Giving Back

Joe Ryan, CEO and owner of Oppidan Investment Company

Joe Ryan’s worldview is simple: leave the world better than you found it.

As the CEO and owner of Oppidan Investment Company, a national property development firm based in Excelsior, Ryan knows he—and Oppidan—can make a real difference in the communities they serve.

Minnetonka resident Wendy Hitch is one of six founding members of North Star Therapy Animals (NSTA).

Now in its 21st year, the Giving Tree Project has become a staple of the Christmas season in Excelsior. The project is organized by the Excelsior Fire District and sponsored by Gary’s First Class Car Care.

Annika Van Nest might be young—she’s a sophomore at Minnetonka High School—but she’s already working hard to change the world. Annika founded Jumbago Hope, a charitable organization that fights sex trafficking.

From October 2 through October 17, you can help provide coats to people in need.

Fishing is nothing new to residents around Lake Minnetonka, but now you can do it for a cause. The Partners Group of Wayzata is hosting its annual fishing tournament this month.

St. David’s Center of Child & Family Development knows just how important family is to our community through their work with child and family development. Help St.

Minnetonka’s St. David’s Center is known for building strong family relationships and nurturing children through their early childhood development program. But how about a little dancing?

Since September 2004, Kathy Boxmeyer had a standing date, donating platelets every two weeks at the American Red Cross’ blood donation center at 176 Robert St. Her motivation is pure—her late husband, longtime St.

Forty-seven years have passed since Westonka Food Shelf first opened its doors. At the time, it was all about responding to a community need for more resources.

The Aim Higher Foundation, based in Minnetonka, was founded in 2011, when community leaders noticed a need for tuition assistance at Catholic schools throughout the rural and urban Twin Cities area.

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