The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is the only statewide, private, non-profit organization advocating for the preservation of Minnesota’s historic resources. PAM was established in 1981 by citizens concerned about the loss of irreplaceable segments of our state’s heritage: structures, neighborhoods, community fabric.
Today, PAM works with groups like the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to preserve our communities. It steps forward when rare sites or structures are threatened. It works to educate citizens about heritage preservation. It develops networks among people and organizations to help increase awareness of state history, community preservation, and important community values.
The Preservation Alliance is particularly closely allied to the National Trust. PAM has received support from the National Trust in the form of technical assistance and the Community Organization Effectiveness Program (COEP). As the Trust’s official Statewide Partner in Minnesota, PAM has received support through the Statewide Initiatives Program and the Statewide Partners Program, including Partners in the Field.
Our Board of Directors, made up of between 7-21 volunteer members, meets bimonthly to implement the programs of PAM. The two Minnesota Advisors to the National Trust also sit on the board as ex-officio members. Additional activity occurs in committees. PAM’s bylaws outline the organization’s formal structure and operating authority.
PAM is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization supported largely by donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations. The Alliance is a membership organization representing thousands of voices statewide, including those who choose to support us as member donors and other stakeholders at the nonprofit, government, institutional, and individual level. PAM publishes a quarterly magazine, The Minnesota Preservationist, that is recognized at the local, state, and national level as a leading source of preservation information. The monthly Preservation E-News and Minnesota Downtown E-News, PAM blog, our Facebook page, and Twitter posts, provide timely posts about the latest happenings across the state. Our e-mail action alert network is used to send alerts about legislative and advocacy issues concerning historic properties, legislation, and funding.
PAM’s programs and events provide tools for preservation, keep the public informed on preservation issues, and provide a forum for discussion and fun around historic properties. We are proud to house Minnesota Main Street, officially recognized by the National Main Street Center as the statewide Main Street coordinating program in Minnesota. Minnesota Main Street is made possible by a generous partnership grant from the Legacy Grant Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund administered by our partner, the Minnesota Historical Society. Our annual 10 Most Endangered Historic Places List and Minnesota Preservation Awards recognize preservation opportunities and success stories. Perhaps our greatest success story: passing the Minnesota State Historic Tax Credit in 2010 after our 11 years of advocacy on its behalf. We make preservation work in Minnesota!
The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota welcomes the involvement of all who care about Minnesota’s heritage. Get involved! Become a member, donate as a corporate sponsor, join a committee, sign up for our action alert and e-mail network. We make a difference because you make the difference–support PAM today.
We Care About Our Donors!
As a 501(c)(3), nonprofit charitable organization, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota strives to provide a positive giving experience for our donors. Your investment as a member, sponsor, granting organization, or event attendee is vital to ensuring that the Alliance can provide our mission-driven outreach and advocacy services across Minnesota. The Board of Directors and staff of the Alliance believe that accountability and transparency are not only our responsibility to you, but our opportunity to demonstrate the organization’s sound management practices.
Consequently, the Alliance voluntarily engaged in the accountability review process directed by the Charities Review Council. The Council provides independent review of Minnesota’s charitable organizations according to accountability standards that determine the organization’s trustworthiness. As one of the smallest nonprofits to engage in the lengthy review, the Alliance is proud to report that we met all standards in the categories of Public Disclosure, Governance, and Fundraising Practices. Only one of the total 16 standards went unmet, common for an organization our size, and we expect to meet the standard in next year’s review with the addition of our Field Representative. Please click here to read the full review at the Charities Review Council website. Please contact Doug Gasek, Executive Director, by email or (651) 293-9047 with any questions.