About Open Your Heart

What is the History of Open Your Heart?
Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless was founded in 1986 by employees of the Minnesota Department of Jobs and Training (now known as the Department of Employment and Economic Development).

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How is Open Your Heart funded?

Open Your Heart is funded by people like you! OYH receives the majority of its donations from individuals making one time or reccurring donations and from employees giving as part of workplace giving campaigns.

Can I get a copy of your annual report?
Of course! They are all here.
How is my donation spent?

Open Your Heart guarantees that no less than $0.87 of every dollar donated goes directly toward our program services. In general, a non-profit should not exceed an overhead ratio of greater than 35% – OYH’s is 13%.

Your donation to Open Your Heart helps meet the most basic human needs of food and safe shelter for people who are currently on the street, in shelters, and who are hungry. Open Your Heart ensures that front-line agencies throughout Minnesota have the tools, resources and infrastructure necessary to best serve those in need. Please visit our Awarded Grants page to see all that Open Your Heart donors make possible. We truly couldn’t do our work without supporters like you!

What is Open Your Heart’s Employer Identification Number (EIN)/tax ID?


What is the best way to give to Open Your Heart?
Recurring donations, no matter how small, are by far the best way to give to Open Your Heart. This allows us to plan strategically for the future and make the best impact. Visit this page.

Grant Requests

How can our organization apply for a grant?

See our grant program pages for details:

Hunger and Homeless Grant

Please note we do not take applications for the Open Your Heart Summer Challenge. Please contact Hunger Solutions.

Can my organization apply for more than one grant from Open Your Heart in a calendar year?

In the past, an applicant was able to request funding for both the Education Fund and the Hungry and Homeless Grant within the calendar year. That is no longer the case. Each organization can apply to Open Your Heart for funding one time each year.


What are some resources for learning about hunger and homelessness in Minnesota?
Can you keep me up to date on what’s going on at Open Your Heart?
I would be happy to! Sign up for our newsletter here.
How do I get to your offices?

See our contact page for a map and our address. We are in the Minnesota Council of Church building. Give us a call if you can’t find us! 612-338-5577

I still have a question! How can I contact you?

You can contact us at [email protected] or by calling us at 612-338-5577.