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Changing the dialogue about the practice of sustainable forestry
Forest Stewardship Council-U.S. (FSC-US) is the U.S. chapter of FSC International, an organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world's forests. FSC was created in 1993 to change the dialogue about and the practice of sustainable forestry worldwide. FSC sets high standards that ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable way. FSC-U.S. coordinates the development of forest management standards throughout the different biogeographic regions of the U.S., provides public information about certification and FSC, and works with certification organizations to promote FSC certification in the U.S.
To say "thanks" to Minnesota Service members and their families.
Minnesotans' Military Appreciation Fund (MMAF) is a statewide fundraising initiative by the citizens of Minnesota, for Minnesota military personnel and their families. The mission of MMAF is to say "thanks" to Minnesota Service members and their families who are making sacrifices in the defense of our freedoms in combat zones around the world. We aim to show our troops how much we appreciate and respect their efforts by providing cash grants to all service members deployed in combat zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and to the families of service members who are killed in combat.
Research. Education. Solutions.
From protecting workers and communities by finding safer, healthier chemical alternatives, to identifying market opportunities for businesses in the U.S. supply chain for energy efficient products, the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation educates the public about the job-creating potential of environmental solutions. The BlueGreen Alliance Foundation conducts research and educates the public and media about solutions to environmental challenges that create economic opportunities for the American people. The BlueGreen Alliance Foundation works with the BlueGreen Alliance—a national partnership that unites America's largest labor unions and its most influential environmental organizations to identify ways today's environmental challenges can create and maintain quality jobs and build a stronger, fairer economy— to achieve its mission.
Let's put Jesus at the pulse of this generation.
PULSE is a prayer and evangelism movement on mission to empower the Church and awaken culture to the reality of Jesus. We bring a fresh expression of Jesus to this generation, with a voice and media that resonate with youth culture. We're not interested in making the PULSE name known; we want the name of Jesus to be known. Since PULSE's founding, we have linked arms with hundreds of ministries and churches around the world to fuel evangelistic movements. Whether we are hosting a big outreach event or providing the evangelistic voice at another organization's event, whether training evangelists on American college campuses or overseas in Africa, the common goal of everything we do is to share the hope of Jesus.
Providing high-quality journalism for people who care about Minnesota.
MinnPost is a nonprofit, nonpartisan enterprise whose mission is to provide high-quality journalism for people who care about Minnesota. MinnPost provides news and analysis based on reporting by professional journalists, many of whom have decades of experience in the Twin Cities media. Our goal is to create a sustainable business model for this kind of journalism, supported by corporate sponsors, advertisers, and members who make annual donations. High-quality journalism is a community asset that sustains democracy and quality of life, and we need people who believe in it to support our work.
Measure Up to Better Health
MN Community Measurement (MNCM) works to accelerate the improvement of health by publicly reporting health care information. MNCM creates and refines measures and collects and reports health care data used to drive improvement in health care. Our focus on the triple aim of cost, quality and patient experience inspires us to bring individuals and organizations together to help our community continue to improve health and maximize value.
Helping refugees take back control of their lives
Founded in 1979, the American Refugee Committee International (ARC) is a humanitarian aid organization that works to help people take back control of their lives. ARC programs serve nearly 2.5 million people each year, providing health care, clean water, sanitation, shelter, gender-based violence prevention services, microenterprise development, disease prevention services, education, legal services, counseling and repatriation assistance. We work in DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, Pakistan, Thailand, Myanmar, Somalia, Syria, and Jordan. ARC works with its constituents as partners. Of its 2,000 employees, 95 percent are hired locally.
Promoting and protecting internationally recognized human rights
The Advocates for Human Rights (formerly Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights) is an organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of internationally recognized human rights. The Advocates provides investigative fact finding, direct legal representation, collaboration for education and training, and a broad distribution of publications. The Advocates has produced more than 81 reports documenting human rights practices in more than 22 countries. Every year, The Advocates educates over 8,000 students and community members on human rights issues, and provides legal representation and assistance to over 1,000 disadvantaged individuals and families.
A compassionate response to the needs of the poor
Founded in 1985 by Mary Jo Copeland, Sharing and Caring Hands is a compassionate response to the needs of the poor. We are set up to be a safety net organization to help with whatever needs are not being met. This includes but is not limited to providing meals, clothing, showers, shelter, transportation help, rent deposits, rent help, medical assistance, dental care, furniture, school expenses, funeral assistance, and other miscellaneous needs. Sharing and Caring Hands provides these with dignity, while affirming God's love for all his people regardless of their circumstances. We reaffirm the self-worth of each individual and want to assist in that person reaching his or her greatest potential.
Give where the need is greatest
Founded in 1986, Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless (OYH) seeks to help hungry and homeless Minnesotans through grants to food and shelter providers and to raise awareness of the needs of people who are hungry and homeless. As a mission-driven organization, OYH assists the community in three primary areas: we help alleviate hunger by providing financial assistance statewide to local food shelves, food banks and on-site feeding programs; we help ease the burdens of homelessness throughout Minnesota by funding homeless shelters and transitional and permanent supportive housing programs; and we meet the frequently over-looked needs of homeless school children by giving education grants to homeless shelters and housing programs that serve them.
Where global and local meet sustainability
Since 1986, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) has worked locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems. IATP works with organizations around the world to analyze how global trade agreements impact domestic farm and food policies. Alongside a global coalition, IATP advocates for fair trade policies that promote strong health standards, labor and human rights, the environment and, most fundamentally, democratic institutions. IATP is developing alternative economic models that include clean sources of energy that would spur rural development, as well as monitoring the impact of genetically-engineered crops, and working to stop the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture and aquaculture.
Creating heroes through education and service
The Page Education Foundation was created in 1988 to increase participation of Minnesota's youth of color (African American, American Indian, Asian American and Chicano/Latino) in post-secondary education. We accomplish this in two ways: by fostering positive attitudes about education among school-age children of color and by offering financial assistance for post-secondary education. The Foundation has awarded grants to 2,667 students who have given more than 175,000 hours of their time to younger children.
Where Belonging Begins.
Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, and Milwaukee, WI, One Heartland runs national programs to help improve the lives of children and families facing socially isolating conditions, such as HIV/AIDS, type 2 diabetes, and youth facing homelessness and identifying as LGBTQ. At the core of One Heartland's mission are its camp programs, which include: Camp Heartland, Camp Northstar, Camp 5210, and oneFutures in Willow River, MN; Camp True Colors, New York, Texas, and Minnesota; and Camp Hollywood Heart in Malibu, CA. One Heartland also conducts the Journey of Hope national speaking program, where children affected by HIV/AIDS share their stories to educate the public and other youth about awareness and prevention. Most of One Heartland's camp experiences are offered at no cost to campers and families, as more than 75 percent of them live below the poverty line.
Your lifelong connection to the U of M
Founded on January 30, 1904, the University of Minnesota Alumni Association fosters a lifelong spirit of belonging and pride by connecting alumni, students, and friends to the University of Minnesota and each other. The Alumni Association advocates for the University and its alumni with a credible, independent, and collaborative voice. As of November 2007, the Alumni Association had more than 60,000 members, representing nearly 375,000 living alumni of the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota, and incorporates 19 collegiate societies, eight alumni interest groups, and approximately 70 geographical chapter areas.
Presenting orchestral music
The Minnesota Orchestra performed its inaugural concert in 1903. Under the leadership of Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the 98-member Minnesota Orchestra now performs nearly 200 concerts each year, primarily at its home venue of Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis, and its concerts are heard by live audiences of 400,000 annually. In addition to traditional concerts, the Minnesota Orchestra connects with more than 85,000 music lovers annually through Young People's Concerts and Target Free Family Concerts. With a long history of commissioning and performing new music, the Minnesota Orchestra continues to nourish a strong commitment to contemporary composers. The ensemble has premiered and commissioned nearly 300 compositions since 1903.
Inspiring wonder through the power of art
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) enriches the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world's diverse cultures. The MIA is one of the leading comprehensive fine art museums in the country. In a beautiful landmark building near downtown Minneapolis, the museum houses more than 80,000 works of arts, representing more than 5,000 years of world art and culture. The MIA offers visitors a broad range of artistic experiences from special exhibitions, classes and workshops to the historic Purcell-Cutts House - a masterpiece of Prairie School design. Central to the museum's values is a fundamental belief in accessibility. For this reason, the museum maintains a free general admission policy, annually welcoming approximately 500,000 visitors and serving more than 200,000 K-12 students.
Examining the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities
One of the most celebrated art museums in the country, the Walker Art Center (WAC) is known for commissioning and presenting innovative contemporary art; fostering the cross-pollination of the visual, performing, and media arts; and engaging diverse audiences in the excitement of the creative process. Founded in 1879, WAC has evolved from a small-scale, primarily regional institution into a major local, national, and international artistic resource. A 17-acre urban campus, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, opened in spring 2005. The expanded facility features new galleries; education areas; a new 385-seat theater; street-level and roof-top terraces; plazas, gardens, and lounges; and increased services and amenities for visitors.
Connect. Inform. Engage.
The mission of Global Minnesota, formerly Minnesota International Center, is to promote international understanding and engagement: we educate, we inspire, and we provide enriching experiences. We are committed to serving Minnesota from a foundation built on the following core values: trust, collaboration, global competency, nonpartisan, intercultural communication, hospitality, and stewardship. From the 2nd grader to the CEO, Global Minnesota connects individuals, organizations, and communities to the world. Through a unique lineup of programs offered from the Twin Cities to Greater Minnesota, Global Minnesota takes relevant and timely information on international issues, foreign policy, and cultural topics, and provides the space and opportunity for Minnesotans to engage and discuss.
An American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training
The Guthrie Theater, founded in 1963, is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. By presenting both classical literature and new work from diverse cultures, the Guthrie illuminates the common humanity connecting Minnesota to the peoples of the world. While the Guthrie Theater's mission and artistic excellence have remained constant, much has changed over the past four decades. The Guthrie's new multistage theater center, built on the banks of the Mississippi River, opened in 2006. The complex includes three stages: a classic thrust stage for the grand-scale classics of the centuries, a proscenium stage for the more intimate classics of this century, and a studio theater for developing the classics of tomorrow. The new theater allows the Guthrie to retain its pre-eminence among theaters nationally and internationally.
Training for life
Summit Academy OIC (SAOIC) is an educational and vocational training center that empowers adults and prepares youth residing in the most economically depressed neighborhoods in the Twin Cities to become educated, employed contributing members of their community. Located in the Heritage Park neighborhood of North Minneapolis, Summit Academy OIC is the only community-based vocational training and job placement program in North Minneapolis. We exist to assist individuals in developing their ability to earn and to become contributing citizens in their community. We support the development of self-sufficiency in every person, regardless of background, economic status, or level of ability.
Creating Choice, Change, and Connection
Pillsbury United Communities works with underestimated populations across Minneapolis to foster the resilience and self-sufficiency of individuals, families and community as a whole. We design solutions that address a spectrum of intersecting needs- from education to employment to health- while continually investing in our own capacity to innovate and improve. We're creating a new model for nonprofit organizations with our interconnected system of programs, community centers, and social enterprises connects with over 55,000 individuals each year.
Producing opera and opera education programs at the highest artistic level
The Minnesota Opera's mission is to produce opera and opera education programs at the highest artistic level that inspire and entertain our audiences and enrich the cultural life of our community. Now regarded as America's most exciting opera company, The Minnesota Opera was founded as Center Opera in 1963 when the Walker Art Center commissioned an opera for its performing arts program. At the start of the 21st century, The Minnesota Opera is enjoying unprecedented stability and unity of mission. Now the 15th largest opera company in the nation, The Minnesota Opera prides itself in creating a new, dynamic opera company model based upon innovation, world-class artistic quality and strong community service. The Minnesota Opera performs at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.
Helping entrepreneurs of color succeed
MEDA (Metropolitan Economic Development Association) was created in 1971 by a group of Twin Cities business leaders to address the issues of rapidly rising poverty, crime and unemployment in a new and improved way. MEDA provides assistance to businesses owned and managed by ethnic minorities. Unique among economic development organizations, MEDA's services are directed toward new and existing businesses whose owners are committed to making an impact through: job creation; their firms' growth and profitability; and community involvement.
Helping youth and families build the bridge from crisis to connections.
Founded in 1972, The Bridge for Youth is dedicated to providing the connection between the current realities of homelessness and a brighter, safer, more stable future. The Bridge is a safe and welcoming place for youth ages 10-17 in the Twin Cities who have no one to turn to, nowhere to go. The Bridge develops approaches that help youth and their families resolve their conflicts and move toward healthier relationships. Each year we serve more than a thousand young people and families with a continuum of services, including a 24-hour hotline; crisis shelter and counseling; youth, parent, and family counseling; transitional programs; and ongoing support services.
Providing free civil legal services to low-income persons through volunteer attorneys
Established in 1966, Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) provides free civil legal services to low-income persons through volunteer attorneys. In short, VLN engages the vast human resources of the private bar in addressing some of the most pressing legal issues facing struggling individuals and families in our community. Our volunteer attorneys preserve and protect the rights of the most vulnerable among us.
Offering children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition
Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics' athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world. Special Olympics Minnesota is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports, adapted as necessary to meet the needs of those with intellectual and physical disabilities. Special Olympics Minnesota believes that consistent training is essential to the development of sports skills, and that competition among those of equal abilities is the most appropriate means of testing these skills, measuring progress and providing incentives for personal growth.
Creating extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire young people and their communities.
Children's Theatre Company (CTC) exists to create extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire young people and their communities. Established in 1965, CTC has grown to become the leading professional theatre company for young people in North America, and among the three largest in the world. Recipient of the 2003 Tony® Award for Regional Theatre and numerous other honors, CTC is committed to improving the quality of life for children and families in our community, state, and nation. CTC serves over 250,000 people annually through professional productions on our stages; high-quality arts education programs at the theatre and in public schools; and access opportunities that ensure our theatre is a home for all families.
Supporting the Latino family for a better future
Centro is a partnership with Latino and Chicano families. Centro is a place where we offer respite from troubles, understanding to solve crises, education and encouragement to make change, nurturing and healing to strengthen families, art and culture to reaffirm our identity and value, and resources to build a better future. We envision a vibrant, diverse and inclusive Latin community that belongs and contributes to the social and economic vitality of Minnesota.
The power of people and place.
Founded in 1977, Hope Community is a catalyst for change, growth and safety. We are building a sustainable neighborhood model through community organization, active education, leadership and affordable housing development. To do this, we develop affordable housing and public spaces, including a community center, playgrounds and gardens. Additionally, we engage with the community extensively to involve hundreds of youth, adults and families each year in learning, leadership and community opportunities.
Inspiring a passion for literature
Founded in 1974, The Loft Literary Center advances the artistic development of writers, fosters a thriving literary community, and inspires a passion for literature. As an intergenerational, multicultural literary arts center, the Loft operates as an artist service organization, a gathering place for readers and writers, a community school for the arts, and a presenting organization. Each year, the Loft nurtures hundreds of novelists, poets, spoken word artists, and writers in every genre and style, and connects them to readers and live audiences in the twin cities and across Minnesota, reaching over 750,000 people annually.
Help change a child's life
Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest creates, finds and supports programs that provide a caring community for families with seriously ill children while increasing children's access to health care services. Our House currently has 48 bedrooms, state-of-the-art kitchens, a licensed K-12 school, a movie theater, half-court gym, work-out facility and computer lab. Since 1979, over 6,000 families from all over the United States and the world have benefited from the services and hospitality provided by volunteers and staff of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest.
America's leading nonprofit real estate developer for the arts
Founded in 1979, Artspace Projects works to create, foster and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations. We pursue this mission through development projects, asset management activities, consulting services, and community-building activities that serve artists and arts organizations of all disciplines, cultures, and economic circumstances. By creating this space, Artspace supports the continued professional growth of artists and enhances the cultural and economic vitality of the surrounding community. In the last few years, Artspace has further expanded its mission to incorporate the planning and development of performing arts centers, museums, other arts facilities, and entire arts districts throughout the country.
Ending the cycle of abuse.
Founded in 1979, Domestic Abuse Project (DAP) dedicates its resources to breaking the cycle of violence and helping families transform from crisis to healthy and safe relationships. We seek to permanently break the cycle of family violence by leading societal change and by providing men, women, and children with essential tools needed to eliminate violence in their lives. We offer group and individual counseling for every member of a family: men, women, and children. Additionally, our advocates provide a range of advocacy services to survivors of domestic abuse. We can help you find safe shelter, obtain an Order for Protection, change your locks, and more. Court advocates help victims to navigate the complicated court system, so that their voices are heard.
Champions choral music of all genres
VocalEssence champions choral music of all genres, celebrating the vocal experience through innovative concerts, commissions, and community engagement programs. Based in Minnesota, VocalEssence presents choral music concerts in the Twin Cities area, featuring the VocalEssence Chorus and Ensemble Singers. Beyond its work in performances and recordings of choral music, VocalEssence reaches into the community with programs that impact thousands of students, singers and composers every year
An independent publisher of literature
Founded in 1980, Milkweed Editions is an independent book publisher. Our mission is to identify, nurture and publish transformative literature, and build an engaged community around it. As a nonprofit organization, Milkweed Editions depends on the generosity of institutions and individuals, in addition to revenue generated by sales of the books we publish. In an increasingly consolidated book business, this support allows us to select and publish books on the basis of their literary quality and transformative potential.
Building and preserving affordable housing and improving access to opportunity through stable housing in the Twin Cities
The Family Housing Fund's (FHFund) vision to ensure all families will have a house they can afford and a home from which they can prosper and contribute to the community is grounded in its long history. The FHFund was created in 1980 through the foresight and financial support of The McKnight Foundation and the Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. In 1997, responding to the need for affordable housing in suburban communities, the FHFund formally expanded its mission to serve the entire seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. As a housing intermediary, the FHFund's mission is to help the affordable housing network meet the needs of families in complex and changing conditions.
Meals. Kindness. Comfort.
To provide nutritious meals to people who are hungry across Minnesota in an atmosphere of hospitality at site locations where the need is greatest and to develop joint ventures/partnerships with like-minded organizations assisting guests with additional basic needs key to becoming self-sufficient. We are guided by our vision that all people, regardless of socioeconomic, cultural or ethnic background deserve to meet their basic needs for food, dignity and respect. It is only then that self-esteem and empowerment can move individuals to independence. We are focused on the individual. Loaves & Fishes dining sites provide access to additional social services as needed
Share the power of a wish
Founded in 1982, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota's mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Fulfilling a child's wish provides a joyful and meaningful experience that benefits both the child and the family. During bleak times when these children and their families are facing surgeries, treatments, high medical bills and diminished spirits, a wish come true is often an essential ingredient to boost children's attitudes and emotional strength. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota has granted more than 3,000 wishes.
As the nonprofit partner of the Minneapolis Public Schools, our shared goal is every student career and college ready.
As the strategic nonprofit partner of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), our shared goal is every student career and college ready. Each year we offer personalized resources and support for 9,000 students through our Career & College Centers in MPS high schools, provide 750 paid internships and work readiness training for Minneapolis youth through the STEP-UP Achieve youth employment program (part of the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP program), connect 800 community volunteers with students as Graduation Coaches and career exploration volunteers, raise support for MPS strategic priorities, and manage MPS school and department funds. Learn more at www.achievempls.org.
Hear a different voice
Public Radio International's mission is to serve audiences as a distinctive content source for information, insights, and cultural experiences essential to living in our diverse, interconnected world. PRI is building a more informed, empathetic, and connected world by creating multi-platform content that empowers people to enrich their lives and the world. PRI's award-winning content reaches more than 18 million people each month, through nearly 900 public radio stations nationwide and PRI.org, and millions more through podcasts and social media. An affiliated company of WGBH, PRI produces PRI's The World®, The Takeaway (a co-production with WNYC), and Studio 360® from PRI and WNYC. It offers in-depth reporting on topics including gender equity, international security, and American identity and immigration. It represents public radio programs including Science Friday, q from the CBC, and The Tavis Smiley Show.
To empower American Indian women and families
The Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center (MIWRC) is a social and educational services organization committed to the holistic growth and development of American Indian women and their families. Founded in 1984, MIWRC provides a broad range of programs designed to educate and empower American Indian women and their families, and to inform and assist those who work providing services to the community. Our mission is to empower American Indian women and families to exercise their cultural values and integrity, and to achieve sustainable life ways, while advocating for justice and equity. MIWRC is located in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, which has the third largest urban American Indian population in the United States. MIWRC is the only organization addressing the gender and culturally specific needs of our community.
Freedom from addiction starts here.
For over 30 years, Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge has been restoring hope to teens and adults struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Our mission is to assist teens and adults in gaining freedom from addictions and other life controlling problems by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Our goal is to evaluate the core issues of mind, body and spirit, find solutions, and teach transitional life skills that enable both teens and adults the ability to re-join their families and become contributing members of society. About Us:- Largest residential treatment and recovery program in Minnesota- Five locations statewide (Minneapolis, Rochester, Brainerd, Duluth, Buffalo)- Client age range from 14 - 74 years- Programs:- Prevention - Licensed short-term; out-patient and residential- Long-term faith-based residential - Mental health services- Aftercare
From a single act of kindness to nearly 3 million nutritious meals
Open Arms is the only nonprofit organization in Minnesota that cooks and delivers free meals specifically tailored to meet the nutrition needs of individuals living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, MS, and ALS. We also work with communities in sub-Saharan Africa, providing food and technical assistance for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Open Arms meals are tasty, convenient and healthy. Our professional chefs focus on using fresh ingredients in our meals instead of heavily processed food, so you can rest assured that you are getting great nutrition. We even have an urban farm that produces beautiful veggies for our kitchen during the summer and fall.
A legacy of support for the National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match
Be The Match Foundation (previously The Marrow Foundation) was created by Admiral E.R. Zumwalt Jr., in 1991 to secure support for the work of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on Be The Match Foundation to raise funds to support the work of the NMDP. We use your financial contributions to: grow the Be The Match Registry, provide financial assistance to help patients throughout their transplant journey, and advance medical discovery to help patients live longer, healthier lives.
Powerful Partnerships, Effective Solutions
Environmental Initiative is a nonprofit organization that builds partnerships to develop collaborative solutions to Minnesota's environmental problems. We plan and host events for environmental leaders to share information, network and learn from one another, as well as facilitating environmental policy conversations. We take action and implement on the ground environmental projects to improve our air, land, and water. As a catalyst, convener, or implementer, Environmental Initiative develops creative solutions to environmental problems with our partners.
Promoting lifelong learning through music
MacPhail Center for Music is a community resource for education and performance experiences in the musical arts. From its inception in 1907, MacPhail Center for Music has grown to become a passionate organization at the forefront of music education and appreciation for the arts, and a leader in music therapy, Suzuki Talent Education, Early Childhood Arts and community partnership programs. During its near-century long history, MacPhail has become a vital part of the fabric of organizations that make the Twin Cities a vibrant arts community and a uniquely wonderful place to live and work. Exceptional instruction for individuals, groups, and ensembles, as well as partnerships with schools and arts organizations enable MacPhail to transform the lives of people of all ages, in the greater Twin Cities area and beyond.
To preserve, restore, and advance the historic Basilica of Saint Mary for all generations.
The Basilica Landmark's mission is to preserve, restore, and advance the historic Basilica of Saint Mary for all generations. The Basilica Landmark was organized in 1993 to preserve and restore The Basilica of Saint Mary and its campus. The Basilica Landmark is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization separate from The Basilica of Saint Mary.
Breaking the Cycle of Generational Poverty.
Twin Cities RISE! (TCR!) is an innovative anti-poverty organization that offers a comprehensive work skills training program for low-income adults in the Twin Cities area. The combination of work skills classes, Personal Empowerment, one-on-one coaching, and internship opportunities result in placement in full time, living wage jobs. TCR! provides employers with skilled workers, primarily men from communities of color in the Twin Cities area, by training under- and unemployed adults for skilled jobs that pay a living wage of at least $20,000 annually.
Seeking to help youth achieve their personal goals and make a positive transition into young adulthood
Founded in 1994, Avenues for Homeless Youth's mission is to provide emergency shelter, short-term housing and supportive services for homeless youth in a safe and nurturing environment. Through such service, Avenues seeks to help youth achieve their personal goals and make a positive transition into young adulthood.
Connecting artists with audiences
James Sewell Ballet's mission is to create and perform works that connect artists with audiences and to advance contemporary ballet. James Sewell, a Minneapolis native, co-founded James Sewell Ballet in New York with Sally Rousse in 1990, and relocated the company to Minnesota in 1993. The chamber-sized ensemble of eight dancers primarily presents Sewell's contemporary ballet choreography. The troupe has worked with the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Orchestra & Chorale, North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Festival Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, VocalEssence, Dale Warland Singers, Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, Minnesota Dance Theatre, and Ballet Arts Minnesota.
Transforming Lives Two Generations at a Time.
Jeremiah Program is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization whose proven, holistic approach transforms families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. Through support for a career-track college education, quality early childhood education, safe and affordable housing, and empowerment and life skills training, Jeremiah Program prepares determined single mothers to excel in the workforce, readies their children to succeed in school, and reduces generational dependence on public assistance.Jeremiah Program currently has two fully operational sites-in Minneapolis and St. Paul-that serve 300 women and children annually. Phase 1 of a campus in Austin, TX, housing four families, opened in fall 2013; ground will be broken on a permanent campus in phase 2 in 2015. In addition, Jeremiah launched two pilot programs with Endicott College in Boston in fall 2014, and leaders in Fargo-Moorhead are making progress in establishing a campus in their community.
Rebuilding Neighborhoods. Reconnecting People. Reclaiming Hope.
The mission of Urban Homeworks is to perpetuate the hope of Jesus Christ through innovative community development that produces dignified housing for low-income families, a strategic network of good neighbors and the redemptive development of real estate. Since 1995, Urban Homeworks has been responding to the voices of our neighbors by providing dignified housing opportunities, creating space for construction training, intentionally weaving together a network of engaged neighbors, and mobilizing volunteers. Our focus on stability and connecting resources so that individual and communal assets emerge, thrive, and invigorate our neighborhoods has resulted in more than 200 redeveloped properties and a network of 17,000 volunteers, 1,200 construction trainees, and over 400 Urban Neighbors.
Dream, Plan, Succeed
Project SUCCESS motivates and inspires young people to dream about the future, helps them take steps to get there and gives them the tools they need to achieve their goals. We have a comprehensive curriculum delivered each month in a student's English classroom that provides time, space and support for students to reflect. We invite students and families to see professional theater. We host college tours, and provide students with support with their post-secondary plans. Each summer, we take middle school students on an immersive, seven day adventure in the wilderness, where they have opportunities to gain new skills, experience, and support.
Teaching youth to succeed in all of life's races
Bolder Options is an innovative organization focused on healthy youth development. The comprehensive mentoring program, wellness activities and leadership opportunities coordinate family, community, school and county resources in a united effort to support youth who are at-risk for dropping out of school or becoming involved in delinquent or unhealthy behaviors. Bolder Options engages youth and mentors in goal setting, physical activity, tutoring and community involvement to build confidence, maximize potential, and encourage healthy life skills.
Greater Twin Cities United Way (GTCUW) was created in 2001 by the merger of the United Ways of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Greater Twin Cities United Way unites caring people in building stronger communities by inspiring people to help others, increasing resources to meet needs and fostering innovative solutions to problems. United Way believes that poverty is our community's most critical issue, affecting our quality of life today and in the future. In response, we have narrowed our focus to address poverty and its underlying issues. Our three focus areas are: meeting basic needs, supporting health and independence, and nurturing children and families.
Protect the Minnesota you love.
At Conservation Minnesota, we turn your love of Minnesota's Great Outdoors into the laws that protect it. And we provide reliable information to help you make important decisions for your family, community, and future Conservation Minnesota isn't the biggest non-profit organization, but we deliver big results in two different ways. First, we impact decisions that affect large numbers of people, like the ones made by state & local governments. Second, we help thousands of people make personal decisions that, when added together, make a huge difference.
Celebrating 100 Years of Innovative Community Building
Established in 1915, The Minneapolis Foundation is one of the nation's oldest and largest community foundations. We manage nearly $700 million in assets, and administer more than 1,000 charitable funds created by individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits. More than $30 million in grants are distributed from these funds each year, either personally recommended by or in accordance with the legacy wishes of our donors. Our purpose is to join with others to strengthen our community, in measurable and sustainable ways, for the benefit of all citizens, especially those who are disadvantaged.
Helping people help themselves in a variety of educational programs in Africa
Operation Bootstrap Africa (OBA) is a Minnesota-based, inter-denominational organization dedicated to helping people help themselves in a variety of educational programs in Africa. OBA began its mission of service in Tanzania in the mid-1960's, and was incorporated in 1965. OBA seeks to assist with educational opportunity in Africa, and has funded more than 2,250 classrooms and teachers' quarters in Tanzania alone. In that same timeframe the literacy rate of Tanzania has gone from 10% to 85%. In recent years, OBA has expanded into Madagascar, Zimbabwe and The Gambia, always working on self-help partnership agreements, in response to requests for assistance.
Home of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival
Lutheran Music Program transforms lives and connects people through faith and music. The three values which we embrace are musical excellence, Lutheran faith and a nurturing community. Our vision is to see churches and communities renewed through music for the sake of the world. Founded in 1981, Lutheran Music Program is home to Lutheran Summer Music (LSM), a four-week residential training and performance program. Each summer, LSM brings together 150+ band, orchestra, choir, and keyboard students from the U.S. and abroad in a supportive, intentional community.
We give teachers a hand
AdoptAClassroom.org gives teachers a hand by providing needed classroom materials so that students can succeed.It is estimated that more than 15 million children don't have the resources they need to succeed in school and that teachers spend more than $1 billion a year stocking their own classrooms due to a lack of funding in schools. Supporting K-12th grade students, including public, private, and charter school classrooms, AdoptAClassroom.org makes it easy for donors to provide funding and support to classrooms throughout America. Teachers register their classrooms and needs online; donors discover classrooms through simple search tools, and make targeted contributions. As an award-winning 501(c)(3) non-profit, we are able to connect donors with every classroom in the country.
Imagine a world where every child has an equal opportunity to succeed
For over 20 years, Way to Grow has been one of the preeminent early learning programs in the Twin Cities. We focus on the most important stages of life from prenatal to kindergarten and parenting. In October 2010, we launched the Great by Eight Initiative in partnership with the Minneapolis Public Schools. This new program expands our research-based model to grade three, age eight. We firmly believe that every child should be born healthy, stay healthy and have the equal opportunity to succeed in school and life. And that can only happen with parents' active participation. Through our in-home and center-based programming, we help parents create a healthy home and become their children's first and most important teachers.
A rare breed of publisher
Graywolf Press was incorporated in 1984, and is considered one of the nation's leading nonprofit literary publishers. Graywolf Press is dedicated to the creation and promotion of contemporary literature. The organization serves literary writers and readers whose work and concerns are overlooked in other publishing environments. Graywolf strives to be creative, inclusive and collaborative in its programming. All of the organization's publications are distributed and promoted internationally. Promotion and outreach efforts also include author readings, discussion panels, lectures and classes conducted by staff. A commitment to quality, and a willingness to embrace or invent new models, has kept Graywolf at the forefront of the small press movement.
Making adventure travel accessible to everyone
Founded in 1978, Wilderness Inquiry's mission is to provide equitable, inclusive access to the many benefits of the natural world for all communities. We do so through shared outdoor education and adventure programs that inspire personal development, enhanced environmental awareness, and community integration for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, including those marginalized from the mainstream. Over 37 years, WI, with its many partners, has pioneered innovative programs to serve over 411,000 people from all walks of life. Annually we offer over 400 experiences ranging from outdoor workshops at local community events to multi-day trips worldwide. WI adventures encourage people to open themselves to new possibilities and opportunities.