What We’ve Funded

Technology for a 21st Century World

Technology is ever changing and is incorporated in many ways into how nonprofits operate and deliver services. The Shavlik Family Foundation is open to new ways to incorporate technology into your operations and continues to be excited every year to see the ideas nonprofits have for how they can leverage technology as a tool to further their missions.


  • Banyan Community in Minneapolis, MN (2016)

    Ability to track data across diverse programs and allow those programs to collaborate.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Cities (2018)

    New database allowed organization to text, track and screen participants and provide a better case management structure.

  • East Side Learning Center in St. Paul, MN (2017)

    Automate workflows and improve data access and analysis.

  • Ely Community Resources in Ely, MN (2015)

    Mentoring database to track student outcomes and simplified reporting on student progress.

  • The Guild, Inc. in St. Paul, MN (2016)

    Track how donors engage with organization by monitoring opening of newsletter, donations, event attendance, volunteering, etc.

  • Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota, Willmar, MN (2014)

    Database to track customer purchasing history in order to maximize use of their retail space.

  • Keystone Community Services of St. Paul, MN (2016)

    Volunteer management software and tablets to manage volunteer recruitment, engagement and fundraising.

  • Life House in Duluth, MN (2015)

    Track and analyze service utilization and program outcomes and streamline internal referral process.

  • Minnesota Center for Book Arts of Minneapolis (2016)

    Integrate information on class registration, event attendance, volunteering, membership and donor activity.

  • MinnPost of Minneapolis (2018)

    Development to extend existing open source connection between current content management system (web) and back-end database to give organization better member data.

  • PossAbilities in Rochester, MN (2015)

    Track program participants case records and employment to meet regulatory requirements.

  • Resource, Inc. of Minneapolis, MN (2016)

    Single platform to track and report data across programs and monitor trends and outcomes.

Website Development

  • Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP) of Brooklyn Center, MN (2018)

    Web portal for participants that allowed organization to intake information while creating a better experience for those using the food shelves.

  • Cornerstone Advocacy of Bloomington, MN (2016)

    Addition of map searching capabilities to their advocate portal to help determine the closest service agency and potential transportation need of client.

  • Dakota Wicohan of Morton, MN (2014)

    Webinar capabilities used to teach language and oral histories to both Upper and Lower Sioux communities around the state.

  • Elpis Enterprises of St. Paul, MN (2014)

    Online design capabilities for printing jobs embedded into current website to enhance retail function of organization.

  • Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities (2018)

    A learning management system plug in allowing certification training to happen from web portal.

  • Gilda’s Club of Minnetonka, MN (2016)

    Web portal for clients and volunteers to register for classes, purchase event tickets, see contribution history, sign up for volunteer opportunities or conferences.

  • Idealware of Minneapolis, MN (2016)

    Mobile friendly website allowed inbound linking, AdWords, lead capture and marketing automation tools that customized browsing experience.

  • Lakeshore Players of White Bear Lake, MN (2015)

    Website designed to automate and increase ticket sales.

  • Minnesota Literacy Council of St. Paul, MN (2017)

    Mobile friendly design of assessment modules for digital literacy program.

  • Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra of St. Paul, MN (2016)

    Online transaction and renewal portal that allowed data to be shared and accessed by both ticketing and development departments.

  • Solid Ground of White Bear Lake, MN (2013)

    New website to go with organization name change included secured donation transaction page and better search engine optimization (SEO).

  • Vega Productions of Minnetonka, MN (2015)

    Online platform to support music education by allowing schools to share instruments between programs through an online inventory system.

  • WACOSA of Waite Park, MN (2017)

    Website content changes to adapt to requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • WomenVenture of Minneapolis, MN (2017)

    Mobile friendly website redesign to provide online registration to events, allow access to forms, and give consulting volunteers data access.

Infrastructure and Applications

  • Ability Building Center of Rochester, MN (2018)

    Rebuild of wi-fi system with new access points, and a second fiber connection along with new cloud-based email server and security support allowing for 24/7 access to critical data and resources to be focused on other priorities.   
  • Animal Allies of Duluth, MN (2016)

    Upgrade to a high-speed/high bandwidth data link to support upcoming projects including improved automated medical diagnostic tools.

  • Athletes Committed to Educating Students (ACES) of Minneapolis, MN (2017)

    Tablets to improve teacher effectiveness and student engagement.

  • Bear Creek Services of Rochester, MN (2014)

    Payroll system for group home agency employees with wage calculators for staff working different shifts/facilities at different pay rates.

  • CHUM of Duluth, MN (2015)

    Unified cloud based system for programs including bar code scanning system to check in clients and record statistics around services.

  • Cookie Cart of Minneapolis, MN (2014)

    Updated VoIP phone and point of sale (PoS) systems that interfaced with accounting software to support renovation of the retail side of their operations.

  • Elpis Enterprises of St. Paul, MN (2017)

    Automated screen printing equipment allowing for better skill building and more diverse work experiences for youth participating in program.

  • Evergreen Youth and Family Services of Bemidji, MN (2017)

    Electronic health records and billing software, increased server storage capacity, data backup, security and file restoration for HIPAA compliance.

  • Hope Coalition of Red Wing, MN (2017)

    Electronic and magnetic key cards and reader to increase security for domestic violence center.

  • Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts of St. Paull, MN (2018)

    3D printer and other digital art making equipment to support program for disabled artists.

  • Life House of Duluth, MN (2018)

    Infrastructure and equipment to increase classroom capacity and create an in-house graphic design studio along with point of sale system for order fulfillment.

  • Lifeworks Services of Eagan, MN (2018)

    SaaS based system to provide stronger security on application submissions and to log services provided for federal compliance. 
  • The Lift Garage of Minneapolis, MN (2014)

    Additional laptop needed to coordinate referrals from partner agencies and manage volunteers.

  • MacRostie Art Center of Grand Rapids, MN (2018)

    Equipment for a mobile digital art lab including 3D modeling.  

  • MAP for Nonprofits of St. Paul, MN (2014)

    Matching funds to allow MAP to assist nonprofits with an array of technology planning services.

  • Merrick of Vadnais Heights, MN (2015)

    Tablets and infrastructure to support new wireless devices to allow supervisors to record work being completed by clients.

  • Minnesota Food Association of Marine on St. Croix, MN (2016)

    Phone system, wi-fi connectivity, data storage, file recovery, and an automated transaction system for food payments.

  • Newtrax of White Bear Lake, MN (2018)

    Vehicle communication and dispatch software with GPS and billing for transportation of elderly and disabled. 
  • Partnership Resources of Minneapolis, MN (2015)

    Cloud based infrastructure that accommodated an increasingly mobile workforce.

  • Pillsbury United Communities of Minneapolis, MN (2018)

    A unified and modern IT infrastructure that ties several sites together creating a more stable and responsive network.
  • Project Turnabout of Granite Falls, MN (2018)

    Tablets to assist patient’s exit process by allowing staff to help them find resources and stay connected while they transition.
  • Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency of Shakopee, MN (2018)

    Tablets to support last phase of a senior nutrition database project to be used by staff for intaking data.

  • Solid Ground of White Bear Lake, MN (2014)

    Cloud based infrastructure to allow for better staff collaboration with redundancy to meet HIPAA requirements.

  • The Museum of Russian Art of Minneapolis, MN (2018)

    Infrastructure including a meshed wi-fi system, point of sale system, computer security, as well as security cameras and card systems to support physical security of building.

  • VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) of Bloomington, MN (2014)

    Web based software to maintain client, destination and route assistance for their transportation services.

  • Voyageur Outward Bound of Ely, MN (2015)

    Update of fiber optic technology to increase bandwidth and VoIP connections in their rural location.

  • YouthLink of Minneapolis, MN (2016)

    Laptops to be used in drop in center to connect homeless youth to computer based resources.

  • YouthCARE of Minneapolis, MN (2016)

    Internet and outdoor WiFi access points for rural camp facilitiy.

Media and Communications

  • The Bridge for Youth of Minneapolis, MN (2015)

    Mobile text for help application with data storage and messaging service for youth in crisis.

  • CornerHouse of Minneapolis, MN (2015)

    Forensic interview training portal for legal professionals, protection workers, and social service investigators.

  • Fraser of Minneapolis, MN (2018)

    Telehealth equipment to support programs for autism and mental health.

  • Friends of the Brainerd Public Library in Brainerd, MN (2018)

    Virtual reality technology to expand library program offerings and to support students participating in program in the Brainerd School District.

  • Hennepin Health Foundation of Minneapolis, MN (2015)

    Tablets and hotspots to support video interpreting services for home child care and development visits by nurses.

  • Hope Coalition of Red Wing, MN (2015)

    Videoconferencing technology and equipment to allow remote sexual assault team response members to participate in mandatory meetings.

  • Intermedia Arts of Minneapolis, MN (2015)

    Media equipment to enable a youth based media production program that assists other nonprofits create media content for use in their organization.

  • Lake Street Council of Minneapolis, MN (2015)

    Integration of a text messaging services and a CRM to provide information on ordinances and regulations in multiple languages.

  • Mid Continent Oceanographic Institute of St. Paul, MN (2017)

    Audio equipment and software for students to create podcasts that can be used to train volunteers in cultural competency.

  • Minnesota Council on Nonprofits of St. Paul, MN (2017)

    Video equipment to record and live stream nonprofit training events and presentations for access to those unable to attend.

  • NAMI Minnesota of St. Paul, MN (2018)

    Audio visual equipment to conduct remote web based classes and training on mental health around the state.

  • Tubman of Minneapolis, MN (2015)

    Video and audio technology for a victim interview soft room to collect legally admissible testimony.

  • Tubman of Minneapolis, MN (2017)

    Text messaging service on a mobile platform to expand capacity of 24/7 help line with security for HIPAA guidelines.

  • Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) of St. Paul, MN (2017)

    Camera package to produce a multilingual broadcast series and other community based Minnesota productions.

  • Touchstone Mental Health of Minneapolis, MN (2017)

    Equipment for mobile telehealth units for use in residential programs.

Learning Labs

  • Aeon of Minneapolis, MN (2014)

    Equipment for computer labs in residences for low-income individuals and families to build computer skills and access educational opportunities.

  • Augustana Care of Minneapolis, MN (2016)

    Lab to showcase home health technology for elderly that allows independent living.

  • Boys and Girls Club of Rochester, MN (2017)

    Equipment to create a mobile education – technology classroom that supports their academic success program.

  • Ecumen of Detroit Lakes, MN (2014)

    User friendly equipment created a community-accessible business center in a rural area tailored for seniors.

  • High School for the Recording Arts of St. Paul, MN (2014)

    Robotics kits and Raspberry Pi single board computers and other equipment created a coding and graphics lab for students.

  • KOOTASCA Community Action of Grand Rapids, MN (2016)

    Purchase and refurbish used computers to give to those below 150% of poverty level.

  • Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss of Duluth, MN (2017)

    Equipment, software and hotspots to support teaching seniors and those with vision loss alternative ways to read, use email and other tech devices.

  • Midwest Special Services of St. Paul, MN (2017)

    Workstations and other equipment for a computer lab to support job training and career exploration.

  • Neighborhood Development Center of St. Paul, MN (2017)

    Laptops, projectors, hotspots, USB’s to support entrepreneur training classes.

  • Project for Pride in Living of Minneapolis, MN (2014)

    Hardware and software to help youth build key digital literacy skills.