Philanthropedia and Minnesota Philanthropy Partners Present Expert-Identified Nonprofits Improving Access to Arts and Culture

Philanthropedia and Minnesota Philanthropy Partners Present Expert-Identified Nonprofits Improving Access to Arts and Culture
Release date: October 9, 2012


Saint Paul, Minn., and Washington, D.C.—Philanthropedia, a division of GuideStar, and Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, which supports The Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, and 1,600 other affiliates across Minnesota, today announced the results of custom research that identifies high-impact nonprofits improving access to arts and culture in the state of Minnesota.

This research is an example of Philanthropedia's Custom Research offering, which utilizes Philanthropedia's unique methodology to harness experts' insight on nonprofits. The research was commissioned to help donors learn about and support high-impact nonprofits in Minnesota. Some 123 sector experts participated in the research, which resulted in recognizing 18 nonprofits as high-impact organizations in the field of access to arts and culture.

"It's exciting to share the results of Philanthropedia's research with our community," said Carleen Rhodes, president and CEO of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. "This research brings Minnesotans vital information on nonprofits that are working to ensure that all people in our community have the opportunity to engage in arts and culture."

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners has also commissioned research to identify high-impact environmental nonprofits (released in October 2011), workforce development nonprofits (released April 2012), and those improving access to healthy food (yet to be released).

The expert-identified nonprofits will be highlighted on Philanthropedia's Web site, GuideStar's Take Action Web site, and MNSights magazine , a free bi-annual magazine published by Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. To see the results, please visit:

"The Money for Good II research tells us that, although few people take the time to examine a nonprofit before they donate, most people really do want to give to nonprofits they see as doing the most good," stated Erinn Andrews, GuideStar's senior director of nonprofit strategy and the original chief operating officer of Philanthropedia. "Our in-depth research process paired with the insight of local community foundations can empower donors to give with their hearts as well as their heads."

For those interested in working with Philanthropedia on a custom research project, please contact Jasmine Marrow at

About Minnesota Philanthropy Partners

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners is a network of foundations, funds, and organizations that share knowledge and services to have the greatest possible impact through charitable giving. MN Partners supports The Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation, Mardag Foundation, and more than 1,600 affiliates across Minnesota. Learn more at

About Philanthropedia

Philanthropedia is an online resource for donors who want to make a bigger difference with their charitable giving. Philanthropedia was founded on the belief that experts working in the field, such as foundation professionals, researchers, and nonprofit senior staff, are best suited to evaluate nonprofits in a more holistic way. In April 2011, Philanthropedia was acquired by GuideStar.

About GuideStar

GuideStar,, connects people and organizations with information on the programs and finances of more than 1.8 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. GuideStar serves a wide audience inside and outside the nonprofit sector, including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, government officials, academic researchers, and the media.

Media Contacts

Lindsay J.K. Nichols
(202) 637-7614

Naomi Pesky
Minnesota Philanthropy Partners
(651) 325-4239