20 inspiring nonprofits to support on Give to the Max Day 2017

Volunteers offer up their time at Open Arms of Minnesota, just one of the nonprofits accepting donations for Give to the Max Day 2017 // Photo by Amy Anderson

Volunteers offer up their time at Open Arms of Minnesota, just one of the nonprofits accepting donations for Give to the Max Day 2017 // Photo by Amy Anderson

As we reach that time of year when we all get preoccupied with holiday parties, travel, and buying gifts, don’t overlook the importance of giving to nonprofits, schools, and thousands of causes across Minnesota.

GiveMN links donors with organizations to enable charitable giving throughout the year on its website, GiveMN.org. But starting back in 2009, GiveMN has hosted a 24-hour online fundraising campaign known as Give to the Max Day to supercharge these efforts and motivate potential donors to give to their favorite charities. Give to the Max Day was launched as a collaborative effort led by the Minnesota Community Foundation and many other organizations, which are committed to giving back to our state and its helpful hands. Throughout its homegrown time, the Give to the Max Day campaign has raised more than $150 million dollars, and that momentum continues today.

We at The Growler have had the pleasure of partnering with and telling the stories of a number of nonprofit organizations throughout our existence. Here’s a list of 20 nonprofits doing great work around the state to consider donating to.


 

Minnesota Public Radio
MPR, one of the nation’s premier public radio stations producing programming for radio, digital and live audiences, serves Minnesota with high-quality journalism and music that inspires, helping bridge differences and create stronger communities. Donate here.

The MPR News News Ticker scrolls around the outside of MPR and APM's downtown St. Paul location // Photo by Tony Webster

The MPR News News Ticker scrolls around the outside of MPR and APM’s downtown St. Paul location // Photo by Tony Webster


 

FINNEGANS
FINNEGANS turns beer into food. How? Through the FINNEGANS Community Fund, which receives 100 percent of the profits from FINNEGANS beer sales to battle food insecurity. Donate here.

A Team FINNEGANS shirt at a Beer Dabbler Event // The Growler Magazine Photo

A Team FINNEGANS shirt at a Beer Dabbler Event // The Growler Magazine Photo


 

Urban Roots
Urban Roots is a St. Paul–based organization whose mission is to build vibrant and healthy communities through food, conservation, and youth development. With your support, you can help pay for gardening gloves, provide student workers with college access visits during the school year, and even sponsor an upcoming internship. Donate here.

Student workers at Urban Roots gather around Eddie Wu as he shows them how to make Bi Bim Bop // Photo by Wing Ta

Student workers at Urban Roots gather around Eddie Wu as he shows them how to make Bi Bim Bop // Photo by Wing Ta


 

YMCA Twin Cities
By nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving health and well-being, and supporting and serving our neighbors, the YMCA ensures that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected, and secure. Donate here.

North Community Healthy Kids Day // Photo courtesy YMCA Twin Cities

North Community Healthy Kids Day // Photo courtesy YMCA Twin Cities


 

FairVote Minnesota
FairVote Minnesota works for better democracy through public education and advocacy, including Ranked Choice Voting, a method that allows voters to rank multiple candidates in order of preference. Donate here.

Volunteers with FairVote Minnesota // Photo courtesy FairVote Minnesota Facebook

Volunteers with FairVote Minnesota // Photo courtesy FairVote Minnesota Facebook


 

Sisters Camelot
Sisters Camelot, a collective, volunteer-run organization, operates a food-share bus and a vegetarian kitchen bus, both of which offer free, no-questions-asked food and meals throughout the area. Donate here.

People gathered outside the Sisters Camelot bus // Photo courtesy of Sisters Camelot Facebook

People gathered outside the Sisters Camelot bus // Photo courtesy of Sisters Camelot Facebook


 

Dream of Wild Health
Dream of Wild Health‘s mission is to restore health and well-being in the Native community by recovering knowledge of and access to healthy indigenous foods, medicines, and life ways. Donate here.

Dream of Wild Health Volunteers help pick vegetables from the garden // Photo courtesy DWH Facebook

Dream of Wild Health Volunteers help pick vegetables from the garden // Photo courtesy DWH Facebook


 

Open Arms of Minnesota
Open Arms of Minnesota is a nonprofit that cooks and delivers free, healthy meals tailored to meet the nutrition needs of people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. Donate here. 

Volunteers with Open Arms Minnesota // Photo courtesy Open Arms Minnesota Facebook

Volunteers with Open Arms Minnesota // Photo courtesy Open Arms Minnesota Facebook


 

Frogtown Farm
Frogtown Farm is an urban demonstration farm in the heart of the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, plus, one of the largest organically certified urban farms within public space in the nation. Donate here.

The volunteer supervisor at Frog Town Farms directs and coordinates the volunteers and scheduling // Photo by Harrison Barden

The volunteer supervisor at Frog Town Farms directs and coordinates the volunteers and scheduling // Photo by Harrison Barden


 

Rock the Cause
Rock the Cause works with musicians to advocate and raise money for other charities through music, such as concert events, volunteer drives, educational workshops, and music downloads on their label. Donate here.

Scott Herald (right) of Rock The Cause, works with Lewis McCabe (middle) and Jackie Amos (left) to book a show. Jackie and Lewis are both volunteers from the High School for The Recording Arts // Photo by Madalyn Rowell

Scott Herald (right) of Rock The Cause, works with Lewis McCabe (middle) and Jackie Amos (left) to book a show. Jackie and Lewis are both volunteers from the High School for The Recording Arts // Photo by Madalyn Rowell


 

Cycles for Change
Part bike shop, part resource center and support group, Cycles for Change uses bicycles as a connecting point to empower underrepresented populations. Donate here.

Cycle For Change // Photo by Kevin Kramer

Cycle For Change // Photo by Kevin Kramer


 

Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association
Founded in 1995, NEMAA continues to promote connections between individuals, businesses, and artists for the collective benefit of our community, including the annual, open studio, Northeast Minneapolis tour called Art-A-Whirl. Donate here.

Artist's in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association Office // Photo courtesy NEMAA

Artist’s in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association Office // Photo courtesy NEMAA


 

Partnership Resources, Inc.
With a belief that each person with developmental disabilities has opportunities to contribute his or her unique gifts to the community, PRI is a resource in creating connections between the community and people with developmental disabilities. Donate here.


 

The Sheridan Story
More than 200,000 children in Minnesota live with food insecurity. The Sheridan Story works to combat hunger in our community by providing food for students to take home each weekend of the school year. Donate here.

Some Sheridan Story Volunteers gather in their work space for a photo // Photo courtesy The Sheridan Story

Some Sheridan Story Volunteers gather in their work space for a photo // Photo courtesy The Sheridan Story


 

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness
The Boundary Waters region has rich and complex history. And with your support, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness will continue to protect, preserve, and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Quetico-Superior ecosystem. Donate here.

People camping in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area // Photo courtesy Friends Of The Boundary Waters Facebook

People camping in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area // Photo courtesy Friends Of The Boundary Waters Facebook


 

Northern Lights.mn
Northern Lights.mn supports artists in the creation and presentation of art in the public sphere, focusing on innovative uses of technology to imagine new interactions between audience, artwork and place and explore expanded possibilities for civic engagement. The organization is behind the annual Northern Spark festival. Donate here.

Northern Sparks MN 2016 in Gold Medal Park in Minneapolis // Photo courtesy Northern Lights

Northern Sparks MN 2016 in Gold Medal Park in Minneapolis // Photo courtesy Northern Lights


 

Twin Cities Pride
Since 1972, Twin Cities Pride brings the greater LGBTQ community together to commemorate our diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues, and celebrate achievements in equality. Donate here.

Pride goers of 2017 Pride // Photo by Kevin Kramer

Pride goers of 2017 Pride // Photo by Kevin Kramer


 

Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation
The Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit membership organization that produces some of Minnesota’s iciest and spiciest festivals: Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Cinco de Mayo-West Side Saint Paul. Donate here.

A festive Rice Park // Photo by Teresa Boardman

A festive Rice Park // Photo by Teresa Boardman


 

Art Shanty Projects
Since 2005, Art Shanty Projects has organized a month-long public art happening that transforms unregulated public spaces (frozen surface of a lake) into interactive, artist-driven temporary communities expanding notions of what art can be. Donate here.

Art Shanty's on the ice // Photo courtesy the Art Shanty Project

Art Shanty’s on the ice // Photo courtesy the Art Shanty Project


 

Cycling Museum of Minnesota
Bicycling is deeply engrained into our state’s history and heritage. The Cycling Museum of Minnesota is dedicated to preserving and sharing that exceptional story of cycling. Donate here.

A museum bike on display // Photo courtesy CMM

A museum bike on display // Photo courtesy CMM

 

There are so many more nonprofit organizations that need your support. Consider donating to a cause today.