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Some arts nonprofit groups to help on Give to the Max Day

With Give to the Max Day on Thursday, my inbox is full of emails from nonprofits; yours, too, if you’re a supporter of the arts. Because of the size and scope of the Minnesota arts and culture scene, choosing which organization(s) to benefit on this day (or any other) can be daunting.

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners has made this a bit easier. The fall 2012 issue of its twice-yearly magazine, MNSights, includes a list of 18 Minnesota nonprofits that are working hard to make arts and culture accessible to all Minnesotans regardless of economic status or physical ability. To identify these organizations, MN Partners teamed with philanthropic-research company Philanthropedia to ask Minnesota experts which nonprofits are significantly increasing access to arts and culture in the state. Minnesota’s arts organizations rely heavily on individual giving, and these are some great organizations to consider if you want to invest in the arts. 

18 high-impact nonprofits

 These Minnesota nonprofits were most frequently cited by experts in the Philanthropedia survey as having high impact in providing access to the arts. Additionally, those marked with an asterisk have been reviewed by the Charities Review Council and meet the organization’s accountability standards.

  1. Springboard for the Arts*
  2. Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
  3. Mixed Blood Theatre Company*
  4. Intermedia Arts
  5. VSA Minnesota
  6. COMPAS*
  7. Ten Thousand Things*
  8. In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
  9. Walker Art Center
  10. Pillsbury United Communities*
  11. Mu Performing Arts
  12. Juxtaposition Arts
  13. Bedlam Theatre
  14. Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
  15. Forecast Public Art
  16. Northern Clay Center*
  17. Project SUCCESS
  18. TU Dance

Reprinted with permission from MNSights, the magazine of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. Go here to view the full arts feature by Tad Simons, read the entire 16-page digital version of MNSights, and sign up for a free subscription

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All great organizations

but they have not included any arts presenting or service organizations not in the Twin Cities. There are many outstate arts organizations that really need support, and that use that support very effectively. Here in Duluth, for instance, there are the Duluth Art Institute, the Duluth Playhouse (and Playground), the Wise Fool Shakespeare Company, the DSSO, the Minnesota Ballet, Matinee Musicale, the Three Bridges Chamber Music Festival, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, and many more. "Minnesota" (as in "MinnPost"?) does not equal "Minneapolis/St. Paul". I know you weren't the one doing the picking, but another time it might be good to add a few others in?