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.
- Springboard for the Arts*
- Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
- Mixed Blood Theatre Company*
- Intermedia Arts
- VSA Minnesota
- Ten Thousand Things*
- In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
- Walker Art Center
- Pillsbury United Communities*
- Mu Performing Arts
- Juxtaposition Arts
- Bedlam Theatre
- Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
- Forecast Public Art
- Northern Clay Center*
- Project SUCCESS
- 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.