Minnesota Children’s Museum survives and thrives during a year of joy and challenges

Time & Space for Playful Learning

From the irresistible pretend town in Our World to the delightful toddler play spaces in Sprouts, our experiences spark joy and foster growth through the awesome power of play.

The COVID pandemic upended the world. At the museum, our spirits were tested, but did not break. Instead, we rallied together.

Our staff, board members and other supporters tapped the skills we learned through play to adapt: Creative thinking, perseverance and collaboration.

Supporting Families

  • We provided parents and other caregivers with tips, play-at-home ideas and virtual parenting seminars

Health & Safety First

  • The museum reopened in August 2020 with many safety precautions in place, including limited capacity, social distancing, mask requirements and robust cleaning regimens

New Offering

  • The museum launched Private Play Time in October, allowing small groups to rent an exhibit for exclusive play time before regular hours

Adapting to a Changed World

Play sparks joy. Play brings families together. In challenging times, play heals the toxic effects of stress.

That’s why the museum champions the power of play now more than ever. In an era of upheaval, our vision remains unchanged:

 

“Kids play more. Adults do, too. All families thrive in happier, healthier and more innovative community through the radiant power of play.”

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Working Toward Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Minnesota Children’s Museum believes play is powerful and universal, uniting people across cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. We are committed to serving our entire community.

Our organization acknowledges the reality that people of color and indigenous people in Minnesota experience levels of socioeconomic, legal and educational inequality that are among the worst in the nation. This reality is why we work toward equitable outcomes for members of racial and ethnic groups.

Highlights of our recent efforts to be an inclusive and welcoming organization include:

  • Completed program via the international Of/By/For All initiative to build capacity for engaging audiences of color
  • Provided more than 5,000 scholarship memberships and welcomed 25% of our visitors through free and reduced-price programs

We have committed to making progress within our own organization. Our priorities are:

  • Improve retention of BIPOC staff
  • Achieve 30% BIPOC representation on senior leadership
  • Adopt inclusion accountability standards for people leaders
George Floyd Mural

Minnesota Children’s Museum survives and thrives during a year of joy and challenges

Time & Space for Playful Learning

From the irresistible pretend town in Our World to the delightful toddler play spaces in Sprouts, our experiences spark joy and foster growth through the awesome power of play.

Adapting to a Changed World

The COVID pandemic upended the world. At the museum, our spirits were tested, but did not break. Instead, we rallied together.

Our staff, board members and other supporters tapped the skills we learned through play to adapt: Creative thinking, perseverance and collaboration.

Supporting Families

  • We provided parents and other caregivers with tips, play-at-home ideas and virtual parenting seminars

Health & Safety First

  • The museum reopened in August 2020 with many safety precautions in place, including limited capacity, social distancing, mask requirements and robust cleaning regimens

New Offering

  • The museum launched Private Play Time in October, allowing small groups to rent an exhibit for exclusive play time before regular hours

Play sparks joy. Play brings families together. In challenging times, play heals the toxic effects of stress.

That’s why the museum champions the power of play now more than ever. In an era of upheaval, our vision remains unchanged:

 

“Kids play more. Adults do, too. All families thrive in happier, healthier and more innovative community through the radiant power of play.”

exterior-expansion

Working Toward Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Minnesota Children’s Museum believes play is powerful and universal, uniting people across cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. We are committed to serving our entire community.

Our organization acknowledges the reality that people of color and indigenous people in Minnesota experience levels of socioeconomic, legal and educational inequality that are among the worst in the nation. This reality is why we work toward equitable outcomes for members of racial and ethnic groups.

Highlights of our recent efforts to be an inclusive and welcoming organization include:

  • Completed program via the international Of/By/For All initiative to build capacity for engaging audiences of color
  • Provided more than 5,000 scholarship memberships and welcomed 25% of our visitors through free and reduced-price programs

We have committed to making progress within our own organization. Our priorities are:

  • Improve retention of BIPOC staff
  • Achieve 30% BIPOC representation on senior leadership
  • Adopt inclusion accountability standards for people leaders
George Floyd Mural

You brought us hope. While our doors were closed our playful spirits remained wide open – thanks to YOU.

Minnesota Children’s Museum wouldn’t exist without the generous support from our donors. You helped us adapt and continue to be a resource for so many. On behalf of everyone who loves playing with us, a huge “Thank you!” to all of our contributors.

The pandemic put the museum in a difficult financial position. If you’d like to help our organization remain strong and viable, please consider making a donation today.

LEADERSHIP & BOARD

Dianne Krizan, President

Briana Geurink, Vice President of Philanthropy

Bob Ingrassia, Vice President of External Relations

Joe Olson, Vice President of Museum Experience

Board of Directors

Officers

Michael Fiddelke, Chair of the Board, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Target

Suzette Huovinen, Chair Elect and Treasurer, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Premier Life Insurance Company

Kate McRoberts, Secretary, Managing Partner, Fathom Consulting

Board Members

Will Au-Yeung, Vice President, Finance, Off-Road/Snow Vehicles, Polaris

Kelly Axtell, Senior Manager, Global Sales & Service Enablement, RBC Global Asset Management

Kevin Balon, Senior Vice President, Transformation Office – Allocation & Governance, Best Buy

Debra Bauler, CIO, Cargill Protein and Salt

Robert Befidi, Division Vice President, 3M Separation and Purification Sciences Division​, 3M

Jennifer Bratton, Managing Director & Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Matt Brown, Partner, Tax Services, Lurie, LLP

Tony Brown, Director, Risk Assurance, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Adrian Chiu, Vice President, Total Rewards & HR Technology, Pentair

Elizabeth Cummings, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Hayley Cunningham Tang, Community Banking Digital Lead, U.S. Bank

Gerald Denson, Vice President, Value-Added Services, Brenntag North America

Liz Deziel, Parent

Albino Feijo, Parent

HT Fish, Private Citizen and Community Volunteer

Abbey Godlewski, Vice President – Private Client Advisor, Private Bank, Bank of America

Krista Hagen, MD, Southdale Pediatrics

Julie Joyce, Chief Corporate Actuary, Travelers

Michael Kaphing, Shareholder, Briggs & Morgan

Chris Kelley, President & Senior Portfolio Manager, Compass Capital

 Jim Mancini, Vice President, C.H. Robinson

Steve Mog, Senior Vice President and General Manager, The Home Depot Division, Andersen Corp.

James Momon, Chief Equity Officer, 3M

Jim Mulrooney, Vice President/Relationship Team Lead, Wells Fargo Government and Institutional Banking

Tim Noel, CEO of Medicare and Retirement, UnitedHealthcare 

Pilar Oppedisano, Head of JP Morgan Private Bank, Minnesota

Gail Peterson, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Communications, Ecolab

Scott Peterson, Vice President Hospitality & Residential Development, United Properties

Andrea Piepho, Director, Actuary, Thrivent Financial

Elisa Rasmussen, Manager Community Relations and Foundation, Xcel Energy

Liz Revnew Wolf, Vice President and Chief Counsel, CSH & APV, Medtronic

Elizabeth Rominski, Parent

Nicole Sever, Director & Market Executive Commercial Banking, BMO Harris Bank

Kimberlee Sinclair, Director Global Communications & Foundation Executive Director, HB Fuller

Cassidy Steiner, Elementary Teacher, Blake School

Katharine Tinucci, Director – Corporate Communications, Endeavor Air

Robert Wollan, Senior Managing Director, Accenture (retired)

Drew Zinkel, MD, Associate Medical Director for Quality, HealthPartners Health Plan

 

INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTORS
$25,000 and above

Anonymous
William and Mary Bowman
Martin & Esther Capp Foundation
Leigh and Judy Johnson
Martha M. MacMillan
Rebecca and Bradley Nuss
Suzanne C. and William B. Payne
Jack and Mary Ann Remick
William Schmoker Family Foundation
Drs. Mark and Mary Ellen Warner

$10,000-$24,999

Ann Ferreira and Jon Reissner
Michael and Brandy Fiddelke
HT Fish and Kathryn Nelson
Dr. Randall and Loree Flick
Kim and Willard Hunnewell
Andrea and Chris Piepho
Dick and Kit Schmoker

$5,000-$9,999

Mary Ellen Arvanitis
William and Caroline Au-Yeung
Kevin and Julie Balon
Matthew and Ashley Brown
Adrian and Cynthia Chiu
John and Gretchen Corkrean
Kate and Doug Donaldson
Lisa Farrell
Nancy Hatch
Elizabeth Hlavka and Ed Hlavka
Suzette and Michael Huovinen
Julie Joyce and Kyle Falconbury
Chris and Courtney Kelley
James Momon
Rhoda and Gregory Olsen
Liz and Tom Revnew Wolf
Jeffrey and Helene Slocum
Ed and Val Spencer
Terri Tersteeg and James Peterson
Sharon and Alan Tuntland
Chris Wendland
Robert and Carolyn Wollan
Michael and Marilee Wood

$2,500-$4,999

Susan and David Ahlquist
Kelly and Mike Axtell
Robert and Jeannine Befidi
Jennifer Bratton and Keith Waxelman
Melissa Brinkman
Anthony and Christy Brown
Kenneth Brown
James C. Burroughs II
Steve Christenson and Lisa Hondros
Joel and Melissa Conaway
Elizabeth and Gregg Cummings
Steve and Hayley Tang
Gerald and Christine Denson
Liz Deziel and Tom Stukel
Albino and Claudia Feijo
Dr. Randall and Loree Flick
Amy Giovanini and Ben Ahrens
Abbey Godlewski
James and Krista Hagen
The Head Family Foundation
Dianne and Scott Krizan
Philip and Sarah Krump
Angela Malloy
Kate and Ian McRoberts
Steve and Diane Mog
Tim and Sara Noel
Gail and Greg Peterson
The William Plummer Family
Elizabeth and Rob Rominski
Beth and Dave Sherden
Cassidy and Andrew Steiner
Keith Turner
Jeanne M. Voigt Foundation
Steve and Sara Zawoyski
Andrew and Cate Zinkel

$1,000-$2,499
Mark Addicks
Charlene and Mark Altman
Sarah J. Andersen and Chris Hayner
Bruce and Martha Atwater
Brad and Holly Boehne
Ann and Jay Boekhoff
Sarah Ross Caruso
Chad and Maggie Dayton
Martha Dayton and Thomas Nelson
The Driscoll Foundation
Paul and Jennifer Dzubnar
Greg Epsom and Kristin Garlanger
Justin Flattum
Jeff and Kristi Fox
Briana and Arend Geurink
Dan and Jill Gustafson
Barbara Hahn and Paul Neseth
Thomas and Susan Handley
John Heizer
Shelley and Jeff Henry
Jenny Hosfeld
Kurt Johnson
Julie and Lawrence Kimble
Eric and Katherine Kirchner
Laurence and Jean LeJeune
The McKoy Family
Kari and Grant Michaletz
James Mulrooney
Laura Nichols-Endres and Jake Endres
Susan Oberman Smith and Doug Smith
Phil & Cassy Ordway – Nushka Fund
John and Marla Ordway Charitable Lead Trust
Bart and Kandi Osborn
Ms. Deanna H. Pafundi
Marcia Page and John Huepenbecker
Chris Pohlad
Rebecca Poindexter
Kathryn and Daniel Rominski
Juliana Rupert
Karen and Steve Sanger
Jean Schlemmer
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Sloan
John Wade
Karel M. Weigel
Tanya and David Yerich
$500-$999
Anonymous
Siyad Abdullahi
Timothy J. Anderson
Steven Beck
Betsy Buehrer
Edward and Tina Butler
Elaine Case
Amanda and Ben Daxon
Tim and Kayla Deutsch
Julie Domaille and Jack Gross
Allison L. Gredesky
Jack Hansen and Joan Legare Hansen
Taylor and Sara Harwood
Eric Hunt
Bob Ingrassia and Lida Poletz
Dr. Arthur W. Kaemmer
Phyllis Kahn
Steve King and Susan Boren
Tessa Leung
John and Jennifer Marshall
Martha and Bill Meyers
Penny and Scott Norquist
Joseph and Lisa Olson
Christy O’Shea Novak and Joby Novak
Joshua Peterson
Marcus and Ali Ploeger
Rhoda and Paul Redleaf
Carleen Rhodes
Marcia and Gary Richter
John Riehle
William and Dolores Rivard
Elizabeth and John Sebastian
Craig Warren
$250-$499
Grace Arnold and Joel Donham
Jeff and Kassie Beck
Emily Botten
Betty and Donald Cooke
Jeanne Corwin
William and Susan Costello
Bobbie Deans
Ms. Barbara Deisting
Cindy Docteur-White and Brett White
Dr. Traci Downs
Holly and Mickey Elias
Darcy and Leanne Elmer
Shanti Freitas and Ezra Zeitler
Michelle Greenleaf
Christopher and Camila Hallemeier
La Von Hammes
Sara Hill
Erik and Lucie Holmgreen
Elizabeth A. Jesso
Michael Kaphing
Carrie and Joe Larson
David Lindsay and Liz Carraro
Timothy and Janice Maudlin
Andrea and Larry McGough Fund of the Catholic Community Foundation
David and Kristine McKinney
Mary and Philip Nielsen
Molly O’Shaughnessy and Michael Monahan
Mr. Eugene Piccolo
Barb and Bill Poblete
Steven Purcell and Collette Michaud
Jonathan Rosas and Allison Matykiewicz
Melissa and Jason Sanders
Samantha and Andrew Saunders
Charles Schmidt and Kisha Delain
Jeanne Smith
Katharine Tinucci
Jessica A. Turgeon
Jeanne Vergeront and Andrew Dick
$100-$249
Anonymous
Deb Ahlquist and Steve Mundt
Alexandra Anderson
Beth and Richard Anderson
Lauren Baker and Eric Black
Darci Renee Barker
Amy Baskin
Gary and Kristine Behm
Aaron and Allison Benike
Jonathan and Jennifer Berg
Ryan Bierwerth
Patrick Braun and Karen Rabenau
Christine and Kevin Bright
Ann and Michael Brilley
Sharon and Michael Burstein
Jane Campion
Nick and Megan Campion
Michael and Elizabeth Carpenter
Jonathan Cass
Mr. Chris P. Claude
Brian and Rebecca Cline
Patricia Cotter
Kevin and Rachel Currie
Justin and Hilary Dubrock
Raechel and Chris Ducharme
Ralph D. Ebbott
Marilyn and Marvin Eckerle
Peter Eckman and Erika Olson
Lindsey and Benjamin Edwards
Alisha Eiken
Nancy Ellis
Lauren and Matthew Erickson
Margaret Ferris
Katherine Simon Frank and Richard Kain
Xavier Frigola-Baro and Noemi Vidal-Folch
Fred and Marie Friswold
Tracey and Jim Fritcher
Howard and Heidi Gilbert
Jonathan Graff-Radford and Deirdre Pachman
Carl Granberg
Bethany and Chad Griffith
Liz and Tim Habermann
Ruth Hanold Crane
Mr. Maurice Hearne and Lori Holridre
Stephanie Heim
Taylor and Ryan Hoehn
Craig and Meghan Howe
Clifton and Melissa Hull
Paul and Suzanne Humbert
Anne Katherine Hust
Lisa Imbryk
Clayton Jelinek
Robynn and Mike Jensen
Amanda and Tyler Johnstone
Catherine Jones
Shirley and Arnold Kaplan
Anne M. Kilzer
Matthew Kim and Maria Dahmus
Sharon Kimble
Judy Klatt
Rick and Julie Kleinschmidt
Christa Knudsen
Christina Koutsari and Konstantinos Lazaridis
Thomas Kovaleski and Dominique Williams
Kenneth and Hannah Lakin
Don and Marlyce Lee
Nick Lensing
Troy Lindloff and Emily Colbenson
Carl and Evangeline Lundstrom
Daniel Lupton and Claire Wahmanholm
Christopher Martin and Allisyn Deyo-Martin
Andre Messias Krell Pedro and Carolina Krell
Heidi Mestad
Linda Miller and John Hick
Sharon and Jane Moran
Chouhei and Liz Mullin
Bridget Murphy
Dr. Shruthi Naik
Jack and Barbara Nichols
Kim Norton
Sarah and Dan Oehlerts
Pamela and Thomas Olander
Madeline and Conor O’Phelan
Kari and Karlen Padayachee
Kelly and Tom Patterson
Catherine Paulson
Kristi Pencille
Jane and Arthur Peterson
Michael A. Phillipson
Sarah and Michael Pontius
Brian Poulton
Patricia Price
Bridget and Nicholas Pulos
Kim and Benjamin Ramsden
John and Kersten Reich
Stanley Rein
Matthew and Chantel Remick
Janelle and Peter Rimmereid
Wint and Tina Ritchie
Kevin and Britta Ritz
Nora Rogers
Keefe Russell and Janine Aykens
John Scheuermann and Meghan Mahoney
Colleen and Erich Schlieper
Rebecca and Curtis Seavey
John Sebastian
Judith and James Seward
Neala Shager and Keith Lunzer
Syed Shah and Daniel Kodet
Wayne and Julie Shipman
Katherine Smith
Ryan and Rachael Staab
Nick and Lacey Stenson
Laurel Stephenson
Becky and Paul Stever
Trupti and Erik Storlie
Sanden Totten
Michael Traynor and Antinea Ascione
Craig Vanderah
Vickie VanNess
Caroline Wack
Monica and David Walsh
Blake A. Ward
Jonah Waxman and Sandra Reid
Kathryn C. Wegler
Erich Weidner
Charlotte A Wentzell
Anamarie and Michael Whitaker
Bridget Williams
John Wondra
Doris Wong Graf
Katee and Ben Wutt
Ami Ostara Zerwas
Pamela Zimba
CORPORATE, FOUNDATION AND GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTORS
$500,000 and above

City of St. Paul Cultural STAR Program
Harper Family Foundation
State of Minnesota

$250,000-$499,999
Mayo Clinic
Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota Humanities Center
$100,000-$249,999
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
Target Corporation and Foundation
Think Mutual Bank
$50,000-$99,999
3M Corporation and Foundation
Otto Bremer Trust
The Cargill Foundation
General Mills Foundation
The Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation
Rochester Athletic Club
UnitedHealthcare
$25,000-$49,999
Altra Federal Credit Union
Andersen Corporation and Corporate Foundation
Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation
Hugh J. Andersen Foundation
Best Buy Company, Inc. and Foundation
BMO Harris Bank
City of Rochester
David B. Jones Foundation
Ecolab Inc. and Foundation
Google for Nonprofits
Kwik Trip
New Horizon Academy
Travelers Foundation
Xcel Energy Corporation and Foundation
$10,000-$24,999
Bowman Tool and Machining
Candyland
Carlson Family Foundation
Comcast
Hardenbergh Foundation
International School of Minnesota
Macy’s, Inc.
Minnwest Bank
National Endowment for the Arts
Polaris Industries Inc
Premier Banks
Rochester Area Foundation
Rochester Public Utilities
Securian Financial Foundation
Star Tribune
Taft
Thrivent Financial and Thrivent Financial Foundation
U.S. Bancorp and U.S. Bank Foundation
U.S. Small Business Administration
UBS Financial Services
Wells Fargo Bank and Foundation
$5,000-$9,999
Accenture
Boss Foundation
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation
Custom Alarm
Dellwood Foundation, Inc.
Emerson
International Paper
Margaret H. & James E. Kelley Foundation, Inc.
Lurie LLP
Midwest Floor Solutions
RBC Foundation – USA
Margaret Rivers Fund
Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Sanibel Captiva Trust Company
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Tennant Foundation
$2,500-$4,999

Bank of America Foundation
Children’s Minnesota
Compass Capital Management
Eide Bailly
HealthPartners
Hightop Hospitality
JE Dunn Construction
Merchants Bank
North Sky Health Consulting LLC
Peregrine Capital Management, Inc.
The Elizabeth C. Quinlan Foundation, Inc.
RBC Global Asset Management
Sit Investment Associates, Inc.
United Properties
Archie D. & Bertha H. Walker Foundation

$1,000-$2,499
Associated Bank
Atlas Insurance Brokers, LLC
Lillian Wright & C. Emil Berglund Foundation
Benike Construction
Bowlocity
Cameo
Casablanca
Chester’s Kitchen and Bar
Clements Chevrolet-Cadillac
Community Charities of Minnesota
Enterprise Holdings Foundation
Federated Insurance Company
Grand Rounds Brew Pub
H.B. Fuller Company Foundation
J. Powers Hilton
Kahler Corporation
Kars4Kids
Kraus-Anderson Construction Company – Rochester
Kris Lindahl Real Estate
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Pace International
Paramark Real Estate Services
Prairie Island Indian Community
Rochester Golf and Country Club
Rotary Club of Rochester
Somerby Golf Club
TLS Companies LLC
Victoria’s Fine Italian Cuisine
Waste Management Corporation
$250-$999
Ameriprise Financial – Rochester
Aspen Waste Systems Inc.
Boker’s Incorporated
Bremer Bank, St. Paul
Carpenter’s Local 1382
Crenlo, Inc.
Dolan Printing
Dunlap & Seeger, P.A.
Foresight Bank
IBM International Foundation
Kahn Brothers LLC
Mayo Civic Center
Mayo Employees Federal Credit Union
Meshbesher & Spence, Ltd.
Minnesota Corrugated Box, Inc.
Olmsted Medical Center
Porch & Cellar LLC
Project Get Outdoors, Inc.
Quarry Hill Park Animal Hospital
Rochester Central Lutheran School
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – Rochester Center
Smith Foundry Company
Smith Schafer & Associates, LTD
Spire Federal Credit Union
Wendland Utz, Ltd
West Bank
Winona State University
$100-249
Hometown Haulers LLC
A. Johnson & Sons Florist Inc.
Rochester MN Moms Blog, LLC
Seneca Foods Foundation
Two Men and a Truck Moving
Widseth Smith Nolting

Dianne Krizan, President

You brought us hope. While our doors were closed our playful spirits remained wide open – thanks to YOU.

Minnesota Children’s Museum wouldn’t exist without the generous support from our donors. You helped us adapt and continue to be a resource for so many. On behalf of everyone who loves playing with us, a huge “Thank you!” to all of our contributors.

The pandemic put the museum in a difficult financial position. In March 2020 we experienced an extended closure during what would typically be our greatest months of revenue. We took measures to put the museum in the best possible place, reducing our staffing and overall budget.

Play doesn’t stop – in fact it’s extremely important. Not only does play provide learning and important skills, it also helps battle toxic stress and create joy in families. We have remained committed to be a resource for the community whether our doors are open or closed. The financial impact from the pandemic will be lasting. To help ensure Minnesota Children’s Museum remains a strong and viable organization, please consider making a donation today.

LEADERSHIP & BOARD

Dianne Krizan, President

Briana Geurink, Vice President of Philanthropy

Bob Ingrassia, Vice President of External Relations

Joe Olson, Vice President of Museum Experience

Board of Directors

Officers

Michael Fiddelke, Chair of the Board, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Target

Suzette Huovinen, Chair Elect and Treasurer, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Premier Life Insurance Company

Kate McRoberts, Secretary, Managing Partner, Fathom Consulting

Board Members

Will Au-Yeung, Vice President, Finance, Off-Road/Snow Vehicles, Polaris

Kelly Axtell, Senior Manager, Global Sales & Service Enablement, RBC Global Asset Management

Kevin Balon, Senior Vice President, Transformation Office – Allocation & Governance, Best Buy

Debra Bauler, CIO, Cargill Protein and Salt

Robert Befidi, Division Vice President, 3M Separation and Purification Sciences Division​, 3M

Jennifer Bratton, Managing Director & Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Matt Brown, Partner, Tax Services, Lurie, LLP

Tony Brown, Director, Risk Assurance, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Adrian Chiu, Vice President, Total Rewards & HR Technology, Pentair

Elizabeth Cummings, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Hayley Cunningham Tang, Community Banking Digital Lead, U.S. Bank

Gerald Denson, Vice President, Value-Added Services, Brenntag North America

Liz Deziel, Parent

Albino Feijo, Parent

HT Fish, Private Citizen and Community Volunteer

Abbey Godlewski, Vice President – Private Client Advisor, Private Bank, Bank of America

Krista Hagen, MD, Southdale Pediatrics

Julie Joyce, Chief Corporate Actuary, Travelers

Michael Kaphing, Shareholder, Briggs & Morgan

Chris Kelley, President & Senior Portfolio Manager, Compass Capital

 Jim Mancini, Vice President, C.H. Robinson

Steve Mog, Senior Vice President and General Manager, The Home Depot Division, Andersen Corp.

James Momon, Chief Equity Officer, 3M

Jim Mulrooney, Vice President/Relationship Team Lead, Wells Fargo Government and Institutional Banking

Tim Noel, CEO of Medicare and Retirement, UnitedHealthcare 

Pilar Oppedisano, Head of JP Morgan Private Bank, Minnesota

Gail Peterson, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Communications, Ecolab

Scott Peterson, Vice President Hospitality & Residential Development, United Properties

Andrea Piepho, Director, Actuary, Thrivent Financial

Elisa Rasmussen, Manager Community Relations and Foundation, Xcel Energy

Liz Revnew Wolf, Vice President and Chief Counsel, CSH & APV, Medtronic

Elizabeth Rominski, Parent

Nicole Sever, Director & Market Executive Commercial Banking, BMO Harris Bank

Kimberlee Sinclair, Director Global Communications & Foundation Executive Director, HB Fuller

Cassidy Steiner, Elementary Teacher, Blake School

Katharine Tinucci, Director – Corporate Communications, Endeavor Air

Robert Wollan, Senior Managing Director, Accenture (retired)

Drew Zinkel, MD, Associate Medical Director for Quality, HealthPartners Health Plan

 

INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTORS
$25,000 and above

Anonymous
William and Mary Bowman
Martin & Esther Capp Foundation
Leigh and Judy Johnson
Martha M. MacMillan
Rebecca and Bradley Nuss
Suzanne C. and William B. Payne
Jack and Mary Ann Remick
William Schmoker Family Foundation
Drs. Mark and Mary Ellen Warner

$1,000-$2,499
Mark Addicks
Charlene and Mark Altman
Sarah J. Andersen and Chris Hayner
Bruce and Martha Atwater
Brad and Holly Boehne
Ann and Jay Boekhoff
Sarah Ross Caruso
Chad and Maggie Dayton
Martha Dayton and Thomas Nelson
The Driscoll Foundation
Paul and Jennifer Dzubnar
Greg Epsom and Kristin Garlanger
Justin Flattum
Jeff and Kristi Fox
Briana and Arend Geurink
Dan and Jill Gustafson
Barbara Hahn and Paul Neseth
Thomas and Susan Handley
John Heizer
Shelley and Jeff Henry
Jenny Hosfeld
Kurt Johnson
Julie and Lawrence Kimble
Eric and Katherine Kirchner
Laurence and Jean LeJeune
The McKoy Family
Kari and Grant Michaletz
James Mulrooney
Laura Nichols-Endres and Jake Endres
Susan Oberman Smith and Doug Smith
Phil & Cassy Ordway – Nushka Fund
John and Marla Ordway Charitable Lead Trust
Bart and Kandi Osborn
Ms. Deanna H. Pafundi
Marcia Page and John Huepenbecker
Chris Pohlad
Rebecca Poindexter
Kathryn and Daniel Rominski
Juliana Rupert
Karen and Steve Sanger
Jean Schlemmer
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Sloan
John Wade
Karel M. Weigel
Tanya and David Yerich
$10,000-$24,999

Ann Ferreira and Jon Reissner
Michael and Brandy Fiddelke
HT Fish and Kathryn Nelson
Dr. Randall and Loree Flick
Kim and Willard Hunnewell
Andrea and Chris Piepho
Dick and Kit Schmoker

$500-$999
Anonymous
Siyad Abdullahi
Timothy J. Anderson
Steven Beck
Betsy Buehrer
Edward and Tina Butler
Elaine Case
Amanda and Ben Daxon
Tim and Kayla Deutsch
Julie Domaille and Jack Gross
Allison L. Gredesky
Jack Hansen and Joan Legare Hansen
Taylor and Sara Harwood
Eric Hunt
Bob Ingrassia and Lida Poletz
Dr. Arthur W. Kaemmer
Phyllis Kahn
Steve King and Susan Boren
Tessa Leung
John and Jennifer Marshall
Martha and Bill Meyers
Penny and Scott Norquist
Joseph and Lisa Olson
Christy O’Shea Novak and Joby Novak
Joshua Peterson
Marcus and Ali Ploeger
Rhoda and Paul Redleaf
Carleen Rhodes
Marcia and Gary Richter
John Riehle
William and Dolores Rivard
Elizabeth and John Sebastian
Craig Warren
$5,000-$9,999

Mary Ellen Arvanitis
William and Caroline Au-Yeung
Kevin and Julie Balon
Matthew and Ashley Brown
Adrian and Cynthia Chiu
John and Gretchen Corkrean
Kate and Doug Donaldson
Lisa Farrell
Nancy Hatch
Elizabeth Hlavka and Ed Hlavka
Suzette and Michael Huovinen
Julie Joyce and Kyle Falconbury
Chris and Courtney Kelley
James Momon
Rhoda and Gregory Olsen
Liz and Tom Revnew Wolf
Jeffrey and Helene Slocum
Ed and Val Spencer
Terri Tersteeg and James Peterson
Sharon and Alan Tuntland
Chris Wendland
Robert and Carolyn Wollan
Michael and Marilee Wood

$250-$499
Grace Arnold and Joel Donham
Jeff and Kassie Beck
Emily Botten
Betty and Donald Cooke
Jeanne Corwin
William and Susan Costello
Bobbie Deans
Ms. Barbara Deisting
Cindy Docteur-White and Brett White
Dr. Traci Downs
Holly and Mickey Elias
Darcy and Leanne Elmer
Shanti Freitas and Ezra Zeitler
Michelle Greenleaf
Christopher and Camila Hallemeier
La Von Hammes
Sara Hill
Erik and Lucie Holmgreen
Elizabeth A. Jesso
Michael Kaphing
Carrie and Joe Larson
David Lindsay and Liz Carraro
Timothy and Janice Maudlin
Andrea and Larry McGough Fund of the Catholic Community Foundation
David and Kristine McKinney
Mary and Philip Nielsen
Molly O’Shaughnessy and Michael Monahan
Mr. Eugene Piccolo
Barb and Bill Poblete
Steven Purcell and Collette Michaud
Jonathan Rosas and Allison Matykiewicz
Melissa and Jason Sanders
Samantha and Andrew Saunders
Charles Schmidt and Kisha Delain
Jeanne Smith
Katharine Tinucci
Jessica A. Turgeon
Jeanne Vergeront and Andrew Dick
$2,500-$4,999

Susan and David Ahlquist
Kelly and Mike Axtell
Robert and Jeannine Befidi
Jennifer Bratton and Keith Waxelman
Melissa Brinkman
Anthony and Christy Brown
Kenneth Brown
James C. Burroughs II
Steve Christenson and Lisa Hondros
Joel and Melissa Conaway
Elizabeth and Gregg Cummings
Steve and Hayley Tang
Gerald and Christine Denson
Liz Deziel and Tom Stukel
Albino and Claudia Feijo
Dr. Randall and Loree Flick
Amy Giovanini and Ben Ahrens
Abbey Godlewski
James and Krista Hagen
The Head Family Foundation
Dianne and Scott Krizan
Philip and Sarah Krump
Angela Malloy
Kate and Ian McRoberts
Steve and Diane Mog
Tim and Sara Noel
Gail and Greg Peterson
The William Plummer Family
Elizabeth and Rob Rominski
Beth and Dave Sherden
Cassidy and Andrew Steiner
Keith Turner
Jeanne M. Voigt Foundation
Steve and Sara Zawoyski
Andrew and Cate Zinkel

$100-$249
Anonymous
Deb Ahlquist and Steve Mundt
Alexandra Anderson
Beth and Richard Anderson
Lauren Baker and Eric Black
Darci Renee Barker
Amy Baskin
Gary and Kristine Behm
Aaron and Allison Benike
Jonathan and Jennifer Berg
Ryan Bierwerth
Patrick Braun and Karen Rabenau
Christine and Kevin Bright
Ann and Michael Brilley
Sharon and Michael Burstein
Jane Campion
Nick and Megan Campion
Michael and Elizabeth Carpenter
Jonathan Cass
Mr. Chris P. Claude
Brian and Rebecca Cline
Patricia Cotter
Kevin and Rachel Currie
Justin and Hilary Dubrock
Raechel and Chris Ducharme
Ralph D. Ebbott
Marilyn and Marvin Eckerle
Peter Eckman and Erika Olson
Lindsey and Benjamin Edwards
Alisha Eiken
Nancy Ellis
Lauren and Matthew Erickson
Margaret Ferris
Katherine Simon Frank and Richard Kain
Xavier Frigola-Baro and Noemi Vidal-Folch
Fred and Marie Friswold
Tracey and Jim Fritcher
Howard and Heidi Gilbert
Jonathan Graff-Radford and Deirdre Pachman
Carl Granberg
Bethany and Chad Griffith
Liz and Tim Habermann
Ruth Hanold Crane
Mr. Maurice Hearne and Lori Holridre
Stephanie Heim
Taylor and Ryan Hoehn
Craig and Meghan Howe
Clifton and Melissa Hull
Paul and Suzanne Humbert
Anne Katherine Hust
Lisa Imbryk
Clayton Jelinek
Robynn and Mike Jensen
Amanda and Tyler Johnstone
Catherine Jones
Shirley and Arnold Kaplan
Anne M. Kilzer
Matthew Kim and Maria Dahmus
Sharon Kimble
Judy Klatt
Rick and Julie Kleinschmidt
Christa Knudsen
Christina Koutsari and Konstantinos Lazaridis
Thomas Kovaleski and Dominique Williams
Kenneth and Hannah Lakin
Don and Marlyce Lee
Nick Lensing
Troy Lindloff and Emily Colbenson
Carl and Evangeline Lundstrom
Daniel Lupton and Claire Wahmanholm
Christopher Martin and Allisyn Deyo-Martin
Andre Messias Krell Pedro and Carolina Krell
Heidi Mestad
Linda Miller and John Hick
Sharon and Jane Moran
Chouhei and Liz Mullin
Bridget Murphy
Dr. Shruthi Naik
Jack and Barbara Nichols
Kim Norton
Sarah and Dan Oehlerts
Pamela and Thomas Olander
Madeline and Conor O’Phelan
Kari and Karlen Padayachee
Kelly and Tom Patterson
Catherine Paulson
Kristi Pencille
Jane and Arthur Peterson
Michael A. Phillipson
Sarah and Michael Pontius
Brian Poulton
Patricia Price
Bridget and Nicholas Pulos
Kim and Benjamin Ramsden
John and Kersten Reich
Stanley Rein
Matthew and Chantel Remick
Janelle and Peter Rimmereid
Wint and Tina Ritchie
Kevin and Britta Ritz
Nora Rogers
Keefe Russell and Janine Aykens
John Scheuermann and Meghan Mahoney
Colleen and Erich Schlieper
Rebecca and Curtis Seavey
John Sebastian
Judith and James Seward
Neala Shager and Keith Lunzer
Syed Shah and Daniel Kodet
Wayne and Julie Shipman
Katherine Smith
Ryan and Rachael Staab
Nick and Lacey Stenson
Laurel Stephenson
Becky and Paul Stever
Trupti and Erik Storlie
Sanden Totten
Michael Traynor and Antinea Ascione
Craig Vanderah
Vickie VanNess
Caroline Wack
Monica and David Walsh
Blake A. Ward
Jonah Waxman and Sandra Reid
Kathryn C. Wegler
Erich Weidner
Charlotte A Wentzell
Anamarie and Michael Whitaker
Bridget Williams
John Wondra
Doris Wong Graf
Katee and Ben Wutt
Ami Ostara Zerwas
Pamela Zimba
CORPORATE, FOUNDATION AND GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTORS
$500,000 and above

City of St. Paul Cultural STAR Program
Harper Family Foundation
State of Minnesota

$25,000-$49,999
Altra Federal Credit Union
Andersen Corporation and Corporate Foundation
Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation
Hugh J. Andersen Foundation
Best Buy Company, Inc. and Foundation
BMO Harris Bank
City of Rochester
David B. Jones Foundation
Ecolab Inc. and Foundation
Google for Nonprofits
Kwik Trip
New Horizon Academy
Travelers Foundation
Xcel Energy Corporation and Foundation
$1,000-$2,499
Associated Bank
Atlas Insurance Brokers, LLC
Lillian Wright & C. Emil Berglund Foundation
Benike Construction
Bowlocity
Cameo
Casablanca
Chester’s Kitchen and Bar
Clements Chevrolet-Cadillac
Community Charities of Minnesota
Enterprise Holdings Foundation
Federated Insurance Company
Grand Rounds Brew Pub
H.B. Fuller Company Foundation
J. Powers Hilton
Kahler Corporation
Kars4Kids
Kraus-Anderson Construction Company – Rochester
Kris Lindahl Real Estate
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Pace International
Paramark Real Estate Services
Prairie Island Indian Community
Rochester Golf and Country Club
Rotary Club of Rochester
Somerby Golf Club
TLS Companies LLC
Victoria’s Fine Italian Cuisine
Waste Management Corporation
$250,000-$499,999
Mayo Clinic
Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota Humanities Center
$10,000-$24,999
Bowman Tool and Machining
Candyland
Carlson Family Foundation
Comcast
Hardenbergh Foundation
International School of Minnesota
Macy’s, Inc.
Minnwest Bank
National Endowment for the Arts
Polaris Industries Inc
Premier Banks
Rochester Area Foundation
Rochester Public Utilities
Securian Financial Foundation
Star Tribune
Taft
Thrivent Financial and Thrivent Financial Foundation
U.S. Bancorp and U.S. Bank Foundation
U.S. Small Business Administration
UBS Financial Services
Wells Fargo Bank and Foundation
$250-$999
Ameriprise Financial – Rochester
Aspen Waste Systems Inc.
Boker’s Incorporated
Bremer Bank, St. Paul
Carpenter’s Local 1382
Crenlo, Inc.
Dolan Printing
Dunlap & Seeger, P.A.
Foresight Bank
IBM International Foundation
Kahn Brothers LLC
Mayo Civic Center
Mayo Employees Federal Credit Union
Meshbesher & Spence, Ltd.
Minnesota Corrugated Box, Inc.
Olmsted Medical Center
Porch & Cellar LLC
Project Get Outdoors, Inc.
Quarry Hill Park Animal Hospital
Rochester Central Lutheran School
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – Rochester Center
Smith Foundry Company
Smith Schafer & Associates, LTD
Spire Federal Credit Union
Wendland Utz, Ltd
West Bank
Winona State University
$100,000-$249,999
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
Target Corporation and Foundation
Think Mutual Bank
$5,000-$9,999
Accenture
Boss Foundation
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation
Custom Alarm
Dellwood Foundation, Inc.
Emerson
International Paper
Margaret H. & James E. Kelley Foundation, Inc.
Lurie LLP
Midwest Floor Solutions
RBC Foundation – USA
Margaret Rivers Fund
Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Sanibel Captiva Trust Company
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Tennant Foundation
$100-249
Hometown Haulers LLC
A. Johnson & Sons Florist Inc.
Rochester MN Moms Blog, LLC
Seneca Foods Foundation
Two Men and a Truck Moving
Widseth Smith Nolting
$50,000-$99,999
3M Corporation and Foundation
Otto Bremer Trust
The Cargill Foundation
General Mills Foundation
The Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation
Rochester Athletic Club
UnitedHealthcare
$2,500-$4,999

Bank of America Foundation
Children’s Minnesota
Compass Capital Management
Eide Bailly
HealthPartners
Hightop Hospitality
JE Dunn Construction
Merchants Bank
North Sky Health Consulting LLC
Peregrine Capital Management, Inc.
The Elizabeth C. Quinlan Foundation, Inc.
RBC Global Asset Management
Sit Investment Associates, Inc.
United Properties
Archie D. & Bertha H. Walker Foundation

Fiscal Year 2020

July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

 

In March of 2020, Minnesota Children’s Museum experienced an immediate halt in revenue during an extended closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum includes a diverse set of revenue sources, including both earned revenue and philanthropic support. Prior to the closure, income from admissions, membership sales, traveling exhibits, education and groups held a strong presence in our fiscal health. Philanthropic support from our supporters helped the museum’s resiliency. At the end of our fiscal year 2020, Minnesota Children’s Museum experienced a decrease in net assets of $90,000 before deprecation totaling $1,675,000.

The following financial overview includes our Rochester satellite location, which now has become its own entity Spark! The revenue shown includes the philanthropic generosity from Spark’s capital campaign.

Assets

Total Assets

Assets Details
  • Current 9% 9%
  • Property & Equipment 65% 65%
  • Other Assets 26% 26%

Assets

June 30, 2020

Current

Property and Equipment

Other Assets

Total Assets

$4,015,000

$29,091,000

$11,330,000

$44,436,000

Liabilities

Current

Long-Term

Total Liabilities

$3,740,000

$9,420,000

$13,160,000

Net Assets

Without donor restriction

With donor restriction

Purpose and time

Perpetual in nature

Total Net Assets

$28,880,000

$615,000

$1,781,000

$31,276,000

Total Liabilities and Net Assets

$44,436,000

Revenue

Total Earned Revenue and Support

  • Museum Admissions and Membership 28% 28%
  • Groups and Community Events 3% 3%
  • Exhibit Rental and Sales 17% 17%
  • Other Earned Revenue 6% 6%
  • Grants and Contributions 35% 35%
  • Capital Campaign 10% 10%
Revenue Details

Earned Revenue

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

Museum Admissions

Memberships

Education and Groups

Parties and Events

Exhibit Rental and Sales

Net Investment Return (Loss)

Other Revenue

Total Earned Revenue

$1,081,000

$1,117,000

$143,000

$87,000

$1,341,000

($38,000)

$480,000

$4,211,000

$1,613,000

$1,699,000

$232,000

$110,000

$1,287,000

$208,000

$564,000

$5,713,000

Public Support

Grants and Contributions

Government Grants

In-Kind Contributions

Fundraising Events

Capital Campaign

Total Support

$1,477,000

$1,159,000

$51,000

$73,000

$801,000

$3,561,000

$1,844,000

$490,000

$88,000

$322,000

$367,000

$3,111,000

Total Earned Revenue and Support

$7,772,000

$8,824,000

Expenses

Total Expenses with Depreciation

  • Program Services 80% 80%
  • Administrative & Marketing 14% 14%
  • Fundraising 6% 6%
Expenses Details

Expenses

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

Program Services

Administrative and Marketing

Fundraising

Total Expenses with Depreciation

Net Asset Transfer

Change in Net Assets

$7,611,431

$1,353,313

$572,355

$9,537,099

$200,000

($1,965,000)

$7,793,132

$1,390,902

$645,895

$9,829,929

 

($1,007,000)

Celebrating 40 Years of Play

Kids in museums always used to hear the admonition “Don’t touch!” In Minnesota, that started to change in 1981, when the first incarnation of Minnesota Children’s Museum opened in Minneapolis.

Now, nearly 40 years later, hands-on activities remain the heart of the museum experience. Kids learn by doing, exploring, experimenting and asking questions. They learn by having fun.

This coming year, as the museum marks its 40th anniversary, join us in celebrating a past, present and future of sparking children’s learning through play.

Celebrating 40 Years of Play

Kids in museums always used to hear the admonition “Don’t touch!” In Minnesota, that started to change in 1981, when the first incarnation of Minnesota Children’s Museum opened in Minneapolis.

Now, nearly 40 years later, hands-on activities remain the heart of the museum experience. Kids learn by doing, exploring, experimenting and asking questions. They learn by having fun.

This coming year, as the museum marks its 40th anniversary, join us in celebrating a past, present and future of sparking children’s learning through play.

40 Years

12 Million + Visitors!

1981

Our First Home in Minneapolis

The original Children’s Museum opened on Dec. 12, 1981 in a renovated warehouse on 1st Street North. The innovative space for hands-on playful learning quickly became a popular spot for local children and their families.

Awarehouse

1985

A Move Across the River

After quickly outgrowing its first home, the museum renovated an old blacksmith shop in Bandana Square in St. Paul and opened its bigger space on Feb. 17, 1986.

Crane

1995

Move to Downtown St. Paul

A new era began Sept. 16, 1995 when Minnesota Children’s Museum opened a newly constructed building on West Seventh Street to house new exhibits, including a pioneering gallery designed for toddlers.

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2005

Expansion in St. Paul

In 2005, new gallery improvements, traveling exhibits, an expanded Rooftop ArtPark, and the creation of an endowment fund helped to further the museum’s mission to bring playful learning to children

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2012-2020

Museum in Rochester

Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester opened in 2012 and grew to serve more than 30,000 visitors each year. The museum closed in February 2020 ahead of a planned move to a larger space in Apache Mall. A new play space called Spark plans to open in summer 2020. Spark is a separate organization from Minnesota Children’s Museum.

Classroom at Rochester
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2017

Bigger, Better, Bolder

The museum went through a major expansion and renovation and re-opened as an all-new museum in June 2017. The new museum features 10 new exhibits, more space, better amenities and a bolder design focused on open-ended, child-directed play.

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2021!

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