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Philanthropedia and Minnesota Philanthropy Partners Ask the Experts to Identify High-Impact Nonprofits


At Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, we work with individual donors who are eager to learn about high-impact organizations. We strive to create engaging, accessible and informative tools that help our donors not only learn about nonprofits but also inspire them to invest their charitable dollars in the community. One tool we provide that helps donors fulfill upon this is MNSights, our bi-annual magazine.

This fall, we introduced a new feature in MNSights: expert-sourced nonprofits from Philanthropedia. We had long been interested in Philanthropedia’s unique methodology of identifying high-impact nonprofits through surveying local issue experts. We viewed their work as a valuable complement to the many outstanding Minnesota agencies—such as Charities Review Council or GiveMN—that review or aggregate nonprofits. We saw Philanthropedia as seasoned by the national, international and Bay Area studies it had already completed, and we liked the idea of inviting Philanthropedia to apply its expertise to Minnesota nonprofits.

Take a look at the digital edition of MNSights, and you will learn about 18 high-impact environmental nonprofits in Minnesota that Philanthropedia identified through its research. So far, the MNSights reader response has been positive about this new source of information about Minnesota nonprofits.

We have already completed a second project with Philanthropedia on high-impact Minnesota nonprofits that focus on workforce development. These results will be published in our spring 2012 issue of MNSights. We look forward to sharing them with you then.

In the meantime, we welcome you to learn more about Minnesota Philanthropy Partners and the many foundations, funds and organizations we support, including The Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation, Mardag Foundation and more than 1,600 affiliates across Minnesota.

The preceding is a guest post from Naomi Pesky, Director of Marketing and communications at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners.


Topics: Nonprofit Programs Minnesota Philanthorpy Partners