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5 TIPS FOR CREATING YOUR PERSONALIZED GIVING PLAN

Fall 2017 • 5 Tips for Creating Your Personalized Giving Plan • Giving Guide 2017 • Status Update with Kris Kewitsch

Three Easy Ways to Check Out Nonprofits Before Giving

Chances are you have a financial plan or outline that guides your household spending, but what about a philanthropic (or charitable) giving plan? While your personal budget may be organized, things can get a little hazy when it comes to philanthropic giving. Figuring out how to stay on budget and still have an impact, can be tricky. That’s why we’ve decided to share 5 easy-to-use tips for creating your very own, philanthropic giving plan.

2017 Check out the Giving Guide on page 3 for a list of reviewed nonprofits.

Think of philanthropic giving as falling into three buckets:

Bucket 1

Bucket 2

Bucket 3

These are organizations you give your time, talent and treasure to. Organizations whose values align with your own and whose mission you care deeply about. Beyond mission alignment, these are organizations with which you have an ongoing, engaged, and deeply invested relationship.

Gifts to these organizations are more transactional in nature. You care about the work these organizations do in the community, but you want to give to an array of organizations and causes, not just a select few.

Often, these donations have some kind of personal tie – maybe friends or family asked you to chip in, or maybe the organization's cohosting a special event with your company. Whatever the specifics, these are generally one-off donations that may not make a repeat performance in your budget.

Your giving plan should reflect your priorities. Maybe consistency and long-standing support for an organization you care about is most important to you, so you allocate more to Bucket 1. Or, maybe flexibility and variety are important to you, so Buckets 2 and 3 are your go-to giving strategies. Flip the page for 5 tips on creating your giving plan. > > > >

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5 TIPS FOR CREATING YOUR PERSONALIZED GIVING PLAN (continued from page 1) Keep an open mind when thinking about how or what to give. Giving doesn’t always mean money. "Don't forget that your time and talent can be just as valuable, if not more valuable in some cases, as monetary donations," says Kris Kewitsch, Executive Director of Charities Review Council. Volunteering your time or donating services will not only beef up your giving plan, but will also strengthen your relationship with the organization, and deepen your impact overall.

Determine a giving budget that’s meaningful to you.

"Don't forget that your time and talent can be just as valuable, if not more valuable in some cases, as monetary donations." — Kris Kewitsch Executive Director, Charities Review Council

Use our list of Meet Standards® nonprofits.

Some give 10% of their yearly income, some give more, some give less. Once you’ve set a dollar amount for the year, determine which of the three buckets best describes your giving strategy. Maybe it’s a mix of all three. Whatever your strategy, establish a plan that’s meaningful to you.

Find the perfect organization or update your knowledge about those you already support through our online database. Use the keyword function (e.g., "education," or "food pantry") to narrow your search. Can't find the organization you're interested in on our list? Feel free to reach out to the organization to encourage them to begin the voluntary and risk-free review process.

Build in space for flexibility.

Reach out.

Forgetting to leave space in your budget to be as responsive as you want is an easy pitfall—but avoidable with a little planning. You can satisfy some of those Bucket 3 giving impulses by building in a little bit of flexibility!

Contact organizations of interest and make a call or send an email. Asking informing questions—about mission, leadership, programs, impact, and organizational needs—will help you decide where a nonprofit falls in your giving plan. Equipped with these giving tips, you’re now ready to begin crafting your personalized giving plan--a plan that will shine a light on causes that mean the most to you. For more on smart giving, check out our website at SmartGivers.org.

New Website Features! We now have a much stronger, smarter search bar that will help you find exactly what you need, when you need it. We also added a new feature to our nonprofit profiles making it easier to donate to your favorite causes. As you click through nonprofit profiles to learn more about impact and goals, watch for the “Donate to Organization” button, which is displayed at the top of each profile.

Check out this new giving feature at SmartGivers.org.

Get your giving guides ready! Give to the Max Day, Minnesota's 24-hour online give-a-thon, is coming up on November 16th.


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MEETS STANDARDS® NONPROFITS

How to Use This Guide

Accountability Standards®

How does a nonprofit get listed as “Meets Standards®”?

Our 25 Accountability Standards® are cocreated benchmarks measuring nonprofit performance in four critical areas: governance, finance, fundraising and public disclosure. They represent a balance of nonprofit sector promising practices, public expectations and legal/regulatory requirements. The Standards have evolved over the Council’s 71 years, with broad participation from Minnesota’s nonprofit and philanthropic communities, to reflect reasonable public expectations for nonprofits. Learn more at SmartGivers.org.

This go-to list features nonprofits that have voluntarily participated in our online, nonprofit review process, otherwise known as the Accountability Wizard®. The nonprofits included in this Giving Guide have committed to transparency and currently meet Charities Review Council’s 25 Accountability Standards®. Our review process is good for three years and requires a small (.02% of their annual expenses) administrative payment.

The organizations you see below currently Meet Standards®! Real-time up-to-date nonprofit listings are available online at SmartGivers.org

Giving Guide Fall 2017 ✔✔ 360 Communities

✔✔ Be The Match Foundation

✔✔ Children's Cancer Research Fund

✔✔ A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation

✔✔ Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative

✔✔ Children's Day Montessori Inc.

✔✔ Accessible Space, Inc. (ASI) ✔✔ AchieveMpls ✔✔ Aeon ✔✔ African American Registry

✔✔ BestPrep ✔✔ Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities ✔✔ Birthline, Inc.

✔✔ African Development Center of Minnesota

✔✔ Bolder Options

✔✔ African Families Development Network

✔✔ Bridge for Youth

✔✔ Breanna's Gift

✔✔ Alexandra House, Inc.

✔✔ C.A.R.E. Clinic

✔✔ Alliance for Metropolitan Stability

✔✔ Camp Fire Minnesota

✔✔ Alliance Housing Inc.

✔✔ Camp Odayin

✔✔ Alzheimer's Association, MinnesotaNorth Dakota Chapter

✔✔ Can Do Canines

✔✔ American Indian Family Center

✔✔ CAPI USA

✔✔ American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa

✔✔ CaringBridge

✔✔ Amherst H. Wilder Foundation ✔✔ Ampersand Families ✔✔ Angel Foundation ✔✔ Animal Folks ✔✔ Animal Humane Society ✔✔ Annex Teen Clinic ✔✔ ArtReach St. Croix

✔✔ Cancer Legal Line

✔✔ Carmen Pampa Fund ✔✔ Cars for Neighbors ✔✔ Casa de Esperanza ✔✔ Cass County Economic Development Corporation ✔✔ Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis ✔✔ Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud

✔✔ Children's Dental Services ✔✔ Children's HeartLink ✔✔ Children's Home Society of Minnesota ✔✔ Children's Performing Arts ✔✔ Churches United in Ministry (CHUM) ✔✔ Circle of Hope ✔✔ City of Lakes Community Land Trust ✔✔ Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy ✔✔ Common Hope ✔✔ CommonBond Communities ✔✔ Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties ✔✔ Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County ✔✔ Community Dental Care ✔✔ Community Involvement Programs ✔✔ Community Mediation & Restorative Services, Inc ✔✔ Community Thread ✔✔ Como Friends ✔✔ COMPAS ✔✔ Compatible Technology International

✔✔ Center for Value Inquiry

✔✔ Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

✔✔ Association for NonsmokersMinnesota

✔✔ Center School, Inc.

✔✔ Cookie Cart

✔✔ Centro Tyrone Guzman

✔✔ CornerHouse

✔✔ Avenues for Homeless Youth

✔✔ Channel One Regional Food Bank

✔✔ Cornerstone Advocacy Service

✔✔ Banyan Community

✔✔ ChildFund International

✔✔ Courage Kenny Foundation

✔✔ Assistance League of Minneapolis/ St. Paul

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Giving Guide Fall 2017 – continued ✔✔ Cuyuna Range Youth Center, Inc. ✔✔ Dakota Woodlands ✔✔ DARTS ✔✔ DinoMights ✔✔ Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota Foundation ✔✔ Diversity Council ✔✔ Dodge Nature Center ✔✔ Domestic Abuse Project ✔✔ Douglas County Car Care Program ✔✔ Dyslexia Institute of Minnesota Inc., dba The Reading Center ✔✔ East Side Learning Center ✔✔ East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc. ✔✔ Eastside Meals on Wheels, Inc. ✔✔ EMERGE Community Development

✔✔ Girl Scouts Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys

✔✔ Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest

✔✔ Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota

✔✔ Ka Joog

✔✔ Great River Educational Arts Theatre

✔✔ Keystone Community Services

✔✔ Great River Homes, Inc.

✔✔ La Oportunidad, Inc.

✔✔ Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation

✔✔ Lakes & Prairies CAP

✔✔ Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches

✔✔ Lakes Center for Youth and Families

✔✔ Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery ✔✔ Greater Twin Cities United Way

✔✔ Lakeshore Players, Inc. ✔✔ Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

✔✔ Guild Incorporated

✔✔ Learning Disabilities Association, Inc. (LDA Minnesota)

✔✔ Habitat for Humanity of Morrison County

✔✔ LifeSource

✔✔ Haiti Outreach, Inc. ✔✔ Haiti Teen Challenge

✔✔ Emma Norton Services

✔✔ Hamm Memorial Psychiatric Clinic, Inc.

✔✔ Environmental Initiative

✔✔ Hands of Hope Resource Center

✔✔ Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

✔✔ Hastings Family Service

✔✔ Erik's Ranch Inc.

✔✔ Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

✔✔ EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services

✔✔ HealthEast Foundation

✔✔ Fairview Foundation

✔✔ Help At Your Door

✔✔ Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities

✔✔ Helping Hands Outreach

✔✔ Faith's Lodge

✔✔ Lakes Area Music Festival

✔✔ Hennepin Health Foundation

✔✔ Lifetrack ✔✔ Lifeworks Services, Inc. ✔✔ Loaves and Fishes ✔✔ Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry ✔✔ Lutheran Social Service of MN ✔✔ Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota ✔✔ Mano a Mano International ✔✔ MAP for Nonprofits ✔✔ Matter ✔✔ McLeod Emergency Food Shelf ✔✔ Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota

✔✔ Hmong Cultural Center

✔✔ Merrick Community Services

✔✔ HOPE Coalition

✔✔ Metropolitan Regional Arts Council

✔✔ Hope Community

✔✔ Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance

✔✔ FamilyWise Services

✔✔ HopeKids, Inc.

✔✔ Midwest Special Services, Inc.

✔✔ Feed My Starving Children

✔✔ House of Charity, Inc

✔✔ MIGIZI Communications, Inc.

✔✔ Feline Rescue, Inc.

✔✔ Hunger Solutions Minnesota

✔✔ Milestones

✔✔ Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools

✔✔ Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

✔✔ Minneapolis Pathways

✔✔ Foundation for Essential Needs

✔✔ Initiative Foundation

✔✔ Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge

✔✔ Franconia Sculpture Park

✔✔ Intercongregation Communities Association

✔✔ Minnesota AIDS Project

✔✔ Family Pathways ✔✔ Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley, Inc.

✔✔ Fraser ✔✔ Free Arts Minnesota ✔✔ Fresh Energy ✔✔ Freshwater Society ✔✔ Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

✔✔ Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners ✔✔ International Institute of Minnesota ✔✔ Inver Hills Community College Foundation

✔✔ Minnesota Alliance With Youth ✔✔ Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans ✔✔ Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration

✔✔ Jeremiah Program

✔✔ Friends of the Hennepin County Library

✔✔ Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA)

✔✔ Jewish Community Action

✔✔ Minnesota Children's Museum

✔✔ Friends of the Mississippi River

✔✔ Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis

✔✔ Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless

✔✔ Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries ✔✔ Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual Transgender Pride Twin Cities

✔✔ Jewish Family Service of St. Paul ✔✔ Joseph's Coat, Inc. ✔✔ Joyce Preschool

✔✔ Minnesota Computers for Schools ✔✔ Minnesota Council of Nonprofits ✔✔ Minnesota Council on Economic Education


Fall 2017

Can’t find a charity?

Giving Guide Fall 2017 – continued ✔✔ Minnesota Humanities Center ✔✔ Minnesota International NGO Network

✔✔ Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs (PawPADs)

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

✔✔ Somali American Parent Association

✔✔ Minnesota Justice Foundation

✔✔ Pawsitivity Service Dogs

✔✔ Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women

✔✔ Minnesota Land Trust

✔✔ People For Parks

✔✔ Southside Services I. Inc.

✔✔ Minnesota Life College

✔✔ People Incorporated

✔✔ St. Cloud Municipal Band

✔✔ Minnesota Literacy Council

✔✔ People Reaching Out To People (PROP)

✔✔ St. Croix Valley Foundation

✔✔ Minnesota Museum of American Art

✔✔ People Serving People

✔✔ Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

✔✔ Pillager Family Council

✔✔ St. David's Center for Child & Family Development

✔✔ Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance

✔✔ Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

✔✔ Minnesota Public Radio, American Public Media

✔✔ Pinky Swear Foundation

✔✔ St. Louis Park Emergency Program ✔✔ St. Stephen's Human Services ✔✔ Stepping Stone Emergency Housing

✔✔ Plymouth Christian Youth Center

✔✔ Summit Academy OIC

✔✔ Minnesota State Academy for the Blind Foundation

✔✔ Prepare + Prosper

✔✔ Susan G. Komen Minnesota

✔✔ Mississippi Headwaters Area Dental Health Center

✔✔ PRG, Inc.

✔✔ Tanzania Life Project

✔✔ PRISM

✔✔ Ten Thousand Things Theater

✔✔ Mississippi Park Connection

✔✔ ProAct, Inc.

✔✔ The Aliveness Project

✔✔ MN ADOPT

✔✔ Progress Valley, Inc.

✔✔ MoveFwd (formerly Teens Alone)

✔✔ Project FINE

✔✔ The ALS Association MN/ND/SD Chapter

✔✔ myHealth for Teens & Young Adults

✔✔ Project For Pride In Living Inc.

✔✔ NAMI Minnesota

✔✔ Project SUCCESS

✔✔ Neighborhood House

✔✔ Range Respite Project, Inc.

✔✔ Neighbors, Inc.

✔✔ Rein in Sarcoma Foundation

✔✔ New Pathways

✔✔ Relate Counseling Center

✔✔ Nexus

✔✔ RESOURCE, Inc

✔✔ North Anoka County Emergency Foodshelf

✔✔ Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM), Inc.

✔✔ Northeast Youth & Family Services

✔✔ Rêve Academy

✔✔ The Reporters, Inc.

✔✔ Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America

✔✔ Rice Health Foundation

✔✔ The Sanneh Foundation

✔✔ Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL)

✔✔ The Sheridan Story

✔✔ Saint Anthony Park Area Seniors

✔✔ The Works

✔✔ SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)

✔✔ Think Small

✔✔ NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, Inc. ✔✔ Northside Achievement Zone ✔✔ Northside Economic Opportunity Network ✔✔ Northwoods Partners ✔✔ Oasis Central Minnesota ✔✔ Oasis for Youth ✔✔ One Heartland

✔✔ Scholarship America, Inc. ✔✔ Second Harvest Heartland ✔✔ Second Harvest North Central Food Bank

✔✔ The Arc Greater Twin Cities ✔✔ The BrandLab ✔✔ The Center for Victims of Torture ✔✔ The Family Partnership ✔✔ The Link ✔✔ The Loppet Foundation ✔✔ The Open Door ✔✔ The Phoenix Residence Inc.

✔✔ The Village Family Service Center

✔✔ Three Rivers Park District Foundation ✔✔ Touchstone Mental Health ✔✔ Tri County Action Program, Inc.. ✔✔ Tri-County Humane Society ✔✔ True Friends

✔✔ Open Access Connections

✔✔ Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank

✔✔ Open Door Health Center

✔✔ Semcac

✔✔ Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Inc.

✔✔ Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless

✔✔ Senior Community Services

✔✔ Twin Cities Public Television

✔✔ ServeMinnesota

✔✔ Opportunity Matters Inc

✔✔ Sherburne County Area United Way

✔✔ Union Gospel Mission Association of Saint Paul

✔✔ Opportunity Neighborhood

✔✔ Simpson Housing Services, Inc.

✔✔ Opportunity Partners

✔✔ Sing Out Loud

✔✔ PACER Center, Inc.

✔✔ Sojourner Project, Inc.

✔✔ Park Nicollet Foundation

✔✔ Solid Ground

✔✔ Tubman

✔✔ United Way of Central Minnesota ✔✔ United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties ✔✔ United Way of Douglas & Pope Counties

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✔✔ United Way of Hastings

✔✔ Volunteer Lawyers Network

✔✔ Women's Advocates, Inc.

✔✔ United Way of Olmsted County, Inc.

✔✔ WACOSA

✔✔ Women's Foundation of Minnesota

✔✔ United Way of Southwest Minnesota

✔✔ Walk-In Counseling Center

✔✔ United Way of the Brown County Area, Inc.

✔✔ Washburn Center for Children

✔✔ Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE), Inc.

✔✔ United Way of West Central MN

✔✔ WellShare International

✔✔ Upstream Arts, Inc.

✔✔ West Hennepin Affordable Housing Land Trust

✔✔ Urban Arts Academy ✔✔ Urban Boatbuilders ✔✔ Urban Homeworks, Inc. ✔✔ Urban Roots ✔✔ Vail Place ✔✔ Valley Outreach

✔✔ Wayside House

✔✔ Western Communities Action Network, Inc. (WeCAN) ✔✔ White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf ✔✔ White Bear Center for the Arts

✔✔ VEAP

✔✔ White Bear Lake Area Historical Society

✔✔ Vision Loss Resources

✔✔ Wilderness Inquiry

✔✔ VocalEssence

✔✔ Wishes & More

✔✔ WomenVenture ✔✔ World Savvy ✔✔ World Without Genocide ✔✔ Youth Farm ✔✔ Youth Frontiers, Inc. ✔✔ YouthLink ✔✔ Youthprise ✔✔ YWCA Mankato ✔✔ YWCA of Minneapolis ✔✔ YWCA St. Paul ✔✔ Zumbro Valley Health Center

Reviews in Progress: On September 1, 2017, the nonprofits listed as “Review in Progress” were working with Charities Review Council to Meet Standards®. View an up-to-date list at SmartGivers.org/organizations. AccessAbility, Inc.

Hmong American Partnership

PFund Foundation

Age Well Arrowhead Inc.

Hope Centers for Children of Africa

Pillsbury United Communities

ALLY People Solutions

HousingLink

Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota

Ananya Dance Theatre

In Progress

Redeemer Center for Life, Inc.

Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation

Iringa Hope

ResourceWest

Ascension Place, Inc. dba Haven Housing

James J. Hill Reference Library

Rise

Autism Society of Minnesota - AuSM

Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area

Rivers of Hope

BFW Institute of Education & Research Bloom Early Learning

Karen Organization of Minnesota

Breakthrough Twin Cities

Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well-Being

Children's Theatre Company Christian Appalachian Project

Light the Legacy

Ruff Start Rescue Salvation Army Twin Cities Somali Community Resettlement Services Inc. Street Soccer Twin Cities USA Tasks Unlimited, Inc.

Christians Reaching Out in Social Services (CROSS)

Listening House of St. Paul, Inc

ComMUSICation

MDI

Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio

Mentoring Young Adults

Conflict Resolution Center

Merrick, Inc.

Daily Work

Minneapolis Jewish Federation

DIFFERbilities Experience

Minnesota Architectural Foundation

Dream of Wild Health Edina Community Foundation

Minnesota Division Izaak Walton League of America

FamilyMeans

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University of Minnesota Foundation

Friends of the Minnesota Sinfonia

Nice Ride Minnesota

Wingspan Life Resources

Global Minnesota

Northern Clay Center

YMCA Camp Olson

HandsOn Twin Cities

Paul's Pals

Youth Performance Company (YPC)

Living Well Disability Services

Tee It Up for the Troops, Inc. The Family Place The Firefly Sisterhood The Food Group The Rock 'n' Read Project The Sexual Violence Center Tree Trust Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus


Fall 2017

STATUS UPDATE with KRIS KEWITSCH

Happy fall, Council friends! We hope this edition

of the Smart Giver Newsletter finds you out enjoying the colorful leaves and crisp air, with a warm beverage of your choosing in hand. For us at Charities Review Council, fall signals the beginning of the “giving season”—a season often associated with giving back to local nonprofit organizations doing good in the community. We love this time of year. Seeing individuals cross political, religious, and philosophical divides to support local needs is a beacon of hope year after year. I have been so impressed by the generosity I’ve seen this fall. We all feel pulled to chip in and help out when a natural disaster strikes, but this year has been different. Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria, earthquakes in Mexico... Each new crisis has been met with an outpouring of support that gives so much hope. Of course, this support can put a strain on our budgets if we don’t plan ahead. That’s why we put together our tips for crafting your very own personalized giving plan (see page 1). I’ve already started readying mine for 2018. For more disaster relief giving tips, check out our blog at bit.ly/ SmartGivingDuringDisasters.

To learn more about the nonprofits in this newsletter, check out our website at SmartGivers.org. Each organization you see in this guide also has an online profile with information on impact, major programs, goals, accomplishments, and financials. To top it all off, you can now give to your favorite nonprofit with the click of a button! That’s right, we’ve added a donate button to each nonprofit profile, making giving from our website easier than ever before. Not only are we making strategic improvements to our website, we also continue to invest in our online tools for strengthening nonprofits: The Accountability Wizard® and our brand-new Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Toolkit. The Toolkit helps organizations big and small, across sectors, take that next step on their journey towards equity.

We have exciting and important work ahead, and your partnership makes it all possible. Please consider a tax-deductible gift of any size to the Council this fall.

As a smart giver, your generosity matters! Nonprofits near and far need people like you (and me!) to give time, talent, and treasure. As you begin crafting your personalized giving plan, use our list of Meets Standards® nonprofits (page 3) to guide your gift-giving. As a smart giver, you can rest assured knowing that we have thoroughly reviewed the nonprofits on our list, leaving you free to focus on bigger things, like the difference they’re making in the community.

In partnership,

Kris Kewitsch

BOARD MEMBERS

STAFF

Patty Wilder, Chair Interim CEO/ED/VP Leadership

Brenda Starr, Past Chair Lutheran Social Service of MN

Emily Robertson Rubric Legal, LLC

Kris Kewitsch Executive Director

Gregg Larson, Vice-Chair University of MN (Semi-Retired)

Anu Jain Optum

Mary Jo Schifsky Why Stop Working

Robert Pickering, Treasurer Community Involvement Programs

Chamath Perera Community Member

Abby Wellan Nonprofit Services & Communications Manager

Tony Helmer, Secretary Crowley, White, Helmer & Sevig

Courtney Poja Cornerstone

Ian Cook Nonprofit Services & Development Specialist

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