MATTERbox Challenge: EMPOWER Leadership Academy for Girls + Minnesota Vikings

MATTER is always searching for new ways to empower youth and show them just how much they MATTER. So when the opportunity to partner with The Minnesota Vikings and EMPOWER Leadership Academy for Girls at one [...]

Summer Harvest 2017: Creating a Summer that Matters

On the morning of June 8th, before the sun had even thought about rising, volunteers were hard at work in the otherwise-empty Mall of America. Only one thing can explain why anyone would crawl out [...]

Xavier Rhodes MATTERbox Challenge + InSports Football Camp

Join Minnesota Vikings Cornerback Xavier Rhodes at US Bank Stadium on June 23rd for a InSports Football Camp + MATTERbox Challenge! Campers get hands-on instruction alongside Xavier Rhodes, with fundamental football skills & drills stations, contests, and [...]

MATTERbox Backpack Deliveries

Every 3rd Thursday of the month is backpack delivery day for the Students at Stonebridge Global School. With a staggering 97% of students eligible for the free/reduced lunch program,  HOPEworldwide's MN Chapter has partnered with Stonebridge to [...]

Seccond Annual ‘The Children Matter’ Presented by Gene Simmons

LA rolled out the red carpet again for the second annual The Children Matter event presented by Gene Simmons. The Children Matter is a collaborative initiative between Gene Simmons, Matter, and the Starkey Hearing Foundation, [...]

MATTERbox Challenge: Vikings + InSports Town Take Over

Loaded to the brim with bright orange MATTERboxes, the MATTER truck headed to Morris, Minnesota for the Vikings Town Takeover InSports football camp on May 3! Hosted at Big Cat Stadium, former Viking EJ Henderson [...]

The Gorgui Dieng Project: Update From Senegal

The MATTER team is on the ground in Senegal this week with Gorgui Dieng and Roger & Nancy McCabe to celebrate the exciting progress of The Gorgui Dieng Project in Dakar. Tuesday started with a [...]

2016 Annual Report

In 2016, we made bold moves to ignite a movement of people with the belief that PEOPLE MATTER. Together, we activated healthier lives and eliminated barriers for 2,724,668 people moving them towards a healthier life! [...]

13 Shipments On The Water + 3 To Depart This Week

We're driven to achieve our goal of expanding access to health for 10 million by the end of 2018. So together, with our partners, we're making bold moves to eliminate barriers and move people towards [...]

MATTERbox Challenge: Eastside Boys & Girls Club

Making healthy food choices can be difficult, especially as a kid! That's why MATTER has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club to bring MATTERbox Challenges to clubs in the Twin Cities. Combining upbeat games, [...]

MATTER Presents: The Gorgui Dieng Project

In spite of the wind and sleet, more than 100 guests gathered for a memorable evening to help build a sustainable future for Senegal at MATTER Presents: The Gorgui Dieng Project. "I’m blessed to take [...]

MATTERbox Madness 2017

32 Companies that Matter.  53 Tons of Food. 200K Healthy MATTERbox Meals. One MATTERbox Madness Champion The spirit of competition pulsated throughout TCF Bank Stadium as 32 Companies that MATTER joined forces to activate a healthier community [...]


FROM GARBAGE HEALTH RISES IN DANDORA There is a Kenyan proverb that says “It is the grass that suffers when the elephants fight”. For the poor living in the surroundings of the dump in Dandora, [...]

Top 5 MATTER Moments

1. Healthy Meals for Mogadishu A shipment of FMSC Mana Packs and medical supplies to continue MATTER's & the local MN Somali Community MCAPD (Minnesota Community of African People with Disabilities) work towards rebuilding a [...]

Impact Interview: Ethiopia

Filled to the brim with medical supplies the 2nd shipment for AgapeMED departed the MATTER warehouse headed to Ethiopia. We sat down with Aby Tezera of AgapeMED who has been spearheading everything from funding to [...]

Pack a MATTERbox. Meet Xavier Rhodes, Vikings Cheerleaders & Legends

 Pack a MATTERbox.  Fuel a Future. Mall of America, Macys Courtyard Sunday, February 19th 2:00 - 5:00 PM Meet Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders & Legends MATTERbox Cooking Demonstrations by CRAVE Chefs Join Minnesota Vikings [...]

Top 5 Matter Moments

1.  Gorgui Dieng, Serge Ibaka & 9 Crown College Students Nine Crown College students from the Congo spent their Saturday afternoon making an impact for their home-country by sorting and packing MATTERboxes of medical supplies [...]

United FC InSports Day

Over 60 Minnesota kids got in the game on the very same practice fields as their favorite professional soccer players at the 2nd Annual United FC InSports Day. InSports days are geared towards exposing kids to [...]

Access to Health Brings Hope & Healing for Women in Haiti

Haiti has the highest incidences of cervical cancer in the world. Cervical cancer takes the lives of more women in Haiti than all other cancers combined, yet it is so preventable! The test is simple [...]

Dignity Deserves A Fighting Chance

"Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare." - Muhamad Ali For 28 year-old Slim, the impact of Fighting Chance has reached far beyond his training inside the ring. When Slim started to box at FC, he [...]

Community Paramedics Use MATTERbox As Teaching Tool With Patients

Community Paramedic. For most, this term conjures an image of emergency, flashing lights, and crisis; but for many, Community Paramedics are part of their health care plan and support team. Allina Health offers a revolutionary [...]

From Minnesota to Timbuktu

Yes. Timbuktu is a real place... Timbuktu conjures up images in our mind of a far off land and long camel caravans out on the edge of the sand-strewn Sahara — a remoteness so legendary that [...]

A Look Back: 2016

With 2017 only a few short hours away, we are humbled looking back at what an what an incredible year of growth and impact 2016 has been for Matter. As we prepare to countdown to [...]

Simple Acts: St. Louis Park Police

For those of you who have given a MATTERbox you know the impact goes far beyond the healthy meals inside, it's a tool to make a connection, open communication, build trust and restore dignity.  The gift [...]

Simple Act: Stories That Matter Baby Moses

Our Lady Visitation Maternity Clinic has officially opened and it's first patient, baby Moses, is a true testament to the impact this clinic will have in the community. Baby  Moses, only days old, was found abandon [...]

We Give Thanks for YOU, teamMATTER

There's a lot to be thankful for today. At Matter, we're a small team of passionate people trying to do mighty things in the world. Our goal over the next three years is to expand [...]

Vikings Fans Unite to Shatter MATTERbox Record

Xavier Rhodes wasn’t the only Viking to break a record at US Bank stadium Sunday. Before our boys in purple and gold defeated the Cardinals, Vikings fans united on the Commons outside US Bank Stadium [...]

Vikings & Matter Team Up to Expand Access to Health for MN Women

Defending access to health, the Minnesota Vikings & Matter joined forces for the 2nd Annual Vikings Matter Women's Distribution to raise awareness and support for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Tuesday afternoon, purple pride pulsated throughout [...]

A Night To Matter

From the unique venue of the Sun Country Airlines Cargo Hangar, Smack Shack's famous lobster rolls, and a virtual reality experience, to Darius Rucker breaking it down to  Blackstreet's 'No Diggity', the 16th Annual ‘A [...]

Photographer Needed for Fundraiser

Sep 20, 2016 Minneapolis, MN Matter is a non-profit on a mission to expand access to health, next door and around the world. Each fall, we host our annual Night to MATTER Gala to raise [...]

Gala 2016 Event Help

Sep 20, 2016 Minneapolis, MN On September 20th, 2016 Matter will host its annual A Night to Matter Gala. This is a night full of stories of impact, awards, dinner, and fundraising. This cocktail attire [...]

Gala Preparation

Sep 12, 2016 to Sep 16, 2016 Saint Louis Park, MN On September 20th, 2016 Matter will be hosting its annual "A Night to Matter" Gala. The week leading up the event there will be [...]


SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES® TO SERVE CAUSE COFFEE ON EVERY FLIGHT Minnesota Hometown Airline to serve MATTER Coffee on every flight, raising money to expand access to health locally and abroad. MINNEAPOLIS – September 1, 2016 [...]

Payments for Change – Every Swipe Matters

Persolvent is on a mission to make life easier through innovation and technology. Their new social division, Payments for Change, is taking this to a whole new level. By donating 50% of all processing profits, [...]

35 Companies that Matter

At Matter we believe everyone has the power to change the world, right within their own two hands. At the foundation of every thriving community are companies that leverage their skills, resources, and networks as a force for good.

Fueling Progress in Malawi Through Nutrition

  As one of the nations that has been most drastically impacted by HIV/AIDS, Malawi is no stranger to adversity. Whether it’s a mother teaching her child with cerebral palsy to walk or a grandmother [...]

MN Vikings Break MATTERbox Record

Although the season doesn’t kick off for another month, Minnesota Vikings fans and players alike are already showing their purple pride at Vikings Training Camp in Mankato, MN. The Vikings are taking a [...]

Rock to Change The World

Rock N' Roll Hall of Famers KISS, #Rock2ChangeTheWorld with a rare unmasked performance, raising over 1 million in contributions to further the work of Matter and Opportunity International. The band who ignited the 80’s youth rock [...]

The Sound of Silence

Only one muffled cry could be heard. A sound so soft, it could only have come from a very new life. Yet, this sound was eerily loud in a hospital hallway that otherwise was deathly [...]

MATTERbox Challenge: Target Edition

"Companies that Matter" recognize, the power to make a difference within their community and around the globe is in their own two hands. In light of recent heartache, loss and tragedy in our community, Target [...]

InSports Foundation uses MATTERbox in Summer Sports Camp

All kids desire and deserve to be active. Unfortunately, monetary constraints oftentimes prevent the formation of a healthy active lifestyle, leading to problems later in life. With over 328,500 Minnesota students receiving free and reduced [...]

MATTERbox Story: St. Louis Park Police Officer

One evening, I was dispatched to suspicious activity at an apartment complex. The resident mentioned that she had a suspicion that a homeless person was rummaging around residences storage lockers and thought someone was living [...]

Matter Joins KSTP in ‘Summer Harvest For Kids’ Campaign

  During the school year, 328,500 children across the state of Minnesota receive free and reduced lunches through their schools. But once summer arrives, only 15% of these kids continue to have access [...]


Matter entered 2016 with the mission of expanding access to health for 10 million people next door and around the world by the end of 2018. Learn the significant strides Matter has made towards achieving [...]

Expanding Access to Health in Ethiopia

About 150 miles west of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, lay the remote town of Shashemene. In this town, there are only two small hospitals to support a population of 153,000 people and nearby communities. [...]

MATTERbox Madness: Patterson Edition

MATTERbox Madness: Patterson Edition

Team Building, Strategic Planning & Community Impact Collide Patterson is a ‘Company that Matters’ who recognizes that the power to make a difference within their community and around the globe is in their own two [...]

Expanding Access to Health in Somalia

Did you know Minnesota, is home to the largest Somali-American population in the United States? Several of today's Republic of Somalia’s government officials have received their education at the University of Minnesota. After experiencing the [...]

MATTERbox Madness 2016 The air buzzed with the spirit of competition as teams arrived at the #teamMATTER Experience Center, ready to face off in three 15-minute ‘MATTERbox Packing Heats’. Local Minnesota companies were about to go [...]

Cargill Food Madness The weather was cold and dreary outside, but inside the #teamMATTER Experience Center the competition was just beginning to heat up. Nine teams of 10-15 employees, each competing for the coveted title of [...]

The Gorgui Dieng Project: Senegal Event

On behalf of the entire Matter team, we would like to thank those who celebrated The Gorgui Dieng Project: Senegal at a special event at the home of Dennis and Megan Doyle. We [...]

The Gorgui Dieng Project: Senegal Event

The Gorgui Dieng Project: Senegal Event

On behalf of the entire Matter team, we would like to thank those who celebrated with us at The Gorgui Dieng Project: Senegal special event. We are honored to partner with Minnesota Timberwolves Center Gorgui [...]

The Gorgui Dieng Project: Senegal Phase 2

Senegal is a country well known for their legendary Griots - young men who have passed down the generational West African tradition of storytelling. Early this May, the Griots living in the rural town of [...]

Driven to What Matters Most: Part 2

The highly anticipated delivery of the Cambria fire truck in David, Panama had finally come. As the jetliner descended Nancy Jerdee - Senior Vice President of Marketing, Shelly Nelson - Vice President of Marketing, and [...]

The 411 on Diabetes Prevention

 Happy Diabetes Alert Day! March 22, 2016 has been proclaimed Diabetes Alert Day. This is a day to call attention to diabetes and prediabetes and encourage people to find out if they have either of [...]

Employee Engagement 101: Heads, Hands & Hearts

Just for the record, we are by no means Human Resource experts. We do not have advanced training or degrees in Human Resource Management, Talent Development or Retention. No one on our team has worked [...]

Kenya & Tanzania Insight Trip

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Did you know 60% of Americans work in a cubicle? That’s over 40 million people! A recent study by the American Heart Association has linked the sedentary office lifestyle as a cause of [...]

Why Matter? Why Minnesota?

“What do you have in your own two hands?" This foundational question is the soil from which we have grown to become Matter. Our founders not only looked at what resources and skills they had [...]


Check out the ways in which Matter worked towards creating a world where we all Matter in the fourth quarter of 2015! Learn about how Matter's international project in Ethiopia that is expanding health to [...]

Cargill Pack N’ Serve

It was a cloudy, oddly warm mid-February afternoon in St. Louis Park, when a group of motivated Cargill Global IT employees arrived to break-in the new #teamMATTER Experience Center! After an eye-opening experience in “Pathways [...]

5 Tips & Tricks to Drink More H2O

Did you know your body is 60% water? Drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water can be a daunting, not to mention tasteless task. Even knowing about the many benefits of meeting your daily H2O [...]

Local Organizations Expanding Health Together

This past Holiday Season, Q Health Connections collaborated with Matter and nine local health-focused organizations to impact local families through a holiday food distribution. Dedicated employees and volunteers canceled holiday plans to make this three-site [...]

Driven to What Matters Most: Part 1

What do a fire truck, golden dragons, and healthy food have in common? It’s a shinning example of a local company’s commitment to community here and abroad. On December 15, 2015 Matter's partnership with the [...]

Popp Communications donates new phone system to Matter Office

Bill Popp, founder of Popp Communications, and his wife Teri have been incredible supporters of Matter throughout the years. With financial contributions which Matter leverages to expand access to health and food globally, Popp Communications [...]


  Check out the ways in which Matter is expanding access to health, next door and around the world in the third quarter of 2015! You’ll learn about Matter partnering with the Minnesota Transitions Charter School to expand [...]

Minnesota Vikings Partner to Expand Access to Women’s Health

In order to spread awareness and support for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Matter partnered with the Minnesota Vikings to collect and distribute women’s health supplies to several local women’s shelters. From the collection of products [...]

The First Annual ‘The Children Matter’ Event

Left: Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed-Simmons; Middle Left: Maria Menounos; Middle Right: Randy Jackson; Right: Brady Forseth & Quenton Marty. (Nov. 7, 2015 - Source: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images North America)  Thank you for [...]

How to become a Company that Matters

Companies are the bedrock of our community. Matter was founded by local business owners who wanted to give back, and they looked at the resources they had in their own two hands, imagining how these [...]

Drink Coffee. Do Good.

Make your daily cup of coffee Matter more! Matter is excited to announce a new cause marketing partnership with local Berry Coffee Company to expand access to health and food globally: MATTERblend Coffee. This delicious new coffee blend [...]

Timberwolves player Gorgui Dieng sees hope in home community

Kébémer, a small city in Northwestern Senegal, has recently seen massive improvements to their local hospital, thanks to their hometown hero: Gorgui Dieng of the Minnesota Timberwolves. At 6 feet, 11 inches, even if he wasn't an [...]

On the front lines: how Hennepin County Sheriff’s deputies use the MatterBox

When the Matter team designed the MatterBox, we set out to do something about the fact that only 5% of the 100 million missing meals in Minnesota are coming from a traditional food shelf. Matter [...]

Blake School hosts fast-paced MATTERbox Event

Blake School students of all ages help to package healthy MatterBoxes during their Legacy Day service project. On Friday, October 2nd, Blake School in Hopkins hosted their 10th annual Legacy Day, an annual [...]

UBS team packages thousands of healthy meals for Twin Cities community

Families from UBS work together to package dinner boxes as a team, bringing healthy food to local families facing food insecurity around the Twin Cities.The MatterBox couldn't find its way into the hands of those who [...]

City View Electric Teams with Matter to bring Energy to Police and Fire Departments in Panama

In the coffee-growing region of Panama, the cityof Boquete is a spectacular natural haven of forests and mountains. With a population of about 19,000, nearly 14% of these inhabitants are ex-pats from North America and [...]

Simple Act: Second Quarter Report 2015

Check out the ways in which Matter is expanding access to health and food, next door and around the world in the second quarter of 2015! You'll learn about Matter partnering with the Hennepin County Medical Center to [...]

The Feeding of the 5000

On August 13th, Hope For the Community Food Shelf took on the ambitious goal of tripling their weekly food distribution. The Blaine-based Hope Church typically feeds 1,800 individuals weekly, but, through inspiration from the Biblical [...]

MATTERbox Helping Kids Knock Out Summer Hunger

Stacy's eleven year old daughter holds her MatterBox for the week, filled with 5 healthy lunches which support her family through the summer. "It's just so hard," she says. "You would never expect [...]

Matter Among First to Ship medical equipment to Cuba

As diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba are  being opened for the first time in more than 50 years, Matter is poised to be among the first bring updated medical equipment to Cuban hospitals. [...]

Supplies from Matter Support Paramedic Training in the Dominican Republic

Paramedics in the Dominican Republic learn through simulations of emergency situations with supplies and equipment provided by Matter.Having well-trained paramedics is something that is easy to take for granted, and proper training equipment is an essential [...]

Hope Rises with New Hospital in Dandora, Kenya

There is a Kenyan proverb that says "It is the grass that suffers when the elephants fight". For the poor living in the surroundings of the dump in Dandora, this proverb epitomizes their experience. [...]

Volunteers are using Matter supplies in hospitals around the world

"We had 12 babies resuscitated through bag and mask and they are still living now because we had the resources to help." All around the world, hospital and clinics lack the most basic supplies for [...]

You Saw MatterBox on Reddit – Why this project is so exciting

It was a rainy spring afternoon when Matter’s phones started ringing and our email inboxes filled up: “Did you know you’re trending right now??”, “I just saw you on the front page of Reddit!” For [...]

Matter Team Meets with Tanzanian Deputy Minister of Health

While Jeremy Newhouse and Mike Mulken waited for Matter's first container filled with life-saving medical equipment to arrive at the Serengeti District Hospital in Mugumu, Tanzania, they were able to experience some of the most incredible landscapes [...]

Kids Serving Kids This Summer

Youth from the Lord of Life Church in Maple Grove package MatterBoxes in the warehouse for children across the Twin Cities facing food insecurity this summer. Last year, over 100 million meals were missed in Minnesota; [...]

In Zambia, Matter plans to deliver hope to maternity ward

The Matter team is on the road, visiting partners and new projects across Africa. Last week, President Quenton Marty and Vice President of Procurement and International Programs Mike Muelken were in Lusaka, Zambia, visiting our partners [...]

The Gift of Play

Matter President Quenton Marty and VP of Procurement and International Programs Mike Muelken with school children in Zambia, who paused their play for a moment to show off their new indestructible soccer balls. [...]

Simple Act: First Quarter Report 2015

Check out the ways in which Matter is expanding access to health and food, next door and around the world in the first quarter of 2015! You'll learn about a village in Uganda, where the [...]

Matter’s 2014 Annual Report is Available to view Online!

At the heart of Matter's Culture of Service is the belief that to whom much is given, much is required. The Matter team strives to embody stewardship in this way through our every day actions, especially our [...]

Matter Team Headed to Africa to View Health Projects

Three members of Matter’s team are headed to Africa for a three-week trip to connect with partners on the ground, and get updates on our international health initiatives. President Quenton Marty, Vice President of Operations Jeremy [...]

Matter Goes Pro to Expand Access to Health in Senegal

Gorgui Dieng is a long way from home these days. As a starter for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the last two seasons, he is far away from his birthplace of Senegal. Gorgui led the Louisville [...]

First Matter Container Arrives in Dandora, Kenya

The first of three shipping containers filled with medical supplies arrives in Dandora, Kenya, at the newly completed hospital Dandora, a slum outside of Nairobi, Kenya, is home to the largest dump in [...]

What Can You do to Matter Today?

Erin Villareal worked with friends at Minnesota Teen Challenge to decorate MatterBoxes which she gave out as favors at her wedding, encouraging her guests to bless others in the community. When Hope for [...]

Matter, KSTP Collaborate to Fight Summer Hunger for Children

Children from the Lord of Life church in Maple Grove package 350 meals, sponsored by BMO Harris, set to be delivered to the Summer Loaves program. You can also support this excellent program by [...]

MatterBox: Health – Matter and HCMC Work Together to Fight Diabetes

Carmelia Nelson, Diabetes Educator at HCMC, is interviewed by KSTP about the relationship between food insecurity and diabetes, and what Matter and HCMC are doing to solve this problem. The correlation between food [...]

Philippines Medical

The Philippine Minnesotan Medical Association (PMMA) is a group that sponsors medical missions to the Philippines. Since 1998, the organization has organized a bi-annual trip, led by Dr. Bernard Quebral, to areas in the region [...]

Minneapolis Food Shelf

Good in the ‘Hood is a Minneapolis area non-profit that is dedicated to changing lives through simple acts of kindness. Since their inception in 2003, they’ve continued to expand their efforts to provide support for [...]

A Night to Matter

  Thank you for making A Night to Matter such a success! On behalf of the entire Matter team, we want to say a big thank you to our entire community of supporters who attended, [...]

Afghanistan School

For years, Afghanistan has been a country in constant turmoil. Like any country that experiences ongoing conflict, the citizens have ultimately paid the price. In the case of Afghanistan, the situation has impacted women and [...]

Panama Material Goods

Many people in the rural Province of Chiriqui, Panama suffer from extreme poverty. Some of the situations stem from malnutrition, the inaccessibility to proper medical treatments, and the lack of access to the necessary tools; [...]