MATTER is a global nonprofit on a mission to help people launch projects that improve communities.

Three Year Strategy

2019 – 2021

MATTER is a group of problem solvers, innovators, dreamers, and above all, doers. We bring together some of the best companies, experts, and partners, to take on some of the biggest health challenges our world is facing today. Over the next three years, we will design and implement solutions to impact 10 million people around the world. 

Half the World’s Population is Unable to Access Essential Health Services.

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Due to Obesity, Unhealthy Eating Habits and Physical Inactivity, Kids Today May Be Less Healthy and May Have Shorter Life Expectancy Than Their Parents.

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The Next Generation Does Not Have the Necessary Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, and Continuous Learning Skills that will Allow Them to Compete in a Technologically Driven World.

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How We Were Called to MATTER

“What do you have in your own two hands?”  This foundational question is the soil from which we have grown to become MATTER.

When Minnesota business owners Dennis and Megan Doyle saw valuable corporate surplus being discarded, they took action. Using what was in their own two hands, warehouse space, they began to gather life-saving resources to put into the hands of people that could benefit, specifically people living in scarcity. It soon became their calling, and in 2000 they started Hope for the City.

Over 20 years later, we have evolved to be called MATTER. Our name calls us to action and drives us to create a world where we all matter. As an organization, we focus on leveraging two of Minnesota’s biggest resources: incredible healthcare and bountiful agriculture.

While not a faith-based nonprofit, we refer to MATTER as “faith-inspired”, a result of the deep conviction and strong belief of our founders, who were inspired by two Scriptural commands: “To take care for the least of these”, from Matthew 25; and to be good stewards of God’s creation and its abundant resources, as found in Genesis 2.

Since 2000, tens of thousands of donors and volunteers have helped grow MATTER into an organization that to date has distributed over $655 million in restorative aid and is impacting millions of lives around the world.

What do you have in your own two hands? It’s a simple, yet profound, question that can change the world. That IS changing the world. Join us in creating a world where everyone and everything is valued for all its worth.

A world where we all MATTER.

Meet Our Staff

We’re a small team of passionate entrepreneurs with big goals to disrupt the health space and create real change.

Joel Anderson

Medical Program Director
With 18 years of technology sales, 12 years as a small business owner, and seven years in nonprofit development, Joel brings a wealth of diverse knowledge and experience to his role at MATTER. Involved with our global projects, Joel develops partnerships with hospitals and manages the donations of equipment and supplies. 

Joshua Anderson

Supplies Sorting Associate

Sue Anderson

In her role on MATTER’s marketing team, Sue assists with the coordination of MATTER’s external and internal communication efforts. With her background in teaching and curriculum development, Sue enjoys gathering information and writing about the people and places being impacted by MATTER’s work. Whether it’s creating content for blog posts and social media, or writing impact stories and donor reports, Sue hopes her writing inspires support for MATTER and its mission.

Vicki Bachmann

VP of Business Partnerships

Vicki brings people in business together toward a common mission aimed at launching projects to improve peoples’ lives and communities. She possesses broad nonprofit experience from 25+ years of board leadership positions, including serving as President of the Women’s Board at Dayton Children’s Hospital and several other nonprofits. Vicki also possesses event leadership expertise, including developing corporate sponsors, as well as planning and executing special events. Her corporate sales background adds to her heartfelt desire and demonstrated ability to connect for-profit entities to activate charitable giving.

Angie Dammeier

VP of Executive Projects & HR
With a degree in International Business, Angie has held several challenging positions in hotel management, program development, business administration, event planning, and human resources in Germany, England and the U.S. Angie’s resourcefulness, attention to detail, and experienced office management skills assist the team in executing MATTER’s mission with the highest standard of excellence, efficiency and effectiveness.

Trevor Elrod

Medical Supplies Manager

Jaime Figueroa

Warehouse Manager
The heart of MATTER’s work is found in our warehouse. It’s a busy place where donations for our hospital and agriculture programs are brought in and shipped out, and food for our MATTERbox program is stored. Jaime is responsible for the warehouse running as efficiently and safely as possible to ensure MATTER’s local and global projects are facilitated on time and in accordance with our standard of excellence.
Tami Hedrick

Tami Hedrick

National Development Director
 Tami introduces the MATTERbox to organizations throughout the U.S. as an easy way to give back to local communities while engaging their employees. Tami spent decades in the professional sports industry, most recently as Director of Women’s Initiatives, Strategic Development and Cheerleading for the Minnesota Vikings. She served as the President of the Women in Sports and Events Twin Cities Chapter since inception and is now on the advisory board. Recently, Tami was named one of the Top 50 Women in Business by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal.

Katie Johnson

Global Partner Representative - MATTER 360

Max Konold

Medical Supplies Manager

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Quenton Marty

Quenton has extensive experience in the field of international development and microfinance having developed a funding strategy for HOPE International, practiced microfinance in Ukraine, as well as lived in Poland while running a small business. Quenton holds an MBA with a concentration in International Finance, and has traveled to over thirty countries, resulting in a wealth of knowledge and depth of experience that is invaluable in his role as President of MATTER.

Roberto Munoz

On MATTER’s financial team, Roberto spends his days recording and managing MATTER’s financial records. While he enjoys working with numbers and spreadsheets, it’s MATTER’s mission of helping people live healthier lives that inspires him and gives his work meaning. Born and raised in Mexico, Roberto also appreciates the international aspect of MATTER’s mission and outreach.

Chris Newhouse

VP of Global Projects
After owning and operating a successful organic farm in Wisconsin for over a decade, Chris was a natural fit to lead MATTER’s global projects team and social enterprise efforts. 

Jeremy Newhouse

Senior VP of Operations
Jeremy joined MATTER following extensive international experience working in Congo and Tanzania in education, microfinance initiatives, and entrepreneurship development. While studying for his M.B.A. at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, Jeremy was a founding member of Microfinance Alliance. At MATTER, Jeremy oversees the finances as well as the development of our MATTER Innovation Hub initiative.

Joe Newhouse

VP of Creative, Strategy & Innovation
Throughout Joe’s career as an innovator, strategist, and brand story-teller, the passion for solving big challenges and telling compelling stories have been a driving force. From a Fortune 50 company to a nonprofit consumer-lending start-up, his sense of adventure has led him to a wide range of education and work experiences around the world. At MATTER, Joe creates designs and solutions as he leads the MATTER brand and strategy.

Rebecca Newhouse

VP of Development & Engagement
Rebecca came to MATTER with 20 years of nonprofit development and fundraising experience in the areas of education, cultural and environmental causes, and healthcare outreach. As head of our development team, Rebecca directs the overarching strategy and activities, and facilitates collaboration between development, programs, communications, and finance to ensure all efforts are aligned toward the strategic initiatives of the organization.

Brian Numainville

Communications & Organizational Insights
Brian has been involved with MATTER since its founding as a past corporate funder and board member. In his role steering Communications & Organizational Insights, Brian leverages 25+ years of diverse experience to increase MATTER’s visibility, as well as strengthen MATTER’s measurement and evaluation capabilities. Brian’s extensive background includes leading research, public relations, and corporate philanthropy for a Fortune 500 company, working as a nationally-known consultant, speaker and author, as well as chairing several nonprofit boards. Brian earned his B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota and holds Insights Professional Certification (IPC) from the Insights Association. Brian is the co-author of the book, Feedback Rules!

Katie Olson

Volunteer & Events Director

Luis Riera

Warehouse Associate
Luis is responsible for overseeing the safe receipt, storage, retrieval and timely distribution of goods in our warehouse. Luis also ensures productivity targets are met and works to ensure delivery obligations are met and inventories are updated.

Victor Salamone

VP of of Revenue Operations
In his role at MATTER, Victor is responsible for the process, planning and execution of our MATTERbox initiative and events. His 30 years experience in the for-profit industry of hospitality and food service management with such well-known companies as Hilton, Famous Dave’s and Crave, affords Victor the experience and perspective needed to identify growth opportunities to build and execute MATTERbox product development.

Our Founders

Dennis Doyle

Dennis Doyle


Megan Doyle

Megan Doyle


Our Board

Amanda Escen
MATTER Board Chair
Investment Operations Manager
ECMC Group, Inc.
Devin Doyle
MATTER Board Treasurer
Vice President – Construction
Wildamere Capital Management, LLC
Dr. Christopher Tashjian
MATTER Board Secretary
Vibrant Health Family Clinics
Michael Ackmann
Co-Founder & CEO
Artisan Venture Lab
Casey Carl
EVP and Chief Omni Strategy and Operations Officer
Jay Deverell
Chief Operating Officer – Wholesale Banking
TCF Bank
Pete Goddard
Deephaven Data Labs
Brad Hibbs
Vice President, Agricultural Supply Chain North America
Derrick Johnson
Group Manager
Roger McCabe
Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation
Chipo Mtasa
Managing Director
Tel One Pvt. (Zimbabwe)
Shelly Nelson
Vice President of Marketing
Mark Pletts
Managing Member/Partner
Waypoint Capital Advisors
Jessica Roe
Roe Law Group
Steve Ryan
Partner in Charge
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister
Mike Tamte
Executive Chairman
Ellie Zuehlke
Director, Community Benefit & Engagement
Allina Health

Financial Responsibility

MATTER is built upon a foundation of sound financial stewardship. We believe that to whom much is given, much is required. We apply this belief to every donation, large or small, and use it to create the highest level of financial accountability and transparency.

More than $655 million in resources distributed

$1 donated equals $25 in material aid

96 cents of every dollar donated goes to programs

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Supporting Partners

We are deeply grateful to our supporters for their generosity. A big thanks to the following companies and individuals who have helped make our work possible.

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