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Winona Gives is a project from the Winona Nonprofit Alliance that gives the community a way to learn more about and donate directly to nonprofits doing great work in the Winona area. Whatever cause is near and dear to your heart, there’s a local nonprofit doing that work – help them thrive by donating today! Click on any nonprofit logo to learn more and visit their website.
NEW FOR 2020: Taxpayers can claim up to a $300 tax deduction for cash contributions made in 2020 to qualifying organizations. Learn more here.
Advocacy Center of Winona
The Advocacy Center of Winona is dedicated to empowering victims/survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Our mission is to create a safer community by eliminating sexual and domestic violence. We focus on advocating for and supporting survivors Our primary focus is to ensure the safety of all survivors. Our services include crisis advocacy and direct support, coordinating community resources, legal advocacy, accompaniment/intervention, emergency shelter and relocation. All services are free of charge.
Big Brothers Big Sisters 7 Rivers Region
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region is a youth mentoring organization that works to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and the promise of the youth in our community. Donations to our program are used to grow our program, conduct thorough background checks, and provide meaningful support and resources to our families. BBBS7 is 100% donor and volunteer funded. With the state of the world, mentorship is more important than it has ever been.
Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota
Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota serves the poor and marginalized, advocates for social justice, and calls all people to the ministry of Christ.
Winona Area Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Mission: To serve businesses how and when they need us.
Chamber Vision: Be the foremost resource and advocate for businesses in the Winona area.
More than 500 students are enrolled in grades 5 - 12. Cotter serves students via day student and boarding programs. Our students come from the city of Winona, the surrounding towns, and from many countries around the world. Our students engage in academic study, faith-centered experiences, and athletic and arts activities. Cotter Schools relies on support from generous donors to continue offering a wide array of opportunities for our students in a 21st century learning environment.
COVID-19 Relief Fund
To address a growing need for emergency funds and assistance, the Winona Community Foundation Board of Directors established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to work with partner agencies to provide financial resources to individuals in an emergency. The longer it takes for our community to emerge from this pandemic, the more individuals and families will experience financial hardship. Please donate today!
Engage Winona helps residents drive community change through civic engagement and changemaking. We're seeking support for Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a mutual aid project providing support and resources to Winona residents during COVID-19 - including coordinating more than 10,000 homemade masks!
Family and Children's Center
FCC offers more than 30 programs in eight regional locations in southwestern Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota. Our services work to prevent child abuse, help individuals achieve recovery from serious mental illness & substance abuse, find healthy and stable homes for children whose parents can no longer care for them, and keep youth on track for graduation. We believe that helping to resolve problems where they occur results in greater long-term success and improved individual well-being.
The WSU Foundation exists to raise funds, steward them in perpetuity, and distribute them in ways that collaboratively support the mission of the University. We recognize those who give, and we advocate for the University to the public. The WSU Foundation is the number one source of external support for the University. We achieve this by: 1) showing an abiding interest in and appreciation for WSU and all that it does. 2) cultivating special relationships with donors who give at the highest level.
Frozen River Film Festival
The Frozen River Film Festival (FRFF) is the sole documentary-only film festival in Minnesota. Filmmakers across the globe submit films for consideration to FRFF every year, and films are screened in February for both locals and visitors during the Festival. FRFF offers films that engage, educate and activate viewers, often inspiring them to become involved in their community. These films provide unique perspectives on adventure travel, sports, environmental issues, human interest stories, and diverse cultures while showcasing the art of documentary film. Part of the Winona community for over 15 years, this year FRFF will be offering its first virtual festival (February 10-14, 2021).
Winona Friendship Center
The Winona Friendship Center provides members age 55 and over with programming and services to enhance the quality of their lives. WFC is currently fundraising to purchase technology for virtual programming (webcam and hotspots), a printer, nursing exam table, exercise stretch bands and pool cues. They also accept donations to sponsor memberships and programming for individuals who cannot afford their services.
Grace Place Inc.
To meet a large need for short term and transitional shelter options, Grace Place purchased a home that needs renovations to adhere to building codes for license requirements. We are hoping to raise $5,000 for these needed renovations.
Great River Shakespeare Festival
Great River Shakespeare Festival solicits charitable contributions to support the artistic and education programs of the organization. Ticket sales and tuition cover less than 35% of the expenditures needed to create professional level programs in our rural community. $628,000 needs to be raised from all philanthropic sources by September 30 each year.
Habitat for Humanity
Celebrating 25 years in this community, HFH is a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope. Every purchase from the Habitat ReStore supports this mission and helps make our work possible. We are currently partnering with a local family of 6 to build house #52.
Home & Community Options
HCO provides support to children and adults with developmental disabilities in southeastern Minnesota’s Winona County and the surrounding area. Services are designed to meet the physical needs of those that we serve, to build skills of independence, provide support to families/caregivers, and address any social, behavioral, or medical challenges that they might be facing. Funds raised by HCO are used to address unmet costs for basic human needs, accessible equipment, program development, etc.
Hope Harbor builds strong families by transforming lives through exceptional care that includes year-long educational program, biblical guidance, and restoration of the family unit. We operate as a Christian ministry, committed to serving teens ages 12-17, providing another option for families seeking health and reconciliation. Families receiving services from Hope Harbor are seeking help and healing for their teen involved in various behaviors that are harmful to themselves and others and find hope in a small, family style setting. We operate only through donations and families paying tuition. No family pays the full tuition, thus the need for philanthropic support.
Hope Lutheran High School
Hope Lutheran's mission is to preserve and extend the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Help us complete our new educational building by donating to our capital campaign to complete classroom space, build a gym and fellowship hall.
Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center
HVMHC was founded in 1965 to bring community-based mental health services to communities and breaking down barriers to access services. The organization has kept these core values at the forefront and over the past 50 years has expanded services into Fillmore, Houston, Goodhue, Wabasha and Winona counties. Everything done at the organization can be attributed to its mission; the community leader in delivering exceptional, responsive and consumer focused behavioral health services in our communities.
Live Well Winona
Live Well Winona continues to honor its’ mission, vision and core values through community support and collaboration. Our existence relies on private donors, community contracts, grants and fundraising efforts to keep our business viable. Join us in our efforts as we continue to improve lives.
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
Keep Art Happening at Home: Your donation will help us keep our community strong, creative, and connected during the COVID-19 Outbreak by helping us provide free and low-cost classes, lessons and art challenges. MCA is committed to providing arts education and entertainment by our expert teaching artists through both live and pre-recorded programs online. However, during these uncertain times we can't do it without your help.
Bluffview Montessori School is a public charter school that follows the teaching methods and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. As a charter school, we are an independent public school district that is governed and operated jointly by licensed teachers, parents and community members. Bluffview happens to be the first public Montessori School in the nation.
Winona Volunteer Services
Winona Volunteer Services helps people address life’s challenges in a respectful and dignified way. During COVID-19 we revamped our client choice food shelf model to an emergency distribution model; we assist individuals with vouchers and are helping the homeless “shelter in place” through our Coordinated Assistance Program; volunteers deliver Home Delivered Meals and we delivering boxes of food to people unable to get to the food shelf through an Emergency Grocery Delivery Service.
Polish Cultural Institute
The Museum’s roots stretch back to 1979, when the focus was preserving the artifacts and stories that were quickly being lost. We not only display our collections, but are working diligently to enhance the visitor experience so as to provide the context necessary to understand key museum pieces. In the end, no matter your cultural background, we hope you value your heritage and respect your ancestors’ journeys.
Winona County Primary Prevention Program
The Winona County Primary Prevention Program aims to to stop sexual and domestic violence in Winona County using the “Spectrum of Prevention”: Support Winona County coalitions and foster networks, promote education in our communities, educate providers/professionals and promote safe organizational practices. Educate public policy and legislation makers and strengthen individual knowledge and skills. Contact Helen for more information: 507-454-4677.
River Arts Alliance
River Arts Alliance focuses on arts education and support for local arts and culture. RAA works directly with artists and regional arts organizations through promotion and collaboration. RAA sponsors Family Art Day, the Winona Art Walk, and the HBC Fence mural, A History of Communication, in Levee Park. The RAA website includes a community arts calendar, artists’ webpages, and links to arts organizations’ websites. RAA offers a weekly e-newsletter that promotes our members as well as opportunities to everyone. Donations help fund our projects and operations.
Riverway Learning Community
Riverway Learning Community is a tuition-free, Minnesota public charter school authorized by Osprey Wilds, an environmental learning center in Sandstone, Minnesota. Riverway serves students in pre-primary through twelfth grade in a Montessori and PBL philosophy with an emphasis on individualized learning, environmental education. The "River-way" of learning offers educational opportunities that provide a supportive learning environment that enhances self-worth, creativity, and responsibility. RLC students develop new skills and a sense of empowerment as they take ownership of their education.
Ready Set School
Ready Set School needs your help. Winona County families are facing unprecedented financial and emotional losses, and our local nonprofit is seeing the impact of this burden firsthand. Ready Set School works to ensure all eligible K-12 students in Winona County have the basic and necessary supplies and clothing for school. In the 2020-2021 school year, 1,100 Winona County students requested vouchers which was a 36.7% increase from 2019. Please consider donating to Ready Set School during this time.
Semcac is a nonprofit, Community Action agency, established in 1966. Community Action is a movement focused on the alleviation of poverty. Our programs are focused on Semcac’s mission, to empower and advocate for people to enhance their self-sufficiency by maximizing community resources. Semcac serves people in the southeastern Minnesota counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, Steele and Winona. Some of our programs include Head Start, Senior Nutrition, Transportation, Semcac Clinic, Housing, Weatherization, Homelessness Prevention, Food Shelves and more.
Team Vogel vs Cancer
Team Vogel vs. Cancer is a group of volunteer people connected in a fight against cancer. Since 2010 we have been supporting families in the Winona area who are fighting cancer, local cancer research, and area hospital cancer patient support programs.
The Storm Trail Race Series
The Storm Trail Race Series is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that holds events to encourage people of all abilities to get outdoors and to enjoy the beautiful local trails in Southeast Minnesota. The fundraising that is done at our events and a portion of the profits are donated to local youth mental health programs.
Winona County Historical Society
The Winona County Historical Society was founded in 1935 and is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of Winona County. As a community driven organization WCHS has over 1400 members and 60 business partners. With three museums, The Winona County History Center, Historic Bunnell House, and Rural Heritage Museum, and a wide variety of programs, exhibitions, classes, and events, the WCHS strives to celebrate the communities of Winona County. Preserve the future of our past and heritage with a gift to WCHS or contact staff about special sponsorship opportunities.
We change lives through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Opening a new facility is at the heart of our ability to strengthen and improve the health and wellbeing of our community. Our new 65,000 square foot facility is based on a national model, with a strategic partnership with Winona Health. Also residing within the new space will be community partners Live Well Winona and the American Red Cross.