Charities Review Council's Fall/Winter 2018 Smart Giver Newsletter

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IN THIS ISSUE Fall 2018 • 3 Tips for Online Smart Giving • Status Update with Kris Kewitsch • Giving Guide 2018


Three Easy Ways to Check Out Nonprofits Before Giving


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Check out the At Charities Review Council, we partner with both donors and nonprofits, knowing that when the two come together in meaningful relationship, even greater good is achieved. In previous editions of the Smart Giver Newsletter, we’ve shared tips on creating a giving plan and tips for making informed giving decisions. Today’s tips are an extension of those already shared, extending to the ever-evolving and competitive online giving landscape. According to Philanthropy News Digest, online giving was up over 12% in 2017. As a donor and nonprofit supporter, it’s possible you’ve received an email request for donations or seen a Facebook post for a cause that is near and dear to your heart. At Charities Review Council, we’re committed to giving donors and nonprofits the tools and resources they need to connect in meaningful ways. To guide your online giving, here are three easy-to-use tips from the Council team.

1. Give to nonprofits you can trust. Narrow down your list of potential nonprofit partners by using our list of Meets Standards® nonprofits found at or by flipping to page 3. These organizations have committed to transparency and accountability by participating in a voluntary review process with Charities Review Council.

Giving Guide on page 3 for a list of reviewed nonprofits.

Call (651) 224-7030

To put it simply, we’ve asked the tough questions and reviewed the details so that you can focus on mission and impact.

2. Giving made easy. Use the “Donate to Organization” button online to make giving easy and effective. You can find this button on each of our Meets Standards® profiles.

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The Smart Giver Charities Review Council

STATUS UPDATE WITH KRIS KEWITSCH Hello, Council friends– Welcome to the fall edition of the Smart Giver Newsletter! I hope you enjoyed the front-page article on online (smart) giving. Do you have questions about a new or existing nonprofit partner? Feel free to reach out. Our dedicated team is ready and willing to partner with you as you make your year-end giving decisions. Give us a call or send us an email using the contact information on the back page of this newsletter. Guided by our new strategic plan, the Council team has been hard at work strengthening donor and nonprofit relationships for strong, vibrant, and just communities. Here’s a quick update on what we’ve been up to this year. • Charities Review Council received the 2018 DotOrg Award for Website Redesign, awarded each year at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Communications and Technology Conference. This award is presented to nonprofits using technology and communications in inspiring, effective, and creative ways. If you haven’t already, check out our new website at • We hired a new Engagement & Outreach Manager, DeeDee LeMier. DeeDee will be providing local and regional support to internal and external stakeholders of the Council, including our donor and nonprofit partners. You can expect to see DeeDee at networking events and conferences soon. • We continue to make strategic investments in our online capacity-building tools, the Accountability Wizard® and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Toolkit. These updates will improve functionality and include additional resources for our nonprofit partners.

• Planning for FORUM 2019, our biennial event for Minnesota’s most engaged and passionate donor, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders, is currently underway. Connect with us online for event updates this fall. • With support from our Standards Review Committee, we have reviewed and revised the Accountability Standards® for long-term impact. Stay tuned for more information, coming in 2019. Your support has allowed for remarkable growth this year. We've partnered with more nonprofits than ever before, representing a total budget impact of $3.75 billion in the economy*, but we know there's opportunity for even greater impact. As you plan to make your year-end giving decisions, remember Charities Review Council in your giving plan. Your support will guide our work for years to come. Use the envelope in today’s Smart Giver Newsletter or make a gift online to renew your commitment to this important work. In partnership,

Kris Kewitsch

P.S. Double your impact this giving season! We've partnered with the Otto Bremer Trust to match dollar for dollar, the first $3,000 received. Donate today to double your gift!

*This figure is based on the total expenses of our nonprofit partners, voluntarily provided during the Accountabiltiy Wizard® nonprofit review process.



Gregg Larson, Chair Semi-retired

Malissa Adams Stanton Adams Consulting LLC

Courtney Poja Cornerstone

Brenda Starr, Vice Chair Semi-retired

Sukanya Momsen Best Buy

Mary Jo Schifsky, Secretary GenSync LLC

Stacey Nelson-Kumar Comcast

Ryan Stopera Communications & Media Consultant

Carolyn Deters, Treasurer Indelible Aging, Gifts for Seniors

Robert Pickering Community Involvement Programs

Megan Genest Tarnow The Mobius Group Stephen Thompson Securian Asset Management, Inc.

Kris Kewitsch Executive Director Abby Wellan Nonprofit Services & Communications Manager Ian Cook Nonprofit Services & Development Manager DeeDee LeMier Engagement & Outreach Manager

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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 72 years, with broad participation from Minnesota’s nonprofit and philanthropic communities, to reflect reasonable public expectations for nonprofits. Learn more at

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

Giving Guide Fall 2018 ✔✔ 360 Communities

✔✔ Anu Family Services, Inc.

✔✔ Can Do Canines

✔✔ A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation

✔✔ ArtReach St. Croix

✔✔ Cancer Legal Care

✔✔ Ascension Place, Inc. dba Haven Housing

✔✔ CaringBridge

✔✔ AccessAbility, Inc. (AAI) ✔✔ Accessible Space, Inc. (ASI) ✔✔ AchieveMpls ✔✔ Aeon ✔✔ African Families Development Network

✔✔ Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul ✔✔ Association for NonsmokersMinnesota ✔✔ Avenues for Homeless Youth

✔✔ Age Well Arrowhead Inc.

✔✔ Avivo (formerly RESOURCE)

✔✔ Alexandra House, Inc.

✔✔ Banyan Community

✔✔ Alliance for Metropolitan Stability

✔✔ Be The Match Foundation

✔✔ Alliance Housing Inc.

✔✔ Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative

✔✔ ALLY People Solutions

✔✔ BestPrep

✔✔ American Indian Family Center

✔✔ BFW Institute of Education & Research (Pain Free Patriots)

✔✔ American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA)

✔✔ Carmen Pampa Fund ✔✔ Cars for Neighbors ✔✔ Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis ✔✔ Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud ✔✔ Center for Value Inquiry ✔✔ Center School, Inc. ✔✔ Centro Tyrone Guzman ✔✔ Channel One Regional Food Bank ✔✔ Charities Review Council (SelfReview)

✔✔ Bloom Early Learning

✔✔ Children's Cancer Research Fund

✔✔ Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

✔✔ Bolder Options

✔✔ Children's Dental Services

✔✔ Ampersand Families

✔✔ Breanna's Gift

✔✔ Children's HeartLink

✔✔ Angel Foundation

✔✔ Bridge for Youth

✔✔ Animal Folks

✔✔ Bridging

✔✔ Children's Home Society of Minnesota

✔✔ Animal Humane Society

✔✔ CAIR-California (LA, Sacramento, San Diego, SFBA)

✔✔ Children's Performing Arts

✔✔ Camp Fire Minnesota

✔✔ City of Lakes Community Land Trust

✔✔ Annex Teen Clinic ✔✔ Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation

✔✔ Camp Odayin

✔✔ Circle of Hope



The Smart Giver Charities Review Council

Giving Guide Fall 2018 – continued ✔✔ Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

✔✔ Eastside Meals on Wheels, Inc.

✔✔ Common Hope

✔✔ EMERGE Community Development

✔✔ Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County ✔✔ Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties ✔✔ Community Dental Care ✔✔ Community Involvement Programs ✔✔ Community Mediation & Restorative Services, Inc ✔✔ Community Thread ✔✔ Como Friends

✔✔ Edina Community Foundation

✔✔ Emma Norton Services ✔✔ Environmental Initiative ✔✔ Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota ✔✔ Fairview Foundation ✔✔ Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities

✔✔ Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota ✔✔ Great River Greening ✔✔ Great River Homes, Inc. ✔✔ Greater Minneapolis Community Connections ✔✔ Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery ✔✔ Greater Twin Cities United Way ✔✔ Guild Incorporated ✔✔ Habitat for Humanity of Morrison County

✔✔ Faith's Lodge

✔✔ Haiti Teen Challenge

✔✔ Family Pathways

✔✔ Hamm Memorial Psychiatric Clinic, Inc.


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

✔✔ Compatible Technology International

✔✔ FamilyMeans

✔✔ Hands of Hope Resource Center

✔✔ FamilyWise Services

✔✔ HandsOn Twin Cities

✔✔ Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

✔✔ Feline Rescue, Inc.

✔✔ Hastings Family Service

✔✔ Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools

✔✔ HealthEast Foundation

✔✔ Foundation for Essential Needs

✔✔ Helping Paws of Minnesota

✔✔ Franconia Sculpture Park

✔✔ Hennepin Health Foundation

✔✔ Fraser

✔✔ Hmong Cultural Center

✔✔ Free Arts Minnesota

✔✔ HOPE Coalition

✔✔ Cystic Fibrosis Relief Fund

✔✔ Fresh Energy

✔✔ Hope Community

✔✔ Dakota Woodlands

✔✔ Freshwater Society

✔✔ HopeKids, Inc.


✔✔ Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

✔✔ House of Charity, Inc

✔✔ Friends of the Hennepin County Library

✔✔ Hunger Solutions Minnesota

✔✔ Cookie Cart ✔✔ CornerHouse ✔✔ Cornerstone Advocacy Service ✔✔ Courage Kenny Foundation ✔✔ Cuyuna Range Youth Center, Inc.

✔✔ DinoMights ✔✔ Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota Foundation ✔✔ Diversity Council

✔✔ Friends of the Minnesota Sinfonia

✔✔ Dodge Nature Center

✔✔ Friends of the Mississippi River

✔✔ Domestic Abuse Project

✔✔ Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries

✔✔ Douglas County Car Care Program ✔✔ Dream of Wild Health ✔✔ East Side Elders ✔✔ East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc.

✔✔ Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual Transgender Pride Twin Cities ✔✔ Girl Scouts Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys ✔✔ Global Minnesota

✔✔ Hammer Residences, Inc.

✔✔ Help At Your Door

✔✔ HousingLink ✔✔ Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota ✔✔ Initiative Foundation ✔✔ Intercongregation Communities Association ✔✔ Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners ✔✔ International Institute of Minnesota ✔✔ Inver Hills Community College Foundation

Fall 2018

Giving Guide Fall 2018 – continued

Can’t find a charity? See page 3 for information or call us at (651) 224-7030.

✔✔ Iringa Hope

✔✔ McLeod Emergency Food Shelf

✔✔ Jeremiah Program

✔✔ MDI

✔✔ myHealth for Teens & Young Adults

✔✔ Jewish Community Action

✔✔ Merrick Community Services

✔✔ NAMI Minnesota

✔✔ Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area

✔✔ Merrick, Inc.

✔✔ Neighborhood House

✔✔ Metropolitan Regional Arts Council

✔✔ Neighbors, Inc.

✔✔ Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis

✔✔ New Pathways

✔✔ Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance

✔✔ Nexus

✔✔ Jewish Family Service of St. Paul

✔✔ MIGIZI Communications, Inc.

✔✔ Joseph's Coat, Inc.

✔✔ Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge

✔✔ Nokomis East Neighborhood Association

✔✔ Joyce Preschool ✔✔ Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest

✔✔ Minnesota AIDS Project

✔✔ Ka Joog

✔✔ Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans

✔✔ Karen Organization of Minnesota ✔✔ Keystone Community Services ✔✔ La Oportunidad, Inc. ✔✔ Lakes & Prairies CAP ✔✔ Lakes Area Music Festival ✔✔ Lakes Center for Youth and Families ✔✔ Lakeshore Players, Inc. ✔✔ Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers ✔✔ Learning Disabilities Association, Inc. (LDA Minnesota) ✔✔ Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well-Being ✔✔ LifeSource ✔✔ Lifeworks Services, Inc. ✔✔ Listening House of St. Paul, Inc ✔✔ Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly ✔✔ Loaves and Fishes ✔✔ Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry

✔✔ Minnesota Alliance With Youth

✔✔ Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration ✔✔ Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA)

✔✔ North Anoka County Emergency Foodshelf (NACE), Inc. ✔✔ Northeast Youth & Family Services ✔✔ Northern Clay Center ✔✔ Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America ✔✔ NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, Inc. ✔✔ Northside Achievement Zone

✔✔ Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

✔✔ Northwoods Partners

✔✔ Minnesota Humanities Center

✔✔ Oasis for Youth

✔✔ Minnesota Independence College and Community

✔✔ One Heartland

✔✔ Minnesota International NGO Network

✔✔ Open Door Health Center

✔✔ Minnesota Justice Foundation ✔✔ Minnesota Land Trust ✔✔ Minnesota Literacy Council ✔✔ Minnesota Museum of American Art ✔✔ Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance ✔✔ Minnesota Public Radio, American Public Media ✔✔ Minnesota State Academy for the Blind Foundation

✔✔ Open Access Connections ✔✔ Opportunity Neighborhood ✔✔ Opportunity Partners ✔✔ PACER Center, Inc. ✔✔ Paralyzed Veterans of America North Central Chapter ✔✔ Park Nicollet Foundation ✔✔ Pathways Minneapolis ✔✔ Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs (PawPADs) ✔✔ Pawsitivity Service Dogs ✔✔ PeaceMaker Minnesota

✔✔ Mississippi Headwaters Area Dental Health Center

✔✔ People Incorporated


✔✔ Pillager Family Council

✔✔ MoveFwd (formerly Teens Alone)

✔✔ Pinky Swear Foundation

✔✔ Mano a Mano International ✔✔ Matter

✔✔ MSS

✔✔ Lutheran Social Service of MN ✔✔ Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota


✔✔ People Serving People

✔✔ Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota


The Smart Giver Charities Review Council

Giving Guide Fall 2018 – continued ✔✔ Plymouth Christian Youth Center

✔✔ Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women

✔✔ Tri-County Humane Society

✔✔ Prepare + Prosper

✔✔ Southside Services I. Inc.

✔✔ Tubman

✔✔ Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota

✔✔ St. Cloud Municipal Band

✔✔ Twelve Disciples Ministries

✔✔ PRG, Inc.

✔✔ St. Croix Valley Foundation


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

✔✔ Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Inc.

✔✔ ProAct, Inc. ✔✔ Project FINE ✔✔ Project For Pride In Living Inc. ✔✔ Project SUCCESS ✔✔ PROP (People Reaching Out to People)

✔✔ Union Gospel Mission Association of Saint Paul

✔✔ St. Stephen's Human Services

✔✔ United Way of Central Minnesota

✔✔ Susan G. Komen Minnesota ✔✔ Tanzania Life Project ✔✔ Tasks Unlimited, Inc.

✔✔ Rein in Sarcoma Foundation

✔✔ The Aliveness Project

✔✔ Relate Counseling Center

✔✔ The ALS Association MN/ND/ SD Chapter ✔✔ The Arc Minnesota

✔✔ Rêve Academy

✔✔ The BrandLab

✔✔ Rice Health Foundation

✔✔ The Center for Victims of Torture

✔✔ Ruff Start Rescue ✔✔ Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL)

✔✔ Twin Cities Public Television

✔✔ St. Louis Park Emergency Program

✔✔ Rebuilding Together Twin Cities

✔✔ Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest (RAGOM)

✔✔ True Friends

✔✔ The Family Partnership ✔✔ The Family Place

✔✔ United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties ✔✔ United Way of Douglas & Pope Counties ✔✔ United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties ✔✔ United Way of Hastings ✔✔ United Way of Olmsted County, Inc. ✔✔ United Way of Southwest Minnesota

✔✔ Saint Anthony Park Area Seniors

✔✔ The Firefly Sisterhood

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

✔✔ SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)

✔✔ The Food Group

✔✔ United Way of West Central MN

✔✔ The Lift Garage

✔✔ Urban Arts Academy

✔✔ Scholarship America, Inc.

✔✔ The Link

✔✔ Urban Homeworks, Inc.

✔✔ Second Harvest Heartland

✔✔ The Loppet Foundation

✔✔ Urban Roots

✔✔ Second Harvest North Central Food Bank

✔✔ The Open Door

✔✔ Vail Place

✔✔ The Phoenix Residence Inc.


✔✔ Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank

✔✔ The Reading Center / Dyslexia Institute of Minnesota

✔✔ Vision Loss Resources

✔✔ Semcac

✔✔ The Reporters, Inc.

✔✔ Senior Community Services


✔✔ The Sanneh Foundation

✔✔ ServeMinnesota

✔✔ Washburn Center for Children

✔✔ The Sheridan Story

✔✔ Sherburne County Area United Way

✔✔ WellShare International

✔✔ The Village Family Service Center

✔✔ Simpson Housing Services, Inc.

✔✔ West Hennepin Affordable Housing Land Trust

✔✔ Sing Out Loud

✔✔ Three Rivers Park District Foundation

✔✔ Western Communities Action Network, Inc. (WeCAN)

✔✔ Sojourner Project, Inc.

✔✔ Touchstone Mental Health

✔✔ Solid Ground

✔✔ Tree Trust

✔✔ White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf

✔✔ VocalEssence

Fall 2018

Giving Guide Fall 2018 – continued

Can’t find a charity? See page 3 for information or call us at (651) 224-7030.

✔✔ White Bear Center for the Arts

✔✔ Women's Advocates, Inc.

✔✔ Youth Service Bureau, Inc.

✔✔ White Bear Lake Area Historical Society

✔✔ Women's Foundation of Minnesota

✔✔ Youthprise

✔✔ Wilderness Inquiry

✔✔ WomenVenture

✔✔ YWCA of Minneapolis

✔✔ Wingspan Life Resources

✔✔ Youth Farm

✔✔ YWCA St. Paul

✔✔ Wishes & More

✔✔ Youth Frontiers, Inc.

✔✔ Zumbro Valley Health Center

✔✔ YWCA Mankato

Reviews in Progress: On September 7, 2018, the nonprofits listed as “Review in Progress” were working with Charities Review Council to attain or renew their Meet Standards® seal. View an up-to-date list at A Child's Hope International


Stepping Stone Emergency Housing

African American Registry

EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services

Street Soccer Twin Cities USA

Basic Needs, Inc of South Washington County dba Stone Soup Thrift Store

Family Tree Clinic

Summit Academy OIC

Give Us Wings

The Sexual Violence Center

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities

Haiti Outreach, Inc.

Think Small

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities

Hope Centers for Children of Africa

Upstream Arts, Inc.

Breakthrough Twin Cities

Legacy Children's Foundation

Urban Boatbuilders

Bridges to Learning, Inc.

Light the Legacy

Valley Outreach

C.A.R.E. Clinic

Merrill Community Arts Center

Walk-In Counseling Center


Minneapolis Community and Technical College Foundation

Wayside House

CAIR-New York CAIR-Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh) CAPI USA Casa de Esperanza Center for Veterans Research and Education

Minnesota Children's Museum Minnesota Council on Economic Education MN ADOPT Novation Education Opportunities Paul's Pals

ChildFund International

People For Parks

Children's Law Center of Minnesota

Perspectives, Inc.

CommonBond Communities

Pillsbury United Communities

Community Shares of Minnesota

Playwrights' Center


Progress Valley, Inc.

Conflict Resolution Center


Crisis Line and Referral Service Cultural Wellness Center

Somali Community Resettlement Services Inc.


Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment World Without Genocide YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

700 Raymond Ave, Suite 160 St. Paul, MN 55114-1971 651-224-7030

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3. Be aware of processing fees. When using online giving platforms like GiveMN, DonorBox, or even PayPal, know that part of your donation will be directed towards processing fees. Some online platforms, like GiveMN and DonorBox, allow you to cover the fee, meaning that all of your donation makes it to the nonprofit, not just a portion. So when you can, cover the fee to make the most impact!

Important online giving dates to remember: [continued from page 1] Give to the Max Day: November 15, 2018 Giving Tuesday: November 27, 2018

We have matching dollars available this giving season, thanks to our partners at the Otto Bremer Trust. Make a gift to Charities Review Council today to double your impact!

Bonus Tip – As a Smart Giver, you can use our Accountability Standards® to learn more about promising practices for donor privacy, online security, and more. These Standards can be used as a guide, informing your conversations with new or existing nonprofit partners. Equipped with these tips, you’re ready to give with your head and your heart this giving season. For more smart giving tips, check out our website at, or give us a call. Our team is happy to be a partner to you in this work.