Presenting the MINN 2020 Global Report [Press Release]

  • Posted on: 23 February 2021
  • By: minnesotangos


For Immediate Release


59 Minnesota-based NGOs with budgets totaling $150 million worked in 117 foreign countries in 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 23, 2021 — 59 Minnesota-based NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) with annual operating budgets totaling in excess of $150 million worked internationally in 2020 across 117 foreign countries on six continents, according to survey data from a just-released report by the Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN).

The report, with first of its kind data from MINN, highlights the global efforts made by Minnesota organizations to fight hunger and disease, provide educational opportunities, support refugees, contribute to economic development and much more. The organizations featured in the report range from Alight (formerly American Refugee Committee) to Books For Africa to Humanitarian Services for Children of Vietnam.

(Link to report)

Minnesota’s international NGOs have a major impact around the world. MINN’s vision is to be a leader in providing “a collaborative environment for Minnesota international NGOs to learn and exchange ideas. Our efforts result in innovative and effective solutions that enrich the lives of the global community.”

Among the findings of the report:

  • Nearly 70 percent of the organizations surveyed were founded within the last 20 years.
  • About 40 percent of the organizations focus their work in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Around 22 percent of the organizations operate with annual budgets over $1 million, and about 66 percent have budgets under $500,000.
  • Nearly 90 percent rely at least partially on funding from individual donors.
  • About 40 percent have more than 10 staff members based in the U.S. and similarly about 40 percent employ more than 10 staff members based internationally.

The report provides a detailed look at the work Minnesota NGOs do around the globe, and drew praise from several Minnesota leaders.

Eric Jolly, President and Chief Executive Officer of the St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation, said that the report “clearly documents Minnesota as a key player in managing and forming compassionate and thoughtful outreach around the world. MINN creates accessible avenues for our foundation, individual donors, and the entire Minnesota community to have a global impact through philanthropy and volunteerism.

“I deeply appreciate the collective impact opportunities that MINN affords, not only to Minnesotans, but to our nation,” Jolly continued. “Through their member organizations America can convey it’s caring, compassion and engagement around the world.”

“MINN’s 2020 Global Report is a burst of sunshine,” said Mark Ritchie, former Minnesota Secretary of State and now President of Global Minnesota. “So much good work is being done by our member groups and you have captured the essence of Minnesota’s global community. MINN’s role in knitting together our international-minded organizations and individuals is crucial to the success of our region.”

Laura Bloomberg, Dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota said, “MINN is an essential part of the global-policy ecosystem in Minnesota.”

“In addition to organizing monthly programmatic and networking events, MINN has brought together Minnesota INGOs for an annual summit. Over the years the MINN Summit has strengthened networks, launched important partnerships and created opportunities for new and emerging practitioners to find mentors and allies in the field,” noted Dean Bloomberg.

A key goal of the MINN Global Report is to shed more light on the work of Minnesota-based international NGOs, and those staff members and volunteers involved in these efforts.

Rufo Jiru, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Oromia, Ethiopia and is now a MINN board member, said, “MINN makes a difference by working together with and creating connections among nonprofits and impacted communities locally and globally.” Jiru founded Anole Sisters, an organization that works with women from Oromia and which is featured in the report.

Krister Karlsson, MINN’s immediate past President who helped write the report, said the group plans to continue collecting data about Minnesota’s international NGOs in the future.

“It is our hope we will be able to add to Minnesota’s list of accolades the good work being done by these organizations and their members,” Karlsson said. “The Minnesota International NGO Network believes that more data collection will reveal that Minnesota also stands out with the number of international organizations operating with a home-base in the state and the impact their work has on the world. Last year we were able to survey 59 organizations but we estimate double that number may exist. It’s clear that more investigation is needed, and MINN looks forward to seeing even more organizations featured in our 2021 report.”

About MINN: Founded in 2005, The Minnesota International NGO Network serves to connect all international humanitarian and development practitioners and supporters based in Minnesota, through education, networking, and information resources. Whether you are new to the world of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or a seasoned veteran, MINN is your forum to connect with colleagues and stay aware of what other NGOs based in Minnesota are doing around the world.


See our Global Report here!

Krister Karlsson, 2020 MINN Board President, 651-319-2414 (mobile)
Doug Stone, Media Consultant, 651-336-9907 (mobile)