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Arise Project

We envision a Greater Twin Cities where all LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness have the support and resources they need to reach their full potential. As a collective giving group, we partner with local nonprofit organizations that offer services to these youth.

Issues We’re Addressing


youth are without shelter every year in the Twin Cities


LGBTQ+ youth are over twice as likely as non-LGBTQ+ youth to experience homelessness

LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness experience high levels of adversity, including being physically harmed, sexually exploited, and exposed to discrimination


at least, of young people experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ+ and 73% as BIPOC

Sources: Wilder.org and Chapinhall.org.

The Purpose of Arise Project

Arise Project is an innovator in supporting the needs of LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness. We are the only organization creating one-of-a-kind grants that empower nonprofits to expand their services and programming equitably for these individuals. Our volunteer-led Steering Committee develops fundraising initiatives and votes on the funds granted to partner nonprofits. This means that each year your support is invested for the greatest impact by those who share your care and passion for the needs of LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness.

Our Progress to Date


nonprofit partners provided with grants


youth connected to resources

$2 Million

in support raised

Support Arise Project

Gifts of any amount to Arise Project are appreciated and will help us support LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness. Make a gift today or designate a gift to Arise Project during your workplace campaign.

Make an Impact by Becoming a Member

When you join Arise Project, with a qualifying gift, you’ll connect with other committed LGBTQ+ changemakers to drive community change by meeting the urgent needs of LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness. You’ll have the opportunity to influence your investment and track the impact you make, network with others who share your passion and concern, and develop personal and professional leadership skills.

Gifts made at the following levels qualify as a member of Arise Project with the following benefits.


Leadership Member

Friend Member

Minimum donation $500/year $20/month
Opportunity to serve on the Steering Committee X
Opportunity to chair a committee X
Vote on funding decisions for community partners X
Two complimentary tickets to Arise + Shine X
Option to volunteer on a sub-committee X X
Participate in meaningful volunteer projects serving local homeless youth X X
Discounted tickets to selected events X X

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LGBTQ+ community honors Arise Project work to reduce youth homelessness

Bold Approaches for Addressing Youth Homelessness

Events and Updates

Momentum for Change: Why Now is the Time for 80×3

Momentum for Change: Why Now is the Time for 80×3

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March 8, 2023
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February Advocacy Update: Connecting the Dots to Foster Systems Change

February 23, 2023
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