Minnesota Public Radio’s Spring Member Drive marked our first ever “Pay It Forward” drive. When you make a donation to support MPR, you will have the opportunity to make your support go even further for our community.

Here’s how it works: when you give to MPR, rather than choosing a tote bag or other item as a thank-you gift, you can pay your thank-you gift forward to one of our partner organizations working to help animals, enhance arts & music education, promote literacy and end hunger in your community.

Support MPR today and pay your thank-you gift forward.

How does MPR choose which organizations to partner with?
MPR chose these five partner organizations for its Spring Member Drive for various reasons. Some of these organizations, like Second Harvest Heartland and Vega Productions, have been involved in ongoing partnerships with MPR for some time. Some organizations were chosen based on their service area – we try, whenever possible, to partner with organizations that serve our listeners outside the Twin Cities metro area, as well as those inside the Metro. Others were chosen based on listener affinity.

If you’d like to recommend an organization you care about, particularly one that serves a large area of Minnesota, please email your recommendation to our Member Services team at mail@mpr.org.

About Animal Humane Society:
The Animal Humane Society is committed to engaging and serving local communities of people and animals and providing comprehensive programs and services to compassionately serve all of the stages of an animal’s life. At campuses in Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul and Woodbury, the AHS mission is to engage the hearts, hands and minds of the community to help animals. Programs include adoption and surrender, rescue, outreach, training and pet boarding. Learn more about Animal Humane Society.

About First Book:
First Book has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. Learn more about First Book.

About Minnesota Music Educators Association:
The Minnesota Music Educators Association champions great music programs in our schools. MMEA presents after and during school events for students, collaborative learning and best-practice seminars for teachers, and resources for the community to advocate for the importance of school music.Learn more about Minnesota Music Educators Association.

About Second Harvest Heartland:
Second Harvest Heartland works to reinvent hunger relief through leadership and innovation. As the Upper Midwest’s largest hunger relief organization, Second Harvest Heartland’s goal is not only to help our hungry neighbors today, but to provide the means for everyone to be fed tomorrow. In 2012, Second Harvest Heartland collected, warehoused and distributed more than 76 million pounds of food. Second Harvest Heartland is one of eight Minnesota relief organizations joined together in the Hunger-Free Minnesota effort, which aims to close Minnesota's gap of 100 million missing meals, annually and sustainably, for Minnesotans in need by 2015. Learn more about Second Harvest Heartland.

About Vega Productions:
Vega Productions' mission is to advocate for, support and provide children and youth with equal access to quality music and art education. Vega strives to provide resources and programming for schools that have been forced to eliminate or reduce music and art education from their curriculum because of budget cuts. Since forming in 2005, Vega Productions has provided more than 30,000 students with the opportunity to participate in music and art programs across Minnesota. Learn more about Vega Productions.