Since its inception in 2000, the Minnesota Wild has invested over 14 million dollars back into the community through direct giving, in-kind donations and service. Minnesota Wild players and front office staff are deeply committed to giving back to the community that has shown so much support for the team over the years. The Wild has provided autographed memorabilia and merchandise for local fundraisers and benefits, implemented successful events, provided awareness and brand connectivity for non-profit organizations and are the largest funding source for Minnesota Hockey.
The Minnesota Wild Foundation, established in 2009, has given the organization the means to fulfill its mission to support the game of hockey and improve the lives of families in the State of Hockey by funding programs that support these important goals. The Wild is giving back by hosting fundraising events, facilitating initiatives such as game program sales and by providing funds for programs like Gear Up! Minnesota. The Foundation also invites non-profit organizations that align with their mission to participate in the Split the Pot Raffle which is held during each Wild home game.
The Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Wild Foundation will continue their hard work and dedication to positively impact the lives of children and families across all corners of the state for many years to come.
Featuring the entire roster of 2016-17 Minnesota Wild players, the 2016 Wild About Children gala presented by West Bend raised more than $230,000. This is the premier fundraising event for the Minnesota Wild Foundation and promises guests a memorable night as Wild players tie on aprons and pick up serving trays to deliver a scrumptious winter meal.
The Minnesota Wild and Xcel Energy Center host an in-arena "Split the Pot" Raffle to benefit local charities, including the Minnesota Wild Foundation. The Raffle is held at every home game during the season. Raffle tickets may be purchased from the time doors open through the end of the second intermission.
Get ready for a Wild Night full of stars and strikes at the 3RD Annual Strike it Wild Bowling Event presented by Treasure Island Resort & Casino benefitting Children's Minnesota and the Minnesota Wild Foundation. Join the entire roster of your Minnesota Wild on Sunday, February 19th and get things rolling with a night of bowling at Treasure Island's Island Xtreme Bowl.
The Minnesota Wild Foundation's Wild Idea Grant Program administers one-time grants ranging from $10,000-$50,000 to non-profit organizations that help to advance the foundation's mission to support the game of hockey and improve the lives of families in the State of Hockey. During the 2015-16 Wild season, the Wild Foundation distributed $180,000 in Idea Grants to nine Minnesota based non-profit organizations focused on programs or projects that improve the lives of families with a child battling a serious illness, or those that grow the game of hockey by providing an introduction or access to the game.
To be considered for a 2016-17 Wild Idea Grant your organization must meet the following criteria:
Wild Idea grants will be one time grants distributed in the spring of the 2016-17 Wild Hockey season. Continuing or renewable grants are not encouraged
Grant amounts will range from $10,000 to $50,000 each
Grants will be distributed in two categories of giving: Wild Idea Hockey grants and Wild Idea Health grants
The deadline to submit applications is November 13, 2016. The Minnesota Wild Foundation Board of Directors and staff will review applications and successful applicants will be notified in April, 2017.
Grants will be distributed by May 2017. Please consider program/project timing when applying for a grant.
Criteria for applicants:
Your organization must be a registered 501c3 charity located in and serving communities in the state of Minnesota that has demonstrated stable and continuous management. Your organization must be able to provide a copy of your IRS determination letter. Your organization must be able to provide a recent Form 990. Your organization must also be registered as a charity with the Minnesota State Attorney General's office.
Your organization must have a board of directors and be guided by clear internal and administrative standards and policies. Your organization must be able to provide a list of Board of Directors and your organization's bylaws.
Your organization's mission must align with the Minnesota Wild Foundation's mission "To support the game of hockey and to improve the lives of families in the State of Hockey"
Wild Idea Hockey grant proposals must benefit programs that will grow the game of hockey or provide an introduction or access to the game
Special consideration for programs that recruit new players, provide equipment and remove any physical, geographical, or financial barriers to the game of hockey
Wild Idea Health grant proposals must benefit specific programs or projects that improve the lives of or support families of a child battling a serious illness or medical condition.
Specific programs or projects with clearly outlined funding needs are more likely to be considered
our organization will be asked to provide an outline for how you would publicize receipt, purpose and impact of your Wild Idea grant
Following receipt of each grant, beneficiaries will be required to provide a summary report to the Minnesota Wild Foundation demonstrating how the organization distributed the grant and the benefit to those served within the timeline provided
Proposals for the following are ineligible for consideration for a Wild Idea Grant:
Projects or programs that benefit an individual
For sponsorship of events or fundraisers (walks, runs, galas, golf tournaments etc.)
Capital campaigns, building or improvement projects
To pay operational expenses, including salaries
Private foundations or endowment programs, international agencies or nonprofits that benefit individuals or organizations outside the state of Minnesota
Churches and religious organizations, political parties or political activities
The Wild Foundation will not provide grants to organizations soliciting requests on behalf of a third party. All requests must be received directly from the charity in need of the grant
The Minnesota Wild receives several hundred requests for memorabilia, player appearances, and speaking engagements from organizations each month. We wish it were possible to honor all of them since most are very worthwhile causes. Please know that all requests are given serious consideration. Due to the high volume of requests we receive, the following guidelines must be followed to assure fairness.
You are a non-profit organization located in the state of Hockey (Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota). Exceptions are made on a very limited basis.
Your organization supports or benefits youth hockey, underserved youth and their families, medical related causes, or educational initiatives in the state of Minnesota
Your request is for fundraising purposes only - raffle, live or silent auction. The Wild donation program exists to aid non-profit organizations raise funds through the sale of donated items at a fundraising event.
Your event is at least six (6) weeks from the day you submit your online application.
Requests related to the following are INELIGIBLE to receive donations:
Awards, prizes and incentive programs. Donations are for fundraising purposes only.
Requests for operating expenses and other monetary donations
Individuals or individual pursuits, fraternal, labor or political groups
3rd party fundraising (walks/runs/fundraising teams, etc.) or organizational campaign
Memorabilia is limited to one request per organization during the Minnesota Wild fiscal year (7/1-6/30).
ALL DONATION REQUESTS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE ONLINE APPLICATION. FAXES, EMAILS, PHONE CALLS, AND MAILED SUBMISSIONS WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED.
My Organization focuses its efforts on assisting organizations that benefit youth hockey, underserved youth and families, medical related causes, and educational programs for youth.
Donations are mailed at least 2 weeks before the item is needed for the event.
Considerations for donations include: type of event, non-profit status, projected proceeds raised, past donations, beneficiary (i.e. medical related causes, youth hockey in the state of Minnesota, and educational initiatives).
All decisions made by the Minnesota Wild Community Relations Department are final.
DONATION REQUEST FAQ'S
Q:My charity organized an event at the last minute and we need a rush on a donation/auction item. Can you send us something quickly?
A: Unfortunately, due to the number of requests we receive, we need a six-week time frame to fulfill requests. We appreciate your understanding and hope you will consider involving the Wild in your future fundraising activities.
Q:How long will it take to get a response to my donation request?
A: Donation requests will typically be sent out two weeks prior to the date the donation is needed.
Q: Can I deliver merchandise to the Wild offices and have them autographed by the players?
A: No, unfortunately we are unable to have merchandise that is forwarded to us autographed. Due to the high volume of requests that we receive, we are unable to fulfill this type of request.
Q:Will a player write back if I send fan mail to their attention?
A: Minnesota Wild players receive hundreds of letters from fans each year. Each player is responsible for opening and replying to letters from their fans. The Minnesota Wild cannot guarantee that all letters will be responded to. Additionally, Minnesota Wild organization and players are not responsible for returning any items sent.
Players can receive fan mail by sending letters to:
Minnesota Wild Attn: (Player's Name) 317 Washington Street St. Paul, MN 55102
Q: Are Minnesota Wild hockey practices open to the public?