Hot Off the Presses!

Read our 2017 annual report to find out how we’re working with our partners to sustain and grow our giving community.

Read the Report

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.

Check it Out

Investing in Our Community’s Future

We awarded nearly $5 million to 87 organizations for work in 2017. Learn more about the nonprofits we support through our competitive grantmaking to strengthen the economic vitality, education, and civic engagement of greater Minneapolis-St. Paul.

See the full list of grant recipients

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.

Take a Peek

Make Your Giving Go Further

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

1,200+

Charitable funds administered

$800M

Total assets under management

$60M

Annual grants to community

13.1%

Investment returns on endowed assets, FY 2017

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.

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.

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.

Foundation Announces New Vice President of Marketing and Communications

The Minneapolis Foundation is pleased to welcome Dominick Washington as its new Vice President of Marketing and Communications, effective October 30…

Read More

Remembering Marion Etzwiler

Dear friends, I’m writing to share some sad news: Marion Etzwiler, who led The Minneapolis Foundation from 1984 to 1994, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday…

Read More

A Family Foundation Looks to the Future

Bob and Gail Buuck have been active in the community as far back as their children can remember…

Read More

How to Start a Big-Hearted Family Book Club

Grownups have book clubs – why not families? At Doing Good Together we’ve pioneered what we call the Big-Hearted Family Book Club. Each book is paired with an act of service, which means children get to practice kindness and build empathy while also developing a passion for books, conversation, and…

Read More

7 Questions for Cartoonist Steve Sack

Steve Sack has been the Star Tribune’s editorial cartoonist since 1981 and was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Cartooning. Sack is known for his diverse collection of cartoons, original style, and clever ideas that drive home his unmistakable point of view…

Read More

George Family Foundation transitions Catalyst Initiative to The Minneapolis Foundation to spark growth

Pursuing plans to scale up an innovative community wellness program, the George Family Foundation (GFF) will transfer its Catalyst Initiative…

Read More

Strategic Partnerships