» The Multitasker - Patty Murphy
“I hope to use my God-given talents to serve to the best of my ability.”
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.”
» 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.”
“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.
»The Animal Lover - Edith Shumaker
“With the Internet, you can find out so much about organizations just by sitting at home and surfing.”
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.”
Minnesota businesses give back in big ways.
Here are our 10 most generous corporations.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Source: Minnesota Council on Foundations’ “Top 25 Minnesota
Giving Back - By the Numbers
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.
Roxanne Givens Copeland
Charles M. Denny Jr.
Luella Gross Goldberg
Michelle Grabanski Pohlad