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To make sure our 33,000 students are achieving, the Minneapolis Public Schools need your help. Two-thirds of our students live in poverty. Twenty-five percent of our students are learning English. Your donations of time, supplies or money can help us move our students ahead farther, faster.

We can think of about 33,000 reasons to contribute to Minneapolis Public Schools. Our non-profit partner, AchieveMpls, accepts contributions on behalf of the school district, our schools and our departments in the form of cash, stock, memorials and other options. To donate online go to http://www.achievempls.org/getinvolved/donate/. For more information, contact Gina Rysdon at 612.455.1557 or email her at grysdon@achievempls.org.

Your Time: Volunteering at MPS
Each year, approximately 8,000 individuals - including parents, city workers, business people, retirees and grade school and college students - share their time and talents by volunteering thousands of hours in our schools. Anyone who enjoys helping young or adult students achieve their academic, personal and/or social goals can volunteer in the district. Visit VolunteerMPS to learn more.

Please contact the MPS Information Technology Services Department at 612.668.0260 with your computer donations. The school district can use both Macintosh and PC computers. Visit the IT Services website to view minimum specifications for computer donations.

Office Supplies or Other Materials
Contact the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers at 612.529.9621 to donate anything that can be recycled back into classrooms. This can include (but it is not limited to) magazines, three-ring binders and other office supplies, file cabinets, fabric, mat board and foam core.

Musical Instruments
A student joining the band/orchestra/keyboard program learns to play the instrument, read music, perform alone and with others, understand music history and musical styles, and experience first-hand how music is a part of life and culture. There is often a waiting list for woodwind, brass, percussion and string instruments for students at individual schools. Due to a limited budget, we cannot accept the donation of any instruments that require repair. If you are interested in donating a band or orchestra instrument, we can only accept if:

  • It has been cleaned and/or set up by a music repair shop.
  • It has been identified as playable by a music repair shop.

Currently MPS is accepting new or like new (under five years of age) piano or Yamaha clavinova donations. The transportation of the piano or clavinova must also be included as part of the donation. Donations of used pianos (older than five years) are not being accepted at this time.

If you have an instrument to donate that meets the above criteria, please contact Emily Quinn, Arts Extension Coordinator, at emily.quinn@mpls.k12.mn.us or 612.668.0479. After your donation has been accepted, you will receive a letter of acknowledgment that may be used for tax purposes. Please provide the following information when you contact us regarding your donation:

  • Type of instrument
  • Manufacturer and brand serial number
  • Condition of instrument
  • If the case is included
  • Appraised value of the instrument (can be provided by any local repair shop)
  • Your name, address and phone number

Thank you very much for helping provide a music education for a Minneapolis Public Schools student!

Other Contributions
For all other inquiries about donations to the Minneapolis Public Schools, including school supplies and backpacks, please contact the Resource Development and Innovation Department at 612.668.0214 or rdi@mpls.k12.mn.us.