Housing, Shelter

Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless

Give where the need is greatest.

aka Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless

Minneapolis, MN

Mission

Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless believes that every Minnesotan should be free from hunger and homelessness. We make an impact by partnering with those who serve people in need, growing donor engagement and increasing awareness in Minnesota.

Ruling Year

1986

Executive Director

Mrs. Jessica Mathias

Main Address

122 W Franklin Ave Ste 610

Minneapolis, MN 55404-2426 USA

Keywords

hunger, homelessness, poverty, basic needs, human services, food, shelter, housing, education, grant making

EIN

36-3488089

 Number

1311774442

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (L12)

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

15,000 people are homeless and 9,000 visit a food shelf on any given day in Minnesota. We believe that no Minnesota should be hungry or homeless.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hunger and Homeless Grants

Education Grants

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of organizations applying for grants

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context notes

These numbers reflect requests for Open Your Heart's Hunger and Homeless Grants and Education Grants.

Average grant amount

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Hunger and Homeless Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

These numbers reflect funding towards Open Your Heart's Hunger and Homeless Grants, Education Grants, Special Projects, Emergency Requests and our Summer Challenge.

Total number of grants awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

These numbers do not reflect the dozens of Minnesota food shelves who receive matching grant funding from Open Your Heart through our Summer Challenge Program.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Open Your Heart believes that every Minnesotan should be free from hunger and homelessness. We provide emergency shelters, domestic violence shelters, and food shelfs in Minnesota with the tangible things they need to serve more people in crisis and serve them better.

Our small staff and dedicated volunteer board of directors accepts grant requests from any shelter or food shelf in Minnesota and vets each agency for impact before carefully awarding funds.

Open Your Heart has been directing funds to where they are needed most for hungry and homeless people in Minnesota for over 30 years. We are lucky to have a very dedicated and experienced staff, an amazing board of directors, and very generous donors.

We believe that any time someone has a safe bed to sleep in or nutritious food to eat because of our work, we have achieved success.

We have helped, and will continue to help, hundreds of emergency shelters, domestic violence shelters and food shelves serve more people and serve them better. We also create special programs as needs arise. For example, when hearing that over 40% of homeless people in Greater Minnesota were unsheltered, we created a special program that added over 200 beds to shelters across the state.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

Source: Self-reported by organization

the feedback loop
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), community meetings/town halls, suggestion box/email.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes