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Make It Minnesota
Posted: December 2016





When I stepped off the elevator and into the American Refugee Committee Headquarters in Northeast, Minneapolis, there was a tangible and welcoming warmth. I glanced around the cozy, yet modern space, marked with lots of exposed brick and big, brilliant windows on all sides, and made a note of the quote on the lobby wall, “to be human is wondrous.” I was soon greeted by Jessica Phinney and Jenna Myrland, who have both worked at ARC for eight years. As they showed me around the office, I was able to appreciate secondhand the beautiful, meaningful, and inspiring work of the American Refugee Committee. I walked past a sea of colorful post-it notes with reminders and goals and ideas, wall to wall dry-erase boards filled with long lists and the occasional doodle, another wall featuring outlines of visitor’s hands in every color (mine is a pink outline with “Kara” next to it), and finally, I found countless proud photos of refugee projects, most featuring vibrant smiling individuals from all over the world. Jessica and Jenna lit up talking about these projects, sharing stories and special moments—and in their passion, I was able to experience the hope, the courage, and the depth in their desire to make change through their work at ARC.


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Posted: November 2016



Minnesota artisans joined with the American Refugee Committee to come up with an eclectic collection of handmade gifts (some edible, such as the Changemaker Chocolate Bar spiked with coffee bean bits). $6-$195



Minnesota Monthly
Posted: November 2016





Thanks to a growing number of do-good businesses, from major national brands to small local startups, it’s become easier to give back and check off our holiday shopping lists at the same time. For example, every December the Minnesota-based American Refugee Committee launches its Maker’s Collection, a selection of handcrafted products by local artisans created exclusively for the project. This year’s line includes a baby blanket by modern quilt brand Louise Gray, a wool-blend scarf by Hackwith Design House, and ceramic tumbler candles by Fringe & Fettle with soy wax poured by Minneapolis Chandlery. Not only does a purchase from the collection invest in a local business, it also supports global humanitarian solutions for those in need. North Loop retailer Askov Finlayson, which offers a stylish selection of men’s clothing and accessories geared toward the outdoors, is in the midst of its “Keep the North Cold” campaign. For each product sold from its line of “North” products—including its iconic knit pom beanie—the store makes a donation to Climate Generation, which fights climate change through education and policy reform. <p></p>


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The American Edit
Posted: December 2014


The A-List is an encyclopedia of our favorite American-made brands – brands that we buy again and again and would recommend to anyone.  
THE MAKER'S COLLECTION: A select group of Minnesota’s most sought after artisans sat down with the American Refugee Committee to seek inspiration for the design of a custom collection of hand-crafted gifts. Adding fresh meaning to locally made goods, The Maker’s Collection is an exclusive collection of gift-ready products that work to create real change worldwide.
CATEGORY: Accessories, Charitable, Home 
MADE IN: Minnesota  
Modern Midwest
Posted: November 2014


Shopping local can have a global impact. The American Refugee Committee has teamed up with Minnesota artisans to create a stunning collection of handmade goods, the sales of which will benefit refugees worldwide. The Maker’s includes exclusive items from some of the state’s most sought-after craftspeople. ARC has called Minnesota home for more than 35 years, so partnering with local makers was an ideal way to engage their home base. “We love Minnesota. We wanted to find a way to strengthen our connection with our Minnesota neighbors and still create real humanitarian impact worldwide,” says Jenna Myrland, engagement coordinator for ARC.
“When we started reaching out to local artisans, we found that they were inspired to take a business approach to help create meaningful change around the world,” Myrland says. “Through the sale of the Maker’s Collection, their talent will have a direct impact in peoples’ lives.”  
“We wanted to give people an incredibly meaningful way to shop for the holiday season.” -JENNA MYRLAND
In order to choose which artisans to collaborate with, ARC consulted with Allison Kaplan, senior editor of shopping & style for Mpls. St. Paul Magazine. “We looked for artisans who shared our sense of purpose and who created incredible products,” says Myrland. “We wanted to give people an incredibly meaningful way to shop for the holiday season.”
If you’re in the market for unique gifts handcrafted in Minnesota this holiday season, don’t miss ARC’s The Maker’s Collection.
Mpls/St. Paul Magazine
Posted: November 2014



I left Friday's Changemakers Ball at the Depot feeling inspired about the humanitarian work the Minneapolis-based American Refugee Committee is doing around the world . . . and really wanting a Hackwith Design House scarf. What a bonus that the purchase supports such a worthy cause.

Rather than stage another silent auction at its annual event, ARC commissioned local designers including Woodchuck, B.T. McElrath, Wind & Willow, Dunn Brothers Coffee, and Spring Finn & Co. to create a custom collection of hand-crafted gifts. The cohesive collection includes journals covered in cypress and eucalyptus wood, a leather clutch, paint-dipped cherry bowls and spoons, and that Hackwith scarf—hand-dyed to create the look of a blue sky.

Now you can shop the exclusive Maker's Collection online—knowing that every purchase invests in Minnesota businesses, and global aid for those who need it most.

Allison Kaplan is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s shopping and style editor.