Your donations through the Minnesota Environmental Fund support a wide variety of activities that protect Minnesota’s quality of life and preserve our environment for future generations. Here are a few examples of how just a few dollars out of each paycheck can make a big difference.

Your Giving Impact – What Can a Dollar Do?

Clean Water:
  • $3 per pay period provides a Storm Drain Stenciling presentation and hands-on outing for an elementary classroom, raising awareness of the direct link between storm water runoff and river pollution
  • $5 per pay period presents a community Watershed Workshop packed with information about lawn and garden care, composting, rain gardens and rain barrels, native landscaping, car care, and other topics that help you protect and restore the Mississippi River.
Getting Outdoors:
  • $2 per pay period provides a US Coast Guard-approved life jacket for a person to experience canoeing for the first time.
  • $10 per pay period provides a scholarship for a 5-day Boundary Waters canoe trip
Engaging Youth:
  • $3 per pay period provides a day of environmental education for 20 middle-school children
Clean Air:
  • $5 per pay period pays to plant a young tree at a community tree planting
  • $20 per pay period supports the installation of pollution control equipment on school buses and heavy-duty trucks. This equipment – installed on over 3.600 vehicles statewide – reduces pollutants harmful to human health and the environment.
Healthy Food and Farming:
  • $1 per pay period pays for worms for a full year of demonstrations with a worm composting bin
  • $3 per pay period pays for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Directories which are available to the public for free. The CSA directory is a valuable resource that helps people access healthy, local and sustainably raised food.
Preserving Natural Places and Wildlife:
  • $3 per pay period supports one week of bird satellite tracking and monitoring
  • $10 per pay period reaches out to landowners with ways to protect and restore the ecological value of their lands. This work is improving the greenway corridors in the Twin Cities, and increasing the amount of habitat available for wildlife and rare native plant species.

Green Trivia

Healthy Kids:
  • By how much does exposure to nature change kids’ stress levels? A: Exposure to nature can reduce kids’ stress levels by up to 28 percent.
  • When kids live close to a park playground, how much more likely are they to have a healthy body weight? A: Children living within two-thirds of a mile of a park with a playground are up to five times more likely to have a healthy body weight.
  • What percent of children in the US live more than a half mile from the nearest park? A: 80%
Natural Places:
  • What percentage of the Twin Cities’ native landscape remains intact in its natural state? A:  Less than four percent, meaning that native wildlife species have only 4% of the habitat they used to have to live in.  That is why our work to protect and restore what is left is so important.
Great Outdoors: 
  • Where in Minnesota are the headwaters of the Mississippi River located? A:  Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota.
  • How many people visit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness each year? A: 250,000 visitors using over 1,500 miles of canoe routes and about 2,200 campsites. The Boundary Waters is the most popular wilderness area in the United States.
Healthy Food:
  • Fish may be eaten without restrictions from only what percentage of Upper Mississippi waters? A:  Fifteen percent!  That means that fish from 85% of the waters must be eaten in limited amounts due to contaminants like mercury.   Friends of the Mississippi River is working to improve water quality through numerous partnerships and initiatives.

100% of the money raised by the Minnesota Environmental Fund stays in Minnesota!