New Research Highlights Top Nonprofits Providing Educational Support for At-Risk Youth in Minnesota

Nonprofit Rankings Result of Philanthropedia and Minnesota Philanthropy Partners' Latest Custom Research Project
Release date: October 3, 2013

Carleen Rhodes
Carleen Rhodes, Minnesota
Philanthropy Partners
Jasmine Marrow
Jasmine Marrow, Philanthropedia

St. 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 more than 1,700 additional charitable affiliates across Minnesota, today announced the results of custom research that identifies the top 20 nonprofits working to support the education of Minnesota's at-risk youth.

"Minnesota traditionally receives high marks in education, yet there are significant achievement gaps between white students and students of color and low-income students," said Carleen Rhodes, president and CEO of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. "Our state ranks 38th out of 44 states for black-white achievement in fourth grade math and 37th out of 45 in reading, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. We hope that this list of high-impact nonprofits will help others find organizations that are making great strides in closing the achievement gap in Minnesota."

Philanthropedia surveyed 85 experts with an average of 14 years of work experience providing educational support for at-risk youth and asked them to identify organizations having the greatest impact on a local level. The experts were asked to recommend up to four high-impact nonprofits and up to two promising start-up nonprofits working in this diverse field, which include nonprofits that focus on advocacy, training, in-school support, out-of-school instruction, and more.

"Throughout this research, it has been eye opening to discover all of the innovative ways that Minnesota nonprofits support at-risk youth of all ages," said Jasmine Marrow, manager of Philanthropedia research at GuideStar, the leading source of nonprofit information. "Many of these organizations can, and do, serve as much larger models for effectively closing the gap in student outcomes."

Experts reviewed 119 organizations and identified 15 as performing the best when it comes to meeting their missions, with a tie for 12th place:

  1. College Possible
  2. The Bridge for Youth
  3. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities
  4. YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis
  5. YWCA of St. Paul
  6. Northside Achievement Zone
  7. Achieve Minneapolis
  8. Minnesota Minority Education Partnership
  9. Genesys Works
  10. YouthLink
  1. Cookie Cart
  2. (Tied) Breakthrough Twin citiesand Harvest Preparatory Charter School
  3. Bolder Options
  4. Hiawatha Leadership Academy
  5. MIGIZI Communications
  6. Youthprise
  7. Washburn Center for Children
  8. Project SUCCESS
  9. Youth Farm

To learn more about each organization, meet the experts, and read the reviews, please visit

The research is an example of Philanthropedia's custom research offering, which utilizes Philanthropedia's unique methodology to harness experts' insights on nonprofits. Minnesota Philanthropy Partners also commissioned research to identify high-impact environmental nonprofits (released in October 2011), workforce development nonprofits (released April 2012), nonprofits improving access to arts and culture (released October 2012), and those improving access to healthy foods(released April 2013).

"Expert-driven recommendations have tremendous potential to improve the pace of social change," added Marrow. "We are proud to work once again with Minnesota Philanthropy Partners to identify high-impact nonprofits across that state so that donors and funders can support strong organizations."

The expert-identified nonprofits are highlighted on Philanthropedia's blog andMNSights magazine, a free bi-annual magazine published by Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. To see the results, please visit:

For the complete list of Philanthropedia top nonprofit rankings, visit For more information about Philanthropedia's ranking methodology, please visit: For those interested in working with Philanthropedia on a custom research project, please contact Jasmine Marrow at

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