How We Do It.  Why We Do It. 

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Fueling other non-profits that help people thrive.  Providing a resource for social service agencies to get donated household goods to their clients in need.  Giving hope to people in need.  All from the unneeded belongings and possessions you generously donate. 


What does "the sharing economy" mean to Harvest?  Why do we pursue big, disruptive ideas that create social change, and push for reinvention of better ways to donate possessions people don't need any more?  With so many Americans getting rid of their unneeded personal belongings at increasing rates, can we repurpose items for families in need, and for charities who need funding?  What if we created a social enterprise that let people who donate see the impact of their donations in their own neighborhoods?  


Great questions.  Baby Boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 every day.  77 million Boomers are fueling the largest age wave change in American history.  Realizing that so many people want and need help in downsizing, and knowing how many people can reuse the possessions in a variety of ways, we founded Harvest to make a difference.  


Getting free household goods to families in need, and generating income to support charitable programs in Minnesota, allows Harvest to bypass having our own cause to support.  It’s a very unique and high quality approach that didn’t exist in the non-profit world.  There are so many wonderful local and regional charities that need critical funding, so we exist to help other charities thrive.


The Hubert Humphrey quote in the photo above captures a sense of the return to traditional values we see happening in the lives of people we encounter at Harvest.  As a society, we have a moral obligation to pay attention to "how we treat "those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly: and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy, the handicapped".  


Providing Donated Goods: We provide a regular supply of donated household goods to a variety of great local charities who help people start life over by giving them the "things of daily living" for free.  Clothing, furniture, kitchen supplies, a virtual "Apartment in a Box".  


Providing Critical Funding: Selling donated quality clothing and accessories to second-hand buyers allows us to find creative ways to generate revenue from donated items, and gives us a finger on the pulse of the second-hand/thrift marketplace.


When you give to Harvest, you're giving back to local charities who make a difference in the lives of local families.


Our Founders Philosophy:  “I believe that the opportunity we have to give back in service to the world we live in, is the rent we should pay to live here. We founded Harvest with the responsibility to develop in our team and volunteers an atmosphere and energy of service and giving, in making a contribution in the community we live in.  I’m just trying to do my small part, because we are passionate about helping others.“







Harvest is a Minnesota based non-profit founded by David Stennes in February 2013.   A compassionate and enthusiastic leader and mentor, David is a recognized expert on long term care planning for seniors.  He has been a consultant to the insurance industry for 25 years, and has helped countless seniors, their families, and their financial advisors plan for later-life transition.

The idea of helping people navigate the issues of downsizing or clearing out a home, and reducing the stress that comes from clutter, came as a clear vision when he was doing it himself after his first child left for college.  The  baby boom demographic that has seniors leaving their larger homes for senior and assisted living care, created 2 very logical questions – “what are they going to do with all this stuff?”  And “what if there was a way to use their belongings to help people who live nearby, and generate income for community charities?”

Our work at Harvest has us sought after to educate public, press and client on the issues facing the huge demographic shift taking place in the largest age wave change in history.  We have in-depth knowledge and experience to provide counsel for next generation ideas and solutions.  


Thanks for stopping by.  We look forward to helping you make a difference too. 

For more information, contact david@harvestmn.org, or phone 612-840-2796.  See us on Facebook, and Twitter too, on the links below.  

FINANCES: Harvest of Minnesota is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. Contributions to Harvest are deductible under section 170 of the code. We are qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers and gifts under sections 2055, 2106, and 2522 of the code.  For further information contact Harvest at 612-840-2796.