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Minneapolis Regional Chamber to celebrate 2019 Minnesota Keystone honored companies

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October 15, 2019
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minneapolis Regional Chamber is pleased to announce the 2019 Minnesota Keystone Program honored companies. Advent Talent Group, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, and Liberty Diversified International have been selected for recognition based on their generous contributions to their communities and outstanding giving programs.

This year’s recipients were chosen from nearly 200 companies currently enrolled in the program. They will be honored at the 43rd annual Minnesota Keystone Celebration on Friday, December 13 and recognized as models in corporate giving.

 “The Minneapolis Regional Chamber has proudly administered the Minnesota Keystone Program since its inception as the ‘5% Club’ in 1976,” said chamber President and CEO, Jonathan Weinhagen. “This program and annual event celebrate businesses large and small that generously give their time, expertise and money to strengthen our communities. Their giving programs are inspiring and demonstrate the ways in which companies of all sizes can make an impact in their communities.”

The Minnesota Keystone program encourages any Minnesota based company that gives at least two to five percent of their pre-tax earnings back to the community to join. Organizations can give back through volunteer time, in-kind or monetary donations.

Sara Gavin, president, North America of Weber Shandwick will serve as the 2019 Minnesota Keystone Celebration keynote speaker.

The 43rd Annual Minnesota Keystone Celebration will be held on Friday, December 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis located at 1300 Nicollet Mall. To purchase a table or tickets, please call (612) 370-9100 or click here.

Advent Talent Group (ATG) is a super-powered staffing agency specializing in creative, office and HR placements in the Twin Cities and a certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE). This small, local business follows four guiding principles: to make a difference, save the day, have fun, and embrace change. Each year, ATG partners with a variety of organizations through their “Advent Cares” giving program to improve the social, economic and educational conditions of women and children in the Twin Cities. As part of the Advent Cares program, ATG selects one annual “cornerstone project,” where they partner with a key organization and commit to providing a specific level of direct and in-kind contributions, as well as staff volunteer hours. This past year, ATG chose Avivo as their partner for their Breaking Barriers initiative because of Avivo’s family-centered, holistic approach and their robust services and programs for adults. ATG far surpassed their initial goals, contributing 94 hours of volunteer time along with substantial direct and in-kind donations. They provided direct assistance to at least 68 participants through workshops, job search kits and mock interview sessions. ATG also assisted with the renovation of three apartment units that families participating in Avivo’s addiction recovery program will be able to call home by the end of the year. The notable results of ATG’s giving program demonstrate that individuals and small companies can make a big difference in their community.

Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx are NBA and WNBA basketball franchises. The organization’s purpose is to be “Be a Pack,” which guides them to perform as a championship-organization, make meaningful impact through basketball, provide unforgettable experiences, and unite players, fans and partners to run together as one. Their FastBreak Foundation is dedicated to five main pillars of focus: basketball, education, health & wellness, hunger and military. Each summer they host the “Our Courts. Our Future,” program, where the Timberwolves travel across the state to help neighborhoods take their love of basketball outdoors and calls upon fans to help decide which courts receive refurbishments. For education, each month the “Timberwolves and Lynx Book Mobile” hits the road to visit a local school or nonprofit to spread the love of reading throughout the state. To promote healthy communities, the “Her Time To Play” initiative inspires the next generation of girls to play basketball in a positive and healthy way while teaching them important life skills such as teamwork, leadership and self-confidence. The organization hosts three all-staff community services events each year and the team’s players volunteer in the community monthly. Over the past year, their Foundation has supported more than 500 nonprofits, distributed more than 4,000 books and donated 4,900 meals and snacks to the community. The organization is proud of what they do on the court but are most proud of what they do off the court.

Liberty Diversified International (LDI) was founded in 1918. As a manufacturing leader, they follow four main values of caring, innovation, trust and excellence. When it comes to giving back to the community, they believe in more than simply writing a check. At the heart of their giving and community outreach is the Mike and Linda Fiterman Family Foundation, which is especially interested in supporting initiatives that help children and build strong families. LDI employees take a direct approach in community giving through the Employee Directed Giving Empowerment (EDGE) program by nominating nonprofit organizations for grant consideration. In addition to grants, employees can also see their donation dollars matched when they contribute to local nonprofits through LDI’s Annual Choice Giving Campaign. In addition to providing funds, they also make in-kind contributions throughout the year. LDI recently launched the Gratitude Education initiative, which is designed to help instill a mindset of gratitude in today’s youth. Hundreds of employee volunteers used this specially designed curriculum to present gratitude education to nearly 17,000 youth around the country. Whether they are providing general fund support or participating in a specific fundraising event, they are committed to investing in their communities.

The Minnesota Keystone Program, administered by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber, promotes corporate philanthropy by recognizing and honoring companies that donate at least 2% of their pre-tax earnings to charitable organizations. In 1976, 23 Minnesota companies created this program (originally known as 'The 5% Club') to recognize and encourage charitable giving in the state. The commitment of Minnesota Keystone participants continues to serve as an example to businesses, both here and around the globe, and to sustain Minnesota’s spirit of generosity and sense of community. Qualifying companies have an operating presence in Minnesota and donate cash or in-kind donations, including pro-bono services, and/or employee paid volunteer time.

Xcel Energy is the presenting sponsor of the celebration. BlueCross and BlueShield of Minnesota, RBC Wealth Management and Wells Fargo are year-long program sponsors. For a complete list of sponsors or for more information about the Minnesota Keystone Program, visit
Devan Wielgos, Communications Manager
(612) 370-9167