2016 Annual Report

Learn how The Minneapolis Foundation and our donors are making a difference in Minnesota and beyond.

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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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#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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Make Your Giving Go Further

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


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Investment returns on endowed assets, 7-year average

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.

Child Care That Plants Seeds of Success

Child care is often regarded as a service that enables parents to work. At Baby’s Space, it’s much more…

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Combining Philanthropy and Tax Planning to Make the Most of Your Giving

Michael Metzger, CFP, CRPC, is a member of The Minneapolis Foundation’s Professional Advisor Committee and a Financial Advisor at TruCairn Advisors, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services. With the holiday giving season (not to mention the year-end tax rush!) just around the corner, we asked Michael how…

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6 Fun Ways to Wrap Kindness into Your Holidays

With a little bit of effort this season, the children in your family will have as much fun giving as getting. By weaving an extra dollop of compassion into the winter holidays, you’ll provide an antidote to the season’s focus on materialism and commercialism and remind yourself of the joy…

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Sharing Stories Across Generations

Dr. Marshall Duke is a professor of psychology at Emory University. He has built his academic and research career around families and traditions. Following a keynote presentation he delivered at the Family Philanthropy Resource Center’s fall event, we had a chance to catch up with Dr. Duke and ask him…

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The Minneapolis Foundation Welcomes Six New Trustees

The Minneapolis Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of six new members to its Board of Trustees. Peggy Flanagan, Devean George, Leni Moore, Sahra Noor, Ravi Norman, and John G. Taft attended their first Board meeting as Trustees this week. “The Minneapolis Foundation looks for community leaders with diverse…

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Have you experienced a liquidity event this year? Make waves with a Donor Advised Fund

What do the words “liquidity event” mean to you? If you’re a homeowner, you might think of a flooded basement. If you’re a new parent, we’ll forgive you if you’re reminded of a wet diaper…

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Operating Partnerships and Supporting Organizations