Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota

                     Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Lutman & Associates is a program development and consulting enterprise that works with nonprofit clients and independent producers in cultural, media, and philanthropic sectors. We develop strategy; conduct program assessments; collaborate on ideation and feasibility for new initiatives; and support and lead planning and evaluation. 

Our distinctive capabilities come from having done the work: we’ve been there.

We work side-by-side with clients as colleagues and thought partners, bringing fresh energy and our outsiders’ objectivity and experience to clients' ideas. Our goal is our clients’ vitality and independence.

As entrepreneurs we are actively engaged in developing and testing ideas. For example, our highly-successful What’s Up Pop Up events are public projects we create to build community capacity for dialogue, debate, and discovery. Pop ups feature the ideas and people that are influencing us, and turn our work inside out to share with you.  This fall we announced a new project, Hothouse, at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where Sarah Lutman is currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Read about it here!



We work with non-profit clients nationally on a diverse set of projects by leading planning and program development, and collaborating to explore and test new ideas and projects. We assemble teams as needed to do the work, and enjoy working with partners to get things done.

Our collaboration with designers and visual artists means that the work can be delivered in useful and contemporary visual formats.

Please be in touch! We’re happy to provide work samples and references.

What's Up?

Up Next!

Watch this space for an announcement of our next Pop Up, in 2015!

Latest Writing

Ideas & Writings
Will Retiring Boomers Sever Ties with Minnesota?

A lot of civic attention is being paid to the Twin Cities region’s appeal to millennials. Will they choose the area as a place to live, work and raise their families? There’s evidence that millennials’ choices are based on the place as much as the job; they want to live somewhere vibrant and cool.

For boomers and seniors, the question of what makes a place attractive is altogether different. Cool takes on another meaning—winter gets old, it’s harder to drive in the dark and the same lively restaurant you enjoyed at 30 requires earplugs at 65. But beyond that lies an increasingly discussed question among more affluent boomers. Can they afford to die here? With changes in Minnesota’s income and estate taxes laws, more boomers are weighing their choices, too. Why choose Minnesota? A recent Wall Street Journal article detailed “Where Not to Die,” and put the state near the top.

For generations, snowbird Minnesotans have spent a few weeks each winter in Southern states—with lower taxes—and returned in time to get the cabin ready for summer and the grandchildren. These folks still consider themselves Minnesotans: They vote, own property and pay their taxes here. Many remain active in the nonprofit sector, flying back for board meetings or participating by phone. It’s common for Minnesota’s major nonprofits to hold winter parties and fund-raising events in Florida and Arizona. The Minnesota Club in Naples, Fla., boasts several hundred members and is an active forum for nonprofit leaders.

After a series of changes to Minnesota’s tax rates that include lowering the income floor for the highest tax bracket, raising taxes on gifts, and changes in capital gains and estate tax rules, some think legislators have hit the upper limit. The result? The wealthy and their advisors are weighing tax-relief scenarios through relocation to lower-tax states.

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