Under the hood with Minnesota’s tech nonprofits

by The TECHdotMN Team


There are thousands of registered tax-exempt nonprofits in the state of Minnesota and a number of these operate within Minnesota’s technology industry.

In collaboration with research partner Altrulytics and with sponsorship from Atomic Data, we’re launching a new series aimed at better understanding the scope of nonprofits in technology here, as well as their efficacy and deliverable outcomes.  The goal is to provide our audience of technology individuals and companies with a transparent and objective picture about which nonprofit organizations may be aligned with their supporting interests. Included on the list of nonprofit tech profiles:

If we’ve missed any, please leave a comment.


  • Evva

    GLITCH (www.glitch.mn) and IGDA Twin Cities (www.igdatc.org) should be added!

  • AlexMcduffMiller

    GOFIRST http://www.mngofirst.org

    FIRST Robotics has a strong presence in the state as well.

    • http://tech.mn Jeff Pesek

      Is FIRST Robotics one nonprofit or many different ones?

      • AlexMcduffMiller

        FIRST overall is an organization out of New Hampshire (www.usfirst.org). There is a local “Regional Planning Committee” (www.mnfirst.org) that plans the FIRST Robotics Competition (high school) events. The main Minneapolis events are in Williams Arena and Mariucci Arena April 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

        High Tech Kids runs their Lego League (elementary age) and Tech Challenge (middle/high school).

        GOFIRST is a student group at the University of Minnesota that helps out at events and builds their own robots in addition to other STEM outreach.

  • Cheryl Moeller

    High Tech Kids (FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge)

  • http://tech.mn Jeff Pesek

    Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Amanda

    TechDump.org would be another to add.

  • Steve Jevning

    Leonardo’s Basement

    • http://tech.mn Jeff Pesek

      Hi Steve, how much technology do you have going on there? Is it part of your orgs primary programming?

      • Steve Jevning

        Jeff, depends upon your definition of technology! From Wikipedia:

        Technology is the collection of tools, including machinery, modifications, arrangements and procedures used by humans. Engineering is the discipline that seeks to study and design new technologies. The term can either be applied generally or to specific areas: examples include construction technology, medical technology and information technology.

        100% of what Leonardo’s Basement does is technology.

        If information technology, also from Wikipedia:

        Information technology (IT) is the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data, often in the context of a business or other enterprise.

        Then about 50% of what we do is “technology.”

        Your call!

  • Joe

    CaringBridge.org – Eagan

    • http://tech.mn Jeff Pesek

      Not sure about Caringbridge considering that we’re looking for nonprofits that serve the tech industry or the state in some way as opposed to a technology company with a product that happens to be a nonprofit. Does that make sense Joe?

  • Bill Bushey
    • http://tech.mn Jeff Pesek

      yeah good ideas, Bill

  • Bill Bushey

    Also, the Digital Empowerment Academy: http://www.digitalempowermentacademy.org/