Join Us at Graze 4 Good

At this unique fundraiser, you’ll eat gourmet food and rub shoulders with the region’s hottest chefs — all in support of Fourth Generation’s grantmaking for affordable housing.

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Catalyst Initiative

Through our new partnership with Catalyst, we nurture and grow culturally authentic self-care practices that advance community health and well-being.

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Investing in Our Community’s Future

We awarded nearly $5 million to 92 organizations for work in 2018. Learn more about the nonprofits we support through competitive grants to strengthen the economic vitality, education, and civic engagement of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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Experience OneMpls Like Never Before

Explore this interactive space and discover new perspectives from local leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators; stay in the know on the latest cultural trends, and learn about our community’s needs, growth opportunities, and achievements.

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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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Make Your Giving Go Further

We are here to help you turn your passion into action.


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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.

Civic Engagement

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

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.


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.

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.

Community Buzz

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

How We Give: A Conversation with Ron Poole

Ron Poole and his wife, Molly, have used their Donor Advised Fund at The Minneapolis Foundation to support a variety of organizations engaged in health care, medical research and social services in Minneapolis…

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An expansive vision of community health

I grew up the son of a pharmacist, so as you can imagine, I learned at a pretty young age how people get their prescriptions filled. It took me a lot longer to realize that being healthy is about more than taking medicine…

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Join Us in the Fight to End Gun Violence

One of The Minneapolis Foundation’s most important roles is to bring people together to tackle our community’s most pressing challenges. That’s why we recently established the Fund for Safe Communities to address and prevent gun violence…

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A New Opportunity to Invest in Building Safe Communities

As a community foundation, one of the most important things we do is bring people together to support efforts that make our community better for everyone. That is why we invite you to contribute to the Minneapolis Foundation Fund for Safe Communities…

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Top chefs cook for a cause at Graze 4 Good

What are the ingredients of a perfect Sunday night? If gourmet food paired with a great cause sound good to you, grab your tickets now for Graze 4 Good…

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Faith In Each Other grant will support Muslim coalition

To support Minnesota’s Muslim communities as they address new and intensifying challenges, The Minneapolis Foundation has awarded a grant of $50,000 to the Minnesota Muslim Leaders Coalition…

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