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Philanthropedia Reveals Top Nonprofits Increasing Access to Arts and Culture in Minnesota

The following is a post by Jasmine Marrow, GuideStar’s manager of philanthropic research.

This week, Philanthropedia released the results of months-long research to identify nonprofits having a strong impact in increasing access to arts and culture in Minnesota. As part of Philanthropedia’s custom research partnership with Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, Philanthropedia harnessed the opinion of experts all over Minnesota to identify nonprofits experts view as high-impact.

This research took a close look at organizations that work increase access for those traditionally cut off from arts and culture opportunities. The identified organizations bring about diversity and accessibility for artists, audiences, and arts mediums in diverse creative and effective ways.

Who participated in this research?

124 Philanthropedia’s experts (funders, researchers, nonprofit senior staff, consultants, etc.) identified 18 top nonprofits (out of 144 total reviewed nonprofits). Below is a graphic representation of the expert participants. You can also meet the experts and view research details here.Which nonprofits were among the top?

Experts were asked to recommend up to four nonprofits having a significant impact in the field and up to two promising start-up nonprofits. You can see details on the scope of the research here. The 18 nonprofits listed here are a great representation of Minnesota’s diverse arts access landscape. Click the links to visit each top nonprofit’s profile and learn more. You can find the full list on Philanthropedia’s website:

Ranking Top Nonprofit
1 Springboard for the Arts
2 Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
3 Mixed Blood Theatre Company (MBT)
4 Intermedia Arts
5 VSA Minnesota
7 Ten Thousand Things
8 In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
9 Walker Art Center
10 Pillsbury United Communities (PUC)
11 Mu Performing Arts
12 Juxtaposition Arts
13 Forecast Public Artworks
14 Bedlam Theatre
15 Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
16 Northern Clay Center (NCC)
17 Project SUCCESS
18 TU Dance
Topics: Impact