Giving Back

When you strip away all the consumerism and commercialism that make up a 21st-century holiday season, you can still find plenty of timeless kindness in the Lake Minnetonka area.

St. David’s Center senior director of pediatric therapy and autism services Beth Fagin was recently named the 2015 Transformational Leader by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Tucked away off County Road 16, just minutes outside of Orono, the Garden of the Sleeping Angels is a memorial for babies lost during pregnancy or infancy.

For children living in the Lake Minnetonka area, attending school primarily means freedom to learn.

Since 2006, the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation of Saint Paul has been preparing children for school through their annual backpack and school supply drive. “The goal is to remove the burden of cost to families who are often sending multiple kids back to school,” says drive organizer Laura Brown.

It was playtime for the adults at this May 16 event benefitting the Minnesota Children’s Museum.

Everybody runs out of milk or bread from time to time, and it’s a nuisance. But for Brian Felt, and too many others like him, running out of basic food items can put his physical and emotional health in jeopardy.

Most Minnesotans know former Twins player Harmon Killebrew for his impeccable batting average—but his accomplishments off the field are just as noteworthy.

Since 1983, Listening House, a nonprofit community center and day/evening shelter in Saint Paul, has provided guidance and donated goods to disadvantaged individuals.

Ron Kamps of Minnetonka is no stranger to a full workweek. The former director of worldwide sales and marketing at Control Data Corp. (now Seagate) spent a large part of his life serving in high-profile leadership positions at a number of worldwide companies for more than four decades.