ST. PAUL (AP) -- A small Minneapolis-based nonprofit has gained national attention after the city's mayor was accused of flashing a gang sign when posing for a photo with a man while door-knocking before the election.

Neighborhoods Organizing for Change was behind the get-out-the-vote event in which Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges participated.

After the photo was posted on Facebook, Minneapolis police were reportedly upset that the mayor flashed a hand signal used by a north side gang.

It caused an online uproar that's been dubbed "Pointergate."

Executive Director Anthony Newby says his organization has since received donations from people across the country.

He says the organization has also gained social and political footing because of "Pointergate."

Hodges, who became mayor in January, has close ties with Neighborhoods Organizing for Change.