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Great story about Judge Melvin & Ollie Peterson and the American Swedish Institute. Their heritage is so important to them that a great deal of happiness has come from finding people who share this love and a place where they can celebrate it.

#Funfact: The average age of someone who makes their first charitable bequest commitment is 40-50. This means there is a great deal of time between when the donor includes a charity in his will and when the gift will be realized.

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Seeds of hope - The ability to grow replacements for failing body parts is rapidly approaching reality at the University of Minnesota’s new Stem Cell Institute.

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According to the US Census Bureau, people over the age of 50 control 70 percent of all privately held financial assets in the United States
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The U.S. is the only country ranked in the top 10 for all three of the 2014 World Giving Index's measures: helping a stranger (1st place), volunteering time (5th), and giving to charity (9th).

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Great story from Margaret and Leonard Anton about their major gift donation for Gillette Children’s Hospital Foundation http://bit.ly/1yjELw3
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Wishing our Friends and Family a Joyous Thanksgiving filled with Peace, Love, and Prosperity
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This month we take the pleasure in introducing two Minnesota Orchestra Laureate Society members, Truman and Leila Jeffers, who have attended Orchestra concerts for 50 years. We thank them and their fellow supporters, who make excellence possible through their generosity.

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Young, single women give roughly two times larger amounts to charity than do young men
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Dr. Fred A. and Naomi Lyon of Golden Valley, Minnesota have decided to leave their legacy to scholarships through the Minnesota Medical Foundation for medical students at the University of Minnesota Medical School who are in desperate financial need. The Lyons have made a deep commitment to assisting those less fortunate than they and philanthropy has gratitude to the University for Dr. Lyon’s education and professional life, which has been so meaningful and satisfying because others assisted him while times were difficult.
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