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    John Wilgers

    President & CEO
    Greater Twin Cities United Way

    Dorothy Bridges

    Chair, Board of Directors
    Community Leader

    Acooa Ellis

    Senior Vice President, Community Impact
    Greater Twin Cities United Way

    John Wilgers

    President & CEO
    Greater Twin Cities United Way

    Dorothy Bridges

    Chair, Board of Directors
    Community Leader

    Acooa Ellis

    Senior Vice President, Community Impact
    Greater Twin Cities United Way

Innovating for Impact

Imagine every person in our community reaching their full potential. Individuals and
families live in safe, stable homes with healthy food. Babies reach developmental
milestones and are ready for kindergarten. Children are nurtured. Students receive
high-quality education. And adults have stable jobs and build wealth.

This should be attainable by all. Unfortunately, divisions and poverty result in barriers for
many, and COVID-19 and civil unrest have forced a reckoning with long-standing systemic
racism and oppression. We must work to dismantle disparities to become a united
community where all people thrive, regardless of income, race or place.

Together, we made notable progress toward this vision in 2019, touching the lives of over
500,000 people. As you look through these results, you’ll meet our experts who are working
with partners to drive positive change. You’ll also see our innovative and collective impact,
based on listening to those closest to the challenges and activating partnerships.

We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished together. Thank you for your support.

COVID-19: We’re in This Together

When COVID-19 hit our region, we immediately leveraged our unique, holistic model.

Together, We Touched Over 500,000 Lives in 2019

    United Way 211 Resource Helpline

    Provided 460k referrals to services like housing
    and food; leveraged 211 data to inform advocacy and
    funding strategies

    Advocacy & Policy

    Developed new 2020 policy agenda
    rooted in equity

    Innovative Initiatives

    1. Full Lives: Sustainable food system in N MPLS
    2. Career Academies: Students on pathways to careers
    3. Culturally Powered Communities: Increased capacity of nonprofits led by and serving People of Color
    4. 80x3: Children meet 80% of development by age 3

    Learning & Skill Building

    Hosted 26 convenings to raise awareness of needs and
    solutions; provided trainings for 1,500 nonprofit leaders,
    donors, volunteers and United Way staff

    Grant Making

    Distributed grants to 178 nonprofits on the front
    lines of assisting the community

    Volunteer Services

    Engaged volunteers who worked on
    projects serving 274,000 people

    Partnerships

    60k individuals, 643 companies, 178 nonprofits and 38
    foundations addressed community needs

Thanks to Our Generous Donors

We are grateful for our Tocqueville Society donors, corporate and foundation partners, giving community members and more whose commitment is helping United Way and our community thrive.

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Kittie Fahey

Senior Vice President, Individual Giving

Kristina Salkowski

Director, Corporate & Foundation Relationships

Fueling Our Impact Through Equity

At Greater Twin Cities United Way, we seek to disrupt inequities and foster a region where everyone has opportunity.

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Olivia Jefferson

Director of Equity & Holistic Grantmaking

Driving Change Through
Policy and Advocacy

Greater Twin Cities United Way advocates to improve housing, food, education and employment systems so they meet the needs of everyone in our community, particularly people experiencing poverty.

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Kristen Rosenberger

Senior Advocacy Manager

Providing Referrals via Our 211 Resource Helpline

Available via phone, web, text or chat, 211 connects people with information and referrals to resources 24 hours a day, seven days a week and in multiple languages.

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Julie Ogunleye

Program Officer 211 & Policy

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Housing

Homelessness grew nine percent in the Twin Cities metro area from 2015 to 2018, even amidst record employment. We support stable housing for all as it is the foundation that enables us to thrive. Thanks to the generosity of donors, we helped nearly 11,000 people connect to housing resources last year.

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Sam Blackwell

Program Officer Household Stability

Saroeun Earm

Program Officer Household Stability

Food Security

Nearly one in 11 households in Minnesota experience hunger. Black, Indigenous and People of Color, especially children and seniors, are disproportionately affected. Together with our partners, we help ensure everyone has access to healthy, culturally relevant food, which provides the nourishment we all need to thrive.

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$16.9M

in United Way-directed investments

$11.7M

in donor-directed gifts

100

nonprofit partners funded

216,112

people served through volunteer projects

76,189

 individuals and households  received information and referrals to resources

1,337

families or youth secured stable housing

16M

meals distributed

10,966

people connected to stable housing resources

2.5M

food shelf visits

Carrie Zelin Johnson

Program Officer Education

Early Childhood Education

35,000 children across Minnesota are unable to access quality early childhood care and education during their most critical years, which can have lasting effects on their ability to thrive. We support culturally relevant, high-quality early childhood care and education from prenatal to age five, so all children have a thriving start. In 2019, we helped 1,879 children meet age-appropriate developmental milestones.

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Career & Future Readiness

Minnesota continues to face one of the worst opportunity gaps in the nation for Black, Indigenous and Students of Color. We support social and emotional learning for youth through out-of-school programs. We also increase access to career pathway programs through Career Academies, so young people have the knowledge, skills and relationships to direct their own futures and contribute to their communities.

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Steve Walvig

Program Officer Education

$13.3M

in United Way-directed investments

$7M

in donor-directed gifts

78

nonprofit partners funded

19,093

youth participated in career and future readiness programming

41,062

infants, toddlers, preschoolers, youth, young adults and parents served in early childhood education and career and future readiness programs

53,677

people served through volunteer projects

16,056

children and parents supported through early childhood education initiatives

3,500

college and tech school credits earned by Career Academies participants, saving over $1M in tuition

Economic Opportunity

Minnesota is diversifying quickly, and growth in our workforce will come from Communities of Color. Yet, these communities historically have been excluded from the job market or underestimated in their abilities. To ensure all adults have stable jobs to support themselves and build wealth, we engage in advocacy, leverage resources for those seeking support, and bring together community to learn from one another.

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Eva Song Margolis

Program Officer Economic Opportunity

$6.9M

in United Way-directed investments

$4.7M

in donor-directed gifts

35

nonprofit partners funded

9,605

people served in job skills, employment and household financial stability programs

3,964

people served through volunteer projects

2,464

participants attained in-demand, industry-recognized credentials

2,998

people received retention and advancement services to help them keep and thrive in their jobs

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