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THE SMART GIVER
A nonprofit on a mission might meet a donor that changes the course of its financial and strategic future. And a donor, looking to make a difference in the world, can connect with an excellent cause that brings transformative, radical depth and meaning to their life. Take Annual Forum 2015 “Better Together” award winners, FamilyWise and Daugherty Business Solutions, who together are strengthening families and the community through school supply drives, financial donations and volunteer projects on the weekend. Together they are able to create even greater impact. In the past, giving was described as a unidirectional act of good. In the dictionary, philanthropy is defined as a noun: ‘the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.’ Based on a traditional model, John, a local business owner, wants to make the world a better place for animals – so he finds a local chapter of the animal human society and makes a one-time gift. More and more, we find that donors want deeper connections with the causes they care about. More often than not, these days, John wants to give his dollars, but he’ll also share his network, his skills or his free time with a cause he cares about. For that reason, at the Council, we’ve proposed a new more democratic definition - and with that definition, a new vision for philanthropy – one that more of us can see ourselves reflected within, one that is a verb more than it is a noun:
IN THIS ISSUE
PHILANTHROPY IS THE GIFT OF ‘WE’ In the last three years at Charities Review Council, our mission has stayed the same: “to mobilize informed donors and accountable nonprofits for the greater good.” What readers might not know, however, is that we’ve put the emphasis on mobilizing donors and nonprofits together, knowing that when the relationship between these two partners works, better work happens.
Fall 2015 • Philanthropy is the Gift of “We” (p. 1) Philanthropy, verb. The mutually beneficial sharing of time, talent, treasure and ties that contributes to the common good.
In this model of philanthropy, it is less about helping and more about doing better together. Everyone has a problem to solve, and everyone has something to give. A nonprofit’s staff and board members share their time and talent, while funders and donors share their treasure and ties. All of us work together in partnership towards a common mission. With this definition, philanthropy is framed as the oldest, most valuable and most radical collaboration of all. Philanthropy is the gift of “we.” Our staff has learned a lot about what makes a successful relationship between donors and nonprofits; in the last year, we’ve gathered more than 60 problem statements from hundreds of donors and nonprofits about what needs to shift in order for the philanthropic sector to thrive. Together with the community we serve (donors, nonprofits and funders like you), we’ve curated more than 1200 ideas for how to make philanthropy even better than it already is. Most of those ideas ask us all (nonprofits, donors and funders alike) to share more: to be more accountable, transparent, vulnerable and collaborative. This issue of the Smart Giver showcases a radical example of community collaboration – Bo Thao-Urabe shares with us how donors in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community are coming together to pool their resources, supporting causes in their community from the roots.
• Status Update with Kris Kewitsch (p. 2) • Giving Guide 2015 (p. 3-6) • Donors Collaborating For Good: A Q&A with Bo Thao-Urabe of Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (p. 7) • Give to the Max Day (p. 8)
Three Easy Ways to Check Out Charity Reviews Before Giving
Check out the Giving Guide on page 3 of this newsletter for a list of reviewed charities.
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THE SMART GIVER BOARD MEMBERS
STATUS UPDATE with KRIS KEWITSCH
Sarah Bjelland Wells Fargo Armando Camacho Opportunity Partners Stephen Devereux Devereux Development Consulting Tony Helmer Crowley, White, Helmer & Sevig, Inc. Anita Patel, Past Chair Bush Foundation Robert Pickering, Treasurer Lifetrack Resources Courtney Poja Cornerstone Emily Robertson, Secretary Robertson Law Office, LLC Mary Jo Schifsky Community Member Brenda Starr, Chair Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota Keith Tanski Deluxe Patty Wilder Leadership Tactics Michael Wirth-Davis, Vice Chair Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota Daniel Yang Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota
STAFF Kris Kewitsch Executive Director Amy Sinykin Associate Director Kate Khaled Director of Engagement & Donor Services Abby Wright Nonprofit Services & Communications Specialist Ian Cook Nonprofit Services Specialist
Charities Review Council
One thing is universal to all of us — giving. It is so much more than the act of writing a check; it is not a onesided transaction. Philanthropy is about building long-term, authentic and affirming relationships that involve the sharing of ‘time, talent, treasure and ties’ for the common good. Philanthropy is, at its very core, a powerful act of support. When you give a financial gift to a cause you care about this year, imagine that your signature is a literal pledge of partnership and shared vision. Your gift is a symbol of collaboration. We believe that donors and nonprofits are catalytic partners. Both need the other in order to create the change they imagine in the world. On September 22nd we hosted Annual Forum 2015, Philanthropy 2.0: Radical Collaboration, bringing together cross-sector leaders to talk about what it means to work in deep partnership. In response to the energy that emerged at Annual Forum 2015, Charities Review Council will throw open our office doors to provide physical space for our community (this means you!) to drive new ideas forward. We are excited to launch Open Source Brainstorm Labs the third Friday of each month starting in January 2016. Stay tuned on our website at SmartGivers.org.
With the giving season in full swing and Give to the Max Day just around the corner on November 12th, we hope that this Giving Guide serves as a useful resource when making your giving decisions. The number of organizations participating in our Accountability Wizard® review process continues to grow and we are excited to share our list of nonprofit partners with you. They await your collaboration. Our work to mobilize informed donors and accountable nonprofits for the greater good is made possible by donors like you. Help us continue to strengthen the common good with a gift (and a pledge of collaboration) to Charities Review Council today. In partnership,
Kris Kewitsch Executive Director
Annual Forum 2015: Open Source Brainstorm
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MOST TRUSTWORTHY NONPROFITS
How to Use This Guide How does a nonprofit get listed as “Most Trustworthy”?
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This go-to list features nonprofits that have voluntarily participated in our review and met all of our Accountability Standards®, thus earning our Meets Standards® seal. The review is valid for three years and requires a small administrative payment.
This list reflects the latest review results as of October 1, 2015. If a nonprofit is not listed, it is either unreviewed or has not completed its review. If a nonprofit has not been reviewed, encourage the organization to sign up for a review.
Accountability Standards® Our Accountability Standards® consist of 25 standards, which address a nonprofit’s performance in four critical areas: public disclosure, governance, financial activity, and fundraising. The standards have evolved over the Council’s 69 years, with broad participation from Minnesota’s nonprofit and philanthropic communities, to reflect reasonable public expectations of nonprofits. Find out more about the Standards at SmartGivers.org.
Charities Review Council determined that the organization meets all Accountability Standards®. Real-time up-to-date nonprofit listings available online at SmartGivers.org
Giving Guide Fall 2015
360 Communities A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation AccessAbility, Inc. Accessible Space, Inc. (Athletes Committed to Educating ACES Students) AchieveMpls Aeon African American Registry African Development Center of Minnesota African Families Development Network Aitkin County CARE, Inc. Alexandra House, Inc. Alliance for Metropolitan Stability Alliance Housing Inc. ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter, The Association, Minnesota-North Alzheimer’s Dakota Chapter American Indian Family Center American Refugee Committee Amherst H. Wilder Foundation Ampersand Families Ananya Dance Theatre Angel Foundation Animal Humane Society Anna Marie’s Alliance Annex Teen Clinic (American Relief Agency for the ARAHA Horn of Africa)
Arc Greater Twin Cities, The Ascension Place, Inc. Asian Media Access Assistance League® Of Minneapolis/St. Paul Association for Nonsmokers - Minnesota Avenues for Homeless Youth Bancroft Neighborhood Association Banyan Community Needs Inc. of South Washington County Basic / Stone Soup Thrift Shop Be The Match Foundation Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative BestPrep Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Big Cities Birthline, Inc. Bolder Options Boy Scouts of America, Northern Star Council Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities Breanna’s Gift Bridge for Youth, The Bridges of Hope Bridges to Learning Camp Fire Minnesota Camp Odayin Can Do Canines Cancer Legal Line Canvas Health CAPI USA
CaringBridge Carmen Pampa Fund Cars for Neighbors Casa de Esperanza County Economic Development Cass Corporation Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis Center for Victims of Torture Central Minnesota Arts Board Centro, Inc. Channel One, Inc. Child Care Aware of Minnesota Children’s Cancer Research Fund Children’s Day Montessori Inc. Children’s Dental Services Children’s Home Society of Minnesota Children’s Theatre Company Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester Christian Appalachian Project Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy College Possible Common Hope CommonBond Communities Community Action Duluth, Inc. Action Partnership of Ramsey & Community Washington Counties Community Health Charities Minnesota Community Involvement Programs Community Mediation & Restorative www.SmartGivers.org
THE SMART GIVER Can’t find a charity?
Giving Guide – continued
See page 3 for information or call us at (651) 224-7030
Services, Inc. Community Thread Como Friends COMPAS (Community Programs in the Arts) Conflict Resolution Center Conservation Corps CornerHouse Cornerstone Advocacy Service on American-Islamic Relations, Council Minnesota (CAIR-MN) Crisis Line and Referral Service CROSS CrossingBarriers Cuyuna Range Youth Center, Inc. Dakota Woodlands DARTS DinoMights Diversity Council Dodge Nature Center Douglas County Car Care Program East Side Learning Center East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc. Eastside Meals on Wheels, Inc. ECHO Minnesota Ecolibrium3 (New Organization) Educate Tanzania (New Organization) EMERGE Community Development Environmental Initiative Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota Erik’s Ranch Inc. EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services Eye-Link Foundation (New Organization) Fairview Foundation Community Nurse Network of the Faith Greater Twin Cities Faith In Action In Red Wing Faith’s Lodge Family Pathways FamilyMeans FamilyWise Services Feed My Starving Children Feline Rescue, Inc. Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program, Inc. Food for Hungry Minds Franconia Sculpture Park Fraser Fresh Energy Freshwater Society Charities Review Council
Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Friends of the Hennepin County Library Friends of the Mississippi River Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries Transgender Pride Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual Twin Cities
Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota Greater Mankato Area United Way Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery Greater Twin Cities United Way Guild Incorporated Habitat for Humanity of Morrison County Hamm Clinic Hands of Hope Resource Center HandsOn Twin Cities Hastings Family Service HealthEast Foundation Helping Hands Outreach Helping Paws, Inc. Hennepin Health Foundation Hmong Cultural Center Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota Hope Centers for Children of Africa HOPE Coalition Hope Community, Inc. HopeKids, Inc. House of Charity, Inc. HousingLink Hunger Solutions Minnesota Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota In Progress Initiative Foundation Communities Association Intercongregation (ICA Food Shelf) Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners International Institute of Minnesota Iringa Hope (New Organization) Jabbok Family Services Jeremiah Program Jewish Community Action Community Center of the Greater St. Jewish Paul Area Family and Children’s Service of Jewish Minneapolis
Jewish Family Service of St. Paul
Joseph’s Coat, Inc. Joyce Preschool Jungle Theater Achievement of the Upper Midwest, Junior Inc. Kaleidoscope Place Karen Organization of Minnesota Karen Wyckoff Rein in Sarcoma Foundation Keystone Community Services La Oportunidad, Inc. & Prairies Community Action Lakes Partnership, Inc. Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau, Inc. Lakeshore Players Theatre Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Disabilities Association (LDA Learning Minnesota) Carlson Center for Mental Health and Lee Well-Being
LifeSource Lifetrack Life-Work Planning Center Board, Inc. Lifeworks Services, Inc. Listening House of St. Paul, Inc. Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly Living Well Disability Services Loaves and Fishes Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota Mano a Mano International Partners MAP for Nonprofits MCEA McLeod Emergency Food Shelf Blood Centers, a division of Memorial Innovative Blood Resources Merrick Community Services Merrick, Inc. Metro Meals on Wheels, Inc. Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid Midwest Special Services, Inc. MIGIZI Communications Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation Minneapolis Jewish Federation Minneapolis Pathways Minnesota Adoption Resource Network Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge
FALL 2015 Can’t find a charity?
Giving Guide – continued
See page 3 for information or call us at (651) 224-7030
Minnesota AIDS Project Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans Minnesota Children’s Museum Communities Caring for Children, Minnesota MN Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America Minnesota Computers for Schools Minnesota Council on Economic Education Minnesota Diversified Industries Minnesota Fathers & Families Network Minnesota Humanities Center Minnesota International Center Minnesota Justice Foundation Minnesota Land Trust Minnesota Life College Minnesota Literacy Council Organization on Fetal Alcohol Minnesota Syndrome Public Radio / American Public Minnesota Media Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance
Minnesota Sinfonia State Academy for the Blind Minnesota Foundation Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency Youth Intervention Programs Minnesota Association River Fund / Mississippi Park Mississippi Connection
Morton Cure Paralysis Fund myHealth for Teens & Young Adults NAMI Minnesota NAMI Southeast Minnesota Neighborhood House Neighbors, Inc. New Pathways, Inc. Northeast Youth & Family Services Northern Clay Center Northern Dental Access Center NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, Inc. Northside Achievement Zone Northwoods Partners One Heartland Open Arms of Minnesota Open Door Health Center Your Heart to the Hungry and Open Homeless Opportunity Matters Inc Opportunity Neighborhood Opportunity Partners Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
PACER Center, Inc. Parents United for Public Schools Park Nicollet Foundation Patchwork Quilt Pawsitivity Service Dogs People For Parks People Incorporated Mental Health Services People Reaching Out To People (PROP) People Serving People, Inc. Perspectives, Inc. Pet Haven, Inc. of Minnesota Phyllis Wheatley Community Center Pillager Family Council Pine River-Backus Family Center Pinky Swear Foundation Parenthood Minnesota, North Planned Dakota, South Dakota Plymouth Christian Youth Center Portico Healthnet Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association Prepare + Prosper ProAct, Inc. Progress Valley, Inc. FINE (Focus on Integrating Project Newcomers through Education) Project for Pride in Living (PPL) Project SUCCESS Range Respite Project, Inc. Reading Center, The Redeemer Center for Life RELATE Counseling Center RESOURCE, Inc. a Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM), Retrieve Inc. McDonald House Charities, Upper Ronald Midwest
RS EDEN Ruff Start Rescue Rural Renewable Energy Alliance Salvation Army- Twin Cities (Suicide Awareness Voices of SAVE Education) Scholarship America, Inc. Second Harvest North Central Food Bank Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank Semcac Senior Community Services ServeMinnesota Sherburne County Area United Way
Simpson Housing Services, Inc. Out Loud/Bella Voce Young Women’s Sing Choir Sojourner Project, Inc. Solid Ground Somali American Parent Association Somali Community Resettlement Services Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women Southside Family Nurturing Center Southside Services I. Inc. Springboard for the Arts St. Anthony Park Area Seniors St. Cloud Municipal Band St. Croix Valley Foundation David’s Center for Child & Family St. Development St. Louis Park Emergency Program St. Mary’s Health Clinics Store To Door Students Today Leaders Forever Susan G. Komen Minnesota Sustainable Resources Center, Inc. Tanzania Life Project Tasks Unlimited, Inc. Teens Alone, Inc Ten Thousand Things Theater The Family Partnership Food Group, formerly Emergency The Foodshelf Network The Link The Loppet Foundation The Open Door The Phoenix Residence Inc. The Reporters, Inc. The Sanneh Foundation Think Small Three Rivers Park District Foundation Touchstone Mental Health Tree Trust Tri County Action Program, Inc.. Tri-County Humane Society True Friends Tubman Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Inc. United Cerebral Palsy of Central Minnesota United Way of Central Minnesota Way of Crow Wing & Southern Cass United Counties www.SmartGivers.org
THE SMART GIVER Can’t find a charity?
Giving Guide – continued
See page 3 for information or call us at (651) 224-7030
United Way of Olmsted County, Inc. United Way of Southwest Minnesota United Way of the Brown County Area, Inc. United Way of West Central Minnesota University of Minnesota Foundation Upstream Arts, Inc. Urban Arts Academy Urban Boatbuilders Urban Homeworks, Inc. Urban Roots MN Vail Place Valley Outreach VEAP Inc. Vision Loss Resources VocalEssence
Volunteer Lawyers Network Volunteers of America of Minnesota WACOSA Walk-In Counseling Center Washburn Center for Children WaterLegacy Way to Grow, Inc. WellShare International West Hennepin Affordable Housing Land Trust
White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf White Bear Center for the Arts Wilderness Inquiry Wingspan Life Resources Wishes & More Women’s Advocates, Inc.
Women’s Foundation of Minnesota WomenVenture Woodbury Life Resource Center World Without Genocide YMCA Camp Olson YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Farm Youth Frontiers Youth Service Bureau, Inc. YouthCARE YouthLink Youthprise YWCA Mankato YWCA St. Paul
Reviews in Progress On October 1, 2015, the nonprofits listed as “Review in Progress” were working with Charities Review Council to Meet Standards®. View an up-to-date list at www.SmartGivers.org/charity. Arc United
Great River Homes, Inc.
Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity
Bright Water Montessori
Haiti Outreach, Inc.
Saint Paul Neighborhood Network
Carver-Scott Humane Society
Haiti Teen Challenge
Second Harvest Heartland
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Sons of Norway Foundation
Center School, Inc.
Headwaters Relief Organization
South East Asian Refugee Community Home
Child Care Choices, Inc.
Light the Legacy
St. Croix River Association
Love INC - Heartland
Churches United in Ministry (CHUM)
Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota
St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
Mentoring Young Adults
Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin
Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women
Community Dental Care Cookie Cart Courage Kenny Foundation Crisis Line and Referral Service Cuyuna Range Youth Center DIFFERbilities Experience Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota Foundation
Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Morrison County United Way
The Rock ‘n’ Read Project
National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI)
Tree Top Kids
Native Americans in Philanthropy North Anoka County Emergency Foodshelf
North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting
Free Arts Minnesota Genesys Works-Twin Cities Great River Educational Arts Theatre
Charities Review Council
Summit Academy OIC Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota
North Metro Pediatrics
Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools
Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association
Minnesota Homeownership Center
District 742 Local Education & Activities Foundation Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
Stepping Stone Emergency Housing
Northside Economic Opportunity Network Oasis Central Minnesota Open Access Connections Rainbow Health Initiative Rice Health Foundation
TreeHouse, Inc. Twin Cities RISE! Union Gospel Mission Association of Saint Paul Union Gospel Mission Duluth United Way of Douglas & Pope Counties Wayside House Wellstone Action Fund West Side Community Health Services Inc. White Bear Lake Area Historical Society World Savvy
DONORS COLLABORATING FOR GOOD: A Q&A with Bo Thao-Urabe, Senior Director of Capacity Building and Organizational Learning, at Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy How does your community approach fundraising and giving? Founded in 1990, AAPIP’s mission is to advance philanthropy and Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. We envision a just and equitable democracy with the full civic and economic participation of AAPIs. With a 46% growth rate, AAPIs are the fastest growing racial group in the U.S. yet philanthropy has not kept pace with the nation’s demographic change. In fact, foundation funding to AAPI communities amounts to no more than 0.3% of all foundation grantmaking and there are critical needs in the community that are not being addressed.
Through this model, AAPIP has harnessed the power of shared giving and infused millions of dollars back into the community by actively engaging all members.
What is a powerful gift you’ve seen your community give or receive?
Across the nation, AAPIP’s giving circles have made a powerful impact supporting immigrants, providing scholarships, fostering racial harmony, promoting creativity and preserving cultural heritage. Since AAPIP first began cultivating giving circles in 2004, giving circles have involved more
With these numbers in mind, AAPIP launched a national 5-year Giving Circle campaign of 50 Giving Circles to increase investments to AAPI communities in the United States. Friends, neighbors, family, co-workers gather in their living rooms or restaurants. They meet. They eat. They choose a wrong to right. They pool their resources and make a plan to go about being a force for good in their community. It is that simple and fun.
Equally important, giving circles are empowering their members and getting them more civically engaged. What makes giving in the Asian American/Pacific Islander community strong? Community members pool their money together to help with a big expense- a wedding, a home, a funeral. Immigrant families combine resources to help each other open a small business or pay for college tuition because they find it difficult to get a traditional loan. Friends take up a collection to help a friend in need. Communities around the world have long and deep traditions of supporting individuals, families, organizations, neighborhoods and communities. Sadaqa is the Islamic practice of charitable giving based on communal responsibility for the poor. Giri is the Japanese sense of obligation to support those who are less fortunate.
than 2,000 donors and awarded over $2.2M to over 400 community-based organizations/causes. Giving circle recipients are often organizations doing vital work, but do not necessarily receive funding from organized philanthropy.
AAPIP Giving Circle
AAPIP’s Giving Circle campaign was built off of these long-standing traditions of collective giving that have existed in many Asian Pacific countries and around the world as a way to support each other and create a better future. And when individuals have been on the receiving end of philanthropy, they are more likely to one day give back and pay it forward as a way to thank those that once helped them. To learn more about AAPIP, check out their website at aapip.org.
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At Charities Review Council, we know that all donors are investors and that every precious dollar matters! That’s why we’re partnering with you for Minnesota’s 24-hour online give-a-thon, Give to the Max Day. Get your Giving Guides ready! On Thursday, November 12th we’re asking you to show off your “Minnesota Nice” by giving a gift to Charities Review Council and to a Meets Standards® organization of your choice as a part of Give to the Max Day, a day of online giving fun! We’ve made it as easy as 1, 2, GIVE!
Check out the list of Organizations that Meet Standards® or are in progress to meeting standards (pp. 3-6). These organizations have taken the necessary steps to align their internal practices with widely accepted standards of nonprofit strength and accountability.
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3 GIVE! Last year more than 62,000 people logged on to give to their favorite Minnesota organizations. Don’t miss your chance to contribute to Charities Review Council and a Meets Standards® organization of your choice on Thursday, November 12th!