Over $1.5 Million has been Invested Back into the Minnesota Community Since December 2021


Thielen Foundation is pledging a one million dollar donation which will be shared between eight different Minnesota-based non-profit organizations.

For the second time in ten months, Thielen Foundation is making a significant donation to the children and people of the Minnesota community. In December 2021, they donated a gift of $375,000 to 11 separate organizations throughout the state of Minnesota.

At the heart of these gifts is the Thielen Foundation’s mission which is founded on serving, educating and inspiring those in need to achieve their full potential. Whether it be their Change-Thru-Sport program, mental health support or their on-going partnership with local high schools, Thielen Foundation’s purpose has never waivered and the great work of these organizations align perfectly with their objectives.

The all-around vision and proficiencies of these eight specific organizations include everything from mental health care, to academic and athletic programming, to mentoring to spiritual guidance to nutrition and physical wellness and more for youth. These are all causes that Thielen Foundation has fully supported since its inception four years ago.

“The partnership organizations that we are supporting with these gifts have established programs, networks and staff that perfectly align with Thielen Foundation’s mission and our donations allow us to positively impact the lives of many youth immediately,” said Amy Sinclair, Executive Director of Thielen Foundation. “’We will be working with each organization to utilize the funds in a specific immediate need area for those they serve. We are honored to stand
alongside such competent organizations that are equally committed to helping local youth reach
their full potential.”

The eight organizations selected to benefit from this gift are as follows:

● $250,000 – V3 Sports – North Mpls Sports Facility with Olympic Pool
● $150,000 – Nexus-Gerard Family Healing
● $100,000 – Children’s Minnesota Hospital
● $100,000 – Urban Ventures
● $100,000 – Second Harvest Heartland and MN Central Kitchen
● $100,000 – Salvation Army – Twin Cities
● $100,000 – M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital
● $100,000 – Northside Achievement Zone

“Thielen Foundation has been incredibly generous to Urban Ventures and our community. This gift will allow Urban Ventures to outreach to our community in new ways through athletics and other wellness activities, allowing us to build new and deeper mentoring relationships with youth in our community,” said Dave Hawn, President and CEO of Urban Ventures.

About The Organizations

About V3 Sports:

In September 2017, V3 Sports purchased its future site at 701 Plymouth Ave. North in Minneapolis. The V3 Center will be a place of pride for the Northside. It has been designed to be a beacon of hope as well as a focal point bridging the Northside to Downtown. Most importantly, the building will serve as a hub for the community to gather and grow together with a mission of providing health, wellness, equity, and opportunity through fitness, watersafety, education, and economic impact.

About Nexus-Gerard Family Healing

Nexus-Gerard Family Healing is part of Nexus Family Healing, a national nonprofit network of mental health agencies with over 50 years of restoring hope for thousands of children, families through mental health services. We use innovative, personalized approaches to heal trauma, break cycles of harm, and reshape futures. We believe every child is worth it — and every family matters.

About Children’s MN Hospital

Children’s Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health systems in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children’s Minnesota is one system serving kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, nine primary care clinics, multiple specialty clinics and seven rehabilitation sites. As The Kids ExpertsTM in our region, Children’s Minnesota is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children’s hospital.

About Urban Ventures

Urban Ventures provides cradle-to-career programming to address opportunity gaps in academics, nutrition, physical fitness, parenting resources, and more—all with the overarching goal to prepare and send every youth in our neighborhood to college or post-secondary education.

About Second Harvest Heartland and MN Central Kitchen

Second Harvest Heartland believes no one should ever go hungry, as our region produces more than enough food for everyone. Helping hungry neighbors find their next meal—so they can thrive at work, in the classroom and in their communities—is what drives Second Harvest Heartland, its partners and supporters. Beyond feeding hungry neighbors, Second Harvest Heartland believes in the importance of our work to help sustain our environment.

About Salvation Army – Twin Cities

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its
ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

About M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital

We provide a broad range of pediatric programs from surgery, imaging and neonatal and pediatric intensive care to cardiac and oncology (cancer care) services and blood and marrow and organ transplantation. Through teamwork and collaboration, we respectfully address the physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs of pediatric patients and their families.

About Northside Achievement Zone

Our mission is to end generational poverty and build a culture of achievement in North Minneapolis where all low-income children of color graduate from high school college- and career-ready. We accomplish this through collaboration with parents, community organizations, and schools.

About Thielen Foundation

With an overarching theme on youth development, Thielen Foundation aims to create programs that serve, educate and inspire those in need so they’re
equipped and empowered to reach their full potential in life. Thielen Foundation was founded in 2018, and to date has donated more than $2.5 M

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