Investing in Our Community’s Future

We awarded nearly $5 million to 92 organizations for work in 2018. Learn more about the nonprofits we support through competitive grants to strengthen the economic vitality, education, and civic engagement of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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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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Family Philanthropy Resource Center

Leo Tolstoy once said, “Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible.” The same argument could be made for philanthropy. That’s why we launched the Family Philanthropy Resource Center.

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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.

Community Buzz

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

Faith In Each Other grant will support Muslim coalition

To support Minnesota’s Muslim communities as they address new and intensifying challenges, The Minneapolis Foundation has awarded a grant of $50,000 to the Minnesota Muslim Leaders Coalition…

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Leaders who deserve the spotlight

On Jan. 16, The Minneapolis Foundation hosted Connect to Create OneMinneapolis, a networking event where our donors and partner organizations had a chance to chat with old friends, make new ones and learn about the work we're doing together to make Minneapolis a more equitable community…

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The Minneapolis Foundation Launches New Year with Nearly $5 Million in Grants

The Minneapolis Foundation will award nearly $5 million to nonprofit organizations working to make Minneapolis-Saint Paul a more equitable community…

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Still in High School, but Making Commissioned Art

Next time you stop by The Minneapolis Foundation’s office, look for a series of brightly colored weavings on the wall of our staff café…

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The Perfect Day to Share Family Stories

As I run through my Thanksgiving prep checklist, I feel particularly grateful for the list of people who will be with my family on Thursday. I feel so fortunate that we will have three generations at the table…

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Moving Minneapolis Forward

The Minneapolis Foundation is significantly impacted by what happens at Minneapolis City Hall. This means a change in political leadership can be of vital importance to our work in the philanthropic and civic world…

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Strategic Partnerships