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Arise Project

We envision a Greater Twin Cities where all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, have support and resources. We partner with local nonprofits to provide grants for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness and raise awareness around the issues faced by the LGBTQ communities in our area.

Issues We’re Addressing


youth are without shelter on any given night


more likely LGBTQ youth in MN will experience significant and long-term mental health issues


more likely that LGBTQ People of Color will experience poverty than their white counterparts


of young people experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ

The Purpose of Arise Project

Arise is an innovator in identifying the needs of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. We’re the only organization creating unique one-of-a-kind grants that empower nonprofits to expand their services and programming equitably for LGBTQ youth. Our volunteer-led steering committee votes on all funds granted to partner nonprofits. Which means each year, your support is invested for the greatest impact by others who share your care and passion for LGBTQ communities.

Our Progress to Date


shelter or housing opportunities provided


youth connected to resources

$1 Million +

in support raised

Giving Level: $500 Annually

How to Join Arise Project

Join Arise Project by making a gift today or by designating to Arise Project during the United Way campaign at your workplace.

How You Can Make an Impact

When you join Arise Project, you’ll connect with other committed LGBTQ changemakers to drive community change by meeting the urgent needs of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.

  • Connect with other LGBTQ professionals
  • Join Arise’s committee to direct your investment for greatest impact
  • Advocate for LGBTQ issues
  • Empower others by hosting a learning session
  • Participate in meaningful volunteer projects serving local homeless youth
  • Make a lasting impact in the lives of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness in the community

Stories from Arise Project Members

Bold Approaches for Addressing Youth Homelessness

LGBTQ community honors Arise Project work to reduce youth homelessness

Nonprofit of the Year

We are thrilled to announce that Arise Project has won Quorum’s Nonprofit of the Year award!

Events and Updates

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Perspective: My Experience as a United Way Policy Intern

May 13, 2022
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People meeting together to make a difference.

April Advocacy Update: The Final Weeks of Session

May 2, 2022
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Economic Opportunity for All: Community Wealth Building for Racial Justice

April 26, 2022
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