We value our involvement and accomplishments within the community and continue to provide and look for opportunities to share our talents and expertise. In 2005, the firm started The Lindquist & Vennum Staff Volunteer Program which gives staff members the opportunity to get paid for the equivalent of one workday per calendar year to volunteer at a nonprofit organization. Volunteer efforts have included sorting and distributing produce for NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, and new house builds for Habitat for Humanity. Lindquist encourages our staff and attorneys to be involved in community service.
In September 2015, the firm held a Public Service Celebration, designed to recognize all of those in the firm who contribute to their community through public service. In addition, the firm named Celia Thomas as the recipient of the first Lindquist Public Service Award.
The Lindquist & Vennum Foundation
The Lindquist & Vennum Foundation is a donor advised fund of the Minneapolis Foundation that focuses on enduring projects that give back to the communities Lindquist & Vennum LLP serves. The foundation is managed by the Lindquist Foundation Committee, chaired by partner Christopher R. Smith.
Lindquist & Vennum Poetry Prize
One of the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation’s enduring projects in the arts is the annual Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, an annual regional prize, presented in partnership with Milkweed Editions, with the aim of supporting outstanding poets and bringing their work to a national stage. Established in 2011, the prize awards $10,000 and a contract for publication to the author of the winning manuscript selected each year by an independent judge.
Jennifer Willoughby received the 2015 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. Her collection, Beautiful Zero, was published in December. The 2015 award received widespread media coverage, including stories in Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press and MinnPost.
Breaking Poverty Barriers to Equal Justice Training
The Lindquist & Vennum Foundation also provided substantial support to the development of the Breaking Poverty Barriers to Equal Justice Training Project. Lindquist, in cooperation Volunteer Lawyers Network and Target Corporation, worked to initiate and sponsor a new training program by one of the leading experts on poverty issues in the United States, Dr. Donna Beegle of Communication Across Barriers, created a new (CLE) training program that teaches attorneys and others us how to put ourselves into the minds and hearts of those in poverty and adapt our communication and practice skills to the special challenges poverty creates to provide more effective representation. Taken from a live training event presented by Dr. Beegle, the approximately two-hour training video, broken into five modules, will be available to stream from our website, and the accompanying written guidebook and exercises will be available to download in order to customize training sessions in the summer of 2015. Learn more.
The Lindquist & Vennum Winter Closet Foundation
Since 1992, Lindquist & Vennum employees have provided warm outer clothing to children in the Twin Cities, Denver and Sioux Falls. All coats and other clothing for winter wear are purchased new by the firm's employees. The program was envisioned by firm co-founder Leonard Lindquist. Mr. Lindquist wanted the program to be "a giving program from the heart and not a business expense."
Because of the growth in this program, Lindquist & Vennum formed The Lindquist & Vennum Winter Closet Foundation in 2002. The Winter Closet initiative was the key reason Lindquist & Vennum was a recipient of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce's 2003 Quality of Life Award.
Chair for the Winter Closet Program is Gloria Myre.