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Children's groups, including some in Alexandria, to benefit from Bremer challenge

Fifty nonprofit organizations whose common mission is improving the lives of young people in Greater Minnesota will be the beneficiaries of a giving challenge that will launch September 28 and end October 5.

Several groups in the Douglas County area are included in the effort.

The goal of the Bremer Give-to-the-Kids Challenge is to encourage people across Minnesota to support nonprofits for children by donating through, an online giving portal.

The Otto Bremer Foundation, which is sponsoring the challenge, is providing a matching grant of approximately $300,000 for the Give-to-the-Kids Challenge. Participating youth-serving nonprofits will receive a one-to-one match for the first $6,000 each organization generates through online donations made on during the campaign.

People can go online at and select the organizations they want to support.

The participating nonprofits serve communities across the state, including Alexandria, Brainerd, Marshall, Moorhead and St. Cloud.

The nonprofits range from community centers that sponsor after-school programs to organizations aimed at strengthening families through education.

"We have a long history of supporting youth programs," said Charlotte Johnson, a trustee with the Otto Bremer Foundation. "Our youth are the future of our communities, and the Bremer Give-to-the-Kids Challenge is a great opportunity for people to join in shaping those futures."

The Bremer Give-to-the-Kids Challenge also aims to introduce nonprofits throughout Greater Minnesota to new efficient and cost-effective fundraising techniques, such as online channels like

Nonprofits commonly struggle to reach their goals because of limited staff and resources. The challenge seeks to help participating nonprofits reach potential new donors as well as encourage current donors to leverage their donations through the Otto Bremer Foundation match.

"Through this challenge, donors will have an added incentive to give to a participating nonprofit of their choice, thanks to the Otto Bremer Foundation and its generous donation," said Dana Nelson, executive director of GiveMN. "The services that will be enhanced by these donations will directly affect the lives of our communities' youth, building a better future for everyone."

Here is a list of participating nonprofit organizations that are included in the Bremer Give-to-the-Kids Challenge:

West central Minnesota

Alexandria Area YMCA

Club 1 Alex, Inc.

Permanent Family Resource Center

Richland-Wilkin Kinship Program

Valley-Lake Boys' Home

Central Minnesota

Anna Marie's Alliance

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Minnesota

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota

Bridges of Hope

Cass County-Leech Lake Reservation

Central Lakes College Foundation

Child Care Choices, Inc.

Communities Investing in Families

Cuyuna Range Youth Center, Inc.

Friendship Ventures dba Children's Disability Service

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines

Kinship of Aitkin County

Kinship Partners, Inc.

Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project

Morrison County United Way, Inc.

New Pathways, Inc.

Northwoods Coalition for Family Safety, Inc.

Pillager Family Council

Pine River-Backus Family Center

Professional Association of Treatment Homes (PATH)

The Red Lake Nation Boys & Girls Club of America

Riverview Church/The Warehouse

St. Cloud Area Somali Salvation Organization

St. Cloud Area Somali Women's Association

United Way of Central Minnesota

Youth Investment Foundation AKA Timber Bay

Northwestern Minnesota

Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes, Inc.

Centro Cultural de Fargo/Moorhead

Lakes Crisis and Resource Center

Youth Alive of Barnesville, Inc.

Northern Minnesota

Falls Hunger Coalition, Inc.

Friends Against Abuse

United Way of Northeastern Minnesota

Southwestern Minnesota

The Arc of Minnesota Southwest

Child Care and Nutrition, Inc.

Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA

New Horizons Crisis Center

Redwood Area Communities Foundation, Inc./Sunktanka Program

Safe Avenues aka Shelter House, Inc.

Salvation Army Northern Division

Tracy Kids World

United Way of West Central Minnesota

West Central Industries, Inc.

West Central Minnesota Youth for Christ

Western Community Action, Inc.