Now officially a non-profit!

  1. We are now a Minnesota non-profit – After five months of work, we became a non-profit organization in Minnesota on 4-17-15, our new legal status in Minnesota. We have completed our organizational Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, and other documents, all done in official legalese. Our new legal status will help us become exempt from Minnesota taxes, so that we can offer more relationship and skill training services to individuals, families and organizations in Southeastern Minnesota.
  2. We meet two Federal non-profit criteria – Federal non-profit organizations, which are overseen by the IRS, must meet at least one of three designated purposes. Through legal consultation, we have learned that we qualify for two out of the three Federal criteria. Although meeting the educational criteria was our main goal, we have discovered that we also meet the religious criteria. Of course, we are not a church or religious institution. But because we help religious organizations meet their goals, we qualify for the religious non-profit criteria under federal law. We are now in the process of applying for federal non-profit status.

Duane Nelson

Born and raised in the Minneapolis, Duane is a Marriage and Family Therapist who has made his home in Rochester for the last 25 years. Duane has been married for 33 years to his wife, Cathy. The two met while doing music at the same church in Minneapolis. Duane and Cathy have two adult daughters, and the family love to travel and play cribbage together. Duane plays guitar and percussion, and the couple still make music together. Duane enjoys gardening, cookouts, hiking, reading, downhill skiing, and hanging out with friends. Duane holds three graduate degrees, two mental health licenses, and two major counseling certifications. He has worked professionally for 37 years in addiction treatment, mental health, clinical social work, pastoral counseling, and marriage and family therapy. Duane is widely regarded as an expert in marriage and family therapy. Following his retirement from Mayo Clinic, Duane founded Healthy Relationships Rochester. This innovative organization is based on developing the concept of Relationship Intelligence through teaching and disseminating best-practice relationship education and skill training programs in a variety of non-clinical settings.