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IQ Magazine


giving and philanthropy

Spring 2011

How are small businesses giving smarter and raising their profile in our communities? Why do giving preferences and patterns differ between generations? Why is writing a check the most expensive way to give? What are donor-advised funds and why are they becoming so popular?

This issue of IQ covers the trends and tradition of charitable giving in central Minnesota.


New Dawn

Growing up on Midwest farms, Gladys Paulson and her huband, Leonard, learned to give, even if they didn't have much...

Passion in Person

Among the thousands of silent, selfless and inspiring givers in central Minnesota, we chose four.

Present Tense

Once each week, staff from Baxter-based Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union teach financial education classes the local high school...

Exotic Generosity

Betty and Jack Thomas live on what may be the most beautiful parcel of land in Cass County...


Generosity 2.0

Donors, nonprofits click with online giving.

Frontline Philanthropy

More young Americans believe that giving isn't a spectator sport.

Raising Kids Who Give

How to help young people catch the generosity bug.

Where There's a Will...

Legacies often begin with a simple bequest.


An IQ & A with national author and resarcher, Penelope Burk.