Philanthropy Program

Philanthropy Program


To encourage servant leadership, to provide talent and manpower to help non-profit organizations achieve their missions, and to improve the health and well-being of others.


  • Housing
  • Education/Mentorship
  • Environment
  • Hunger


Upton Hill is invested in the future of healthcare, as a community partner committed to key social determinants of health. We recognize the importance of meeting the needs of today while planning for the successes of tomorrow. We are honoring this commitment by partnering with:

  • ZOOM House: ZOOM House serves families transitioning out of homelessness at its 22-unit apartment building in South Minneapolis. In addition to affordable shelter, ZOOM House provides family advocacy, connections to mental health services, health and well-being services through its relationship with the Blaisdell YMCA, and career development assistance.
  • College scholarships with Minneapolis HOPE and Dollars for Scholars: Upton Hill partners with Minneapolis HOPE on the Upton Hill College Scholarship program, which awards up to $2000 per year (renewable) to graduating high-school seniors pursuing a two to four year degree in a health care, business or technology field. Applications are considered based on a combination of financial need, academic performance and short essay. In conjunction with the financial assistance, Upton Hill builds relationships with scholarship recipients and assists them through mentorship, making personal connections and job-seeking support. If interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Kelly Hocks at (612) 986-9200 or
  • The Nature Conservancy (TNC): Upton Hill partners with The Nature Conservancy’s local chapter servicing Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota to help advance their conservation and restoration efforts. Our long-term goal is to be able to fully fund the purchase of critical land from private owners, then work to restore the land to reduce sedimentation, nutrient runoff and flooding. Click here to read a personal interview from Upton Hill’s CEO about why he feels TNC is an important cause.
  • Feed My Starving Children (FMSC): FMSC is dedicated to providing nutritious meals to children in developing nations. FMSC meals are hand-packed by volunteers and sent to partner organizations that distribute them to those in need.
  • COVID-19 Pandemic ReliefFeeding the Frontlines: Feeding the Frontline MN believes that as a community we can come together to keep our doctors and nurses well nourished on the job, and can support our local businesses while doing so. Feeding the Frontline MN is partnering with Minnesota owned restaurants and cafes to have nutrient-dense food delivered to Twin Cities hospitals who are affected by COVID-19. Upton Hill’s team has jumped into action to support this great cause, banding together to fundraise $1300 and provide 115 meals to our cherished frontline workers.
  • MATTER: MATTER is a global nonprofit on a mission to move people forward by eliminating barriers to a healthier life.


TNC Volunteer Event – October 9, 2020

On Friday, October 9th, Upton Hill employees partnered with TNC to increase the scale of their prairie restoration efforts. The group volunteered at Helen Allison Savanna in East Bethel. The goal was to help enhance an oak savanna, a globally rare ecosystem, by reducing shrubbery/invasive species and by collecting seeds. Thank you to all who volunteered!

Minneapolis HOPE Picnic & Award Dinner – July 20, 2020

On Monday, July 20th, the Minneapolis HOPE Award Ceremony was held at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis under social-distancing guidelines. Current and past scholars, mentors and board members gathered for food and conversation. Scholars were invited to introduce themselves and their college pursuits while mentors spoke about why mentorship was important to them and what they hoped to be able to contribute to their mentees.

Upton Hill awarded our scholarship to Karla Cortes-Miguel. Karla is attending the University of Minnesota and will be mentored by Kelly Hocks, a Consultant at Upton Hill.

ZOOM House Gala – March 21, 2020

Upton Hill has been proud to support ZOOM House through its sponsorship of the annual ZOOM House Gala, which went off as (re)planned on March 21, 2020.  Re-planned because like all public gatherings this spring, COVID-related shelter at home orders, were either rescheduled or held online. The Gala Planning Committee were faced with a decision to cancel, postpone, or quickly pivot and reorient toward a virtual event. ZOOM House decided to go virtual and asked its supporters to show up in varied, impactful ways. As a corporate sponsor of the event, Upton Hill decided to use the budget initially dedicated for the night’s desserts and repurposed it for a matching program.

Upton Hill was able to encourage individual donations and this strategy was a big part of how ZOOM House raised over $15,000 in support of their mission to help families coming out of homelessness. 

MATTER Snack Assembly Activity

As part of their You Matter program, MATTER organized a snack-packing assembly activity for volunteers aged 12 and up. These snacks were distributed to area health care workers, Boys & Girls Club in the Twin Cities and other local area organizations. Upton Hill families stepped up to help and were impressed with such a well-organized opportunity to help.

FMSC Volunteer Event – March 13, 2020

On Friday, March 13th, some of the Upton Hill ventured out during the first few days of COVID-19 warnings about social distancing and uncertain times headed our way. We remained certain in our mission to help those in need by volunteering at Feed My Starving Children. A group of 20 helped pack a total of 21,504 meals which will feed 59 children for one year.

2019 Upton Hill College Scholarship Recipient

Asma, 2019 recipient of Upton’s four-year scholarship was selected from Minneapolis Washburn High School. She’s currently attending St. Catherine’s University and is pursuing a career in Nursing/Midwifery. Like students everywhere, COVID-19 has impacted her freshman year and she is currently finishing her first-year studies virtually. She looks forward to being able to see her friends and professors again soon.

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