The Sounds of Advice #25: Charities

Charities You Can Help Support:

McKay Dee Foundation:

Their Mission: “For over 46 years, our generous supporters have helped us fund needed medical equipment, hospital and community programs, clinical training for caregivers at McKay-Dee Hospital, and the Annie Taylor Dee Guest Home”.

Recent Projects: Angel Watch Program, Cancer Exercise Rehabilitation, Cancer Support group, Cancer Survivor’s Day, Dental Days, NuHope Suicide Prevention Program, Hispanic Labor Friends Program and many more hospital and community projects.

How You Can Help:  Donations:  Cash donations can be gifted to the area of greatest need or a specific area of support of your choosing.  For example, you may choose to donate for medical equipment, hospital and community programs, clinical education, or the Annie Taylor Dee Guest Home.  Gifts may also be made in memory or honor of someone.    Donations of Inkind items to support church, school or other service projects can also be made. Volunteering Opportunities:   Play the beautiful grand piano in the hospital lobby, volunteer for special events or become a part of the Women’s Council of McKay-Dee Hospital.

Contact Info: 
PHONE: (801) 387-7175, 

Nurture The Creative Mind: 

Their Mission: The Nurture the Creative Mind Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth through partnering education, creativity and character development.
Recent Projects: Ogden 52 Project, Skateboard design class, Painting a piano for Make a Wish Foundation, Upcycled furniture, Workshops and classes for local youth.

How you can help: Volunteer to teach a class, donate supplies, Help share information on classes, Join their board of team members.

Contact Info: 
PHONE: 801.499.2371, 

Junior League Of Ogden:

Their Mission:The Junior League of Ogden is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Recent Projects: Oasis Community Garden, Dental Days, Kids in the kitchen, JR. Junior League, Adopt a smile.

How you can help: Become A Junior League Member, attend fundraising events, donate

Contact Info: 
PHONE: 801-393-2540 

WAIT House, Glens Falls, NY:

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters
Mission: To provide stability to youth who present themselves as homeless. This will be accomplished through the immediate provision of coordinated services; reunification of families where appropriate; the provision of supervised emergency and transitional housing with the goal of personal responsibility and self-sufficiency.

Results: Since December 2003, The Emergency Shelter has provided over 10,000 bed nights to over 650 homeless youth. The Transitional Living Program which opened July 2010 has had four residents so far.

Target demographics: homeless youth ages 16-21, individuals ages 18-25 and families in Warren and Washington Counties, NY

Programs: Provision of emergency and transitional housing and coordinated services in accordance with the stated mission.

American Legion, Hudson Falls, NY:

Mission: To promote the social welfare of the community; to carry on programs to perpetuate the memory of veterans; to sponsor or participate in patriotic activities; to provide social and recreational activities for its members.

Programs: Sponsorship of community parades and sporting activities in addition to providing members with social activities further helps the organization achieve its exempt purposes

Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, upstate NY:

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To prevent cruelty to animals

Programs: Spca of upstate new york, inc. Takes in unwanted animals, up to allowed capacity, and shelters these animals until adoption. The spca also responds to animal cruelty complaints.

Rock the Cause: 

Rock the Cause Records is a Minnesota Based 501(c)3.  Our Federal Tax Exempt EIN is 260591013.  Our mission is to create a new generation of stewardship for other non-profit causes. We achieve this goal through concert events, volunteer drives, educational workshops, and through music downloads on our record label.

Rock the Cause is recognized internationally as the preeminent nonprofit organization that combines giving, advocacy, and activism with music. Founded in 2007, Rock the Cause has partnered with hundreds of nonprofit organizations, producing both large and small charitable events, raising millions of dollars annually, and generating thousands of volunteers, donors, and advocates for their partner organizations. 

Rock the Cause educates, empowers and inspires others to make a difference.  Its initiatives are not just events, but are based on ongoing engagement that combine concerts, new media, digital music downloads, volunteer drives, and fundraising events in partnership with a number of Twin Cities nonprofits.  Rock the Cause not only produces large-scale music events, but can also be found in high schools and colleges throughout Minnesota and the region, working one-on-one with young people to educate and inspire a new generation of community-minded citizens, while helping young people discover the power of music and how it can impact their communities and peoples’ lives. 

In its 8+ year history, Rock the Cause has recruited more than 10,000 new members and/or volunteers for nearly 40 nonprofit organizations.  Organizations like Free Arts Minnesota, People Serving People, and Rock Star Supply have reported nearly a 30% conversion of volunteers, to donors and supporters. 

Rock the Cause Records works with a variety of local nonprofits and charities. Selling over 400,000 single charitable music downloads, 50,000 records, and 23,356,000 music streams benefitting various causes like MusiCares, Ronald McDonald House and more!  Its most memorable collaboration has been the production and distribution of the late Zack Sobiech’s recording of “Clouds,” which has netted the University of Minnesota’s Children’s Cancer Research Center close to million dollars, in a little over two years.

Our philosophy is three-fold:
1. To bring about awareness for social and environmental issues and causes.
2. To engage young people in volunteerism, advocacy, and philanthropy.
3. To reach new audiences with great music, past and present, through the introduction of up-and-coming performing artists.

RTC World Headquarters: 
2601 Sunset Blvd Suite 1B Minneapolis, MN 55416 
Phone:  (651) 387-3121

Operations Team:

Scott Herold – CEO 
Phone:  (651) 387-3121

Patricia O'Connor - Director of Development
Phone: 651-442-9039

Noah Anderson - Label Coordination
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Shannon Tesser - Adminstrative 
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Holly Bloom - Digital Media Coordinator
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Philanthropic Care and Box Office Questions

HOPE Coalition:

HOPE Coalition is here for the really tough stuff, serving the abused and disadvantaged--victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and homelessness.

Simply put, we restore hope. We rebuild lives.

As the only agency in two rural counties providing domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault programming and services, there is, sadly, no shortage of people in need of our assistance. Currently, we serve over 1,700 people each year in Goodhue and Wabasha Counties, MN, and in Western Pierce County, WI. Additionally, the Haven of Hope, our domestic violence shelter, accepts women and their children from anywhere in Minnesota, and occasionally from out-of-state if needed for safety reasons.

Empowering lives through HOPE.

HOPE Coalition provides the following programs and support for individuals and families in need:

● Haven of Hope domestic violence shelter - A secure, 24 bed emergency shelter for women and their children under age 18. Services include support groups, safety planning, legal advocacy, information and referrals, and a 24-hour crisis hotline.

● Kids Count Abused Children’s Program - A youth advocacy program providing safety and support to children ages 0-18 who’ve experienced/witnessed abuse or violence. Services include crisis intervention, advocacy, safety planning, support groups, field trips for youth and families, school enrollment, transportation, referrals, and community education.

● Sexual Assault Services - In addition to our 24-hour crisis and support hotline, we also provide: support groups; advocacy during medical exams, law enforcement interviews, and civil or criminal court matters; safety planning; assistance in securing emergency services; assistance in filing victim compensation claims; collaboration with other social service providers; and access to culturally-appropriate interpreters and materials.

● Housing Support Services - We assist families and individuals in securing emergency and short-term/long-term transitional housing, case management, and self-sufficiency skills. We also provide housing assessment and release planning for inmates at Goodhue County Adult Detention Center.

● Community Care Fund - Providing assistance to families in crisis who are unable to pay for basic necessities or living expenses (rent, food, utilities,etc.). Our program focuses on developing self-sufficiency to help reduce future needs.

1407 W. 4th Street,
Red Wing, MN 55066


CaringBridge is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1997 that offers free, personalized websites to people facing various medical conditions, hospitalization, medical treatment, and/or recovery from a significant accident, illness, injury, or procedure. The purpose of the platform is to allow family members and friends to receive information about a particular individual. Visitors who are provided with an individual's personal website address (or URL) and password can read updates on the individual's condition or post messages to the family as needed.

CaringBridge allows patients, caregivers, families, and friends to exchange information about a patient's medical condition on an ongoing basis. The websites are designed to become conduits between patients, their families, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. When visiting an individual’s website, visitors can post messages of support.

1715 Yankee Doodle Road, Suite 301
Eagan, MN 55121

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