Human Services

Assistance League of Minneapolis-St. Paul

Transforming Lives - Strengthening Community

Richfield, MN

Mission

OUR MISSION Assistance League® of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a nonprofit organization whose volunteers feed and clothe children, enhance and enrich education and support and serve our community OUR VISION Essential needs of children and adults are met in our communities OUR VALUES Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul supports the talents of our volunteers and embraces the chapter values of Ethics, Leadership and Accountability along with members' Commitment, Respect and Teamwork.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Assistance League is an all-volunteer, community nonprofit dedicated to meeting the basic needs of children and families in the Twin Cities. We are transforming lives and strengthening community through our programs in food, clothing and literacy.

Ruling Year

1994

President

Mary Dries

President Elect

Laurie Lokar

Main Address

6416 Penn Avenue South

Richfield, MN 55423 USA

Keywords

at-risk children, clothing, hunger, sexual assault, GED graduation, books, literacy, speakers, thrift shop, donations, grants, uniforms, tutors

EIN

41-1736323

 Number

5662237020

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Thrift Shops (P29)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Many children and adults in our communities lack the essential resources needed to achieve their full potential and live with dignity as contributing members of society. Social inequities result in children who lack the resources to fully engage in learning and other developmental processes. Without essential resources and support, students may become discouraged and disengage from educational opportunities. Adults may feel unable to meet basic needs. Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a nonprofit, nonsectarian all-volunteer organization dedicated to transforming lives and strengthening the local Twin Cities community through philanthropic programs offering food, clothing and literacy. We identify unmet community needs and address targeted areas through programs administered and developed by our members and partner organizations.

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

Ready-Set-Read!

Operation School Bell®/Clothes For Kids

Assault Survivor Kits

Operation School Bell®/Literacy Plus

Food For Kids

Links to Learning

Community Outreach

Gifting

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 students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

Students

Related program

Operation School Bell®/Literacy Plus

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our Literacy Plus program sends about 20 volunteers every week to Bethune in north Minneapolis, to tutor reading skills on a one-to-one basis with third grade students.

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Food For Kids

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We changed from feeding families to feeding the kids. More kid friendly food containers were added to the bags. We distributed 34,775 pounds of food during the school year.

Number of volunteers

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

We are an all volunteer organization. We make our money and spend our money on the community. We are steadily increasing in numbers!

Number of books distributed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Operation School Bell®/Literacy Plus

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We tutor reading skills to 2nd graders and also send books home with all children in K through 2nd grade at the school.

Charting Impact

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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?

Our Mission: Assistance League of Minneapolis/St Paul is a nonprofit organization whose volunteers feed and clothe children, enhance and enrich education and support and serve the community. Our Vision: Essential needs of children and adults are met in our communities. Values: Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul supports the talents of our volunteers and embraces the chapter values of Ethics, Leadership and Accountability along with members' Commitment, Respect and Teamwork.

Strategies: • Continue to reach 30,000 annual service hours, maintain 90%-member retention and attain an average 2% annual growth in membership • Broaden and diversify membership base Philanthropic Programs: • Utilize external assessments of all programs to gather measurable outcomes and to determine if the programs are meeting established goals • Explore member support and financial resources for adding new programs or expanding current programs Fundraising: • Increase fundraising by an average annual growth of 3% over the next five years to maintain current programs and provide more services to the community Marketing: • Identify new audiences for growing membership, attracting customers and donors, and creating broader public awareness of the Assistance League brand and story Organization: • Mentor and educate members in preparation for leadership • Increase grant-writing efforts • Monitor new planned giving programs • Increase Thrift Shop sales by 3-5% annually

We have a consistent group of committed member volunteers (last year members volunteered approximately 30,600 hours), a history of successful fundraising, and a generous return to the community. Our three main revenue sources: Thrift Shop sales, grants, and a direct mail campaign support our annual budget. We have successful partnerships with Minneapolis Pubic Schools, St. Paul Public Schools, Richfield Public Schools, and the Minnesota Hospital Association. Our Advisory Council provides insights and supports of our mission.

We survey school personnel and partner organizations to assess measurable outcomes and the value of our programs at least every other year. We also receive unsolicited feedback describing the success and value of our programs from parents and school officials.

Our philanthropic budget for our programs has increased annually. This year we increased our distribution of school clothing to nearly 4,000 children in 7 schools. Our literacy programs have also seen an increase in funds, providing additional books and opportunities to preschool children through 5th grade. In 2017, we expanded services in the Richfield School district, supplying school supplies, warm winter clothing, and grants to teachers. Our volunteer-run Thrift Shop has had a significant increase in donations and income, as has our direct mail campaign. Both provide the funds to increase our budgets for all our programs. We would like to increase our grant base and have budgeted funds to hire a contracted grant writer. We are also initiating a member recruitment program aimed to broaden and diversify the membership base.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

National Assistance League 1992

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Financials

Assistance League of Minneapolis-St. Paul

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Operations

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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?

Not Applicable

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

Organizational Demographics

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gender

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies

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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Diversity plan development has been discussed with our Advisory Council and several Council members have offered strategies to facilitate its development, including adding diversity questions into our bi-annual member survey.Our Strategic Planning committee assigned the further development of our diversity plan to a committee sub-group. We are at a beginning stage, but approach diversity from many dimensions including race, ethnicity, age, education, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and disability among others.