Volunteering + Nonprofits

Good Deeds: 2012 Volunteer Hall of Fame

Ten outstanding volunteers who make a positive difference around the Twin Cities.

Photo by Stephanie Colgan


Christopher Hampton

» The Multitasker - Patty Murphy

“I hope to use my God-given talents to serve to the best of my ability.”
—Patty Murphy

When it comes to volunteer work, Patty Murphy is quite a multitasker. She learned those skills from the Junior League of Minneapolis when she joined 36 years ago. “The Junior League taught me how to run a successful meeting, the importance of parliamentary procedure, and how to communicate effectively,” she says. “It provided a blueprint for lifelong volunteer work.” Today Murphy uses those skills to help a variety of local organizations. She’s a 17-year volunteer for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, she’s on the board for the MacPhail Center for Music, she serves on Colonial Church’s council, and she recently joined the board of Northside Achievement Zone. “Whether it’s being a caring soul, a problem solver, an advocate, crusader, or dreamer, all volunteers play a role in making our community a better place,” she says. “I hope to use my God-given talents to serve to the best of my ability.”


Christopher Hampton

» The Art Advocate - Larry Perlman

“Find an organization that you think is important, that you’re passionate about and you want to learn about. Find a way to work with them.”
—Larry Perlman

“I have the distinction of being both the oldest and youngest trustee of the Walker,” says Larry Perlman, a Walker Art Center volunteer for more than 30 years. He’s served on numerous committees including strategic planning, governance, construction, finance, acquisition, and development. “We’re blessed in the Twin Cities, because we have several generations of families who have created a wonderful cultural community,” Perlman says. “My generation and the generation that follows have a responsibility to continue that.” Perlman’s other volunteer credits include the Minnesota Orchestra, Carleton College, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Public Radio, and the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation.


Christopher Hampton

»The Animal Lover - Edith Shumaker

“With the Internet, you can find out so much about organizations just by sitting at home and surfing.”
—Edith Shumaker

Growing up as an only child, Edith Shumaker developed a special connection with animals and an early appreciation for the important role pets can play in a family. “I always say my siblings were a German shepherd and a Chesapeake,” she says. In 1990, she started volunteering with the Animal Humane Society. She cared for scared animals and helped them overcome their fears. The staff quickly recognized Shumaker’s talent and asked her to organize the volunteer program. Today Shumaker coordinates schedules for more than 40 volunteers and trains workers. “It’s really satisfying to see pets and people connect,” she says. “Many people who come here say that getting a pet makes their family complete. Volunteering [at the Animal Humane Society] is really satisfying. It’s almost a selfish thing to do.”

Corporate All-Stars

Minnesota businesses give back in big ways.
Here are our 10 most generous corporations.
  1. Target
  2. General Mills
  3. Cargill
  4. UnitedHealth Group
  5. Medtronic
  6. 3M
  7. U.S. Bancorp
  8.  Best Buy
  9. Travelers Companies
  10. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Source: Minnesota Council on Foundations’ “Top 25 Minnesota


Giving Back - By the Numbers

$1.37 billion

Combined amount Minnesota’s corporations give annually


Minnesota’s national rank in foundation giving per capita


Number of active grantmakers in Minnesota:
85 percent - of those are private foundations,
9 percent - are corporate foundations and giving programs, and
6 percent - are community/public foundations


Nod to the Past

Since 1989, we’ve honored more than 200 volunteers,
many of whom continue to make a difference in our community to this day.
Here’s a list of some of the do-gooders who continue to wow us.

Blythe Brenden
Jim Campbell
Roxanne Givens Copeland
Fran Davis
Charles M. Denny Jr.
Archie Givens
Luella Gross Goldberg
Marialice Harwood
Nancy Lindahl
Dick McFarland
Dave Mona
Linda Mona
Michelle Grabanski Pohlad
Tom Swain
Kathy Tunheim