Who We Are
We help people launch projects that improve communities.
You matter. Your ideas and actions can change the world. Believe it. We do.
To reinvent a self-sustaining model of charity that inspires people to action for good.
How We Were Called to 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 2002 they started Hope for the City.
They believed they mattered. They believed their ideas and actions could change the world. And they were right.
More than 20 years later, Hope for the City took on a new name—MATTER. Our mission is simple. We help people launch projects that improve communities. As an organization, we focus on leveraging some of Minnesota’s biggest resources: healthcare, education, beneficial food, and agriculture.
While not a faith-based organization, we refer to MATTER as “faith-inspired.” Our founders started the organization based on the inspiration they received from two Scriptural commands: to “take care of 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 2002, with the help of tens of thousands of donors, supporters, partners and volunteers, whom we affectionately refer to as MATTERnation, MATTER has distributed more than $772 million in restorative aid, impacting millions of lives around the world.
Our belief statement reflects the very DNA from which our organization was founded: You matter. Your ideas and actions can change the world. Believe it. We do.
Meet Our Staff
MATTER Board Chair
Chief Operating Officer
University of Minnesota Foundation Investment Advisors
MATTER Board Treasurer
Wildamere Capital Management, LLC
Dr. Christopher Tashjian
MATTER Board Secretary
Vibrant Health Family Clinics
Co-Founder & CEO
Artisan Venture Lab
(Former) EVP and Chief Omni Strategy and Operations Officer
TCF Inventory Finance
President & CEO
Tradition Capital Bank
Deephaven Data Labs
Chief Executive Officer
Twin Cities Orthopedics
Vice President, Relationship Manager
BMO Commercial Bank
VP, Senior Wealth & Fiduciary Advisor
Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation
Tel One Pvt. (Zimbabwe)
Vice President of Marketing
Waypoint Capital Advisors
Partner in Charge
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister
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.