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We’re currently accepting Letters of Inquiry for our main 2016 competitive grant round. Visit our How to Apply page for more information.

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Foundation Names New President and CEO

We’re thrilled to announce that R.T. Rybak will serve as The Minneapolis Foundation’s seventh CEO and President.

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#1 for Minnesota Grantmaking

In the Minnesota Council on Foundation’s latest annual report on the state’s top 50 grantmakers, we topped the list for grants paid in-state in 2014.

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Investing in Our Community’s Future

We awarded more than $4.9 million to 81 organizations for work in 2016. Learn more about the nonprofits we support through our competitive grantmaking to strengthen and enhance the economic vitality, education, and civic engagement of the Twin Cities.

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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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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

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Nice Ride and The Minneapolis Foundation Team Up for the #TourDeNice

France has its Tour de France. Australia, the Tour Down Under. Now you can break away from the pack and join The Minneapolis Foundation and Nice Ride Minnesota for the #TourDeNice — a bike sharing challenge…

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Q&A with Our New CEO, R.T. Rybak

The Minneapolis Foundation is thrilled to welcome former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak as our seventh President and CEO. R.T.’s first day on the job is July 1. We sat down with him recently to talk about his vision for Minneapolis, the issues he hopes to tackle at the Foundation, and why he won’t kick off the Foundation’s next chapter with a 90-day plan…

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Fourth Generation Awards $50,000 in Mental Health Grants

Fourth Generation, a program of The Minneapolis Foundation that brings together emerging philanthropists, has awarded $50,000 in grants to seven local organizations that provide mental health services. Members of Fourth Generation work together to learn the skills of strategic giving and pool their resources to make a much bigger difference in the community than they could alone. Every year, they vote to choose an issue, research it together, donate and fundraise to support it, then make grants to local nonprofits. This year, the group chose to focus on mental health. “This is a topic that touches all of us,” said Julia Quanrud, chair of Fourth Generation. “The need for mental health services is overwhelming, it’s underfunded, and there’s a lot of great work being done to address these issues by organizations in Minnesota.” This year’s Fourth Generation grants are as follows: $8,000 to the Ars Bellum Foundation to fund the purchase and implementation of a scalable, mobile IT system that will link their art therapists together and manage clinic records so they can bill health insurance companies for services and expand their capacity. $4,000 to Guadalupe Alternative Programs for their school-based mental health services and hiring a part-time mental health behavioral aide from the Karen community to assist with growing needs in that population. $10,000 to Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center in support of the Nokomis Endaad Elder in Residence staff position. This position provides culturally grounded recovery support and traditional counseling to adult American Indian women participating in the Nokomis Endaad outpatient chemical dependency treatment program. $10,000 to myHealth for Teens & Young Adults to partially fund two part-time counselors and increase the number of individual counseling sessions they will be able to provide by 15%. $4,000 to Vail Place for their Clubhouse Community Support Program, which provides a wide range resources for people with serious and persistent mental illness. $10,000 to the Walk-In Counseling Center for general operating support, which will enable them to provide free, anonymous, easy-to-access mental health counseling for people who need timely care. $4,000 to the Washburn Center for Children to provide comprehensive day treatment services that will help high-risk children ages three to nine in the Minneapolis school district develop the social, emotional, and behavioral skills they need to be successful in school and at home. The Minneapolis Foundation runs Fourth Generation to help ensure that future generations have the tools they need to carry on Minnesota’s tradition of generosity and make positive change in the community. In the past six years, the group has granted nearly $225,000 to address critical issues, including youth homelessness, food justice, small business development, and services for aging Minnesotans. Learn more about Fourth Generation >…

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Building a Company, with Help from a Loan

LaMont Bowens has always had a passion for construction. By the time he was 19, he was renovating houses in Michigan, where he grew up. When he moved to Minnesota, he started as a carpenter working for big general contractors like Knutson and Mortenson…

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6 Reasons You Need a Philanthropic Advisor on Your Team

Your clients already have lawyers, accountants, and investment advisors. For many of them—especially those with complex business needs—each advisor plays an important role on the professional “team.” But many clients (and advisors!) benefit enormously from the addition of one more player to the roster…

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R.T. Rybak Named CEO and President of The Minneapolis Foundation

The Board of Trustees of The Minneapolis Foundation announced today that R.T. Rybak will become the seventh CEO/President in the Foundation’s history…

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