Charities Review Council's Fall 2019 Smart Giver Newsletter

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The newsletter from Charities Review Council

FALL 2019


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Breaking Patterns This Giving Season Earlier this year, we hosted FORUM 2019: Breaking Patterns—a gathering for Minnesota's engaged and passionate civicminded leaders. Through the years, this event has taken many forms including a traditional keynote-style luncheon up until 2014. In 2014, we hosted FORUM 2014: Disruptive Philanthropy, a space for Minnesota’s philanthropic community to come together to imagine a new future with donors, funders, and nonprofits doing even more good together. At the event, we asked — What small action can we take to move philanthropy in a new direction? With over 850 ideas generated, the Council was able to identify five significant themes: • Philanthropic education and skill-building; • Authentic collaboration; • Increased transparency and improved communication; • Advancing technology for greater good; and • Shared value of capacity building and impact measure. With input from community stakeholders, Council partners, board and staff, we took these themes and applied them to programming for FORUM 2015: Radical Collaboration, FORUM 2017: Forging Trust, and this year’s FORUM 2019: Breaking Patterns.

Mark your calendar

for these upcoming giving holidays!

Thursday, November 14th • Support Minnesota nonprofits and schools on Give to the Max Day.

Tuesday, December 3rd • Don’t forget

about Giving Tuesday, an international day of charitable giving.

Uvinie Lubecki, Founder & CEO of Leading Through Connection



IN THIS ISSUE Fall 2019 • Breaking Patterns This Giving Season • Giving Guide 2019 • Status Update with Kris Kewitsch

Why Breaking Patterns? We knew we needed to explore power and patterns of behavior in order to set the stage for real and lasting change. So, we titled this year’s FORUM “Breaking Patterns” and welcomed keynote speaker, Uvinie Lubecki Founder and CEO of Leading Through Connection. Uvinie grounded our conversation in how sector leaders are incorporating mindfulness and compassion to bring fundamentally new patterns of connection into their work. We also heard from local leaders who are rethinking power and patterns of behavior. Moderated by Damon Shoholm of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, the Local Leadership Showcase included Maria De La Cruz—Executive Director of Headwaters Foundation for Justice, Tuleah Palmer— Executive Director of Northwest Indian Community Development Center, and Kris Kewitsch—Executive Director of Charities Review Council. FORUM 2019: Breaking Patterns was refreshing and inspiring, with 89% of attendees indicating that the event sparked meaningful discussion and thoughts for the future.

3 Tips for Breaking Patterns This Giving Season As we learn and grow from each event, our hope is that the ideas and creative solutions extend beyond the event itself. So, as we think about breaking patterns of behavior this giving season, here are three patterns that we hope you’ll consider. [continued on page 2]

Three Easy Ways to Check Out Nonprofits Before Giving

2019 Check out the

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

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The Smart Giver Charities Review Council

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• The quality of the organization’s programs and the value they add to the community. • The organization’s staff and board, and whether they’re reflective of the community being served. • Their involvement with Charities Review Council’s nonprofit review process. Local Leadership Showcase at FORUM 2019: Breaking Patterns. From left to right: Kris Kewitsch, Tuleah Palmer, Maria De La Cruz, Damon Shoholm

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1) Move from overhead conversations to authentic relationships “Breaking patterns means deep, meaningful relationships that go beyond habitual patterns of behavior.” - FORUM 2019 attendee We love building donor-nonprofit relationships and helping donors make smart and informed giving decisions to causes they care about. However, leading with the overhead question—How much goes towards programming versus admin and fundraising—when inquiring about a new nonprofit partner, isn’t the best first question. This data point isn’t the sole indicator of nonprofit effectiveness. In fact, it’s just one of our twenty-five Accountability Standards® for nonprofit strength. So, how can we move from habitual conversations about overhead and admin expenses to authentic relationships and partnerships with the causes we care about? Let’s start with understanding and appreciating overhead for what it is. Overhead can include things like HR, communications, technology, office supplies, fundraising, rent, utilities, and so much more! In fact, under-investing in these areas has been consistently linked to poor organizational performance. So, instead of asking about overhead percentages, consider the following: • The vision, mission, and values of the organization and how they align with your personal values and beliefs.

Leading with these questions will strengthen the donornonprofit relationship and lead to a more informed giving decision.

2) Allow space for innovation Part of engaging in an authentic relationship with the causes you care about means allowing them the space to try new things, come up with innovative solutions, and learn from failures. As tweeted by a FORUM 2019 attendee, “What can funders/donors do to create tolerance for failure in order to make innovation possible?” Great question! As a donor, are you creating a relationship and environment that fosters and encourages innovation? This giving season, consider how you can partner with causes you care about as they learn, grow, and experiment with innovative solutions to address community needs.

Sandra Agustin Creative Consultant/Choreographer Carolyn Deters, Treasurer Indelible Aging, Gifts for Seniors Gregg Larson, Chair Semi-retired – University of MN School of Public Health

Courtney Poja Cornerstone Mary Jo Schifsky, Secretary GenSync LLC Ryan Stopera Communications & Media Consultant

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 73 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 2019 ✔✔ 180 Degrees

✔✔ Animal Folks

✔✔ Bloom Early Learning

“Everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to offer.” —Maria De La Cruz, Local Leadership Showcase– FORUM 2019: Breaking Patterns

✔✔ 360 Communities

✔✔ Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation

✔✔ Bolder Options

Giving of your time, talents, connections, and financial resources are all ways that you can support your favorite causes. “Giving” doesn’t always mean giving money, although that’s important too. So many nonprofits are in need of volunteers or skills-based contributions of talent and services. Consider what you might be able to bring to the table that is uniquely you and reach out to partner with your local nonprofit. As Maria shared at the FORUM, "Changing the world often feels out of reach, but it is possible. We believe that it is the dreamers, organizers, advocates, and artists who will change our world." So, go out and change the world in whatever way you can, smart givers. Happy giving season!

STAFF Stacey Nelson-Kumar Comcast



3) Remember that everyone has something to give

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Malissa Adams Stanton Adams Consulting LLC

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Megan Genest Tarnow, Vice Chair The Mobius Group Stephen Thompson Securian Asset Management, Inc. Lisa Zellmer Women Venture

✔✔ A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation

✔✔ Anu Family Services, Inc.

✔✔ Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities

✔✔ A Child's Hope International

✔✔ The Arc Minnesota

✔✔ Breanna's Gift

✔✔ AccessAbility, Inc. (AAI)

✔✔ ArtReach St. Croix

✔✔ Bridge for Youth

✔✔ Accessible S pace, Inc. (ASI)

✔✔ Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul

✔✔ Bridges to Learning, Inc.

✔✔ AchieveMpls

✔✔ Association for Nonsmokers Minnesota

✔✔ African Families Development Network

✔✔ Avenues for Homeless Youth

✔✔ Age Well Arrowhead Inc.

✔✔ Banyan Community

✔✔ The Aliveness Project

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

✔✔ Camp Fire Minnesota

✔✔ BATC Foundation

✔✔ Can Do Canines

✔✔ Be The Match Foundation

✔✔ Cancer Legal Care ✔✔ CAPI USA

✔✔ Alliance for Metropolitan Stability

Ian Cook Nonprofit Services & Development Manager

✔✔ Alliance Housing Inc.

Kris Kewitsch Executive Director

✔✔ American Indian Family Center

✔✔ Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative

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

✔✔ BestPrep

✔✔ Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

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

DeeDee LeMier Engagement & Outreach Manager Abby Wellan Nonprofit Services & Communications Manager

✔✔ Bridging

✔✔ Aeon

✔✔ ALLY People Solutions

✔✔ Ampersand Families ✔✔ Angel Foundation

✔✔ Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities

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

✔✔ Camp Odayin

✔✔ Carmen Pampa Fund ✔✔ Cars for Neighbors ✔✔ Casa de Esperanza ✔✔ Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis



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✔✔ The Food Group

✔✔ Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota Foundation

✔✔ Foundation for Essential Needs

✔✔ Center School, Inc. ✔✔ Centro Tyrone Guzman

✔✔ Diversity Council

✔✔ Channel One Regional Food Bank

✔✔ Dodge Nature Center

✔✔ Charities Review Council (SelfReview) ✔✔ ChildFund International

✔✔ Domestic Abuse Project ✔✔ Douglas County Car Care Program ✔✔ Dream of Wild Health

✔✔ Children's Cancer Research Fund

✔✔ East Side Learning Center

✔✔ Children's Dental Services

✔✔ Eastside Meals on Wheels, Inc.

✔✔ Children's HeartLink

✔✔ Edina Community Foundation

✔✔ Franconia Sculpture Park

✔✔ Lifeworks Services, Inc.

✔✔ Freshwater Society

✔✔ Hope Community

✔✔ The Lift Garage

✔✔ Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

✔✔ HopeKids, Inc.

✔✔ The Link

✔✔ House of Charity, Inc

✔✔ Listening House of St. Paul, Inc

✔✔ HousingLink

✔✔ Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly

✔✔ Friends of the Mississippi River

✔✔ EMERGE Community Development

✔✔ Children's Performing Arts

✔✔ Emma Norton Services

✔✔ Circle of Hope

✔✔ Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

✔✔ Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys

✔✔ EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services

✔✔ Give Us Wings

✔✔ Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

✔✔ Exodus Lending

✔✔ CommonBond Communities

✔✔ Fairview Foundation

✔✔ Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County

✔✔ Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities

✔✔ Community Dental Care

✔✔ Faith's Lodge

✔✔ Community Involvement Programs

✔✔ Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well-Being

✔✔ HOPE Coalition

✔✔ Children's Home Society of Minnesota

✔✔ City of Lakes Community Land Trust

✔✔ Hmong Cultural Center

✔✔ Fresh Energy

✔✔ Friends of the Minnesota Sinfonia

✔✔ Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries

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

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

✔✔ Hope Centers for Children of Africa

✔✔ Friends of the Hennepin County Library

Can’t find a charity?

✔✔ Hennepin Health Foundation/ Hennepin Healthcare Foundation

✔✔ Fraser

✔✔ Hunger Solutions Minnesota ✔✔ ICA - Intercongregation Communities Association

✔✔ LifeSource

✔✔ Living Well Disability Services ✔✔ Loaves and Fishes

✔✔ Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

✔✔ Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry

✔✔ Initiative Foundation

✔✔ Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota

✔✔ Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners

✔✔ Global Minnesota

✔✔ International Institute of Minnesota

✔✔ Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota

✔✔ Inver Hills Community College Foundation

✔✔ Great River Greening

✔✔ Iringa Hope

✔✔ Great River Homes, Inc.

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

✔✔ Mano a Mano International ✔✔ Matter

✔✔ 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 ✔✔ Missions Inc. Programs ✔✔ Mississippi Park Connection ✔✔ MORE ✔✔ MSS

✔✔ MDI

✔✔ NAMI Minnesota

✔✔ Merrick, Inc.

✔✔ Neighborhood House

✔✔ Metropolitan Regional Arts Council

✔✔ New Pathways

✔✔ Jewish Family Service of St. Paul

✔✔ Family Pathways

✔✔ Greater Twin Cities United Way

✔✔ Joyce Preschool

✔✔ The Family Place

✔✔ Guild Incorporated

✔✔ Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest

✔✔ Como Friends

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

✔✔ Hamm Memorial Psychiatric Clinic, Inc.

✔✔ Ka Joog


✔✔ Family Tree Clinic

✔✔ Hammer Residences, Inc.

✔✔ Karen Organization of Minnesota

✔✔ Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

✔✔ FamilyMeans

✔✔ Hands of Hope Resource Center

✔✔ Keystone Community Services

✔✔ FamilyWise Services

✔✔ HandsOn Twin Cities

✔✔ La Oportunidad, Inc.

✔✔ Feeding Our Communities Partners

✔✔ Hastings Family Service

✔✔ Cornerstone Advocacy Service

✔✔ Lakes & Prairies CAP

✔✔ Minnesota Computers for Schools

✔✔ Cystic Fibrosis Relief Fund

✔✔ Haven Housing of Ascension Place, Inc.

✔✔ Lakes Area Music Festival

✔✔ Feline Rescue, Inc.

✔✔ Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

✔✔ Daily Work

✔✔ The Firefly Sisterhood

✔✔ Help At Your Door

✔✔ Lakes Center for Youth and Families

✔✔ Minnesota Council on Economic Education

✔✔ Cookie Cart

✔✔ Minnesota Independence College and Community

✔✔ myHealth for Teens & Young Adults

✔✔ The Family Partnership

✔✔ ComMUSICation

✔✔ Minnesota Humanities Center

✔✔ McLeod Emergency Food Shelf

✔✔ Greater Minneapolis Community Connections

✔✔ Community Thread


✔✔ Minneapolis Community and Technical College Foundation ✔✔ Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge ✔✔ Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration ✔✔ Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) ✔✔ Minnesota Children's Museum

✔✔ Nexus ✔✔ Nokomis East Neighborhood Association ✔✔ Northeast Youth & Family Services ✔✔ Northern Clay Center ✔✔ Northern Dental Access Center ✔✔ NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, Inc. ✔✔ Northwoods Partners ✔✔ Novation Education Opportunities ✔✔ Oasis for Youth ✔✔ Open Access Connections


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Giving Guide Fall 2019 – continued ✔✔ Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless

Giving Guide Fall 2019 – continued

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

✔✔ Relate Counseling Center

✔✔ Tasks Unlimited, Inc.

✔✔ Volunteer Lawyers Network

✔✔ White Bear Center for the Arts

✔✔ World Without Genocide

✔✔ The Reporters, Inc.

✔✔ Think Small


✔✔ Youth Farm

✔✔ Three Rivers Park District Foundation

✔✔ Walk-In Counseling Center

✔✔ Opportunity Partners

✔✔ Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest (RAGOM)

✔✔ White Bear Lake Area Historical Society

✔✔ PACER Center, Inc.

✔✔ Rêve Academy

✔✔ Touchstone Mental Health

✔✔ Paralyzed Veterans of America North Central Chapter

✔✔ Rice Health Foundation

✔✔ Tree Trust

✔✔ Ruff Start Rescue

✔✔ Tri-County Humane Society

✔✔ Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL)

✔✔ True Friends

✔✔ Opportunity Neighborhood

✔✔ Park Nicollet Foundation ✔✔ Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs (PawPADs) ✔✔ Pawsitivity Service Dogs ✔✔ PeaceMaker Minnesota

✔✔ Saint Anthony Park Area Seniors ✔✔ The Sanneh Foundation

✔✔ People Incorporated

✔✔ SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)

✔✔ People Serving People

✔✔ Second Harvest Heartland

✔✔ Perspectives, Inc.

✔✔ Second Harvest North Central Food Bank

✔✔ The Phoenix Residence Inc. ✔✔ Pillager Family Council ✔✔ Pinky Swear Foundation

✔✔ Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank ✔✔ Semcac

✔✔ Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

✔✔ Sherburne County Area United Way

✔✔ Plymouth Christian Youth Center

✔✔ The Sheridan Story

✔✔ Prepare + Prosper ✔✔ Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota ✔✔ PRG, Inc. ✔✔ ProAct, Inc. ✔✔ Progress Valley, Inc. ✔✔ Project FINE ✔✔ Project For Pride In Living Inc. ✔✔ Project Success ✔✔ Project Zawadi ✔✔ PROP (People Reaching Out to People) ✔✔ The Reading Center / Dyslexia Institute of Minnesota ✔✔ Rein in Sarcoma

✔✔ Simpson Housing Services, Inc. ✔✔ Sing Out Loud

✔✔ Tubman ✔✔ Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Inc. ✔✔ Twin Cities Pride

✔✔ United Way of Central Minnesota ✔✔ United Way of Douglas & Pope Counties ✔✔ United Way of Hastings ✔✔ 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

✔✔ Solid Ground

✔✔ Upstream Arts, Inc.

✔✔ St. Cloud Municipal Band

✔✔ Urban Arts Academy

✔✔ St. Croix Valley Foundation

✔✔ Urban Boatbuilders

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

✔✔ Urban Homeworks, Inc.

✔✔ St. Stephen's Human Services

✔✔ WellShare International ✔✔ West Hennepin Affordable Housing Land Trust ✔✔ Western Communities Action Network, Inc. (WeCAN)

✔✔ Wilderness Inquiry ✔✔ Wingspan Life Resources

✔✔ Youthprise ✔✔ YWCA Mankato ✔✔ Zumbro Valley Health Center

✔✔ Wishes & More ✔✔ Women's Advocates, Inc. ✔✔ WomenVenture

Reviews in Progress: On September 1, 2019, the nonprofits listed as “Review in Progress” were working with Charities Review Council to attain or renew their Meet Standards® status. View an up-to-date list at

✔✔ Twin Cities Public Television

✔✔ Sojourner Project, Inc.

✔✔ St. Louis Park Emergency Program

✔✔ Wayside House

✔✔ Urban Roots ✔✔ Vail Place ✔✔ Valley Outreach

Alexandra House, Inc. The ALS Association MN/ND/SD Chapter

Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County Helping Hands Outreach

Breakthrough Twin Cities

History Theatre


Jeremiah Program

Camp Sweet Life Adventures Inc.

Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis

The Cedar Cultural Center

One Heartland The Open Door Pathways Minneapolis Paul's Pals Reach for Resources Rebuilding Together Twin Cities

Juxtaposition Arts, Inc.


Koochiching Aging Options

Roots for the Home Team

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers


Light the Legacy

Street Soccer Twin Cities USA


Lutheran Social Service of MN

Cultural Wellness Center

Merrick Community Services

United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties

Cuyuna Range Youth Center, Inc.

Merrill Community Arts Center

East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc.

Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance

Eden Prairie Community Foundation

Minnesota Alliance With Youth

Environmental Initiative

Minnesota International NGO Network

Center for Value Inquiry The Center for Victims of Torture Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties

Feed My Starving Children Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools

✔✔ Stepping Stone Emergency Housing

✔✔ The Village Family Service Center

✔✔ Susan G. Komen Minnesota

✔✔ Vision Loss Resources

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery

✔✔ Tanzania Life Project

✔✔ VocalEssence

H2O For Life

Great River Rescue

Move Minnesota MoveFwd (formerly Teens Alone) My Very Own Bed North Anoka County Emergency Foodshelf (NACE), Inc.


United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties Urban Ventures Washburn Center for Children White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf Youth Frontiers, Inc. Youth Service Bureau, Inc. YouthLink YWCA of Minneapolis

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Givin Guideg IN SIDE

Happy Fall, Council friends! It’s great to be connecting with you in today’s Smart Giver Newsletter. As this year comes to a close, we are seeing a new trend with individual giving. According to Giving USA’s 2019 report, while overall giving is on the rise, the percentage of households who give has decreased and there are fewer donors giving small and midlevel donations. Additionally, giving by individuals totaled an estimated $292.09 billion, declining 1.1% in 2018 (a decrease of 3.4%, adjusted for inflation). This decline directly impacts our communities’ most vulnerable populations. To better understand Minnesota’s charitable donors, the Council conducted a state-wide donor survey in partnership with The Improve Group. The findings reinforced that donors give with their head and their heart, often leading with heart to support causes that they care about.

So today, we’re asking you to use your head and your heart to invest in Charities Review Council’s mission, to build donor and nonprofit relationships for strong, vibrant and just communities, because we know that when the relationships between these two partners works, better work happens. 2019 has been another great year for Charities Review Council. Join us as we plan for 2020 and beyond with a financial gift of any size, today. In partnership,

Kris Kewitsch P.S. Giving online has never been easier! To donate online, go to

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