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Serving Those That Serve By Nathan Sayler

We are in the midst With the homecoming of a time marked by of so many troops celebration at the from overseas recently, return of thousands as well as in the near of American service future, providing personnel from for the physical, overseas. And with this emotional, financial, new generation of men and social needs of our and women service soldiers is extremely members returning, relevant. donors are poised and inspired to support The Charities Review them more than Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans’ StandDown event, Council would like to which brings many veterans services to one location. ever. Addressing the highlight the work challenges of re-entry of a few of our “Most in our communities is on the mind of many Trustworthy Nonprofits” that have earned donors and Minnesotans. our Meets Standards seal and are doing an amazing job serving American veterans. As Kathleen Vitalis, President and CEO of the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, explains, “As many as 4,000 veterans are homeless in Minnesota or at risk of becoming homeless sometime during the year. Unaddressed medical and mental health issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries are on Minnesota Assistance Council for the increase as veterans return home from Veterans (MACV) has assisted veterans (and Afghanistan and Iraq. These injuries cause loss their families) in crisis throughout Minnesota of employment, housing instability and often for over 22 years, including those who are times create legal issues for the veteran [and experiencing homelessness. his/her family].” The Charities Review Council has held strong ties to veterans services since its inception in 1946. The organization was created out of concern that generous donors were being manipulated by national fundraising organizations following World War II. Unfortunately, exploiting the generosity of caring donors and mismanaging funds still occurs to this day. As the Council’s Executive Director Rich Cowles explains, “various studies have shown that some veterans service organizations are poorly managed or are largely fundraising operations, with little funds used for services to veterans. And some manipulate donors because of the emotion related to serving veterans. It’s important to check out a nonprofit serving veterans before supporting it. Look for straightforward communications about how many veterans the organization has served, in what way, and what difference it’s made in the lives of veterans.”

Minnesota Veterans Medical Research & Education Foundation works to provide

outstanding medical care to local veterans. This organization recognizes that providing for the well-being of our veterans requires dedication to medical innovation and the responsible care of disease and disability.

RESOURCE, Inc. has served in the past five

years over 1,500 veterans from every branch of the military by helping veterans find employment through its Jobs for Veterans program. Partnering with the Minnesota National Guard, Reserve units and veteran service organizations, Resource provides tools, resources, and referrals for success in job search and career transition.

Can Do Canines enhances the quality of life

for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs. These services include providing assistance dogs to returning disabled veterans.


Spring 2012 - Summer 2012 • Serving Those That Serve • Recognition of Rich Cowles • Giving Guide 2012 • Building a Foundation for Social Change: Annual Forum

Three Easy Ways to Check Out Charity Reviews Before Giving

Giving Guide 2012

Check out the Giving Guide on page 3 of this newsletter for a list of reviewed charities.

Call (651) 224-7030 or (800) 733-GIVE



The Smart Giver Charities Review Council

in recognition of Rich Cowles

Retiring after 13-year tenure as executive director of Charities review council

This is the final The Smart Giver newsletter in Rich Cowles’ 13-year tenure as Executive Director before his end-of-June retirement. Please consider an additional, tax-deductible contribution to the Council’s Campaign for Growth in recognition and support of Rich’s legacy. Rich has championed the Campaign for Growth in order to strengthen the Council’s future programmatic and financial sustainability. Find out more about the Campaign for Growth at

A NOTE FROM BOARD CHAIR, HEIDI NEFF CHRISTIANSON Dear Friends of the Charities Review Council: It is with mixed feelings that I write to inform you that Rich Cowles, the Charities Review Council’s Executive Director of 13 years, and dear friend to many of us, has decided to retire at the end of June. Rich has been the public face of the Council as it has evolved to serve the needs of our sector, while staying true to the Council’s bedrock mission and values. A prominent example is our transformation from a traditional charity watchdog to what’s been affectionately called a charity “guide-dog,” employing the Council’s experience and expertise to help nonprofits meet the reasonable expectations of donors. Rich has also led the Council to a position of leadership within the sector through an unrelenting and deeply personal commitment to cultural competence—an effort that has engaged the entire board and staff. And we are pleased that we’ve begun a Campaign for Growth to strengthen the Council’s infrastructure, which will help build a bridge to new leadership and increased impact and sustainability. As Rich himself regularly verbalizes, periodic leadership change is healthy for an organization, providing an opportunity for injecting new perspectives and new skill sets. So, in that mindset, I know you will join me in thanking Rich for his leadership and service to one of Minnesota’s treasures, and wish him well in his new pursuits. The Council’s Board of Directors has fully embraced the process of finding a new leader, and the energy and enthusiasm inherent in that process. We will let you know of the plans to welcome our new executive director once a decision has been made. Thank you for your support of the Charities Review Council,

Heidi Neff Christianson, Board Chair

The Smart Giver Charities Review Council

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MOST TRUSTWORTHY NONPROFITS How can I get information about unreviewed nonprofits?

You can find limited information about unreviewed nonprofits on or call us at (651) 224-7030.

How to use this Guide How does a nonprofit get listed as “Most Trustworthy”?

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.

Are you looking for a nonprofit that isn’t listed?

This list reflects the latest review results as of May 1, 2012. 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 27 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 66 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

The Charities Review Council determined that the organization meets all Accountability Standards.

Giving Guide May 1, 2012

Real-time up-to-date nonprofit listings available online at

A  Breath of Hope Lung Foundation

Anna Marie’s Alliance

Center for Victims of Torture

AccessAbility, Inc.

Annex Teen Clinic

Central Minnesota Community Foundation

Accessible Space, Inc.



AccountAbility Minnesota

Arc Greater Twin Cities

Centro Campesino, Inc.

ACES (Athletes Committed to Educating Students)

Arthritis Foundation – Upper Midwest Region

Channel One, Inc.


Ascension Place, Inc.

Charities Review Council (Informational Self-Review)

Advocates for Human Rights, The

Association for Nonsmokers - Minnesota

Child Care Choices, Inc.


Avenues for Homeless Youth

Children’s Cancer Research Fund

African American AIDS Task Force

Banyan Community, The

Children’s Dental Services

African Community School (New Organization)

Basic Needs Inc. of South Washington County d/b/a Stone Soup Thrift Shop

Children’s Health Care Foundation

African Development Center

Be The Match Foundation

African Families Development Network (New Organization)


Children’s HeartLink Children’s Home Society & Family Services Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester

Aliveness Project, The

 ig Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin B Cities

Alliance for Metropolitan Stability

Bolder Options

Clare Housing

ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter, The

Books For Africa, Inc.

College Possible

Alzheimer’s Association

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities

Common Hope

 lzheimer’s Association, Minnesota-North A Dakota Chapter

Breanna’s Gift

CommonBond Communities

Bridges of Hope

Communities Investing in Families

Bridges to Learning

Community Action Duluth, Inc.


Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties

American Cancer Society American Composers Forum American Diabetes Association American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest

Camp Odayin

City of Lakes Community Land Trust

Can Do Canines

Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin

American Red Cross – Northern Minnesota Region

Cancer Legal Line (New Organization)

Community Dental Care

American Red Cross – Southeast Minnesota Chapter

Canvas Health CAPI USA

Community Emergency Assistance Program, Inc.

 merican Red Cross – South Central MN A Chapter American Refugee Committee

CaringBridge Casa de Esperanza

Community Health Charities Minnesota Community Involvement Programs Community Mediation Services, Inc.

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

 atholic Charities of St. Paul and C Minneapolis

Ananya Dance Theatre

 atholic Charities of the Diocese of St. C Cloud

Community Thread

Center for Nonprofit Excellence & Social Innovation (New Organization)


Angel Foundation Animal Humane Society


Community Shares of Minnesota Como Friends


The Smart Giver Charities Review Council

Giving Guide – continued

Can’t find a charity?

See page 3 for information or call us at (651) 224-7030.

May 1, 2012

Compatible Technology International

Friends of the Mississippi River

Joseph’s Coat, Inc.

Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio

Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries

Jungle Theater, The

Conflict Resolution Center

Friendship Ventures

Cookie Cart

Genesis II for Families, Inc.

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, Inc.


Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys

Cornerstone Advocacy Service

Karen Organization of Minnesota Karen Wyckoff Rein In Sarcoma Foundation

Goodwill / Easter Seals Minnesota

Keystone Community Services

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America

 reat Neighborhoods! Development G Corporation

Kids Against Hunger, Inc.


Greater Mankato Area United Way

Dakota Communities

Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches

Dakota Woodlands

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery

Damiano of Duluth, Inc.

Greater Twin Cities United Way


Guild Incorporated

Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership, Inc.

Diversity Council

Haiti Outreach, Inc.

Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau, Inc.

Domestic Abuse Project

Hastings Family Service

Latino Economic Development Center

East Metro Women’s Council

Headwaters Foundation for Justice

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

East Side Learning Center

Headway Emotional Health Services

East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc.

HealthEast Foundation

Learning Disabilities Association (LDA Minnesota)

East Suburban Resources, Inc.

Heart of the Beast Theatre, Inc.

Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well Being

Eastside Meals on Wheels, Inc.

Helping Hands Outreach

ECHO Minnesota (New Organization)

Helping Paws, Inc.

LifeSource / Upper Midwest Organ Procurement Organization, Inc.

Eco Education

Hemophilia Foundation of Minnesota/ Dakotas

Courage Center

Emerge Community Development

Kinnickinnic River Land Trust, Inc. Kinship of Greater Minneapolis Korean Service Center La Oportunidad

Lifetrack Resources, Inc. Life-Work Planning Center Board, Inc.

HFH of Douglas County, Minnesota, Inc.

Lifeworks Services, Inc.

Hmong American Partnership

Link, The

Hmong Cultural Center

Listening House of St. Paul

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

Home for Life / The Animal Sanctuary of St. Croix Valley, Inc.

Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly

Episcopal Community Services

Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota

eQuality - Pathways to Potential

HOPE Coalition

Eye-Link Foundation (New Organization)

Hope Community, Inc.

Fairview Foundation

House of Charity, Inc.

Faith’s Lodge

HousingLink, The

Family Partnership, The

Hunger Solutions Minnesota

Family Pathways

Initiative Foundation

Family Tree Clinic

Intercongregation Communities Association

Emergency Foodshelf Network Emma Norton Services Envision Minnesota


Loaves and Fishes Too Loft Literary Center, The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota Mano a Mano International Partners MAP for Nonprofits Marshall Area Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA)

Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program, Inc.

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Rochester

Food for Hungry Minds

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners

Memorial Blood Centers

Franconia Sculpture Park

International Breast Milk Project

Mental Health Association of Minnesota



Merrick, Inc.

Free Arts Minnesota

Jeremiah Program

Metro Meals on Wheels, Inc.

Free to Be, Inc.

Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council

J ewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis

Midwest Special Services, Inc.

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Friends of the Hennepin County Library

Mediation Services for Anoka County

Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance

The Smart Giver Charities Review Council

Giving Guide – continued

Can’t find a charity?

See page 3 for information or call us at (651) 224-7030.

May 1, 2012

Minneapolis Community and Technical College Foundation

Neighborhood House

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

Neighborhood Involvement Program

Minneapolis Jewish Federation

Neighbors, Inc.

Minnesota AIDS Project

New Pathways, Inc.

Restorative Justice Community Action, Inc. (RJCA)

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans

Northern Clay Center

Rochester Area Family Y

Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance

Northern Dental Access Center

Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity

Minnesota Children’s Museum

Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America

Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, MN, Inc.

Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council


Minnesota Council for Quality, Inc.  innesota Dance Theatre & The Dance M Institute Minnesota Diversified Industries Minnesota Environmental Partnership Minnesota Fathers & Families Network Minnesota Fighting AIDS on Bikes Minnesota Home Ownership Center

Northwest Youth & Family Services One Heartland Open Arms of Minnesota Ordway Center for the Performing Arts PACER Center, Inc. Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Inc.

RELATE Counseling Center RESOURCE, Inc. ResourceWest

Sabathani Community Center Sabes Jewish Community Center Saint Paul Area Council of Churches SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) Scholarship America, Inc. Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency, Inc.

Minnesota Humanities Center

Parks & Trails Council of MN

Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center

People Incorporated

Second Harvest Heartland

Minnesota International Center

People Reaching Out To Other People, Inc.

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank

Minnesota Land Trust

People Responding in Social Ministry

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank

Minnesota Life College

People Serving People, Inc.


Minnesota Literacy Council, Inc.

Perspectives, Inc.

Senior Community Services

Minnesota Medical Foundation

Phyllis Wheatley Community Center

Sexual Assault Program of Beltrami, Cass & Hubbard Counties

Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care

Pillager Family Council Pillsbury United Communities

 innesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol M Syndrome

Plan USA / Plan International USA, Inc.

Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Inc.

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

Minnesota Public Radio Minnesota Sinfonia

Playwrights’ Center, The Plymouth Christian Youth Center

Search Institute

Sight & Hearing Association Simpson Housing Services, Inc. Sing Out Loud / Bella Voce Young Women’s Choir Sojourner Project, Inc. Somali Multi Service (New Organization)

 innesota State Academy for the Blind M Foundation

Portico Healthnet

Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women

Minnesota Stroke Association

Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota

Southside Family Nurturing Center

Minnesota Teen Challenge Minnesota Veterans Medical Research & Education Foundation Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency  innesota Youth Intervention Programs M Association Minnetonka Center for the Arts Mixed Blood Theatre Model Cities of St. Paul, Inc. Morton Cure Paralysis Fund NAMI Minnesota National Blood Clot Alliance  ational Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper N Midwest Chapter Neighborhood HealthSource

ProAct, Inc. Productive Alternatives, Inc. Progress Valley

Spare Key Springboard for the Arts St. Anthony Park Area Seniors

Project FINE (Focus on Integrating Newcomers through Education)

St. Croix River Association

Project for Pride in Living Inc. (PPL)

St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development

Project Pathfinder, Inc.

St. Mary’s Health Clinics

Range Mental Health Center, Inc.

St. Stephen’s Human Services

Reading Center, The

SteppingStone Theatre

Rebuild Resources

Store To Door

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities

Students Today Leaders Forever

Red River Valley Dental Access Project

Sub-Saharan African Youth & Family Services in Minnesota

 egional Parks Foundation of the Twin R Cities (New Organization)

Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Minnesota Affiliate



The Smart Giver Charities Review Council

Giving Guide – continued

Can’t find a charity?

See page 3 for information or call us at (651) 224-7030.

May 1, 2012

Children’s Safety Centers

Tanzania Life Project

West Suburban Teen Clinic

Teens Alone, Inc.

White Bear Center for the Arts

Teenwise Minnesota

Wilderness Inquiry

Ten Thousand Things Theater

Will Steger Foundation

Textile Center of Minnesota

Wishes & More

Tix for Tots (New Organization)

Women’s Advocates, Inc.

Touchstone Mental Health

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

Tree Trust


TreeHouse, Inc.

YMCA Camp Olson

Tri-County Humane Society

YMCA of Greater Saint Paul


YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis

Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus

Youth Express

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

Youth Frontiers

Twin Cities Public Television

Youth Service Bureau, Inc.

Twin Cities Salvation Army, The


Disabled American Veterans Minneapolis Chapter #1

Union Gospel Mission Association of St. Paul


Dodge Nature Center

YWCA of Mankato

Donations for Education

YWCA of Minneapolis


YWCA of St. Paul

Ely Greenstone Public Art Committee

Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center

Emma Norton Services

Union Gospel Mission, Inc. United Cerebral Palsy of Central Minnesota United Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota United Way of Douglas & Pope Counties United Way of Greater Duluth, Inc. United Way of Olmsted County, Inc. United Way of West Central Minnesota University of Minnesota Foundation Urban Homeworks Vail Place VEAP, Inc. Village Family Service Center, The

Children’s Shelter of Cebu Christian Appalachian Project Churches United in Ministry Circus Juventas City of Lakes Waldorf School Civic Caucus Commonweal Theatre Company Confidence Learning Center Construction Career Training Program Creciendo Juntos (New Organization) D.I.V.I.N.E. Institute (New Organization) Dads Make a Difference Disabled American Veterans

Erik’s Ranch & Retreats (New Organization)

Reviews in Progress

Evergreen Youth & Family Services, Inc.

Nonprofits listed as “Review in Progress” are currently being evaluated.

Everyday Miracles

Academy on Violence and Abuse Access Justice (New Organization) African American Family Services Agape Riding Center (New Organization)

Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities Falls Hunger Coalition, Inc. Free To Be, Inc. Fresh Energy Great River Homes, Inc.

Vision Loss Resources

Alliance for a Healthier Generation (New Organization)


Alliance Housing Incorporated

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center

Volunteer Lawyers Network, Ltd.

ALSAC/ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Hazelden Foundation

Volunteer Resource Center

Arc Minnesota, The

Heartland Community Action, Inc.

Volunteers of America of Minnesota

Arrowhead Zoological Society

Hennepin Health Foundation

Voyageurs National Park Association

Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, Inc.

Highland Friendship Club


Baby’s Space


Walk-In Counseling Center

Bakken Museum, The

HOPE Center

Washburn Center for Children

Bridge for Hudson Youth, Inc.

Hope House of St. Croix Valley

Way to Grow, Inc.

Bridge for Youth, The

Human Relief, Inc.

Wayside House, Inc., The

Business, Arts and Recreation Center

International Institute of Minnesota

We Can Ride, Inc.

Carmen Pampa Fund

Inver Hills Community College Foundation

Welcome Center, Inc.

Child Care Resource & Referral, Inc.

Jabbok Family Services

WellShare International

Child Foundation

West Hennepin Affordable Housing Land Trust

ChildFund International

Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest

Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation

Joyce Preschool

The Smart Giver Charities Review Council

Giving Guide – continued May 1, 2012 (Reviews in Progress– continued) Philanthrofund Foundation

JSAW Xtreme

Phoenix Residence Inc., The

Laura Baker School Association Legal Assistance of Washington County, Inc. LegalCORPS

Pro Choice Resources Pueblo a Pueblo Ready 4 K

Let’s Go Fishing With Seniors Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Inc., The Lifetrack Resources, Inc. Lind-Bohanon Neighborhood Association Lourdes Foundation, Inc.

Rise, Incorporated Rochester Art Center Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest Sherburne County Area United Way

March of Dimes Foundation

Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council, Inc.

McLeod Emergency Food Shelf Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, The Merrick Community Services Minnesota Adoption Resource Network Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy Minnesota Computers for Schools

St. Croix Valley Foundation St. Louis Park Emergency Program Stratis Health Summit Academy OIC Surgical Eye Expeditions International, Inc. Tasks Unlimited, Inc.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Minnesota Council on Economic Education Minnesota Landmarks, Inc.

The Works Theater Mu, Inc. Twin Cities RISE!

Miracles of Mitch Foundation

United Way of the Brown County Area, Inc.

Mississippi River Fund

United Way of Washington County- East

MPN Research Foundation

Upstream Arts

Muscular Dystrophy Association


NAMI Southeast MN

WaterLegacy (New Organization)

Native Americans in Philanthropy

Wellstone Action Fund

Nawayee Center School Neighborhood Development Center Norwegian-American Historical Association Olmsted County Historical Society

West Side Community Health Services Western Communities Action Network Windustry Women’s General Auxiliary to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities

Open Cities Health Center Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless Operation Living Hope Park Nicollet Foundation People for Parks Pet Haven Incorporated of Minnesota

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Join the Charities Review Council for this year’s Annual Forum as nonprofit, philanthropic, business, and community leaders come together to discuss Building a Foundation for Social Change with keynote Luz Vega-Marquis, President and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation. The inspiring task of achieving societal change continually motivates our sector to think big, get creative, and work together. Building a culture where “Change Is Possible” is what Marguerite Casey Foundation does best. According to President and CEO Luz Vega-Marquis, building this foundation for social change depends on the critical role of capacity building through effective partnerships.

KEYNOTE: Luz VegaMarquis: President & CEO Marguerite Casey Foundation

Staff Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson

Nonprofit & Outreach Specialist

Rich Cowles

Executive Director

Keely Hendrickson

Development Assistant

Jamie Millard

Communications Specialist

Jenna Salinas

Nonprofit Services Specialist

Amy B. Sinykin

Associate Director

Luz Vega-Marquis is President and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation, where she oversees the foundation’s $600 million endowment and $30 million grantmaking budget. Ms. Vega-Marquis has positioned the foundation as a leader in movement building by shaping its grantmaking strategies to support a nationwide movement of low-income families. Ms. Vega-Marquis pioneers the role funders play in addressing and achieving societal change through cultivating effective partnerships and embracing capacity building.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Noon – 1:30 p.m. Networking begins at 11 a.m. James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall Anderson Student Center University of St. Thomas 2115 Summit Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55105

Charities Review Council’s Annual Forum 2012 luncheon features: • Keynote Speaker: Luz Vega-Marquis • Charities Review Council’s Report to the Community • Community Leadership Awards • Recognition of retiring executive director, Rich Cowles

Register online at or call us at 651-224-7030.

Charities Review Council's Spring 2012 Smart Giver Newsletter  

The Smart Giver Newsletter is published twice a year and includes the Giving Guide, a list of strong, accountable nonprofits that have demon...

Charities Review Council's Spring 2012 Smart Giver Newsletter  

The Smart Giver Newsletter is published twice a year and includes the Giving Guide, a list of strong, accountable nonprofits that have demon...