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Press Releases

December 14, 2020 Greater Twin Cities United Way’s “Home For Good” Initiative to Help Families Transition from Homelessness to Stable Housing this Holiday Season
October 14, 2020 Greater Twin Cities United Way Awards $250,000 in Grants to Support North Minneapolis Food System Timed With United Nations’ World Food Day
Sept 29, 2020 Greater Twin Cities United Way Provides $1.15 Million to Support Students and Nonprofits Amidst COVID-19 Crisis
Sept 15, 2020 Greater Twin Cities United Way Unveils New Marketing Strategy
July 28, 2020 Action Day to Help 40,000 Local Students Head Back to School
June 25, 2020 Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minneapolis Foundation, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation Grant $2.5 Million to Help Rebuild the Twin Cities
June 5, 2020 Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minneapolis Foundation, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation commit to working to transform criminal justice system
May 18, 2020 Greater Twin Cities United Way Grants $700,000, Supporting New, Holistic Approaches to Serving the Community as a Result of COVID-19
May 7, 2020 Medtronic Foundation Donates $100,000 to Greater Twin Cities United Way COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund
April 13, 2020 LDI Donates $100,000 to Greater Twin Cities United Way COVID-19 Response and Recovery Efforts
April 13, 2020 Greater Twin Cities United Way Expands COVID-19 Relief Efforts
March 27, 2020 RBC Wealth Management Donates $500,000 to United Way’s COVID Fund
March 24, 2020 Greater Twin Cities United Way Distributes $200,000 to Provide-Emergency Support for 75,000 People
March 19, 2020 Greater Twin Cities United Way Launches Covid-19 Fund, Expands Its State-wide 211 Resource Helpline and Advocacy Efforts to Support the Community

Media Coverage

Twin Cities Business Magazine: 30 Thoughts on Building Business in Minnesota
WCCO: Tips for saving money on back-to-school shopping
Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine: A List of School Supply Drives in the Twin Cities
KARE 11: Twins, Saints and volunteers partner to provide school supplies for area students
KSTP: Vikings, Twins among pro teams to help kids prepare for school
Star Tribune: The hunt is on for back-to-school supplies as Minnesota parents search for savings
KSTP: 1 year with 988 crisis line brings both success and challenges, more funding ahead
Fox 9: Twin Cities call center continues to expand a year after 988 lifeline launched
MPR News: Use of mental health crisis line soars 1 year after 988’s launch in Minnesota
Star Tribune: Minnesota’s first Black-owned bank still trying to gain steam after first year
KARE 11: As nation sees steady decline in volunteerism, nonprofits offer remote volunteer opportunities

Owatonna People’s Press: United Way: An easy to remember number
Black Press USA: Greater Twin Cities United Way, Forensic Psychology and Brazil and Afro-Atlantic culture
Pioneer Press: Third annual ‘Flavors of Our Community’ culturally relevant food drive delivers to food shelves across the Twin Cities
Star Tribune: Minnesota food shelves seek boost in donations as demand for help rises to record levels
Marshall Independent: Hotdish or casserole?
Star Tribune: Minnesota nonprofits backing federal charitable deductions for non-itemizers
Star Tribune: Minnesota sees surge in mental crisis calls after switch to 988, straining call centers

KARE 11: 211 hotline staff encourage people to use the free resource

Star Tribune: Greater Twin Cities United Way responds to surge in calls for housing and mental health help
WCCO-TV: United Way, Minnesota State system partner to pair students with necessary resources
MinnPost: Minnesota sees an increase in help calls following lifeline number change
Minnesota Women’s Press: Twin Cities Early Child Care Centers to Participate in Trauma-Informed Training
Minnesota Women’s Press: 988 Suicide Prevention Number Increases Access to Support Centers
Exchange: An Equitable Start: Eliminating Disparities in Preschool Discipline
WCCO-TV: Calls to suicide lifeline increase 44% in Minnesota since transition to 988 number, state says
MinnPost (op-ed by Acooa Ellis): We know how failure to make strategic investments is hurting Minnesotans; legislators must come back to the Capitol now
Mankato Free Press: Suicide prevention line changing to simple, 988 phone number
Insight News: Grants help build trauma sensitive caregiving capacity
Forbes: 10 Tips To Craft An Internal Communications Plan With Nonprofit Stakeholders In Mind
MinnPost: How did Gov. Tim Walz use a chunk of the pandemic response funds to address race and health inequities?
Sun Thisweek: Lakeville-based Post Consumer Brands launches new ‘Ingredients for Good’
KIMT: RCTC students to gain access to 211 resource helpline
Twin Cities Business Magazine: Tackling Poverty in BIPOC Communities
Insight News: Grants support local non-profits that disrupt racial inequity
Conversations with Al McFarlane: 4.13.22
Minnesota Women’s Press: $12.1 Million in Funds Dedicated to Disrupting Racial Inequities in Minnesota
Pioneer Press: United Way Hits Housing, Racial Inequity, Trauma-Sensitive Childcare with $12M to nonprofits
Minnesota Women’s Press: Donate Culturally Specific Food
Forbes: Rest As A Requirement: Seven Tips For Fostering A Culture Of Resilience
Star Tribune: Brooks: Minneapolis, St. Paul Volunteers Give the Gift of Comfort Food
Pioneer Press (op-ed by Acooa Ellis): Ellis, Knox: Let’s address the ‘benefits cliff’ to help Minnesota families climb toward economic security
Pioneer Press: How to stretch your grocery budget, and other MN resources as inflation and gas prices keep rising
Minnesota Women’s Press: Equity — What Advocates Are Asking of Minnesota Legislators
Ramsey County Means Business: Career Connection in St. Paul
Crosscut: In WA and beyond, students question the value of college degrees
Exchange: Collaboration for Community Impact

The Hechinger Report: More Students Question College, Putting Counselors in a Fresh Quandary
USA Today: More Students Want to Skip College. Are Schools Prepared to Help Them?
MN Department of Health: Celebrating One-Year as a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Center
Cultivate MN: Well-being in Child Care and Community Care
Forbes: 14 Best Practices For Nonprofits Using Branded Photography
Mpls/St. Paul Business Journal: Scottie Carter: People on the Move
Pioneer Press: Ellis, Cunnien: What we’ve learned about supporting Twin Cities youth
Twin Cities Business: Hybrid Volunteering Provides New Opportunity
Insight News: United Way addressed emergency, long-term needs during pandemic and racial reckoning
Star Tribune: Twin Cities United Way’s declining revenue slowed in 2020 as nonprofit faced needs in pandemic
Star Tribune: Next month’s big return to the office in Mpls. and St. Paul is disappearing fast
Star Tribune: What you need to know about the COVID delta variant, Minnesota mask requirements, vaccines and more
Mpls/St. Paul Magazine: Catching Up IRL with Chris Stedman: Following his most recent book IRL, Augsburg professor Chris Stedman’s new podcast pieces together the clues left behind after his friend’s suicide
WCCO-TV: End Of Federal Eviction Moratorium Won’t Affect Minnesota Renters, State Is On ‘Its Own Timeline’
Star Tribune: Salvation Army, United Way school supply drives back on after pause for COVID
KARE 11: Greater Twin Cities United Way launches new lifeline, reports thousands of calls in June alone
Mankato Free Press: Housing advocates hold out hope for renter protections
Twin Cities Business: United Way Event Promises ‘Bold Ideas’ to Tackle Racism in the Twin Cities
MinnPost: A smart investment in Minnesota: A nonprofit resiliency and recovery fund
MSP Magazine: Why We’re Sharing the Mic With Acooa Ellis of Greater Twin Cities United Way
Star Tribune: Four Twin Cities Nonprofits Team up to Increase Culturally Specific Foods at Local Food Shelves
Yahoo News: Four Twin Cities Nonprofits Team up to Increase Culturally Specific Foods at Local Food Shelves
Scripps | Local/National: Civil Rights Activists Speak to What’s Needed for Positive Societal Change
Twin Cities Business Magazine: Twin Cities United Way Awards Final Round of Covid-19 Relief Funds
KSTP-TV: Minnesota’s Suicide Prevention Lifeline call centers offer help in difficult time for many
Star Tribune: New business coalition is investing in racial justice
Mpls/St.Paul Magazine: Ini Iyamba on Style, Design, and Connecting with Artists
MN.gov: Governor Walz Announces New National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call Centers in Minnesota
Mpls/St. Paul Magazine: Local Brands Celebrate Black History Month
Star Tribune: Minnesota nonprofits getting creative to crawl out of COVID-19 financial hole

StarTribune: Pandemic or not, Minnesotans Need a Lifeline
Twin Cities Business: United Way Expands Its Role On Racial Equity Issues
Minnesota Women’s Press: Interview with Huda Ahmed in Sept. issue re. justice reform
MinnPost: Minnesota’s COVID-related housing assistance program has already received more than 19,000 applications
Albert Lea Tribune: COVID-19 housing assistance program has over $30M in requests to cover in first month
Brainerd Dispatch: The COVID-19 housing assistance program has over 30 million in requests to cover overdue housing payments
Pioneer Press: Greater Twin Cities United Way announces new changes to address racism
KSTP: Action Day to help 40,000 local students head back to school
WCCO: United Way, Allianz Field Team Up To Give School Supplies To 40,000 Students In Need
StarTribune: United Way’s largest volunteer event — filling school backpacks for needy kids — shifts to home
Twin Cities Business Magazine: United Way Kicks Off School Supply Drive
Pioneer Press: School supply drive will be held virtually this year, sponsored by United Way, Minnesota United
WCCO: 3M Open Fundraising Efforts To Focus On COVID-19 Relief
Pioneer Press: Minnesota Wild Hosting Supply Drive Wednesday for St. Paul Midway Community
Pioneer Press: Three non-profits create fund for minority-owned businesses in Twin Cities
WCCO: 3M Open To Support COVID-19 And Social Justice Initiatives This Year
Philanthropy News Digest: Twin Cities Rebuild for the Future Fund awards $2.5 million
StarTribune: Twin Cities foundation leaders join forces to fund rebuilding efforts after George Floyd’s death
StarTribune: Small Minneapolis nonprofits awash in donations post-protests are scaling up
Lori & Julia (myTalk 107.1): Carl Reiner & Greater Twin Cities United Way
Boston Globe: For Boston Scientific, a ‘most difficult year’
MinnPost: Beyond unemployment: How COVID-19 is affecting assistance programs throughout Minnesota
TPT-Twin Cities PBS: For Minnesotans of Color, a New Food Desert Underscores Disparities
WCCO Radio: Acooa Ellis, Sr VP of Community Impact, GTCUW, explains new partnership—Twin Cities Rebuild for the Future Fund (starts at 19:00)
Insight News: Twin Cities United Way, Minneapolis Foundation, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation commit to working to transform criminal justice system
Sahan Journal: ‘Urgent call to action’: Huda Ahmed to lead collaboration on reforming Minnesota’s criminal justice, dismantling inequities
KMOJ-FM: Funds Released to Build for the Future
KSTP: Over $2.5M in Grants Awarded to Help Rebuild Twin Cities, Small Businesses
Forbes: Two Truths And A Lie: Leadership During A Pandemic
StarTribune: Minnesota businesses, nonprofits see surge in giving — mostly from out-of-state donors
StarTribune: Minneapolis, St. Paul foundations aim at rebuilding, criminal justice reform after riots.
Pioneer Press: Greater Twin Cities United Way donates $1.2 million for coronavirus relief
Pioneer Press: Acooa Ellis: Learning in—and from—a crisis
StarTribune: Minnesota nonprofits rework volunteering during COVID-19
MinnPost: Beyond unemployment: How COVID-19 is affecting assistance programs throughout Minnesota
Twin Cities Business: Twin Cities United Way Raises $4.5M for Covid-19 Relief
St. Paul Pioneer Press: Business People: East Metro companies announce support for COVID relief programs
Forbes: 15 Leadership Lessons For Nonprofits Navigating A Crisis
KARE 11: MN musician Kyle Skye dedicates KARE 11 virtual performance to late grandfather, trailblazer Floyd Henderson
KARE 11: Running for a good cause
Runners’ World: In a time of isolation, Minnesotans must unite to support those who need our help
Pioneer Press: Backyard Runs, Masked Ultras, and More: These Runners Are Fundraising for COVID-19 Relief
MinnPost (commentary by Acooa Ellis): In a time of isolation, Minnesotans must unite to support those who need our help
Pioneer Press: KARE 11 Fundraiser
FOX 9: Sports teams fundraiser
KARE 11: Concert/Fundraiser
Fox9: Greater Twin Cities United Way Creates Fund to Help Those in Need Amid Outbreak
Pioneer Press: Greater Twin Cities United Way Establishes COVID-19 Fund
Twin Cities Business: Greater Twin Cities United Way Creates COVID-19 Relief Fund
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder: Twin Cities United Way Opens COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund
Black News Portal: Twin Cities United Way Opens COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund
StarTribune: Nonprofits Ask for $60B in Federal Aid as They Brace for Decline in Donations During COVID-19
St. Paul Regional Labor Federation: Resources for Workers Impacted by COVID-19 Response
Workday Minnesota: Resources for Workers Impacted by COVID-19 Response
StarTribune: Minnesota Nonprofits, Foundations Scramble to Response to COVID-19 Outbreak
MPR News: Here are Some Ways to Help Others During the Pandemic
Insight News: Resources Available During COVID-19
Minnesota Vikings: How to Help Vikings Community Partners Respond Against COVID-19
StarTribune: Minnesota Foundations Give Emergency Aid to Nonprofits to Help Residents During COVID-19
Mpls/St. Paul Magazine: Minnesota Nonprofits and Charities to Support Coronavirus
StarTribune: How to Lend a Helping Hand During the COVID-19 Crisis