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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in Minnesota

Spoonbridge and Cherry at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Charity Navigator spends time each week highlighting a few of the outstanding organizations at work in one of the 50 states. This week we’re talking about some the charities serving the people and communities of Minnesota.

Minnesota is known as “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” In reality, it’s actually home to 11,842 lakes. Perhaps a better nickname would be “Land of 190 Highly-Rated Charities”? Just kidding! That doesn’t make a great license plate slogan, but it is certainly something to be proud of. Keep reading to learn more about a few of the organizations who have earned top marks from Charity Navigator.

Can Do Canines (New Hope, MN)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Our assistance dogs fetch amazing things

Can Do Canines is committed to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating partnerships with specially trained dogs. They are committed to treating both their clients and their graduates (read puppies!) with dignity, care, and respect to create deep bonds that will be beneficial for all involved. They are passionate about making a positive difference in their clients’ lives through one-of-a-kind relationships with service animals, and have a team-focused approach for training dogs and pairing them with a person in need. 

Cookie Cart (Minneapolis, MN)
Baking bright futures

Sister Jean Thuerauf noticed that teenagers in North Minneapolis needed a safe, engaging place to work that would take them off the streets and provide them with valuable hands-on skills. She cooked up the idea for Cookie Cart in her home, where she would invite teens in to learn baking skills after school. In 1988, Cookie Cart launched officially, and it continues to provide teens in the Twin Cities with lasting and meaningful work, and opportunities to gain life and leadership skills through experience and training in a nonprofit bakery.

Global Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
Connect. Inform. Engage.

Founded in 1953, guided by the motto “They came as strangers -- they leave as friends,” Global Minnesota connects residents of all ages and backgrounds with the world through unique programming in the Twin Cities and around the state. They are committed to promoting international understanding and engagement through activities build on trust, collaboration, nonpartisanship, hospitality, and stewardship. By creating safe spaces for individuals to discuss to current international issues, foreign policy matters and cultural topics, Global Minnesota aims to help Minnesotans gain a deeper understanding of the world.

Headwaters Foundation for Social Justice (Minneapolis, MN)
Addressing the root causes of injustice

Headwaters Foundation for Social Justice was founded in 1984 by a group of donors who wanted to put grantmaking decisions in the hands of the community. Their goal was to empower individuals and communities who were traditionally excluded from resources and power to access the tools they needed to implement real change. Today, the Foundation seeks to advance equity in inclusion, transform traditional power structures, and build trust in local communities. They do this by equipping communities to stand up, join together, and identify durable, sustainable solutions to their problems. Thus far, they have provided more than $10 million dollars in grants to local communities to advance change.

Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge (Minneapolis, MN)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Freedom from addiction starts here

The mission of Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge is to help teens and adults gain freedom from the chemical addictions in their lives, as well as other control issues that are impacting their physical, spiritual, and emotional health. They operate several centers across the state that provide both short-term and long-term care to individuals battling addiction. They provide their clients with legal support, opportunities to gain professional skills, and access to a community of people walking through the same struggles to help them achieve success.

These are just a few of the highly-rated charities serving the people and communities of Minnesota. You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool or Discover feature to find even more outstanding organizations working in the state.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager.

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