2015 Annual Report

It’s been a big year for The Minneapolis Foundation. Get all the facts and figures—plus stories from our 100-year history—in our 2015 annual report.

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Watch. Learn. Share. Repeat.

Did you miss a key moment at the Face Forward Futurist Conference? Want to share highlights with a friend? You can: For the next month, we’re pleased to share video of the keynote presentations and breakout sessions.

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A Century of Stories

See stories and pictures highlighting our 100-year history of innovative community building!

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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.

Values Create the Career of a Lifetime

Dick McFarland’s parents grew up in two small towns in Iowa. They moved to Chicago where his father was in the investment business. During the Depression, his business went broke and the family came to Minneapolis…

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The Heart of Giving

When Peter and Karen Gabler got married, they had to start making a lot of decisions together, as all newlyweds do.

Where would they spend holidays? Where did they want to send their kids to school? How much were they going to save for retirement…

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Sandra Vargas, CEO & President of The Minneapolis Foundation, Announces Plans to Retire

Sandra Vargas, the CEO and President who has led one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations for the past decade, has announced her decision to retire from The Minneapolis Foundation in June of 2016…

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West Bank Community Fund awards $26,000 in grants to local nonprofits

The West Bank Community Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation has awarded $26,000 in grants to seven nonprofits that serve residents living in the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis…

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A Giving Program Engineered by Employees

At Proto Labs, a Twin Cities-based digital manufacturer of prototypes and low-volume production parts, charitable giving isn’t just a reflection of the company’s values—it’s a way for employees to act on their passions…

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Q&A with Lisa Johnson

The Minneapolis Foundation talked recently with Lisa Johnson, a client advisor at Bernstein and the grantmaking chair of Fourth Generation. Johnson explained why she makes a point of talking to her clients about philanthropy, and how joining Fourth Gen helped her expand her professional network

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Operating Partnerships and Supporting Organizations