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When Sally and Karen traveled as a family to Guatemala two years ago, they were surprised at how quickly their sons, Sam and Joey, noticed and were saddened by the human struggles and injustices that many people in that region were experiencing. It was this experience that made the couple consider how they could involve their kids in their philanthropy – not decades down the road, but right away.

When it comes to philanthropy and community impact, more and more donors and nonprofit organizations are looking to data to help inform their work and better understand the impact they make in their communities.

We’ve partnered with local community leaders from the City of Saint Paul, Ramsey County and the nonprofit sector to work together to fund more outreach workers, provide more shelter space in downtown Saint Paul and help long-term shelter users move into more permanent housing.

When Dave Wahlstedt reached out to our philanthropic advisors about giving in bitcoin, he knew he was going to the right place. His father had been giving through a donor advised fund with the Foundations, and he had experienced the value and creativity that our staff bring to the table.

Stuart C. Bear, attorney, is a partner, shareholder and president of Chestnut Cambronne. We recently sat down with Stuart and asked him some questions about end-of-year giving and working with the Foundations to identify and achieve his clients’ charitable goals.