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Our main competitive grant round is now open. If your organization is doing innovative work to support economic vitality, education, or civic engagement in Minneapolis, don’t miss this funding opportunity. Apply by noon on Aug. 25.

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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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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.

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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

$750M

Total assets

$60M

Annual grants to community

8.4%

Investment returns on endowed assets, 5-year average

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.

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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…

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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…

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Donors pool their resources to invest in Minneapolis

When Dave Horan and his wife, Michelle, plan their charitable giving, they look for opportunities to support causes that matter to them—but that’s not all…

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Donors offer challenge grant to support North Market

High-impact community projects aren’t always high-profile…

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2017-18 Calendar of Donor Events

Welcome to our Giving Community – where 1,700 donors and advisors partner with The Minneapolis Foundation to invest nearly $60 million each year in high-impact organizations that are inspiring, effective, and making a difference locally and globally…

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U of M experts talk education with Foundation donors

Last month, about 10 Minneapolis Foundation donors met with nearly a dozen University of Minnesota education experts to talk about how we can close racial disparities in education…

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