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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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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.

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

Q&A with Bill Sternberg

Philanthropic Advisor Bill Sternberg spent the first half of his career in the financial services industry before joining The Minneapolis Foundation in 2002. He sat down with us recently to talk about why he likes working with entrepreneurs and how he made the transition from helping clients build wealth to…

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Fourth Generation Names Advisory Board Leaders

Fourth Generation, a program of The Minneapolis Foundation that brings together emerging philanthropists, has named advisory board leaders for its 2016-2017 grantmaking cycle…

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Practical Tips for Setting Charitable Goals

We all have a finite amount of time, energy, and resources. That’s why prioritization is important—whether it’s prioritizing your errands on a Saturday afternoon or your annual charitable gifts…

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Your Back-to-School Giving Guide

Whether the start of the new school year brings excitement or nervous anticipation, adding a kindness element to your back-to-school routine will enrich it with meaning -- and fun. Plus, having conversations about students who have to fight hard to spend time in school -- or to get the supplies…

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The Minneapolis Foundation Welcomes New Philanthropic Advisor

The Minneapolis Foundation is pleased to welcome Russell Betts as its newest Philanthropic Advisor. Betts has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising and alumni relations at major research universities. At the Foundation…

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Nonprofit Leaders Learn Policy Analysis as Wilkins Fellows

The third annual Roy Wilkins Community Fellows Program capped off last week with a meeting at The Minneapolis Foundation at which participants gave presentations on a variety of public policy issues…

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