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Project for Pride in Living, Inc.

aka PPL   |   Minneapolis, MN   |  http://www.ppl-inc.org

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Mission

PPL provides high-quality affordable housing, on-site resident services, and life-changing career readiness programs. For over 50 years, we have helped people in the Twin Cities address their challenges to stable housing, believing that a home and employment are the cornerstones of economic well-being. This approach aligns with the PPL mission to build the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative affordable housing and employment readiness services. Our two service areas are housing stability and career readiness.

Ruling year info

1974

President & CEO

Mr. Paul Williams

Main address

1035 East Franklin Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55404 USA

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EIN

23-7232208

NTEE code info

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Employment Training (J22)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

PPL helps people with low incomes create a solid foundation for economic security. Our work focuses on the key drivers of poverty—homelessness and unemployment—and makes a real difference in people’s lives. The rental market is extremely tough right now. More than 40% of renters in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area are cost-burdened, paying more than a third of their income on rent, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. When people are paying more than they can afford on rent, a short-term crisis in nearly any area of life can tip the balance toward homelessness and instability. While these challenges affect all communities, households of color are disproportionately impacted. In Minnesota, 40% of households of color experience cost burden compared to 23% of White households. Similar racial disparities in employment, income, education, and homeownership in Minnesota have profound effects on communities of color and diminish the vibrancy of our region.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Housing Stability

• High-quality housing for people with low incomes and people who have experienced homelessness.
• Support for children to prepare for and thrive in school and life.
• Services for individuals and families to gain the stability and network needed to achieve self-reliance.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

• Innovative employment preparation enhanced by partnerships that promote equity and job retention.
• Alternative education and employment initiatives that increase opportunities for young people.
• Financial literacy education, housing counseling, and homebuyer education that supports economic stability and asset building.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Neighborhood Revitalization Award 1998

MetLife

Nonprofit Excellence Award 2005

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Sustained Excellence Award 2010

Fannie Mae Foundation

Community Development Award 2013

Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers

Multi Housing Achievement Design Advertising and Community Support (MADACS) 2014

Minnesota Multi Housing Association

Rescape Award for Community Impact 2014

Minnesota Brownfields

Nonprofit Excellence Award 2017

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits

Outstanding Service Award 2018

City of Minneapolis

High-Performance Building Award 2019

Xcel Energy

MN Top Workplace Award 2023

Star Tribune

Public Leadership Award 2023

Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Career Readiness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These results represent the students who graduated from our alternative high schools. 2023 also includes participants who earned their Standard Adult Diploma through our new Diploma Connect program.

Number of households that retain permanent housing for at least 6 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Housing Stability

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2023, 98% (1069) of households achieved 24-month housing stability. In 2021, 100% (920) of households served by resident services maintained housing for at least 12 months.

Number of people in the area with access to affordable housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Housing Stability

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2712 people lived with PPL on any given night in 2023.

Number of children and youth who have received access to stable housing

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Housing Stability

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

1,112 youth lived in PPL housing in 2023.

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Career Readiness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

PPL provided 18 Career Pathways programs in 2023.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Career Readiness

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Offering quality housing, the right support, and preparation for a job that not only pays the bills but allows people to save for the future, we help program participants move toward greater stability for themselves and the next generation. We walk alongside participants to help them identify their strengths, overcome barriers, and succeed over the long term.

More than 80% of the people served by PPL are people of color. Inequities in income, education, employment, and housing impact the essential elements of an economically stable life and the vitality of the neighborhoods and communities we serve. Our work is deeply connected to racial equity. Thus, we seek to reduce disparities for the people we serve through our programs, practices, and public policy work.

We envision strong, vibrant, diverse communities filled with individuals and families who have achieved stability and are contributing to the regional economy.

PPL's 2023-25 Strategic Plan outlines our five Strategic Pillars:

1. Race Equity: Elevating community voice and modeling equity-driven practices as an intentional approach to community development.

2. Asset Building: Creating pathways to financial security and wealth generation within BIPOC communities.

3. Strong Neighborhoods: Developing housing and community partnerships that create safe and resilient neighborhoods.

4. Systems Change: Addressing broken and inadequate systems through elevating our voice and the voice of community.

5. Organizational Strength & Stability: Developing a high performing organization that delivers impact for the community.

At PPL, we believe our participants and supporters deserve measurable, lasting results. We take pride in setting high expectations for ourselves - and then pushing to exceed them. Our dedicated staff of housing developers, employment specialists, case managers, social workers, educators, financial coaches, volunteer coordinators, property managers, and support staff work throughout the community we serve to offer a person-centered approach.

2023 PPL Results:

- Nearly 7,500 people served.
- 1,600+ housing units owned and/or managed by PPL.
- 98% of households achieve 24 months of housing stability.
- Individuals engaged in employment training achieved an average hourly wage of $22.
- 91% of those placed in jobs retained their employment for 12 months or more.
- 99% graduation rate for credit eligible alternative high school students.
- 194 participants engaged around policy and advocacy efforts.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Project for Pride in Living, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tanya Bell

NTH, Inc.

Term: 2018 - 2027

Colleen Dockendorf

Ryan Companies

Kizzy Downie

Model Cities

Andrew Downey

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Dena VanDeVoort Ehrich

3M

Hussein Farah

New Vision

Spencer Finseth

Greiner Construction

John Hamilton

Retired

Karen Kelley-Ariwoola

Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ)

Sharon Kennedy Vickers

Software for Good

Nick Kozlak

Kozlak Capital

Ken LaChance

Wells Fargo

Ryan Long

Xcel Energy

Damu McCoy

Wells Fargo

Carolyn Roby

Wells Fargo Foundation (retired)

Nasibu Sareva

African Development Center

Courtney Schroeder

General Mills

Sarah Stumme

Allina Health

Torry Whitney

Ecolab

Noya Woodrich

Minnesota Department of Health

Tom Zirbs

U.S. Bank

Tanya Bell

NTH, Inc.

Aaron Kalosis

Ameriprise Bank

Bill McKinney

Elevance Health

Stephen Spears

Bremer Bank

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/13/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/07/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.