Celebrating a Record Year of Giving

The Minneapolis Foundation broke $100 million in annual contributions for first time in our 102-year history.

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A Passion for Health and Wellness

Our donors care about many facets of health, from medical research to nutrition to culturally grounded approaches to healing. Read our blog to explore some of the many ways we invest in our community’s well-being.

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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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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.

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.

Putting the "Give" in Giving Community

The Minneapolis Foundation works to inspire and support generosity across our community. One of the ways we do this is by helping people, families and businesses make the most of their charitable contributions. Over the past several years, Donor Advised Funds have emerged as the go-to option for people looking…

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Celebrating 25 Years of Investing in the Cedar Riverside Neighborhood

The West Bank Community Fund at The Minneapolis Foundation awarded $25,000 in grants that will support efforts to help build a stronger community and improve quality of life in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. Seven non-profit organizations will receive a grant between $2,500 and $5,000 for initiatives that improve…

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An Evening of Art, Community, Healing and Hope

The Minneapolis Foundation recently hosted a special viewing of “Art and Healing: In the Moment,” a new exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art featuring work created by community artists in response to the fatal shooting of Philando Castile. On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was shot and killed…

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A Celebration of Giving and Impact

Nearly 300 people gathered recently to celebrate a record year of giving for the Minneapolis Foundation. For the first time in its 103-year history, the Foundation received more than $100 million in contributions from the community in a single year. Foundation President and CEO R.T. Rybak told the crowd of…

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Next Gen Donors Take the Stage in Giving

Over the next two to three decades, an estimated $59 trillion in wealth will shift across generations in the United States. According to Sharna Goldseker, a leading expert on multigenerational engagement and family philanthropy, this unprecedented transfer of wealth means the next generation of givers could have “the most significant…

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Fourth Generation Awards $70,000 in Grants to Support Affordable Housing

Fourth Generation, a program of The Minneapolis Foundation that brings together emerging philanthropists, awarded $70,000 in grants to seven local organizations working on affordable housing. Each organization will receive a $10,000 grant. Members of Fourth Generation work together to learn the skills of strategic giving and pool their resources…

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Strategic Partnerships