Volunteers from Reading Partners helped pack FoodRx boxes. Boxes may vary to accommodate Somali and Hispanic preferences. “People are looking forwar

Giving Back: FoodRx program embraces Food as Medicine

Packing nutritious food for people in need, Second Harvest Heartland's FoodRx embraces the concept of "food as medicine."

Meet Herman Milligan, arts board member extraordinaire

November 7
Herman Milligan serves on many arts advisory boards around the Twin Cities.
As a "quintessential" adviser to countless creative organizations, Herman Milligan is one of the most visible arts supporters in the Twin Cities.

On philanthropy: As the holidays approach, embrace 'the fierce urgency of now'

November 7
If Americans were to give 10 percent to charity of what they spend on holiday gifts, it would add up to $70 billion.
This Thanksgiving, your family can discuss what causes they're interested in supporting.
Inspired
April 9
Audrey Kenyon, with son Mason, has steadied her finances with help from Prepare + Prosper. “It’s completely life-changing.”

Nonprofit Prepare + Prosper helps Minnesota families claim $24.6 million at tax time

Group offers free tax prep as a path to savings, security.
Variety
November 16, 2017
Peter Parkes sat on a cot with his dog, Obama, at an American Red Cross hurricane shelter in Miami.

How you can help when natural disasters strike

It's natural to want to help those affected by major disasters. But some forms of help are better than others.
Giving Back
November 16, 2017
Gerald and Henrietta Rauenhorst on their wedding day in 1950. Provided

A Minnesota couple's love story leads to a philanthropic legacy

Gerald and Henrietta Rauenhorst worked their way out of hard times with the goal of making a difference. Their legacy is GHR Foundation, one of Minnesota's largest philanthropic organizations.
Variety
November 7, 2017

Two decades after tornado, rebuilt St. Peter, Minnesota, is a success story

  Todd Prafke had been city administrator of St. Peter, Minn., for four months on March 29, 1998, when the tornado struck. As emergency sirens…
Variety
November 7, 2017
Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, rest inside a school compound at Kutupalong refugee camp.

Local organizations are fighting for refugees

Minnesota is at the forefront of dealing with the largest global refugee crisis since World War II.
Variety
November 7, 2017

Guide to organizations helping refugees

Resettlement AgenciesArrive Ministries: 612-798-4332; arriveministries.org.Catholic Charities, Twin Cities: 651-647-3100; cctwincities.org.Catholic Charities, Winona: 1-507-454-2270; ccsomn.org.International Institute of Minnesota: 651-647-0191; iimn.org.Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota: 651-642-5990; lssmn.org.Minnesota…
Variety
November 7, 2017
“Just the act of showing up and caring for somebody is a huge thing,” says Red Cross volunteer Robin Chattopadhyay, 41, of Roseville.

Roseville man broadens existence as Red Cross volunteer in Florida

When Robin Chattopadhyay signed up for the American Red Cross in 2014, he was seeking "kind of a three-way mix of altruism, adventure and networking."Check,…
Variety
October 17, 2017
Brandy Siewert and family of Waconia started Java Relief, an online coffee store, to help raise money for the youth of Haiti. Provided

For this couple, it's charity cup by cup

A heartbreaking 2015 trip to Haiti prompted Brandy and Steve Siewert to help children living in dire poverty.
Variety
October 9, 2017
Aaron Holm photographed outside his home in Shakopee.

Shakopee man helps fellow amputees live life to the fullest

After a 2007 accident changing a friend's tire changed his life, Aaron Holm started the nonprofit Wiggle Your Toes to help other folks in need.
Giving Back
November 10, 2016

Twin Cities fundraising events

Hunger to Hope Gala: Emceed by WCCO’s Kim Johnson, this event features holiday shopping, a live auction and raffle to raise money for Feed My…
Giving Back
November 10, 2016
Choose your own (giving) adventure

Choose your own (giving) adventure

You want to give. But how do you decide what cause to donate your money to — and to whom?
Giving Back
November 8, 2016
Walker Art Center director Olga Viso welcomed guests to the live auction at Avant Garden.

Gala benefits put the fun in fundraising

Philanthropy can be fun, too. You can give back in style at these annual Twin Cities benefits.
Giving Back
November 8, 2016
Generous Donation: Fifty Dollar Bill in Donation Jar. istock

But how much should I give?

Deciding how much to give to charity can be as hard as deciding which charity to give it to. Let’s say you’re an average middle-class…
Giving Back
November 8, 2016

Resources for researching charities

Here are some websites that can help you research charities, starting with sorting legitimate nonprofits from scams. You can get guidance on choosing charities in…
Giving Back
November 8, 2016

For millennials, a new way to give

The 50 members of the nonprofit Fourth Generation pool their dollars and time to make smarter, focused donation decisions.
Giving Back
November 8, 2016
Principals dressed as superheroes for Give to the Max Day.

Crowdfunding alters the philanthropic landscape

Old-school charitable institutions look to new-school crowdfunding sites to broaden their donor base.
Celebrities
May 21, 2016

Scene + Heard: VocalEssence Choralia

A sold-out crowd packed the lobby of the Mall of America's Radisson Blu for the VocalEssence Choralia. The singing celebration was a benefit for VocalEssence, one of the premier choral music organizations in the Twin Cities. About 500 people enjoyed cocktails and appetizers, a silent auction, a seated dinner and several musical performances, including, of course, VocalEssence. Funds raised from the evening go to the organization's education and community outreach.
Celebrities
May 17, 2016

Scene + Heard: Went to a garden party

Spring came early this year, at least for guests who attended the Minnesota State Horticultural Society Spring Garden Gala.
Variety
May 1, 2016

Scene & Heard: Pacer gala, Defying disabilities

Idina Menzel starred at the annual benefit for the Twin Cities organization that helps children with disabilities and combats bullying.
Celebrities
April 20, 2016

Scene & heard: A hard hat day's night

Guests gamely slipped into construction-site couture for the Habitat for Humanity Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala at RiverCentre in St. Paul. Donning tool belts, construction tape ties, reflective vests and work boots, Habitat supporters enjoyed dinner and a program, then danced the night away to the music of High & Mighty. Funds raised from the evening — including silent and live auctions — benefit Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's expanding home ownership program, which helps families find affordable housing and succeed as home owners.
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