Charities Review Council's Fall 2022 Smart Giver Newsletter

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3 Ways to Narrow Down Your Giving

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the landscape of giving and making dollars even more important in the wake of a downturn in donations. Join that with the current crisis in Ukraine, the flooding of Puerto Rico and Pakistan, and the recent devastation caused by Hurriane Ian, and many donors are struggling to know where to begin—and nonprofits are feeling the pinch.

The Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy presented research in their report, "Nonprofit Trends and Impacts 2021," that two merging factors created a complicated giving and nonprofit landscape from 2019–2021. They found:

• Most organizations experienced donation growth from 2015 through 2019, but for many, that trend reversed in 2020

• A greater share of small nonprofits experienced decreased donations in 2020 than large nonprofits

It's something we’ve heard time and time again at Charities Review Council: Donors want to connect to causes that are smaller and led with passion but often don’t know where to start.

Here are three ways individuals can narrow down their giving to align better with their passions:

1. Ask the right questions. Charities Review Council offers a comprehensive

list of questions to ask nonprofits before setting up a donation, as well as a helpful glossary to better inform donors.

2. Ensure gifts are going to reputable organizations. With our Accountability Standards®, nonprofits are reviewed for transparency, diversity, and inclusion, as well as financial health. Not seeing your favorite nonprofit on the list? You can refer them to our website.

3. Narrow your search to better align with your personal mission. With sites like ours ( and GiveMN, individuals can search for a cause they’d like to support and receive a list of nonprofit organizations that serve that need. offers a list of organizations nearest to each donor, and offers crisis-specific giving resources for Ukraine, COVID-19, and disaster recovery. If you’re looking for a cause not often in the spotlight, offers a list by keyword.

Don’t forget financial giving is not the only way to invest in a cause you believe in. Consider looking into VolunteerMatch. org to find out who needs time, talent, or anything in-between.

With nonprofits needing more help than ever, it’s a great time to realign your giving strategy to your personal mission—your community will thank you!


• 3 Ways to Narrow Down Your Giving

• Status Update with Kris Kewitsch

• Giving Guide 2022

• Surprising Stats About Recruiting Volunteers

Three Easy Ways to Check Out Nonprofits Before Giving


Check out the Giving Guide on page 3 for a list of reviewed nonprofits. Call (651) 224-7030


FALL 2022 Giving Guide INSIDE The newsletter from Charities Review Council


Hello, Council Friends!

The signs of fall are here – the weather and leaves are turning and now the Fall Smart Giver Newsletter is hitting your mailbox.

Our 75th Anniversary Celebration at Nicollet Island Pavilion on September 1 kicked off the season. More than 175 people came together to honor the legacy and impact of the Council’s work these past years. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey were there to celebrate and honor the Council. Be sure to check out highlights on our website.

Throughout 2022, strategic planning efforts have continued, and we will bring you a plan early in the new year. In the meantime, we are gearing up to help you make smart giving decisions during the upcoming peak giving season – Give to the Max Day, Giving Tuesday, the holiday season and year-end giving. Remember to use our searchable list of Meets Standards® nonprofits. In addition, we’re sharing giving tips and online resources and highlighting organizations making a difference in their local communities.

Our work isn’t possible without great partners like you. A gift to the Council keeps our review process affordable for nonprofits, ensuring that demonstrating strength and transparency isn’t about how much money a nonprofit has. Use the enclosed envelope, scan the QR code below, or go to to support our day-to-day operations and programming. Your support for the future of the Council is greatly appreciated!


Jessica Birken, Birken Law Office

Melvin Clark, Allianz Investment Management

Carolyn Deters, Treasurer, Indelible | Gifts for Seniors

Megan Genest Tarnow, Past Chair, High Rock Accounting

Garnetta Lowman, Vice Chair, Program Committee Chair, Neka Creative, Consulting

Stacey Nelson-Kumar, Chair, Comcast

Molly Raymond, Willow Within

Stephen Thompson, Secretary, Audit Committee Chair, Securian Asset Management, Inc. (retired)

Lisa Zellmer, Governance Committee Chair, Beacon Interfaith Housing



Dimitri Kaasan-Stull, Program Manager

Kris Kewitsch, Executive Director

Olivia Felland, Donor and Nonprofit Relations Coordinator

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In partnership, Kris Kewitsch Executive Director, Charities Review Council


Accountability Standards®

This go-to list features nonprofits that have voluntarily completed our nonprofit review process and have earned Charities Review Council’s Meets Standards ® Seal, a visual marker of nonprofit strength. Our review process is good for three years and requires a small administrative payment (.02% of an organization’s operating expenses).

The green checkmark indicates that the nonprofit Meets Standards® . For an up-to-date listing, go to .

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Our 25 Accountability Standards® are co-created 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 75 years, with broad participation from Minnesota’s nonprofit and philanthropic communities, to reflect reasonable public expectations for nonprofits. Learn more at

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Bridges to Learning, Inc.

C.A.R.E. Clinic

California (LA, SV/CC, SD, SFBA)

CAIR-Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh)

Fire Minnesota




Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud

3GIVING GUIDE | Fall 2022 ✔ 180 Degrees ✔ 360 Communities ✔ A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation ✔ Accessible Space, Inc. (ASI) ✔ Accord ✔ AchieveMpls ✔ African Development Center of Minnesota ✔ Agate Housing & Services (formerly
Charity) ✔ Age Well Arrowhead Inc. ✔ Alexandra House, Inc. ✔ Alight (formerly
Refugee Committee) ✔ The Alliance ✔ Alliance Housing Inc. ✔ American Indian Family Center ✔ Amery Hospital & Clinic Foundation ✔ Ampersand Families ✔ Angel Foundation ✔ Animal Folks ✔ Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation ✔ Anu Family Services, Inc. ✔ Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul ✔ Association for NonsmokersMinnesota ✔ Avenues for Youth ✔ Banyan Community ✔ Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative ✔ Beltrami Neighborhood Council ✔ Bloom Early Learning ✔ Bolder Options ✔ Boys
the Twin Cities ✔ Breanna's Gift ✔ The
for Youth ✔
✔ Bridging ✔
✔ Camp
✔ Camp
✔ Can Do Canines ✔ Cancer
Care ✔ CAPI USA ✔ Carmen
Fund ✔
The Smart Giver | | Charities Review Council4 Giving Guide Fall 2022 – continued ✔ Center School, Inc. ✔ Charities Review Council (SelfReview) ✔ ChildFund International ✔ Children's Dental Services ✔ Children's HeartLink ✔ Children's Home Society of Minnesota ✔ Children's Law Center of Minnesota ✔ City of Lakes Community Land Trust ✔ Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy ✔ CommonBond Communities ✔ Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County ✔ Community Dental Care ✔ Community Resource Connections ✔ Community Thread ✔ Como Friends ✔ Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio ✔ Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa ✔ Cornerstone Advocacy Service ✔ Daily Work ✔ DARTS ✔ DinoMights ✔ Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota Foundation ✔ Dodge Nature Center ✔ Eastside Meals on Wheels, Inc. ✔ Ed Allies ✔ Edina Community Foundation ✔ EMERGE Community Development ✔ Every Meal ✔ EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services ✔ Exercisabilities, Inc ✔ Exodus Lending ✔ Faith's Lodge ✔ The Family Partnership ✔ Family Pathways ✔ Family Tree Clinic ✔ FamilyMeans ✔ Feed My Starving Children ✔ Feeding Our Communities Partners ✔ The Food Group ✔ Foundation for Essential Needs ✔ Franconia Sculpture Park ✔ Fraser ✔ Fresh Energy ✔ Freshwater Society ✔ Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness ✔ Friends of the Hennepin County Library ✔ Friends of the Mississippi River ✔ Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries ✔ Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys ✔ Give Us Wings ✔ Global Minnesota ✔ GMCC (founded as Greater Mpls Council of Churches) ✔ Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota ✔ Great River Greening ✔ Great River Rescue ✔ Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery ✔ Greater Twin Cities United Way ✔ Guild ✔ Haiti Teen Challenge ✔ Hands of Hope Resource Center ✔ HandsOn Twin Cities ✔ Hastings Family Service ✔ Haven Housing of Ascension Place, Inc. ✔ Hennepin Health Foundation/ Hennepin Healthcare Foundation ✔ Highpoint Center for Printmaking ✔ HopeKids, Inc. ✔ Housing First Minnesota Foundation ✔ HousingLink ✔ Hudson Hospital Foundation


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Guide Fall 2022 – continued ✔ Hunger Solutions Minnesota ✔ Hutchinson Health Foundation ✔ ICA – Intercongregation Communities Association ✔ Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota ✔ Initiative Foundation ✔ Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners ✔ International Institute of Minnesota ✔ Iringa Hope ✔ Jewish Family Service of St. Paul ✔ Joyce Preschool ✔ Junior Achievement North ✔ Keystone Community Services ✔ La Oportunidad, Inc. ✔ Lakes & Prairies CAP ✔ Lakes Area Music Festival ✔ Lakes Area United Way ✔ Lakes Center for Youth and Families ✔ Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers ✔ Learning Disabilities Association, Inc. (LDA Minnesota) ✔ Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well-Being ✔ LifeSource ✔ Lifeworks Services, Inc. ✔ The Lift Garage ✔ Lighthouse Ministries International of Africa ✔ The Link ✔ Listening House of St. Paul, Inc. ✔ Listening Point Foundation Inc. ✔ Literacy Minnesota (previously Minnesota Literacy Council) ✔ Living Well Disability Services ✔ Loaves & Fishes ✔ The Loppet Foundation ✔ Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry ✔ Lutheran Social Service of MN ✔ Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota ✔ Mano a Mano International Partners ✔ MATTER ✔ McLeod Emergency Food Shelf ✔ MDI ✔ Mental Health Minnesota ✔ Merrick, Inc. ✔ Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance ✔ Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge ✔ Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement ✔ Minnesota Boychoir ✔ Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) ✔ Minnesota Independence College and Community ✔ Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) ✔ Minnesota Land Trust ✔ Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance ✔ Minnesota Public Radio, American Public Media ✔ Minnesota State Fair Foundation ✔ Minnesota Valley Refuge Friends ✔ Missions Inc. Programs ✔ Mississippi Park Connection ✔ MORE ✔ MSS ✔ My Very Own Bed ✔ NAMI Minnesota ✔ Neighbors, Inc. ✔ Neuro Hospitality House ✔ New Pathways ✔ Northeast Youth & Family Services ✔ Northern Dental Access Center ✔ NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, Inc. ✔ Northside Achievement Zone ✔ Northwoods Partners ✔ One Heartland ✔ Open Access Connections Can’t find a charity? Call us at (651) 224-7030.
The Smart Giver | | Charities Review Council6 Giving Guide Fall 2022 – continued ✔ The Open Door ✔ Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless ✔ Operation HELP ✔ Opportunity Neighborhood ✔ Opportunity Partners ✔ PACER Center, Inc. ✔ Park Nicollet Foundation ✔ Pawsitivity Service Dogs ✔ PeaceMaker Minnesota ✔ People Incorporated ✔ People Serving People Charities ✔ The Phoenix Residence Inc. ✔ Pillsbury United Communities ✔ Plymouth Christian Youth Center ✔ Prepare + Prosper ✔ PRG, Inc. ✔ PRISM ✔ ProAct, Inc. ✔ Progress Valley, Inc. ✔ Project FINE ✔ Project For Pride In Living Inc. ✔ Project Success ✔ PROP (People Reaching Out to People) ✔ Rainbow Health (formerly JustUs Health) ✔ Reach for Resources ✔ The Reading Center / Dyslexia Institute of Minnesota ✔ Rebuilding Together Twin Cities ✔ Regions Hospital Foundation ✔ Relate Counseling Center ✔ The Reporters, Inc. ✔ Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest (RAGOM) ✔ Reve Academy ✔ Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE) ✔ Rise ✔ Ruff Start Rescue ✔ Saint Anthony Park Area Seniors ✔ The Sanneh Foundation ✔ Second Harvest Heartland ✔ Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank ✔ Semcac ✔ Senior Community Services ✔ ServeMinnesota ✔ Sing Out Loud ✔ Sojourner Project, Inc. ✔ Solid Ground ✔ Southside Family Nurturing Center ✔ Southside Services I, Inc. ✔ St. Cloud Municipal Band ✔ St. Croix Valley Foundation ✔ St. David's Center for Child & Family Development ✔ St. Louis Park Emergency Program ✔ St. Paul Youth Services ✔ Stepping Stone Emergency Housing ✔ Steve Rummler Hope Network ✔ Tanzania Life Project ✔ Tasks Unlimited ✔ Three Rivers Park District Foundation ✔ Touchstone Mental Health ✔ Tree Trust ✔ Trellis ✔ Tubman ✔ Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Inc. ✔ Twin Cities Public Television ✔ United Way of Douglas & Pope Counties ✔ United Way of Hastings ✔ United Way of Olmsted County, Inc. ✔ United Way of Southwest Minnesota ✔ Upstream Arts, Inc. ✔ Urban Boatbuilders ✔ Urban Homeworks, Inc. ✔ Urban Roots ✔ Vail Place

Giving Guide Fall 2022 – continued

Valley Outreach


The Village Family Service Center



Wallin Education Partners

Washburn Center for Children

Wayside Recovery Center

WellShare International

West Hennepin Affordable Housing Land Trust

Westfields Hospital & Clinic Foundation

White Bear Area Food Shelf

White Bear Center for the Arts

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society

Wilderness Inquiry

Wings for Widows

Wishes & More

Can’t find a charity? Call us at (651) 224-7030.

Women's Foundation of Minnesota

Woodbury Options for Women

World Without Genocide

Youth Farm

Youth Service Bureau, Inc.


YWCA of Minneapolis

Reviews in Progress: On September 15, 2022, 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

American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA)

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

The Arc Minnesota

ArtReach St. Croix

The BeliEve Foundation


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities

Children's Cancer Research Fund Christian Appalachian Project

Connections to Independence Cookie Cart

Cultural Wellness Center

Environmental Initiative

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

Face to Face Health and Counseling Service, Inc.

FamilyWise Services

Girls on the Run Twin Cities

Giving Voice Initiative

HOPE Coalition

Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis

Minnesota Alliance With Youth Minnesota Council on Economic Education

Minnesota Justice Foundation National Loon Center

Native Ways Federation Inc. Nexus

Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs (PawPADs)

Perspectives, Inc.

Quiet Oaks Hospice House & Respite Care

Rebuilding the Village SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)

Simpson Housing Services, Inc. Standpoint

United Way of the Brown County Area, Inc.

United Way of West Central Minnesota

The Village Family Service Center Vision Loss Resources

YMCA of the North Youth Frontiers, Inc.

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Surprising Stats About Recruiting Volunteers

Are you looking to become a part of a group that is focused on creating remarkable and sustainable change, and did you know that volunteering has measurable impacts on the mood and body?

HelpGuide shared that not only does volunteerism offer a deeper connection to the community and other like-minded individuals, but it also helps with stress and anxiety. They found,

“The social contact aspect of helping and working with others can have a profound effect on your overall psychological well-being. Nothing relieves stress better than a meaningful connection to another person. Working with pets and other animals have also been shown to improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety.”

According to TeamStage, volunteering is on the rise. Here are five powerful volunteering statistics on

volunteering to empower you to take the next step:

• Over 1 billion individuals volunteer globally, with 1 in 4 Americans choosing to donate their time

• Men are less likely to volunteer than women, but Baby Boomers are more likely to volunteer than any other generation

• The rise of COVID caused over 11% of volunteer-based organizations in the US to cease operations—making your time more valuable and needed than ever

• Almost 75% of Americans think that volunteering will be more important after the pandemic.

Want to begin with Charities Review Council? We are currently looking for individuals to serve on our board and committees. Learn more at job-openings.

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