Charity Spotlight

The University Club's Charity Spotlight is a monthly initiative we've developed to further give back to important causes in our community.

Each month, we feature a different non-profit partner to help raise awareness and funds for an array of incredible organizations. We feature a special restaurant menu each month, and a portion of the sales from this menu is donated directly to the spotlight organization.

In addition, our Youth Service Team will be working on projects directly affiliated with each non-profit during each monthly meeting.


Books for Africa

The mission of Books for Africa (BFA) is to end the book famine in Africa. BFA is the low-cost provider of books to the African continent. Since 1988, BFA has become the world's largest provider of donated books to Africa, sending over 34 million books to 46 countries. BFA obtains library, reference, and textbooks, sorts for quality, boxes by subject and level, and ship 40-foot sea containers throughout Africa for distribution to schools, libraries, NGOs and universities.

The University Club is holding a book drive for Books for Africa. Please see below for books that are accepted. A collection basket is located in the Fireside Room at the University Club.

Books for Africa accepts the following (gently used):

  • popular fiction and nonfiction reading books (soft and hard cover)
  • books that are 15 years old or newer
  • primary, secondary, and college textbooks published in 2000 or later
  • reference books (encyclopedias and dictionaries) published in 2005 or later
  • medical, nursing, IT and law books published in 2000 or later
  • school and office supplies (paper, pencils, pens, wall charts, maps)

Books for Africa does not accept:

  • magazines or journals of any kind, including academic journals
  • home decorating or wedding books
  • cookbooks
  • ethnocentric books (e.g. biography of Abe Lincoln or the history of Ohio)
  • foreign language books EXCEPT French books - French novels and dictionaries are accepted
  • American history or civics
  • music books for K-12
  • murder mysteries or anything with "kill," "die," "murder," etc. in the title


Hope Chest for Breast Cancer

The mission of Hope Chest for Breast Cancer (HCBCF) is to provide the quickest access to help with the most urgent emergency needs of local breast cancer patients.  Its priority is to keep families intact in their current living situation. Hope Chest helps patients get to treatment by paying for childcare and transportation and aids in the healing process by providing access to nutritious meals for patients and their families.

HCBCF raises critical resources through the sale of upscale furniture, accessories and designer women’s clothing donated by individuals, wholesalers and retail businesses. These items are then sold through resale stores. HCBCF uses funds from the stores and other fundraising opportunities to support breast cancer causes such as emergency assistance programs and nutritious meals. Since 2001, HCBCF has provided over $1,500,000 in support for more than 4,000 breast cancer patients and their families in the Twin Cities & Rochester area.


Highland Friendship Club

The Highland Friendship Club (HFC) is dedicated to providing a wide variety of social and personal development opportunities to teens and adults with disabilities. HFC’s services provide opportunities to help these individuals develop friendships and connections within their community.  

HFC was founded in 2002 by two moms interested in engaging their developmentally disabled teen sons in accessible, age-appropriate social experiences in their home community of St. Paul.  Finding no local resources to meet their needs, their two sons and their small group of friends gathered once a week for community outings. Fourteen years later, this small group has grown to over 200 people with wide ranging levels of abilities – it is not a “one size fits all” group. HFC offers access to social, skill-enhancing and fun activities and experiences every day throughout the year. HFC’s website ( is bulging at the seams with resources and opportunities for people with disabilities to live a fuller and happier life!  


Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

As a first-of-its-kind hospital, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare pioneered a mission to serve people who have disabilities and highly complex conditions. Its mission and care principles infuse everything it does —from providing top-notch specialty care to training the next generation of medical and surgical specialists. Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare provides specialized health care for people who have short-term or long-term disabilities that began during childhood.

The organization helps children, adults and their families improve their health, achieve greater well-being, and enjoy life.


Keystone Community Services

Keystone Community Services is a multi-service organization providing human services in the areas of youth, senior, and basic needs programming. Keystone Community Services supports people in need with a variety of services, and operates seven programming sites including the Merriam Park and West 7th Community Centers. Keystone’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of individuals and families to improve their quality of life, serving more than 25,000 residents each year with the help of 2,000 volunteers.

The strength of Keystone is because of the enthusiasm and involvement of caring people. Find out more at

September & October

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RHMC) is the catalyst to create a world where children have access to quality health care and their families are able to better comfort and support them while actively participating in their care. The organization offers a warm, welcoming home-away-from-home and services that range from schooling to meals to family-friendly activities. The mission of RMHC is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children.