Skip to main content

Amplify Your Charitable Giving

Expert tips on how to enhance your year-end giving reach and goals


Giving is a personal decision—but you don’t have to make that decision alone.

When you work with the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, you have the support of experts who understand the community's greatest and most timely needs.

Our Philanthropic Services and Community Impact teams work in partnership to help you make the most of your charitable giving. Our philanthropic advisors work directly with you to put together giving plans and consult with our program officers to garner their nonprofit expertise.

To help you choose a nonprofit that aligns with your values and vision, consider the following questions:

  • What change do you want to make in the world?
  • Where do you see yourself making the biggest impact?
  • How do you want to make that impact?
  • Of all the areas, issues and topics you care about, what is your primary focus?

Once you’ve identified an area of impact, turn your focus to specific organizations. Ask yourself some of the following questions:

  • What are some organizations you’ve heard of that already address issues you care about?
  • What impact do you want your financial contribution to make?
  • Do their mission, vision and values align with your own?
  • How has this organization benefited the community it serves?

Once you have your values outlined and a list of potential nonprofits, our program officers suggest going a bit deeper with your analysis:

  • Consider the gap in funding between organizations led by people of color in comparison to other organizations.
  • Look at what funding is needed to grow smaller, lesser-known organizations. What kind of budget do they need to amplify their presence to match the well-established organizations you already know about?
  • Volunteer at an organization before making a gift. Witness their work in action, and personally see, touch and feel their impact.
  • Poll your social media network. Ask your friends what organizations they support and why they support them.
  • Check out the Foundation’s list of nonprofits we have supported. This will show you what areas the Foundation has granted to in the past and could help you find lesser-known organizations that may fit your area of interest.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to giving. That is why it would be our honor to learn about what moves you to give and discuss your options.

We are here to support your vision—contact one of our philanthropic advisors today to talk about your giving.

More Stories

Read A Year Unlike Any Other

2020: A Year Unlike Any Other

In the face of the challenges of 2020, we experienced unparalleled generosity from our donors and innovation from our staff as we responded quickly to meet the needs of our community.

View Our 2020 Year In Review
Read Top Three Ways to Use Retirement Assets to Support Charity

Retirement Assets

Gift planner Elizabeth McCray breaks down the three most common ways donors are giving retirement assets to the causes they care about.

Learn More
Watch Helping Children Reach Their Full Potential

Helping Children Reach Their Full Potential

Minnesota nonprofits discuss the importance of early childhood development.

Watch the video
Watch Giving with Intention

Giving with Intention

Through her donor advised fund, Mya Honeywell designed a creative way to engage her clients while giving back to her community.

Watch Mya's story
Read How Four Donors Responded to the Pandemic

How Four Donors Responded to the Pandemic

Donors shift their giving to meet community needs.

Learn More
Watch Changing the Narratives of Black, Indigenous & People of Color Through Art

Changing the Narratives of Black, Indigenous & People of Color Through Art

The Twin Cities Theatres of Color Coalition discusses the role performing arts plays in social change.

Watch the video
Read A Donor's Generosity Helps Many Recognize Their Potential

Donor Q&A: Ray

A lifelong volunteer and community mentor shares his philosophy on the importance of giving.

Read his story
Read Using Stock to Support Your Favorite Charities

Using Stock to Support Your Favorite Charities

Did you know that you can donate stock as a way to grow your fund and support your favorite nonprofit organizations?

Learn More

COMMUNITY IS OUR COMPASS

JOIN
US!

* Indicates a required field