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Operating a Nonprofit in 2018

Why hello, fellow youth advocate!  Let’s talk a little, shall we?

For over 20 years now, CPY has been working tirelessly to support our community’s youth and their families, allowing parents to financially support their households while trusting that their children’s needs are being met.  Our work has a positive impact not only on these families’ lives, but also on communities in the Mounds View School district as a whole, reducing the number of unsupervised children, improving the overall development of our youth, and reducing crime and delinquency in the district.  These are just a few of the tangible, positive benefits that CPY has brought by serving those in district 621.

As you may or may not be aware, running a nonprofit organization is an expensive proposition, especially one whose rates are drastically discounted to those with the most need.  This results in the nonprofit being dependent on fundraising, rather than income,  to pay for its operations.  CPY continually fundraises through a mix of community events, grant applications, government/district support, and a number of generous individuals who believe in our mission.

Times have changed in the past 20 years, though, and CPY must grow and adapt.  We’ve seen an increase in the wages required to retain the talented staff we employ.  We’ve seen broader incorporation of science and technology into academics, which requires that we keep up with our own programming.  Transportation, food, basic needs – all have risen in costs over the past years.  One thing has been constant – CPY has continued to serve our at-risk youth charging based on need and means, not on a flat rate.

We are setting a 2018 goal (check out our nifty thermometer on the home page) to find 200 people who believe in our mission and are willing to help us support these cost increases and create a more stable budget.  We would like these fantastic individuals to sign up for a $20/month auto-pay donation.  By foregoing a 12-pack of craft beer once a month, you can help support all the good CPY does in our community.  If successful, this goal will raise $48,000 annually for CPY, which would work wonders to help us mitigate budget fluctuations and continue to support the youth in our own backyards.

Thank you and we hope you’ll consider helping!

Winter at CPY

We’ve had a great winter so far at CPY!  Our number of youth is creeping up, as we’re in the high 50’s/low 60’s each week!  The anticipation of Moonlight Fever was really getting all the students excited about program.

Once again, thanks to Tickets For Kids – Twin Cities!  13 lucky students from our elementary program have the opportunity to go see “The Wiz” at the Children’s Theater in Minneapolis.

As you can see from the picture above (look at the sticks!), we’ve been highlighting STEM activities at CPY the past few weeks.  Science for the win!!

2018 Spring Luncheon

We invite you to join us at our *FREE* 2018 Spring Luncheon! Since 1997, CPY has touched the lives of over 5,000 youth, and it is with the continual support of our community that we are able to continue in our mission to provide our youth with a safe, nurturing environment to foster their educational and socioemotional development.

Our featured speaker this year is Darrell Thompson, legendary MN Gophers running back, first round pick for the Green Bay Packers, and President of Bolder Options, an innovative organization focused on healthy youth development.  Bolder Options utilizes one-on-one mentoring with goal setting, physical activity, tutoring, and leadership opportunities to build confidence, maximize potential, and encourage healthy life skills in 10-14 year olds.

We at CPY are so excited to hear about how Darrell’s work parallels our own, and the benefits Boulder Options brings to MN!  Please join us for a FREE lunch and some good conversation!

March 6th, 2018 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm
New Brighton Community Center
400 10th St NW, New Brighton, MN 55112

RSVP at 651-633-6464 or online below!

 

CPY CLOSED TODAY 1/22/18

Due to the weather, CPY is CLOSED today.  Please plan on picking up your youth directly from school, or have them take the regular school bus home.  We hope you all have safe travels home!  If you have any questions, please give us a call at 651-633-6464.

Donate while I shop? Sign me up!

Did you know that you can help CPY while shopping for everyday items and not even realize you’re doing it?  Amazon Smile is a service provided through the popular online store (click the link for more details).  It offers all the same products, pricing, and shipping services as Amazon.com, but with the added bonus that 0.5% of your spending will be donated to the charity of your choice at no cost to you!  We don’t want to be presumptuous, but we hope that’s CPY!

If you like to shop online, please consider signing up for Amazon Smile and choosing CPY as your preferred charity.  Every little bit helps!