Arise Project

A nonprofit organization

$8,538 Raised by 110 Donors

57% complete

$15,000 Goal

Give OUT Day is the only dedicated national day of giving for the LGBTQ community. Support Arise Project today!

United Way’s Arise Project envisions a Minnesota where all youth, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, have the support and resources they need to reach their full potential. 

Arise Project was established at Greater Twin Cities United Way to bring caring professionals together to support the lives of LGBTQ homeless youth. This nationally recognized initiative has raised nearly $1 million for local programs that help LGBTQ homeless youth feel safe and on a path to thrive.

We know that up to 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ (Wilder Research, The Trevor Project). Many of these young people face compounding challenges because of their age, gender, sexuality, and race. Arise Project was born to serve these young people and support nonprofits looking to create innovative solutions.

Generous donors like you have empowered the launch and growth of LGBTQ support services across the Twin Cities Metro are. Here are just a few things we've done together through Arise Project grants:

  • Launched new LGBTQ support groups at agencies like YouthLink
  • Funded LGBTQ-focused staffers and case workers at agencies like Face2Face and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
  • Expanded an LGBTQ host home program at Avenues for Homeless Youth
  • Supported the nation's only LGBTQ-inclusive transitional housing program at The Link

Despite 10 years of enormous success, we continue looking toward a future where LGBTQ youth homelessness in the Twin Cities is brief, rare, and non-recurring. 

Let's work to end LGBTQ youth homelessness in Minnesota. We're asking you to join us today so we can fund direct services and expanded programming in 2020, 2021, and beyond. We'll be here until the work is complete.

When you support Arise Project, you’ll connect with other committed LGBTQ and allied professionals driving community change by meeting the urgent needs of your community. You’ll be able to direct your investment while tracking the impact you make, and  you'll have the chance to participate in meaningful volunteer projects that serve local homeless youth.

Thank you!

-The Arise Project Steering Committee

More information:

View Arise Project's Arise Project Brochure here (PDF download).

Learn more about the exact organizations we're currently supporting here.

Arise Project is a Giving Community that operates within the organizational and fiscal structure of Greater Twin Cities United Way, a 501(c)3 that serves the nine-county metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

If you're interested in joining our volunteer Steering Committee, supporting Arise Project at your workplace, or making a corporate gift, please reach out to Claire Psarouthakis, Giving Communities Manager, Greater Twin Cities United Way.



Organization Information


Arise Project


404 S Eighth St
Minneapolis, MN 55404



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