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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 engage in community service.

In September 2017, the firm named Ellen Anderson as the recipient of the Third Annual Lindquist Public Service Award - in recognition of her tireless efforts to support the Lindquist & Vennum Winter Closet Foundation.

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Lindquist Foundation

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.

Winter Closet

The Lindquist & Vennum Winter Closet Foundation

The Lindquist & Vennum Winter Closet Foundation was founded in 1992 by Leonard Lindquist, a founding partner of the firm who left a legacy of pro bono and public service. Lindquist believed that nobody should go without a warm winter coat and started a movement that continues today — a seasonal coat drive now entering its 25th year. The Foundation is run entirely by Lindquist volunteers, as well as friends and clients of the firm, who have proudly collected and distributed more than 18,000 coats to date.

To learn more, or to find out how you can help, please contact April Hamlin or Joshua Natzel, our Winter Closet Program Co-Chairs.

Board Service

Current Board Service Roster

ACLU-MN Foundation

Wallace Hilke

Adath Yeshurun Cemetery Association

Richard McNeil

AirSpace Minnesota

Ann Novacheck

Ampersand Families

William Wassweiler

Board of Interest for Others Foundation

Kevin Costley

Call for Justice

Peter Michaud

Center for Workplace Education and Employment

Alison Zinn

Civic Consulting Minnesota

Wallace Hilke

Cloverdale Farm Homeowners Association

Thomas Lovett

Colorado Women's Bar Association

Alison Zinn

Community Mediation Services

Jonathan Levy

Dispatch Project

Heath Oberloh

East River Legal Services

Daniel Fritz

FarmHouse Foundation

Ronald Vaske

Fund for Legal Aid

Mavis Van Sambeek

Furniture Mission of SD, Inc.

Heath Oberloh

Graywolf Press 

James McCarthy

Hennepin County Bar Foundation Board

Jonathan Bye

Hopkins Royals RFC

Kim Ruckdaschel-Haley

James Sewell Ballet

James McCarthy

Kilian Community College

Amy Lauck


Maggie Tatton

Minnesota Business Partnership

Dennis O'Malley

Minnesota Challenger Learning Center

Charles Nelson

Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association

Kelly Laudon

Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association

Kristin Kanski

Minnesota Justice Foundation

Jeff Smith

Minnesota PKU

Steven Johnson

Mount Olivet Lutheran Church

Debra Page

Mountain States Anti-Defamation League

John Chanin

Northeast Senior Services, Inc.

Robin Tutt

Orono Rotary Club

Robert Tunheim

Orono Rotary Foundation

Robert Tunheim

Orono School Board

Robert Tunheim

Patrick Schoonover Heart Foundation

George Singer

Platt Park People's Association

Ashley Arroyo

Rocky Mountain Greenway Steering Committee

Howard Kenison

Salvation Army Corps

Mary Akkerman

Sholom Foundation

Robert Hartman

Sioux Falls Catholic Schools Corporation

Daniel Fritz

Sioux Falls Estate Planning Council

Mary Akkerman

Sojourner  Project, Inc.

Jeff Smith

South Dakota Parkinson Foundation

Daniel Fritz

South Dakota School for the Deaf Foundation

Brian Kirby

South Dakota South Eastern Development Foundation

Amy Arndt

South Dakota Trust Association

Mary Akkerman

The Link

William Flynn

The Minikahda Club

Timothy Murphy

Trinity Lutheran Church

Robert Tunheim


Debra Page

Twin Cities Area USAFA AOG

Charles Nelson

Twin Cities Chapter of the CFA Society

Jonathan Levy

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice

Dennis O'Malley

Twin Cities German Immersion School

Kelly Laudon

University of South Dakota Law School

Mary Akkerman

Volunteer Lawyers Benefactors Board

Jonathan Bye

Volunteer Lawyers Network

Jonathan Bye

Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado

Howard Kenison

Walker Methodist

Jon Breyer

Westwood Lutheran Memorial Foundation

James Lockhart

Westwood Lutheran Memorial Foundation

Josh Natzel

Winter Closet Foundation

Gloria Myre

Women of Nation

Nicole Hittner

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