Give to the Max 2010 – The Great Minnesota Give Together – Phillips Edition


Last year, more than 38,000 donors logged on to and contributed more than $14 million to 3,434 Minnesota nonprofits, whose missions range from feeding the hungry, to protecting the environment, to promoting the arts.

New in 2010, GiveMN will offer several incentives to encourage nonprofit and donor participation in Give to the Max Day, including:
  • A $20,000 and $10,000 prize grant will be awarded to the top two nonprofits in the Twin Cities and the top two nonprofits in Greater Minnesota that attract the largest number of individual donors on Give to the Max Day.
  • Throughout the 24-hour event, an individual donor will be randomly chosen every hour to have an additional $1,000 given to the charity that received the donor’s original donation.
  • Donors will have the opportunity to double their dollars for hundreds of featured nonprofits that have secured matching funds for Give to the Max Day.

Here are some organizations that provide services to Phillips Residents or are based in Phillips*:

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        Green Institute  The Green Institute is an entrepreneurial non-profit organization working to bring on-the-ground solutions to environmental and economic challenges.

In No Particular Order:

  • Midtown Greenway Coalition  The Midtown Greenway is a 5.5-mile long former railroad corridor in south Minneapolis with bicycling and walking trails. It is owned by the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority and the trails are maintained by the City of Minneapolis. The Midtown Greenway Coalition is the grassroots organization that successfully advocated for installation of the Midtown Greenway by public agencies. The Coalition continues to engage our community in protecting, improving, and using the Greenway. 
  • Circle of Discipline Circle of Discipline mission is to provide youth, young adults and their families with alternative programs and enrichment activities that address their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs—360 degrees of balance—to empower them to reach their full potential and become positive leaders in their communities, cities, state, and in a global society.
  • Swedish Council Of America The The Swedish Council of America provides support and outreach in the fields of communication and education about Sweden and Swedish America.
  • American Swedish Institute The American Swedish Institute serves as a gathering place for people to share stories and experiences around universal themes of tradition, migration, craft, and the arts, all informed by enduring ties to Sweden. 
  • Little Brothers Friends Of The Elderly Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) keeps older adults in their own homes and connected in their communities.
  • Native Americans In Philanthropy The mission of Native Americans in Philanthropy is to advance philanthropic practices grounded in Native values and traditions.
  • Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation To promote and improve cardiovascular health, quality of life and longevity for all. Programs Conducting innovative research, MHIF is discovering new methods of preventing and treating heart disease. 
  • Ebenezer Society Foundation With our partners at Fairview Health Services, Ebenezer provides access throughout Minnesota to a full range of senior housing options, community-based programs and medical care.
  • Powderhorn Phillips Wellness And Cultural Health Practices Center  The work of the Cultural Wellness Center is about carrying out its mission “to unleash the power of citizens to heal themselves and to build community.” To accomplish this mission, the CWC produces models to solve the problems that are created by individualism, loss of culture, and loss of community. Our People’s Theory of Sickness and Disease states that these three key factors “make you sick.” 
  • Alley Communications “The Alley” is the community newspaper of the Phillips Community in Minneapolis, serving more than 20,000 residents and many businesses, agencies, schools, and visitors to Phillips.
  • Banyan Foundation  The Banyan is rooted in East Phillips, rising up to develop youth and strengthen families, reaching out to create community.
  • Great Neighborhoods Development Corporation Today, this shopping center is home to one of the busiest ALDI Foods stores in the Twin Cities. Woodlands National Bank is here too. Native American Community Clinic has expanded three times. Maria’s Café, Northland Native American Gifts and Ancient Traders Gallery attract visitors from miles around, even internationally.Your gift to GNDC helps us create places that provide jobs, goods, services and safety to people living in areas of poverty and high crime.
  • Baby’s Space Baby’s Space, a child development center for children birth through 3rd grade, designs all of its programming from a baby’s point-of-view.
  • Kaleidoscope Place Our mission to provide a creative, educational, and nurturing environment for children to learn and grow in character and community.
  • Community Initiatives For Children CIC strengthens the skills of parents for the learning success of their children.
  • Southside Family Nurturing Center Our mission is “Together with families and community, we nurture children, build on family strengths, and find alternatives to violence”
  • Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation Urban Ventures is a faith-based, non-profit organization that focuses on the Central and Phillips neighborhoods of south Minneapolis. Our mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty in our community by developing youth leadership and strengthening families. Founded in 1993, Urban Ventures serves more than 3,000 children, youth and adults each year. Urban Ventures is a safe place for program participants to identify and overcome obstacles, discover faith, connect with caring staff, and be empowered to make positive life choices.
  • First Nations Institute Of Life And Learning FNILL is a sobriety house for Native Americans, funded operated missions, family camps, church outreach. 
  • Freeport West Freeport’s mission is to support the efforts of families and communities to create environments where all children thrive.
  • Alliance Housing Incorporated 
  • Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center To empower American Indian women and families to exercise their cultural values and integrity, and to achieve sustainable life ways, while advocating for justice and equity.
  • Good In The Hood We are an urban organization dedicated to focused acts of kindness as a means of inspiring neighborhood decency and transformation.
  • Our Saviours Outreach Ministries We empower people through innovative programs that respond to human needs, improve quality of life, and provide opportunities for growth. 
  • A Minnesota Without Poverty A Minnesota Without Poverty is a statewide movement to end poverty in Minnesota by 2020
  • American Indian OIC Touch the lives of severely impoverished urban American Indians and others seeking education and employment by supplying hunger relief
  • African American AIDS Task Force African American AIDS Task Force relies on generous donations from members of the community to help support the agency’s mission and work.
  • Minneapolis American Indian Center Est. 1974 MAIC is one of the oldest, largest urban Indian Centers in the country. A community center and services for youth and families
  • Open Eye Figure Theatre Your support allows us to create cutting edge and acclaimed performances that amaze, welcome and engage our audiences. 
  • Heart Of The Beast Theatre Inc Through puppetry arts, we bring communities together in performances, celebrations, and education programs.
  • Native American Community Development Institute  NACDI is committed to transforming the American Indian community to effectively respond to 21st century opportunities. 
  • Microgrants MicroGrants invests directly in the dreams of low-income people with the potential to grow their way to self-sufficiency.
  • Open Arms Of Minnesota  Open Arms began as an urgent response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic when a small group of volunteers began to prepare and deliver delicious and healthy meals to isolated community members with the disease.
  • The Circle Corporation The Circle is a non-profit newspaper that has been covering the Native American community in Minnesota for 30 years.
  • Hope Community Hope Community is an innovative non-profit organization dedicated to transforming an urban-core neighborhood in Minneapolis. Hope has become a leader in community transformation because of its commitment to community engagement, neighborhood redevelopment and affordable housing.
  • Project For Pride In Living Helping people help themselves by providing the tools they need to achieve self-sufficiency. 
  • Great Plains Institute The Institute brings together key public and private leaders to identify and implement policies, technologies, research and educational efforts that will accelerate the transition to a renewable and low-carbon energy system, and a society that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable and prosperous over generations.
  • Will Steger Foundation The Will Steger Foundation is dedicated to creating programs that foster international cooperation and leadership through environmental education and policy.
  • Nonprofits Assistance Fund Nonprofits Assistance Fund builds financially healthy nonprofits that foster community vitality.
  • Headwaters Foundation for Justice Headwaters Foundation For Justice Headwaters Foundation for Justice is a catalyst for social, racial, economic and environmental justice. 

Give to the Max Day was created to increase giving to nonprofits across the state. All donations on Give to the Max Day will be made through, a first-of-its-kind giving website that helps Minnesotans discover, support and engage with nonprofits. GiveMN also lets donors manage their charitable giving by recording online contributions and storing receipts.

*I only listed organizations that had completed their GiveMN profile and who were based in or clearly served the Phillips neighborhood.  I felt the list was pretty long to begin with and was pretty careful in weeding out organizations.  Any errors were unintended and I’d be happy to add an organization if you let me know.  I’m not personally vouching for any organization listed and you should always complete due diligence before making any gift