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Minnesota Humanities Center

The Minnesota Humanities Center is an independent, not-for-profit organization that conducts and supports cultural and educational programs throughout Minnesota. Prior to September 12, 2007, the Organization’s legal name was the Minnesota Humanities Commission. Focused on the future of our state, the Minnesota Humanities Center brings the unique resources of the humanities to the challenges and opportunities of our times. The Humanities Center works in partnerships across the state to build a thoughtful, literate, engaged society. Through the humanities, the Humanities Center builds community and brings into public life the untold stories that deepen our connections to each other

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 12/8/2011
987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106
Phone: 651-774-0105
Fax: 651-774-0205
Other Names Used formerly known as Minnesota Humanities Commission
EIN 41-1322769
Principal Staff David O'Fallon, President and CEO
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 19
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Clients Served 25,000
General Information
Board Chair Lisa Laliberte Belak
Number of Board Members 25
Board meetings with quorum 4
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 16.75
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
• Over 22,000 people in 25 communities engaged with the Why Treaties Matter exhibit to increase their knowledge and awareness of the lived experiences of American Indian Nations in Minnesota. • Over 300 educators, administrators, parents, and policy-makers convened to discuss the challenges of Minnesota’s educational system and the future of public education. • Over 1,100 educators participated in professional development programming. • More than 325 Minnesotans shared their stories and experiences through the statewide ‘Our Voices, Our Stories’ tour, hosted in collaboration with the Council on Black Minnesotans. • More than 25 schools partnered with us to support and encourage exemplary teaching and to incorporate ‘Absent Narratives’ concepts into their classrooms. • Nearly 200 individuals learned from community leaders about humanities topics and connected in thoughtful/relevant conversations at 5 public events. • The Humanities Center increased access to over 500 humanities-based videos, books, readings, and educator guides in our new online resource collection. • Two children’s books were published to address the lack of books that speak to the experience of being an Asian Pacific Islander child or youth in the United States. Shoua and the Northern Lights Dragon and The Imaginary Day support the development of English literacy skills while recognizing cultural heritage. • Twenty-four children’s museums, civics education organizations, life-long learning programs, and state councils increased the capacity of their organizations to host a traveling exhibit, evaluate programming, and/or seek grant funding. • Our Event Center hosted over 330 retreat groups, conferences, and planning meetings.
Current Goals
• Build upon and expand the Absent Narratives strategy for education that the Humanities Center has successfully begun. This strategy includes continued development of knowledge specific to cultural traditions present and emerging; professional development approaches essential to building an ever-expanding network of educators who use and improve this approach; and development of and increased access to new resources. • Build upon and expand initiatives in civics education and strengthening democracy through education and inclusion of missing voices; a high priority will be the Veteran’s Voices: Bring Them All the Way Home project in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Veteran’s Affairs. • Improve and implement “strategic thinking” in all phases, building a flexible, creative and innovative organizational culture that can respond to the continued changes and remain true to core values and mission. • Continue to grow the Humanities Event Center as a full-service conference and meeting center, expanding use by education and nonprofit sectors, and continue to improve the financial performance of the Event Center.
Community or Constituency Served
the Minnesota Humanities Center serves both educators and the general public
Geographic Area Served
the state of Minnesota
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $2,619,361 78.8%
Management: $513,426 15.4%
Fundraising: $193,055 5.8%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2011 2010 2009
End of Year: $2,706,194 $2,536,609 $2,628,529
Beginning of Year $2,536,609 $2,628,529 $2,658,891
Difference $169,585 ($91,920) ($30,362)
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $2,706,194
Based on information provided on 2009 to 2011
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