We are looking for a new Development Director!

Development Director

The Development Director is responsible for leading all fund development activities. The Development Director is a key member of the OYH team, reports to the Executive Director and works closely with staff and the Board of Directors.

Organizational Informationnow-hiring

Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless is a 30-year-old nonprofit providing grants and other support to community agencies throughout Minnesota that serve hungry and homeless people. Our annual budget is approximately $1,000,000.  We have a staff of four and an active and engaged Board of Directors. Our office is in the Loring Park community of Minneapolis.


  • Establish development goals, strategies, and outcomes
  • Work with Executive Director and Board in developing annual marketing plan
  • Develop and implement strategies to enhance OYH marketing and branding
  • Identify prospective partners and strategies to reach them
  • Develop and nurture relationships with corporate marketing staff
  • Develop sponsorship and partnership opportunities
  • Engage in event planning and management
  • Staff liaison to OYH Fund Development Committee
  • Explore advertising opportunities
  • Develop and implement social media marketing strategies
  • Manage and develop donor database
  • Maximize database effectiveness
  • Develop and implement strategies to expand individual donor base
  • Network with corporate, family, and institutional foundations
  • Develop OYH speaking engagements and group presentations

Experience and Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree. Minimum of three years of professional experience working as development/marketing director in a nonprofit environment required. Proven ability to develop and engage donors. Proficiency in donor database management. Passion for mission of serving hungry and homeless Minnesotans. Event planning and management experience. Excellent communication skills and ability to articulate orally and in print, the mission and services of OYH.  Must exhibit creativity and the ability to work independently. Knowledge of social media and marketing strategies.  Team player with ability to work collaboratively with diverse people.

Position Details

Salary: $50’s DOQ. Position is 32-36 hours per week. Occasional evenings. Paid holidays. Generous Vacation/Sick (PTO). Employer contribution to HSA and 401B.

Please send resume and cover letter by 2/01/17 to [email protected]  Subject: Development. No calls please.


March Letter from the Executive Director

There is no good place to be homeless.

Urban shelters, suburban churches, or motel rooms in rural Minnesota are not a substitute for a home of your own, but in times of crisis, they can be a life saver. But far too many Minnesotans do not have access even to this most basic of needs.

According to the Wilder Research 2012 homeless report, 12% of Twin Cities homeless are unsheltered. In Greater MN, an alarming 41% of homeless are unsheltered, thus living in cars, storage sheds, fish houses and other unfit places. Perhaps nowhere is the crisis more apparent than on and near the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota.

Last summer up to 100 men, women, and children lived in tents on the Leech Lake Veterans Memorial Grounds in Cass Lake. Untold more lived outdoors in various places in the surrounding area. But the good news is that a shelter is opening on the Reservation.

Open Your Heart was pleased to award a grant for the purchase of a van to allow staff and volunteers to conduct outreach to homeless people throughout that  area. With reliable transportation, a chronic issue for those homeless and in need of shelter and services, it is critical that the shelter staff is able to reach out. The isolation of people who are homeless or those fleeing domestic violence in Greater MN is a significant barrier in ensuring that those in need are able to access the most basic of services.

We are very happy with the leadership of tribal officials and the hard work of so many to bring this important project to the greater Cass Lake community and are thankful to our donors for making this grant possible.

Ed Murphy

Open Your Heart Welcomes New Board Members!

We are happy to announce the election of six new board members this year.

One of the 6 new board members, Jon Ruiz
One of the 6 new board members, Jon Ruiz

They bring a wide range of experience and have already brought a lot of energy and

ideas to our meetings.

Welcome, Susan Christian, Shannon Gahagen, Mike O’Halloran, Derek Holt, Paul Peters, and Jon Ruiz!

We would also like to wish a fond farewell to Jonathan Arnold, Kendall Carlson, Marra Funk, Mark Kaszynski, and Yoji Shimizu. You will be missed!

Learn more about our 21 board members here: http://www.oyh.org/about-us/board/

Share the Love this Valentine’s Day

…by pretty-flower-pictures-rosesDonating to Open Your Heart!
Giving to Open Your Heart is the most efficient way for you to impact the lives of thousands of people who are hungry and homeless in Minnesota.Our community has food and shelter needs that can’t wait. That’s why Open Your Heart  is dedicated to responding quickly and giving assistance when and where it is needed most.How You Can Make an Impact

  • $25 can put a smile on the face of a homeless child by providing school supplies and a backpack.
  • $50 can provide 500 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables to your local food shelf through the Open Your Heart Summer Challenge.
  • $100 can provide a bed frame and mattress for a person staying in an emergency shelter on a cold winter night.
  • $250 can purchase a 3-month supply of diapers and other basic baby supplies to be distributed to a homeless family staying in a shelter.

Dedicate Your Donation and We’ll Send Them a Valentine’s Day E-Card 
Do you have a sweetheart, friend, or family member you want to ‘Share the Love’ with? Include their email address with their name when you dedicate your donation and we’ll send them a Valentine’s day e-card on the 14th letting them know about your gift.

Donate here!

Thank you and happy Valentine’s Day!

Ed Murphy

Executive Director

333 N. Washington Ave, Suite 409

Minneapolis, MN  55401



Donate Here

Community Garden Planning Grant RFP Released!

IMG_0293More than 300 food shelves operate in Minnesota. Approximately 20% currently operate a community garden on or near their food shelf site. Many other agencies providing programs alleviating hunger operate community gardens to generate food for program participants. For those lacking access to fresh, healthy food, the produce generated is an important source of nutrition. As a result of the gardens, many agencies have developed healthy eating, nutrition education, menu planning, and cooking programs. Agencies also report that operating gardens can be an excellent source of community building, often engaging volunteers, civic groups, and local businesses.

Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless believes that developing and operating a community garden can be a valuable addition to the services hunger relief programs provide. We also understand gardens can be challenging to develop and operate and thus the decision to move forward must be a thoughtful process.

Open Your Heart will issue Community Garden Planning Grants of up to $3,000 to non-profit organizations to help them determine the feasibility of bringing a garden to their agency. 

Grant funds are to be used to help agencies determine whether operating a community garden is a feasible and desirable undertaking. Developing a garden is an investment of time and resources. Usually, it is necessary to conduct soil testing, assess water capacity and landscaping needs, apply for permits, determine storage and refrigeration capacity, equipment needs, etc. It is also critical that agencies assess their organizational capacity to determine whether they can effectively recruit and manage the additional volunteers or staff to operate a garden. We encourage applicants to consider hiring consultants specializing in developing community gardens to help their organization through this process.

Agencies already operating gardens who wish to be considered for grants for equipment, storage, refrigeration, etc., should apply through our regular grant process and not through this RFP.  See our website for information on Hunger and Homeless Grants for this information.

To learn more about the grant process and download a copy of the application please visit: http://www.oyh.org/grant-programs/community-garden-planning-grant/

A Note from Ed Murphy

Dear friend,

It is never good to be hungry or homeless, but in 2014 Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless was able to help nearly 200 agencies across the state to better serve people in need.  We reviewed a record number of applicants and especially targeted areas where we could have most impact.  Our Special Initiative in 2014 to address the frightening shortage of shelter beds available to homeless people in Greater Minnesota (41% unsheltered)  added  239 shelter beds and 100’s of motel vouchers where most needed. 

The end of the year for OYH means evaluating our success, determining how we helped communities improve life for hungry and homeless people.   With just 2.4 full time equivalent staff and 7.2% admin and fundraising costs, our efficiency means donor’s funds are making a big difference.  That is important because most of our funding comes from individuals like you who work hard and are willing to share.

Measuring success is more than numbers and when you get through the statistics of how much food was distributed, how many homeless people were helped, or how school supplies and warm clothing found their way to homeless students, there are challenges of real people.  Most are quietly trying to rebuild lives that may have been split apart by lost work, family break-ups, physical or mental illness, domestic violence or any of too many other reasons.

How do we really measure the impact on the life of a child who instead of living in a van with his family now has a warm bed and clean clothes?  Or the mom who can finally escape the daily abuse of her partner with a safe and supportive first step to a better life?  How do we measure the impact of caring shelter for a struggling veteran who faced his demons living in a storage shed?   Like the homeless teen now able to escape a life of ‘couch hopping’ from one dangerous house to another, there are stories behind each of the Minnesotans helped because of the support of individuals and businesses in our community.  It is because of you that this work is possible.  We can’t help unless you do.  Please consider renewing your support today.


Ed Murphy
Executive Director


Tap Into Your Heart Event Was a Success!

Thank you everyone who came out for our Tap Into Your Heart Awareness event at Fulton Brewery. Because of the hard work of our Fund, Development and Outreach Committee and inspiring guests, the event was a great success! We gave out a lot of cool prizes and made a lot of great connections. A new annual tradition?

And thank you again to our sponsors, Culligan and Kabomelette!






Tap into Your Heart with us on September 10th

Join us on September 10th at Fulton Brewery in Downtown Minneapolis from 4pm-7pm to learn more about Open Your Heart and the state of hunger and homelessness in Minnesota.

Tap into your Heart PDF Flyer Final

Do you know how many people will be homeless in Minnesota tonight?

Do you know how many trips to Minnesota food shelves there will be today?

Do you have connections with people who are as passionate as you are about alleviating hunger and homelessness?

You will after this event!

Door prizes will be announced at 5pm and 6pm, so be sure to get there early.

RSVP here or on Facebook.


BIG thank you to our partners!




North Loop Fall Crawl – Sept 12th-13th

The North Loop Fall Crawl has chosen Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless as their highlighted charity! North Loop Craw Education Flyer

All participating stores will be accepting school supplies and donations for Youth in Shelters around the Twin Cities.

In the North Loop of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Friday and Saturday, September 12th and 13th, from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Shopping maps and entry forms are available at the 11 participating stores. Go to their Facebook page for information on how to win the $500 shopping spree with Ali Kaplan from Shop Girls, 107.1 Visit 8 of the 11 participating stores and you will qualify for the grand prize worth $500.

According to Ashley Kilcher from Roe Wolfe, “ This is an opportunity for us as store owners to highlight both our stores as well as, this exciting and dynamic neighborhood, the North Loop. “We are proud of the feel of the neighborhood and we are working as a community to make it an exciting destination for shoppers, diners as well as entertainment.” Says, Pam Pappas Stanoch, owner of C’est Chic Boutique.

Come and explore the North Loop, Friday and Saturday, September 12th and 13th from 10-9.

Participating Stores: C’est Chic Boutique, D’Nolo, Jeremeo, Local D’Lish, Lolë, martinpatrick 3, Ribnick’s, Roe Wolfe, Shoesters, Statement, Stephen Vincent Design

Fifth Annual
Open Your Heart Summer Challenge

door-1 - CHUM Food Shelf

The Open Your Heart Summer Challenge began on July 1st.

Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will make a proportional match to donations to participating food shelves during the month of July, up to $5,000. The more funds food shelves raise in July, the larger the matching grant from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will be. Minnesota food shelves raised over $1,400,000 last year with this grant and hope to outdo that this year!

Check out the buzz:

Morrison County Record

New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Area Star Eagle

Fillmore County Journal

Hometown Focus


“We depend upon the generosity of our community, we don’t have huge corporations that funnel excessive dollars in, so when we get these opportunities for these sizable grants, these $5,000 matching grants, we really try to capitalize on them,” said Captain Jim Brickson of the Albert Lea Salvation Army.

Princeton Union-Eagle

Public News Service

Ed Murphy is executive director of the group Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless, which is putting on the challenge along with Hunger Solutions Minnesota. He said demand on food shelves increases during the summer, when children who receive free or reduced-priced school lunches are at home. “Summer is also not a good time for food shelves in terms of securing donations,” said Murphy. “People are busy with their summer plans and vacations. It’s historically a time that food shelves have very low donations. So this is an important time to be adding some funds into food shelves, where they can better meet their growing needs.” 


Marshall Independent