OVER 1,850 EXONERATED SINCE 1989
from U.S. prisons for crimes they did not commit.read the profiles
Through the efforts of the Innocence Network and others, over 340 men and women have been released from prison after serving years in prison for crimes they did not commit.read the profiles
The Minnesota Innocence Project is working hard to keep the innocent from being convicted and to free those already wrongfully imprisoned but we need your help! Spreading public awareness, encouraging volunteer assistance, and raising donations are important ways you can help fight these injustices. By hosting an educational and fundraising event in your community, you can provide the meaningful support so necessary to our cause.
The following tips will help you host a successful educational and fundraising event. If you need any additional support or simply have a question send us an email or call Heather Ring at (651) 523-3152.
Planning your event shouldn’t become a burden so ask some close friends to share some of the responsibilities. Encourage them to invite their own friends too.
In the final days before the event, follow up with your guests to get a final count of how many people will be attending. By directing your guests to visit ipmn.org before the party, they will arrive prepared to contribute to a meaningful dialogue about wrongful convictions.
A simply way to educate your guests is to lead a discussion about a book. The Minnesota Innocence Project maintains a complete list of Books About Wrongful Conviction. By clicking on a book’s cover you can read a synopsis or review and purchase the book from amazon.com. A portion of all books sold through our site will be donated to the Minnesota Innocence Project.
Remember that when hosting a book party, your guests will need time to purchase and read the book before the party. Plan accordingly and let your guests know they can buy any book directly from our website.
As your event is winding down you’ll want to let your guests know what can do to make a difference. During this conversation you can circulate an email signup sheet for anyone who wants to receive news and information about upcoming events.
Please let your guests know that any donations will make a meaningful impact on our ability to free the innocent and to reform a criminal justice system that permits such injustices. Guests can donate online or by filling out and returning a donation sheet that you can download and distribute at the event.
Please return the email signup sheets and any donation pledges to the Minnesota Innocence Project.
Minnesota Innocence Project
1600 Utica Avenue, Ste. 140
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Alternatively, you can scan these documents and email them to us.
Sending your guests a thank you letter or email for attending and contributing. The Minnesota Innocence Project will also send a thank you note to those guests who were generous enough to make a donation.