How you can help when natural disasters strike

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.

Local organizations are fighting for refugees

November 7, 2017
Local organizations are fighting for refugees
Minnesota is at the forefront of dealing with the largest global refugee crisis since World War II.

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

November 16, 2017
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

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

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

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

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

You want to give. But how do you decide what cause to donate your money to — and to whom?
Giving Back
November 8, 2016

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

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

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.
Celebrities
April 10, 2016

Scene + Heard: Broadway and Blu

The 13th annual benefit for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome featured an appetizer buffet, silent and live auctions and a short program at the Radisson Blu in downtown Minneapolis. Guests then made their way to the Orpheum Theatre, where they were treated to a performance of "If/Then," a contemporary Broadway musical. Proceeds from the event help raise awareness of fetal alcohol syndrome and improve the quality of life for those with the disorder.
Celebrities
April 1, 2016

Photos: Flavors of the Twin Cities

For its 15th annual fundraiser, the American Liver Foundation invited more than 200 guests to enjoy a gourmet meal, cooked tableside by Twin Cities area culinary experts.
Variety
March 19, 2016

Photos: Bedrace for Bridging

Teams of four piled onto queen-sized mattresses and raced down an icy run at Burnsville's Buck Hill for the annual Bedrace for Bridging fundraiser.
Celebrities
March 12, 2016

Gallery: Bouquets at Como

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory's Como Friends hosted Bouquets, a fundraiser for the zoo.
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