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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100 Years of Innovative Community Building

Our founders would be proud to know that over the past century, we’ve invested $850 million to impact the lives of people locally and globally. The stories are endless — and worth sharing.

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

1,100+

Number of Charitable Funds Administered

$705M

Amount of Assests Managed

$40M

Annual donor grants to community

20.6%

Investment Return on Endowed Assets Last Year

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.

Education

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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Joice Feature

Ending 2014 on a High Note, The Minneapolis Foundation Awards $4.9 Million in Community Grants

Toddlers, Chefs and Young Leaders All to Benefit from Equity-Focused Funding

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Q&A with Clint Schroeder

The Minneapolis Foundation talked recently with Clint Schroeder, a principal at Gray Plant Mooty, renowned expert on charitable planning, and former board chairman of the Foundation.…

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Donors Partner with Foundation on Community Impact Grants

In addition to supporting nonprofits all over the world, many Minneapolis Foundation donors are passionate about making a difference right here in the Twin Cities.…

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Celebrating 100 Years of Innovative Community Building

What do you get when you put a lawyer, two bankers and two lumbermen together in a room?…

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WE WIN Institute

Why We Give: Andy Baltins

About Andy: Longtime Twin Cities attorney focusing on mergers and acquisitions, now lives in San Diego. Among other causes, his family’s fund…

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WE WIN Parents

Your Giving Going Further: We Win Insitutute

WE WIN Institute is rooted in Titilayo Bediako’s experiences as a teacher in Minneapolis. Titi used to teach at Lyndale Community School, and she found that her students got more excited about lessons with…

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