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MATTER

You matter. Your ideas and actions can change the world. Believe it. We do.

St. Louis Park, MN   |  www.matter.ngo

Mission

We help people launch projects that improve communities.

Notes from the nonprofit

MATTER would not be able to accomplish our goals if it weren't for the people and organizations that volunteer their time, talents, and financial resources. YOU MATTER. Get involved today: http://www.matter.ngo

Ruling year info

2003

President

Mr. Quenton Marty

Main address

7005 Oxford Street

St. Louis Park, MN 55426 USA

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Formerly known as

Hope for the City

EIN

37-1441658

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

International Relief (Q33)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We help people launch projects that improve communities. We bring together the best companies, experts, partners, and world-changers, to take on some of the worlds biggest challenges. Offering our abundance of goods and expertise to fill critical needs in our world, we bridge the gaps, resourcefully and compassionately. We provide the start, inspiration and passion that creates momentum. This collaborative movement has inspired solutions in health access, activating healthy eating, regenerative agriculture, and student-centered education, collectively impacting millions of lives. With every positive act, MATTER inspires a new reality.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Healthy Food/MATTERbox

Through a variety of local projects, including targeted nutrition and food distribution, MATTER strives to offer not just meals, but specifically healthy food to people facing food insecurity.

The MATTERbox initiative activates healthy eating for kids and families in Minnesota and around the United States. MATTERbox addresses the growing need for healthy eating education, especially in communities where poverty and food deserts persist. Each box is an intentionally procured meal kit that gives a dignified experience of healthier eating, as well as recipes, challenges, tools and tips for building sustainable eating habits. MATTERbox is not only an immediate response to hunger, but also a channel for creating new healthy lifestyle habits, promoting long term change.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

MATTER's global projects initiative provides medical facilities around the world with the tools they need to are for the sick and injured with dignity. We source, allocate, and ship life-saving medical supplies and equipment to our partners who are on the front lines of scarcity and lack quality health care. MATTER partners with international governments and organizations to assess each healthcare facility. We then procure and ship the equipment & supplies needed for the hospital or clinic to sustain its programs, improve the health of the community, and save lives.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Children and youth
Pregnant people

MATTER's agricultural initiative designs solutions to create resilient and diversified farms around the world. From the development of sustainable farm designs to sourcing and repurposing farming equipment in the United States, MATTER partners with international organizations to provide farmers with the equipment, supplies, and practices needed to efficiently sustain and increase yields and profitability. Participating farmers and communities receive materials in modular increments, customized to the size of the operation, crops, soil and weather.

Population(s) Served
Farmers
Families
Adults

The MATTER Innovation Hub (MIH) is a turnkey Apple classroom solution that includes solar power, Internet, networking, and app-based curriculum delivery for 250 kids for three years. Designed for ease of use, implementation and maintenance.

The MIH is offered through a collaborative partnership with Jamf and promotes active learning, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, creativity and leadership development. Emphasizing the importance of gender equality in learning, the MIH is a safe, welcoming, student-empowering environment, providing equal opportunities for personal growth for tomorrow’s leaders.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Four Star Charity 2020

Charity Navigator

Best in America Seal 2020

Independent Charities of America

N/A 2020

Charities Under 5% Overhead

Meets Standards® Seal 2020

Charities Review Council

Best Places to Work 2017

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

"Number of people receiving access to health care"

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Global Projects

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Providing restorative medical aid via the Hospital & Clinic Program

"Number of people receiving access to healthy food"

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Healthy Food/MATTERbox

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Providing access to healthy food via the MATTERbox program and other healthy food shipments

"Number of corporations investing in their employees and the community as "Companies that Matter"

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Healthy Food/MATTERbox

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Engaging "Companies that Matter"

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Within the next three years, MATTER will expand access to health next door and around the world by:

1. Providing restorative medical aid to 1,500,000 people
2. Providing healthy food to 10,000,000 people
3. Engaging 100 companies as “Companies that MATTER"
4. Fundraising $5,000,000

Strategic Imperatives:

1. HEALTH:

• Work with both large hospitals and small clinics to improve healthcare results in the following key areas:
o Reduce maternal mortality ratios in each of the hospitals with which MATTER partners.*
o Reduce newborn mortality ratios in each of the hospitals MATTER engages.**
o Reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. ***
• Develop 5 medical centers of excellence on 3 continents that serve 1.3 million patients over three years.

* Reducing the ratio of maternal mortality to less than 70 per 100,000 live births is a 2030 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).
**Reducing newborn mortality 70% to prevent 2 million newborn deaths annually is a 2030 SDG.
*** Reducing non-communicable diseases by 1/3 can save 5 million lives annually and is a 2030 SDG. 82% of non-communicable diseases occur in low income communities, and cardiovascular diseases and diabetes account for 2 of the top 4 killers.

2. FOOD:

• Lower child malnutrition in developing countries on 3 continents. *
• Boost agriculture yields by investing in rural agriculture infrastructure in developing countries. **
• Expand access to healthy food in non-traditional ways. ***

* One of the 2030 SDGs is to lower chronic child malnutrition by 40%. This goal will prevent malnutrition in 68 million children annually.
** Boosting agriculture yields 40% by investing in rural agriculture infrastructure is a 2030 SDG, thus increasing the amount of healthy food in communities facing scarcity.
*** There are now more obese people in the world than undernourished and starving combined

3. COMMUNITY IMPACT:

• Recruit top corporations/organizations to engage in volunteer events that provide employees with meaningful, team-building opportunities to give back to the local community
• Work with top corporations/organizations to host MATTERbox packaging events

4. FUNDRAISING:

• Raise $5 million in cash gifts over the next three years to increase access to food and health

5. FINANCES:

• Ensure that more than 90% of donations continue to go to programs each year
• Ensure that all programs are 65% self-sustaining by the end of 2017 – based on a cumulative average
• Maintain the highest rating from third party rating organizations such as Charity Navigator and GuideStar

6. BOARD:

• Create an engaged Board of Directors where each board member contributes and understands his/her role

1. HEALTH

MATTER will develop 5 medical centers of excellence on 3 continents in the following areas: Dandora, Kenya; Kabul, Afghanistan; David, Panama; Lusaka, Zambia; Yet to be determined location
MATTER designates a hospital as a medical center of excellence when MATTER has worked with the hospital to address solutions to four key areas:

a) Infectious disease control systems: hydrogen peroxide fogging, sanitizing wipes, sanitizing foaming gels
b) Refurbished surfaces; exposed foam and cloth surfaces have been replaced with sealed, cleanable hospital approved surfaces.
c) New Imaging; improve diagnostic capabilities through installation of imaging technologies; C-arm, X-ray, MRI, Ultrasound
d) Innovative Technologies: introduce mobile based medical technologies specifically engineered for resource scarce environments; fetal dopplers, EKG diagnostics, pediatric pulse oximetry

MATTER will:
reduce maternal mortality from infectious diseases by increasing the supply of cleanable surfaces like hospital beds, exam tables, gurneys, operating theater equipment
reduce preventable deaths of newborns and children under five by increasing access to birthing beds, incubators, cribs, pulse oximetry
address non-communicable diseases with improving access to healthy food and education in low-income populations.

2. FOOD

MATTER will:
address child malnutrition by securing pre-packed nutritionally fortified meals and supplying them to 5 Matter-screened hospital malnutrition wards on 3 continents: North America (Central America), Asia and Africa. (# of meals estimated: 5.1 million over 3 yrs)
address agricultural yields in developing countries through our Farm-in-a-box program that provides access to mechanized farming implements and modern irrigation. MATTER will work with 10 rural farming cooperatives in the following countries; Uganda, Burkina Faso, Panama, To be determined
address domestic hunger, as well as the corresponding health issues of obesity and diabetes, by employing the following strategy:

o MATTER will distribute 1.3 million meals on an annual basis by rescuing bulk healthy food and distributing it through a network of Co-op partners serving the Twin Cities metro area. (# of meals estimated: 3.9 million over 3 years.)
o MATTER is a conduit for getting healthy food and education to those living in scarcity through our innovative MATTERbox program, and will distribute a total 3 year goal of 75,000 boxes through the programs, distributed mainly through non-food shelf locations. (# of meals estimated: 1 million over 3 years. Each box has an average meal equivalent of 13.34 meals.)

3. COMMUNITY IMPACT

MATTER will leverage the MATTER Board to gain introductions into companies
MATTER will seek to leverage companies' interest to connect with their communities and connect with

Through a variety of local projects, including targeted nutrition and food distribution, MATTER strives to offer not just meals, but specifically healthy food to people facing food insecurity. The organization primarily distributes shelf-stable goods, personal care and basic needs items to other non-profit entities who serve people living in scarcity.

Internationally, MATTER provides restorative aid - particularly in the fields of health, education, and farming - by supplying developing medical facilities, schools, orphanages, and agricultural operations with the equipment and supplies they need to thrive sustainably.

MATTER also works to empower community members and businesses to see the value of what is in their own two hands and create a world where we all matter more via engagement in team-building and service learning experiences - such as medical supply sorting, food packing, and the participation in MATTER's interactive educational exhibit.

MATTERboxes are shelf-stable, ready-to-eat, healthy food packages, provided through partners to those with acute hunger needs.

• MATTER's work with Hennepin County Medical Center and Lifetime dietitians and disease experts has enabled us to develop a shelf-stable ready-to-eat healthy food: the MATTERbox.
• MATTER negotiates and purchases food from suppliers, who provide MATTER with wholesale pricing; offering the food suppliers the opportunity to co-brand the boxes can further lower the cost of the purchased food.
• Corporations, churches, and other organizations who care about health and hunger and are looking for a

At MATTER, we believe that simple acts of being resourceful can change the world. Fifteen years ago Dennis and Megan Doyle began simply using what they had in their own two hands to serve our community. Today, we don't just maintain the vision they had, we grow it.

Our team is focused on expanding access to health all over the world. In Minneapolis we come alongside those who are challenged by underemployment and homelessness to provide the healthy food they need to thrive. When places such as Liberia are stricken with crisis, we send relief meals to help those who are suffering through Ebola and lack the nutrition they need to survive.

In Kenya, Africa, 50,000 people live off of the city dump with almost no access to health care in a place called, Dandora. Women have been giving birth in a pile of garbage. In partnership with the University of Notre Dame, we equipped a hospital so mothers can be provided the comfort and dignity to have their babies on a bed, in a room. The chance of survival for the babies born is greatly increased.

Never before have we seen the food and health sectors work so closely together to solve some of the greatest challenges in our world. The Doyle's vision has become increasingly relevant over the last 15 years. The call to matter more is being accomplished and impacting multiple thousands of people across the globe.

None of this work is possible without your generous support. Thousands of volunteers, donors, board members and staff collaborate to grow the vision of MATTER. The work is not in vain. MATTER was named the fastest growing non profit in Minnesota in 2014. Thank you for running alongside us in this journey.

Financials

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Operations

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

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MATTER

Board of directors
as of 04/24/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amanda Escen

University of Minnesota Foundation Investment Advisors

Term: 2014 - 2023

Devin Doyle

Wildamere Capital Management, LLC

Steve Ryan

Briggs and Morgan, P.A.

Amanda Escen

University of Minnesota Foundation Investment Advisors

Mark Pletts

Waypoint Capital Advisors

Derrick Johnson

TCF/Huntington

Christopher Tashjian, M.D., FAAFP

Vibrant Health Family Clinics

Michael Tamte

EVEREVE

Michael Ackmann

Artisan Venture Lab

Casey Carl

Shelly Nelson

Cambria

Pete Goddard

Deephaven Data Labs

Chipo Mtasa

Tel One Pvt. (Zimbabwe)

Roger McCabe

Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation

Aaron Johnson

Twin Cities Orthopedics

Meg Martin

Bell Bank Wealth Management

Dan Fagan

Tradition Capital Bank

Alyssa LaRue

BMO Commercial Bank

Jay Deverell

TCF Inventory Finance

Molly Henry

Alight

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and 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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/29/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/27/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.