Salo, Oberon and NumberWorks have each been recognized for their philanthropic efforts by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce as 2010 Minnesota Keystone Program Participants. Each firm gave at least five percent of their pre-tax earnings back to the local community this year.

The Minnesota Keystone Program was created by 23 Minnesota companies in 1976 to recognize and encourage charitable giving in the state. The commitment of Minnesota Keystone participants continues to serve as an example to other businesses, both here and around the globe, and to sustain Minnesota’s spirit of generosity and sense of community.

Any company with an operating presence in Minnesota that donates at least two percent of their pre-tax earnings to 501(c) 3 organizations through cash contributions, in-kind donations, or employee volunteerism qualifies. Companies are recognized at either the two or five percent giving levels.

Qualifying calculations may include a combination of:

• Cash contributions (including securities and real estate)
• In-kind donations of products, services and office equipment/furnishings
• Direct and/or associated cost of employee volunteerism and giving programs

This is the third year in a row that Salo, Oberon and NumberWorks have been named participants of the Minnesota Keystone Program.