youthrive is the Upper Midwest affiliate of PeaceJam, an international education program founded by 12 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates that provides unique, standards-based, age-appropriate curriculums and program models for youth in elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. In all youthrive programs, young people become local agents of peaceful change through service-learning projects they design and lead to address needs they have identified in their own communities.

Fundraising results


grant writing


annual & major gifts


special events

Our fundraising services helped double annual gift and grant support each of the first four years, ultimately raising a total of $6.392M to expand out of school time programs using a service-learning model featuring Nobel Laureates to engage youth and improve academic achievement.  Services provided include grant writing, major gifts, corporate sponsorship, board development, special events, strategic planning, operational and financial management.

Pictured:  Nobel Laureate takes a selfie with youth leaders during the annual PeaceJam event.

“After listening to our goals and priorities, John encouraged us to think big. ‘Big gifts need big ideas,’ I remember him saying, and he was right. During his first year helping us, we received multiple gifts and grants that were bigger than the entire budget of our previous year. Over the next decade he helped our board grow and improve; he helped us manage the growth of our operations and finances; he helped us grow from serving a few hundred young people to serving a few thousand.”
Dave Ellis
founding member, board of directors & Director of Community Impact, GTC United Way

Sponsorships & Grants

Annual & Major Gifts

Strategic Partners Recruited

156 grant awards of $5k to $200k from Bremer Foundation | MKnight Foundation | General Mills | HB Fuller Foundation | Best Buy | Jerome Foundation | Ecolab | Comcast | Saint Paul Foundation | MN State Arts Board | Grotto Foundation | RBC | NYLC | TCF | Northway Community Trust | Travelers | Delta Dental | and many more

$2.592M total raised from individual gifts starting at $5 per month to over $500,000.

Greater Twin Cities United Way | Minneapolis & Saint Paul YMCAs | Augsburg College | Metro State University | Search Institute | National Youth Leadership Council | youthrprise | and many more city and local neighborhood organizations.

Management of Operations and Finance

As the organization grew from predominantly a volunteer operation to engage fulltime staff, JPR Consulting provided interim executive leadership to manage bookkeeping, financial reporting and forecasting, payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable, tax and other regulatory compliance reporting. Managed $1.024M earned revenue from program services.