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The new "strategic operating partnership" will take effect at the end of March.
The monthlong event aims to collect 2 million pounds of nonperishable items to restock its seven food pantries until summer.
The nonprofit says its goal to collect 2 million pounds of food would make it the largest single food drive.
Minnesota has launched a new free program to help teens quit smoking.
The two-year pilot program, called Avivo Village, could become a post-pandemic template for private emergency shelters in place of the usual congregate sleeping spaces.
Hunger isn't fading in rural regions. Many may be relying on pop-up food distributions as well as federal aid in stimulus checks, bolstered unemployment assistance and extra money in food stamps.
The Native community sought to reclaim the land for decades.
Some Best Buy employees in Texas will get grants.
In a tiny town tucked in the farm fields of North Dakota, Clara Slayhi dreamed as a little girl of trekking to the far-flung countries…
The state's food shelves saw a nearly 7% increase in visitors in 2020, almost double the usual rise.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is taking on North Dakota's Senior Companion Program.
Health clinics, churches, rec centers step in to fill empty stomachs in hard times
Wilder Foundation eliminated nine programs in 2020 budget cuts.
State's largest food banks resume volunteer shifts.
Rose McGee and her nonprofit, Sweet Potato Comfort Pie, will hand out 92 pies for the holiday.
Catholic Charities closed St. Joseph's Home for Children last year. The Salvation Army is temporarily leasing it.
As hunger crisis grows, Every Meal gets creative with its meal distribution across the state.
The theatre company agreed to start the fund with a $500,000 payment.
The Children's Theatre Company agreed to start the fund with $500,000.
Nancy Dillon was a fierce advocate for Minnesotans experiencing mental illness, bolstering the often overlooked psychiatric nursing field in Minnesota's health care system. As a…
The Star Tribune collected the names and stories of everyone who died after a physical confrontation with law enforcement in Minnesota since January 2000, and continues to update this database as new incidents occur.
Nonprofits want to recruit more people of color, but many already help in church, school, sports.
Nonprofits strive to keep older adults active amid pandemic
While Minnesota dropped in some year-end rankings of most-generous states, the lists are only one measure of the giving spirit in a year unlike any other.
Jon Pratt, who has led the state Council of Nonprofits for three decades, will stay on as a research fellow.
Impulse to help is leading to longer-term efforts for lasting change.
Some food shelves are seeing double or triple the number of people in need. And the need is expected through 2021.
Mackenzie Scott, former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, said she gave $4 billion in four months.
Tonya Allen will start March 1, heading the foundation that gives more than $100 million a year.
Claire Wilson, a former state leader at the Department of Human Services, starts Dec. 14.
A new report released Tuesday also shows the latest trends in philanthropy in the state.
The donor known as St. Grand has given nearly $140,000 to the Salvation Army since 2011.
While some volunteer events went virtual, toy drives still need in-person help.
In all, $208,000 was donated to support nine organizations.
They streamed to Plymouth from across the Twin Cities, on their way to pick up plastic containers of carrots, foil-wrapped platters of turkey and homemade…
Pandemic pushing many nonprofit activities online.
The Oliver Kelley Farm transformed its educational gardens into victory gardens benefiting people in need.
With CARES funding set to expire, state groups say the need for aid is dire.
Minnesotans' outpouring of generosity in the midst of a pandemic catapulted the final tally for the annual Give to the Max Day to…
Despite the pandemic, Give to the Max donations soared past last year's tally.
A new report shows 40% of nonprofit employees filed for unemployment in 2020; volunteer shortage looms.
Nonprofits are depending on Give to the Max Day to make up for lost fundraisers
Epidemiologist Michael Osterholm says the goal is to raise millions to pay for funerals, other expenses.
Meals and toys will mostly be prepackaged, distributed using drive-throughs.
Dakota County, like other places in Minnesota, is seeing a rise in homelessness.
The nonprofit has increased services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Former Big Brothers chief comes to job at critical era.
Holidays are a critical time for outreach, and nonprofits are asking for help.
Nonprofit agency on pace to top 1 million free meals served to Minnesotans.
Charitable organizations are now bolstering their racial justice work — from diversifying leadership to retooling grants.
Surprising lodging offerings in central Minnesota are perfect for social-distancing vacations.
Long workdays, endless juggling lead some nonprofit bosses to boost paid time off.
Twenty Salvation Army staff from Minnesota and North Dakota tested positive for COVID-19 after 62 people attended a recent conference in northern Minnesota, underscoring how easily the virus can spread.
The state group, one of 23 in the U.S., has also focused on mentoring and diversifying hiring as well as increasing mental health help for officers.
"Music was the heartbeat of her life," a niece said.
Advocates say the foundation's work shows a gap in state resources.
She was one of four to receive the foundation's 14th annual Facing Race Awards.
Top federal official Robert Marbut Jr. lauded the state's efforts to protect the vulnerable.
From Zoom workshops to phone banking, fresh strategies are aimed at groups who are often left out.
Nonprofits hope donors rally after a record year.
The nonprofit is even hoping to push online giving through its annual red kettles with QR codes directing people online.
Julie Buerkle boarded a plane Saturday bound for Florida, but not for the beach. With travel plans nixed during the pandemic, the Roseville 54-year-old found…
Minnesota soldiers played a pivotal role at Gettysburg, a major Confederate loss.
Sanneh Foundation's first-class facility gives St. Paul kids a leg up with sports.
Twin Cities nonprofit seeks more visitors to nature center and trails.
The state of Minnesota is banning an organization from soliciting donations that scammed residents into thinking they were donating to support people in need. A…
Firefighters, support crew members and Red Cross volunteers are working in several areas devastated by raging wildfires.
The family of George Floyd has launched a nonprofit foundation and will make the formal announcement Sunday during the annual National Homeless Day event in Minneapolis.
The project will replace crumbling retaining walls, add flowers, shrubs.
Since spring, the farm has grown nearly 7,000 pounds of food that has all gone to a local food shelf.
More are needing help, especially after the extra unemployment aid ended.
For 18 years, the Loppet leader elevated Nordic skiing and access to the outdoors.
Some organizations worry they may not survive the economic crisis.
About 3,000 volunteers filled backpacks at home.
The Lift Garage survived violence on East Lake Street with help from volunteers, customers and even strangers.