Annual Report

A Year in Transition

September 1, 2020–August 31, 2021

Fiscal year 2021 was a time for reflection. We—and so many other entities—had spent the year prior scrambling to find our footing in unfamiliar circumstances, and while we certainly didn't have everything figured out, we had enough time to catch our breath and think critically about how we were serving our community. We started to not only think in the moment but to think ahead. We moved from uncertainty in our ability to realign with an online world to confidence in our ability to reach people virtually who we'd never had contact with before. We began to see accessibility in a whole new light and apply what we learned to our offerings. We took steps to not only be a safe haven but to be an actively anti-racist organization.

Finally, we ended the fiscal year in a search for our new executive director, Arleta Little, who comes to the Loft with a strategic vision of how we can better engage with and provide for readers, writers, artists, and lovers of the arts—without whom, the Loft would not exist. We wholeheartedly want to thank our constituents for their patience and support during this time of transition. It has been a difficult couple of years, but together, we have persevered. We look forward to the day we can safely gather again, and until then, we will continue to reflect, respond, and improve. 

In gratitude,

Interim Executive Director, 
Beth Schoeppler

Financials and At-a-Glance
Matching Gifts

Ameriprise Financial
Capella Education Company
Dell Technologies
General Mills Foundation
Thomson Reuters
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation
US Bank Foundation
Xcel Energy Foundation

Institutional Support
$100,000+

Jerome Foundation
McKnight Foundation
Minnesota State Arts Board*
U.S. Small Business Administration—Payroll Protection Program

* Loft activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Institutional Support
$50,000–$99,999

Patrick & Aimee Butler Family Foundation
Literary Arts Emergency Fund via the National Book Foundation
St. Catherine University
Star Tribune*

* in kind contributor

 

 

Institutional Support
$20,000–$49,999

Target Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts

 

 

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Institutional Support
$5,000–$19,999

Amazon.com, Amazon Literary Partnership
American National Bank
Boss Foundation
Hennepin County
MSP Magazine*
Minneapolis /St. Paul Business Journal*
Minnesota Public Radio*
RBC
Ryan Companies
Verizon Foundation
Archie D. & Bertha H. Walker Foundation
Wenger Foundation

* in kind contributor

Institutional Support
$1–$4,999

Elmer L. and Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation
The Givens Foundation for African American Literature
The William Randolph Hearst Foundations
Humana MarketPoint
Metropolitan State University
Minnesota Freedom Fund LLC
The Elizabeth C. Quinlan Foundation
The St. Paul Foundation

 

 

Thank you, donors.

Your financial support keeps the Loft alive.

Leadership Circle ($1200+)

Anonymous | Beth Schoeppler and Todd Pierson | Bill Voedisch and Laurie Carlson | Brian Murray and Shelly Gill Murray | David Kilpatrick and Julie Schultz | Earth and Quirks Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation | Ellen McInnis | Jacquelyn Fletcher and Arne Johnson of the Fletcher Family Foundation | James and Susan Lenfestey of Lenfestey Family Foundation, Inc. | Jennifer Goloboy and Stephen Sigmond | Jim Moore and JoAnn Verburg | Jocelyn Hale and Glenn Miller Charitable Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation | Jody Seltzer | Julia Wear-Jackson and Peter Wear | Julie and David Jones Foundation of Fidelity Charitable | Lois and John Rogers | M. P. McConnell | Margaret V.B. Wurtele | Marly Rusoff and Mihai Radulescu | Martha and Bill McLaughlin | Mary Dunnewold and Jeff Ondich | Mary Jarvis and Mike Meyer | Maureen Mischinski of The Haggerty Family Foundation | Melinda Ward | Pete and Bebe Magee | Phyllis and Christopher Dozier | Ruth Shields and Michael Klingensmith | Sarah Olson | See Choy Emmanuel Fund of National Philanthropic Trust | Steve O'Neil and Tamrah Schaller O'Neil | Tankenoff Families Foundation | The Davis Roberts Family Giving Fund of JP Morgan Charitable Giving | The Patrick and Alice Rogers Family Foundation of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation | Walt McCarthy and Clara Ueland

$250–$1199

Amy Coletta-Harrison | Angela Kidd | Anika Fajardo | Ann and Steve Sundberg | Ann Marie Possis Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation | Anonymous (6) | Barbara Bach | Ben McKee | Bohmann/Riehle Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation | Bonnie Goldsmith | Britt Udesen | Caroline Hale-Coldwell | Carolyn H. Roby | Carsten Gehring | Chris LaVictoire Mahai and Daniel Mahai | Colleen Doran | Constance and Daniel Kunin | Cy and Paula DeCosse Fund | Dale Schatzlein and Emily Maltz Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation | Dara Beevas | Darby Ringer | Dave King | David and Diane Lilly/Peravid Foundation of U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management | Deb Fowler and John Schenk | Deborah Keenan | Denise Emanuel Clemen | Dobby and Kathy Gibson | Elizabeth Grace | Elizabeth Schott | Ellen and Jan Breyer | Gail and Stuart Hanson of A. Stuart Hanson Revocable Trust | Gordon Ommen | Jack El-Hai | Jacqueline Williams | James and Carmen Campbell | James King | Janet Nelson | Janice Post-White | Jean Housh | Jeanne Kobs | Jennifer Cramer-Miller | Jermone & Hope McAllister Trust | Joseph and Elisa Wright | Joseph Tachovsky | Karen and Michael Kleber-Diggs | Karlyn Coleman | Kate Freeborn | Kramer Gift Fund of Fidelity Charitable | Linda Myers Shelton and Larry Shelton | Marcus Kessler | Maria Brekke | Marilyn Mellor | Marlon James | Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable | Miriam Weinstein | Molly Beth Griffin | Nancy Gaschott and Mark Ritchie | Nancy Hanks | Ned Froehlich | Patricia Barone | Patricia Strandness and Bruce Shnider | Paul and Patricia Curran Foundation | Ralph Moller | Rehael Fund - Roger Hale/Nor Hall of The Minneapolis Foundation | Richard Lentz | Roxanne Ezell | Ruby A. Pediangco and Matt L. Shumway | Sara Pohlad | Sarah Stoesz and David Foster | Sencer-Mura Family Charitable Fund of American Endowment Foundation | Sue Crouse | Tariq Samad | Teresa E. Brown | The Patricia A. Perell Fund of Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation | Thomas Erickson | Thomas Murtha | Valerie G. Ohanian Family Fund of Raymond James Charitable | Vivian Martin

$249 and below

A. M. Campbell | Abby Frank Taylor and Matt Blair | Adam Demers | Adam W. Dorris | Adriana Estill | Aggie Smolecki | Aimée M. Bissonette | Akshay Rao | Al and Georgia Cady | Alan | Alan Carpenter | Alan Perry | Alan Turkus | Alan Weiers | Alejandro Bruce | Alena Wenker | Alisha Olsen | Alison Baker | Alison Morse | Alison Thomas | Alivia Tison | Alla Boulos | Allison Amy Wedell | Allison Sheardy | Allison Witham | Allyson Cygan | Alvin Handelman and Carol Holly | Amanda Daus | Amanda Delso | Amanda Dobbs | Amanda Shopa | Amani Hayes-Messinger | Amarachi Utah-Adjibola | Amber D. Stoner | Amber Raden | Amelia Colwell | Amit Bhati | Amy Bethke | Amy C. Sullivan | Amy Carlsen | Amy Charest | Amy Dillon Holter | Amy Etrheim | Amy Humfleet | Amy Padden | Amy W. | Amy Wodarski | Amy Wood | Anadelia Rodriguez | Andre Sólo | Andrea Feshbach and Bruce Parker | Andrea Fox Jensen | Andrea Guenther-Pal | Andrea Hayes | Andrea Johnson | Andrew Abruzzese | Andy Dunn | Andy Halper | Angele Sancho Passe | Angie Freshwater | Angie Gustafson | Anita Bennett | Anjum Kaka | Ann Curoe | Ann E. Boekhoff | Ann Elliott | Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin | Ann L. Fredrickson | Ann Page | Anna Frykman | Annamaria McConville | Anne Carayon | Anne Herman | Anne LaGrandeur | Anne M. Jackson | Anne Marie Erickson | Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon | Anne Pabst | Anne Piper | Annette DesLauriers | Annette Hennekens-Sklenar | Annette Spencer | Anonymous (414) | Anthony W. Eichenlaub | Anthony Wentersdorf | Anton Rang | Areti Georgopoulos | Arianna Feldman | Art Kaemmer, MD | Ashley Bredeson | Ashley Emerson | Audrey Colasanti | Awale (Wally) Osman | Ayako T. | B. Solyst | Barb Schlichting | Barb Wildes | Barbara Broen | Barbara Carrane | Barbara Moffett | Barbara Murphy | Barbara Rudnicki | Barbara Schmitt | Barbara Schultz | Barbara Wornson | Barry Lehman | Beatrice Blanc | Ben Taylor | Ben Underwood | Bert Flora | Beryl Singleton Bissell | Beth Cleary | Beth Killion | Beth MacDonald | Beth Mayer | Beth Spencer | Beth Waterhouse | Beth Wright | Betsy McNerney | Bettiana | Betty Benson | Beverly Larson | Bill Harvey | Bill Quist | Bill Tuomala | Birge Giving Fund of Fidelity Charitable | Blair Chisholm | Blanche Elizabeth Evridge | Bob Hussey | Bonnie Oldre | Bonnie Wilkins Overcott | Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Lafayette, CO | Brad P. Engdahl | Brandi Baron | Brandon Lewis | Brandon Terrell | Brandy Kwakye | Brendan Fortune | Brendan McGillicuddy | Brenna Gerhardt | Brenna Proczko | Brent Olson | Brian Dressel | Brian Leehan | Brian R. Smith | Brian Satrom | Brianna Werket | Bronson Lemer | Bruce and Renata France Fund of Schwab Charitable | Bruce Ario | Bruce Berglund | Bruce Bjork | Bruce Johansen | Bruce McKendry | C. Dorf | C. L. Smith | C.C. Yager | C.J. Malley | Cait | Caitlin Rubin | Calvin Lee Litsey | Calvin Simmons | Cami Applequist | Camille Sasik | Candy Vittorini | Cara Hawkinson | Carissa Tobin and Alex Haley | Carl Pheil | Carla Dahl | Carla Hagen and LeRoy Sorenson | Carla Homeister | Carla-Elaine Johnson | Carol | Carol Adderley | Carol Brookins | Carol Dines | Carol Hazard | Carol Malkinson Charitable Fund of Fidelity Charitable | Carol Rucks | Carol Vallier Berg | Carole R. Peterson | Carole R. Wiederhorn | Carolina Morales | Caroline Bassett | Caroline Haas | Carolyn Munson-Benson | Carolyn Young | Carrie Monroe O'Keefe | Casey Patrick | Cat | Catherine Ahlin-Halverson | Catherine Dehdashti | Catherine Orkin Oskow | Catherine Reid Day | Catherine Urdahl | Cathlene Buchholz | Cathy Coffman | Celena Davis | Charlene Cervenka | Charlene Roise | Charles King | Charles Leck | Charles Yu | Charley Rejsek | Charlotte Hunter | Charmaine Donovan | Chee Vang | Chelle Gonzo | Cherie Wright | Cherste Eidman | Cheryl Blackford | Cheryl Lewis | Cheryl Netka | Cheryl Olseth | Chris Bremer | Chris Caruso | Chris Johnson | Chris Mackenzie Jones and Dannah Baynton | Chris McNeill | Christie Greeley | Christie Tate | Christina Eschbach | Christine Buss | Christine Dittel | Christine Nessler | Christine Olson | Christine Rittmann | Christine Wing | Christopher Cartwright | Christopher R. Vaughan | Christy Dietz | Cindra Halm | Cindy Markevich | Cindy Morgan | Claire E. Simonson | Claire Isenthal | Claire O'Brien | Clare Beams | Claryese Nelson | Claudia A. Callaghan | Clover Earl and Thomas Zell | Clyde Steckel | Cole W. Williams | Colleen Bell | Colleen Muske | Collier | Colnese Hendon | Connie Kingrey Anderson | Coralee Grebe | Cori Mattli | Corinne Welter | Craig Davis | Cris Stetler | Cristina Oxtra | Crystal Brutlag | Cullen | Cyn Child | Cyndy Hubbard | Cynthia Gehrig | Cynthia Kraack | Cynthia Miller | Cynthia Ojczyk | Cynthia Wold | D. E. (Doug) Green | Dale Gregory Anderson | Damon Guinn | Dan Bernier | Dan Liu | Dan McGuiness | Dan Satorius | Dana Mattice | Daniel D. 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Johnson | Donn Brunnquell | Donna Graham | Donna Isaac | Donna Kaspersen | Donna Salli | Dorothy Schlesselman | Doug and Sally Mayfield | Doug Dill | Douglas Victoria | Dr. Cheryl Bailey | Dr. Erica Anzalone | Drew Bekius | Drew Miller | Drew Thomes | E. Ambrozaitis | E. Tan | E.M.A. Chambers | Edward Bok Lee | Edward Silverman | The E. E. Nelson Family | Eileen Beha | Eimile Campbell | Elaine Ambrose | Elaine Boyer | Elaine Koyoma | Elena Giannetti | Elisabeth Lee | Elissa Elliott | Elissa Mautner | Elissa Y. Schufman | Elizabeth Carls | Elizabeth Cramer | Elizabeth di Grazia | Elizabeth Dickinson | Elizabeth Ess | Elizabeth Fletcher | Elizabeth Fontaine | Elizabeth Johnson McGarry | Elizabeth Kirkpatrick-Vrenios | Elizabeth O'Brien | Elizabeth Park | Elizabeth Trevathan | Elizabeth Verdick | Elizabeth Wehrwein | Elizabeth Wilder Platts | Elizabeth Wilson | Ellen Hastings | Ellen Hoerle | Ellen Lager | Ellie Roscher | Elmer Lovrien | Ember Reichgott Junge | Emiliano Morales | Emilie Peck | Emily | Emily Benz | Emily Johnson | Emily Klump | Emily P.G. Erickson | Emily Vieweg | Emily Wilmer | Emma Bohmann | Eric Caugh | Eric Hucke | Eric R. Nelson | Erick Reinikka | Erik Wyse | Erin Bryan | Erin Halden | Erin Lunde | Erin O'Daniel | Erin Sim | Erin Smith | Eugene Ollila | Eugénie de Rosier | Eva Rogers | Evelyn Klein | Evie Zeruhn | F.M. | F.T. McNally | Faduma Issa | Faith Adiele | Faith and Daniel Sullivan | Fakhra Gulzar | Fei Li | Fekade Abebe (Kuni) | Forrest Peterson | Francine Sterle | Frank and Frances Wilkinson Charitable Fund of Schwab Charitable | Frank D. Hill | Fred Amram | Gail Marten | Gail Rosenblum | Gail Trowbridge | Gary Jader | Gayle Geber | Gene Tsao | Geoff and Holli Johnson | George and Mary Bernhardt | George Swan | Georgia Greeley | Geraldine Voci | Gero Fuhrmann | Gerry Moohr | Gil Maguire | Ginger Sisco | Gingi Hickey | Ginny Christensen | Grace Anderson | Graham Coppin | Graham Sutherland | Greenberg and Silverwater Fund of Fidelity Charitable | Gregg Carlsen | Gregory Luce | Gregory Ripley | Greta Gaard | Gretchen Anthony | Gretchen Lee Korman | Gwyn Bertocki | Gwyn Leder | H.M.F.L. | Harini Pichumani | Harini Sekar Usha | Harleigh Gabrielson | Harmony Neal | Harris Cameron | Heather and Edward McPherson | Heather Awad | Heather Bouwman | Heather Candels | Heather Goodman and Paul Nelson | Heather Koshiol | Heather Meyer | Heidi Unglaub | Heila Rogers | Herb Hemenway | The Holland Family | Holly Bayer | Holly Woodward | Hope Ashby | Hope Esparolini | Hugh L. Marsh | Hui Brickner | Hyedi Nelson | Ingrid Anderson Sampo | Ira Frank | Irna Landrum | Isabel Harding | Isela Xitlali Gómez | J. Michael Neal | J.A. Van Etten | J.C. Lasselle | J. Wagner | J.A. Mitchell | J.K. Hall | Jacey Choy | Jack Stoltzfus | Jackie Carvey | Jackie Madison | Jaclynn Herron | Jade Lomeli-Johnson | Jaime Satko | Jake Stimmel | James and Teddy Gessell | James Bettendorf | James Điền Bùi | James Francisco Bonilla | James Kaufmann | James Langemo | James Ostgard | James Roth | James W. Canaday | Jamilyn Coleman | Jan DeNoble | Jana Otto Hiller | Jane Carlson | Jane Cerhan | Jane Crisler | Jane Hoffman | Jane Hollis | Jane Kim | Jane Simon | Janelle Reich | Janene Murtha | Janet Avery | Janet Fried | Janet Sterk | Janette Davis | Janice S. Fuller | Janine Hradsky and Cathy Nelson | Janis Falk | Jasmine Kar Tang | Jay Lieberman | Jay Mastrud | Jean Casey | Jean Cook | Jean Levandowski | Jean Udesen | Jeanne Cooney | Jeanne E. 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Restricted Gifts

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In Honor or Memory of

Alice Vollmar in honor of Robert Thimmesch | Ben Van Thorre in honor of Minneapolis Equity and Diversity | Catherine Upjohn in honor of Bill and Mary Upjohn | Cynthia Feldmeier in honor of Meghan Feldmeier | Dan and Mary Ann Rogers in honor of Marge Barrett | David McKay in memory of Linda Back McKay | Elizabeth Gravley in honor of Judy Graves | Hawona Sullivan Janzen in Memory of Nicholas Janzen | Jana Preble in honor of Charles Preble | Jean Gummow in memory of Judith Groves | Jill and Andrew Koenig in honor of Britt Udesen | Joan Amato Kisner in honor of Mary Sobania | John Fogarty in memory of Bob Fogarty | Kay Manthe in honor of Judith Graves, English teacher, H.S. Media Specialist, and my friend | Margaret Ligon in honor of Melinda Ward | Neil and Judy Brenner in honor of Frances Vyzral Wengielnik | Patricia Barone in honor of Faith Sullivan |  Roxanne Ezell in honor of Roger D. Ezell | The Schneck Family in honor of Marian Schneck | Sheila Roberge in honor of Jordan M. Roberge | The Vold Family in honor of Judy Graves

In Memory of Jim Bettendorf

Anonymous (2) | Ardie and Michael Medina | Jude Nutter | Kristin Laurel | LeRoy N. Sorenson | Miriam Weinstein | Sandra Larson | Stephanie Brown | Sue and Al Crouse | Thomas R. Smith | Will U., Foreword Poetry Group

Jim Bettendorf joined the Loft in 2006 and was one of the inaugural students in the "Master Track Apprentice Program" which began in 2007. His mentor was Loft teaching artist and fellow poet, Thomas R. Smith who noted about Jim's poetry publication, Swimming in the Earth, “Jim’s poems preserve the mystery of the dream, resisting the urge to interpret, while making its meaning intuitively clear to readers.”

Jim began to focus more seriously on poetry after he retired in 2001 from a long career as a math teacher at North High School in St. Cloud, Minnesota. His observation skills were well honed, and he offered his fellow Foreword Poetry Group members much valued feedback, always punctuating any comments with “Yes!” when he left a note on another group participant's poem.

The Foreword Poetry Group is pleased to dedicate, in Jim’s name, a partial off-set of the scholarship costs for one worthy poet in the coming year. We, his poetry group friends, are so proud to have raised a memorial fund for this purpose. And we all offer, as Jim would [have done], our own “Yes!” to the recipient of this scholarship.  May poetic inspiration abound.