for causing the harm, and promotes safe, secure, and peaceful communities.
ND Community Innovation Grants
Consensus Council administers North Dakota Community Innovation grants, a partnership with the Bush Foundation. Each year the Bush Foundation makes available approximately $400,000 in smaller grants to eligible North Dakota organizations seeking innovative program solutions. These small grants offer nonprofit organizations and units of government an opportunity to advance innovative processes that address community problems using a theory of change. These activities address a wide span of community challenges, including homelessness, quality housing, childcare, education, medical and behavioral health, immigration, job training, among other pressing community needs.
International Legislators’ Forum (ILF)
Consensus Council leads and facilitates the International Legislators’ Forum to cooperatively study and resolve regional and international issues of common concern between Canada and the United States, with a specific focus on the northern plains region of Manitoba, Minnesota, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, and South Dakota. The Forum has tackled an array of emergent socioeconomic topics as diverse as environmental permitting and protections, trade, behavioral health, opioid addiction and treatment, sustaining sound agricultural practices, human trafficking, Indigenous population protections, cross-cultural exchanges, and governance modeling, among other topics.
North Dakota Economic Security and Prosperity Alliance (NDESPA)
From 2008 to 2020, Consensus Council convened a 30-member statewide coalition of community service providers, the ND Economic Security and Prosperity Alliance, a diverse coalition of stakeholders working to eliminate poverty, provide essential social supports, build assets, and secure the economic wellbeing for low- and moderate-income North Dakotans through service collaboration, awareness, education, and advocacy.
Community Service Initiatives
Consensus Council supports and facilitates the work of a wide variety of private, public, and nonprofit organizations and agencies, bringing together diverse viewpoints to seek common ground in achieving long-lasting public policy agreements and improved community services. The Council works with coalitions of community service providers, seeking improved service efficiency and effectiveness in areas as diverse as homelessness, economic security, developmental disabilities, behavioral health, and more. The Council facilitates and supports state and local agencies to better plan and evaluate direct community services, seeking resource leverage and linkages with other nonpublic–often nonprofit–service organizations.
Custom Client Services
Consensus Council designs facilitation, support, and documentation services specifically focused to meet the unique needs of any client seeking assistance in advancing and improving its operations, structure, and management, including public and private organizations, government agencies, schools, churches, businesses, special interest associations, and more.