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Daniel Larson

Daniel Larson

Vice President of Community Impact


Years with UWCM?

5 Years.

What do you do at United Way of Central Minnesota?

Serve those in our community experiencing hunger, homelessness and financial instability by generating resources and trying to supply them in the most effective and efficient way. Unite community partners for student success so that a children’s education will not be determined by their income, gender or skin color. Laugh a lot to remember how fortunate my team and I are to have so many blessings in our own lives and the opportunity to try to help others while at work.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

Working at the intersection of community needs and people with the passion, talent, and resources to address them. Every day I get the opportunity to see the amazing work done in our community and to support this work by making connections, opening doors, supplying resources, and developing strategies to improve people’s lives. We have great need in Central Minnesota but we also have creative problem solving and a spirit of cooperation hard to match.

Favorite quote?

“Alice laughed. 'There's no use trying,' she said. 'One can't believe impossible things.' I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

Your top favorite Podcast/Book?

Books: All of the novels by Minnesota author Louise Erdrich

Podcast: I love Ear Hustle from inside San Quentin prison and The Knowledge Project by Shane Parrish

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Cooking impossibly overambitious meals that take twice as long as expected and leave every part of my kitchen distressed. Going rock climbing, biking, and having silly dance parties with my six-year-old daughter.

What is one thing on your bucket list?

Backpacking through Southeast Asia and eating EVERYTHING!