Saturday, June 27

Hop on a Nice Ride bike to celebrate The Minneapolis Foundation’s 100th anniversary and help set a new Twin Cities bike sharing record!

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Face Forward Futurist Conference

Friday, September 18, 2015, Minneapolis Convention Center

Featuring some of the most thought-provoking speakers in the world—including Sir Kenneth Robinson, Dan Pallotta, Dr. Michio Kaku and Atul Gawande.

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Now Accepting LOIs

The Minneapolis Foundation is currently accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) from interested nonprofits in the Twin Cities through June 29, 2015.

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The Minneapolis Foundation

We bring together people, ideas, and resources to improve the lives of everyone. The Foundation is more than a grantmaker. We convene, collaborate, partner, invest and advocate – that’s how we make a donor’s giving go further!

It’s a 100 year-old tradition — and we have big plans for the future.

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Our Community Impact

Our vision is of a greater Minneapolis that is vibrant, inclusive and positioned to thrive locally and compete globally. Through donor advised funds and competitive grants, we are investing in six key focus areas to help this vision come to life:

Arts & Culture

We are committed to sustaining our robust and diverse arts community. That commitment is reflected in the ranking of The Minneapolis Foundation as one of the largest funders of the arts in Minnesota.

Economic Vitality

We are working toward building an inclusive workforce, reflective of our changing demographics, as well as a business climate that fosters innovation, entrepreneurship, and self-sufficiency. Creating stable, well-paying jobs is critical to the long-term vitality of our economy.

Environment & Conservation

Preserving our city’s rich river history and reducing our carbon footprint are two cornerstones of our community’s future. That’s why, on a monthly basis, the Foundation invests a quarter of a million dollars to support environmental causes.


We believe that children are our future. That’s why we are investing in systems and programs that put all children on track to compete in a global economy, participate in civic life and pursue their dreams.

Community Health

We are committed to building a healthy community where all people have access to critical necessities including excellent medical care, social services, stable housing and livable wages.

Civic Engagement

We are fostering a community where everyone is encouraged and motivated to participate in the democratic process and public decision making.

Competitive Grantmaking

We are privileged to steward and invest gifts that have been entrusted to us throughout the past century
It’s our responsibility… and we take it very seriously.

We focus these resources on promoting social, economic and racial equity. We believe in realizing our community’s full potential, rather than simply resolving problems. Funding is available through a competitive process and the opportunities are targeted toward achieving a very select set of outcomes that bring us closer toward this vision.

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Learn the latest about upcoming events, community issues, community impact, and giving opportunities right here.

Twin Cities Sets New Bike Sharing Record

Twin Cities cyclists pedaled their way to a new bike sharing record on Saturday—and raised money to provide bikes to kids in need while they were at it. Local cyclists logged 5,613 trips with Nice Ride Minnesota, the most ever recorded by Nice Ride in a 24-hour period…

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We're gearing up for the #NicestDayEver!

When is the #NicestDayEver? If you want to take one of Nice Ride Minnesota’s green bikes for a spin, the answer is Saturday, June 27. That’s when The Minneapolis Foundation and Nice Ride will team up with the goal of helping the Twin Cities set a new record for the most Nice Ride bike trips ever recorded in a single day…

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#NicestDayEver Giveaway

Update: We have a winner! Congratulations to Carol Wicklund, the winner of a certificate for a one-year Nice Ride membership. Thanks to everyone who entered the #NicestDayEver drawing…

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3 Questions for Gray Plant Mooty

Gray Plant Mooty is the longest-standing law firm in Minnesota and a sponsor of The Minneapolis Foundation’s Centennial Futurist Conference. We asked GPM principal Ann Burns to tell us about the firm and how it gives back to the community…

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The Minneapolis Foundation Names New Director of Impact Strategy

The Minneapolis Foundation is pleased to welcome Patrice Relerford as its new Director of Impact Strategy – Education. Relerford, who came to the Foundation in January as a Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow, brings nearly a decade of experience…

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Fourth Generation Awards $44,000 in Grants to Support Aging Services

Capping off a year of research about issues affecting senior citizens, a group of emerging philanthropists today announced $44,000 in grants to five local organizations that provide aging services in the Twin Cities…

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