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The ALIVENESS PROJECT INC

The Heart of the HIV Community

aka The Aliveness Project   |   Minneapolis, MN   |  www.aliveness.org

Mission

The mission of the Aliveness Project is to support people living with and at greatest risk of HIV to access transformative resources that lead to healthy, self-directed lives.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Matt Toburen

Main address

3808 NICOLLET AVENUE

Minneapolis, MN 55409 USA

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EIN

41-1593900

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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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?

Outreach & Prevention

Aliveness has the highest care linkage rates of any community-based HIV provider in the Metro area. Staff target communities most impacted by HIV and work to build trust, including young gay/bisexual men, men of color, people who use injection drugs, and African-born communities. In 2021, we received federal funds from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to greatly expand our prevention/outreach efforts, including a new mobile outreach van. This has allowed Aliveness to offer our prevention services in the areas that need them most.

Population(s) Served
People with HIV/AIDS
LGBTQ people

Our Meal Program started in 1987 and is now accessed by more than 100 members daily. Meals are scratch-cooked in consultation with our dietitian to be rich in nutrients and low in additives and sodium. This ensures our meals help to reduce inflammation, which can be a key for long-term bodily maintenance when living with HIV. Our congregate dining also offers the opportunity for members to connect with each other, staff, and volunteers to build community and reduce isolation.

Population(s) Served
People with HIV/AIDS

Our Food Shelf started in 1993 and helps supplement our Meal Program by allowing members to pick up to 60lbs of groceries each month. Our Food Shelf operates with a shopper’s choice model, allowing members to select foods that meet their individual dietary needs and culturally specific food preferences. In collaboration with the Food Group of Minnesota, we are able to order staple items for several groups that are disproportionately affected by HIV, including East African communities (including barley, curry powder, dried beans, goat, lentils, rice, spaghetti, tomato sauce, and tuna), Latinx communities (including avocado, black beans, cheese, corn tortillas, chilies, jalapenos, masa, pinto beans, rice, salsa, and tomatoes), and West African communities (including black eyed peas, brown beans, corn flour, fish, goat, greens, tomato paste, and yams).

Population(s) Served
People with HIV/AIDS

Our Case Management Program supports our members in achieving and maintaining the stability they need to retain healthcare and medication adherence, ideally achieving viral suppression. Case Management works to ensure our members are connected to a physician and able to get to medical appointments, have safe and stable housing, have their nutritional needs met, and receive trauma-informed mental health services.

Population(s) Served
People with HIV/AIDS

Where we work

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 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, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, 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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The ALIVENESS PROJECT INC

Board of directors
as of 06/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Thomas Keller

Lubrizol

Jenn Schaal

Meet Minneapolis

Mary Jo Kasten

Mayo Clinic

Michelle Bahr

MN New Life Recovery

Shanasha Whitson

Brakins Consulting

Helue Vazquez

Ernst & Young LLP

Rachel Prosser

Gilead Sciences

Raquelle Paulsen

University of Minnesota Youth & AIDS Projects

JoAnn Vertetis

Travis Allen

Travelers Insurance

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • 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 10/27/2022

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/27/2022

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 disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
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.