Face Forward Futurist Conference

Friday, September 18, 2015, Minneapolis Convention Center

Featuring some of the most thought-provoking speakers in the world—including Sir Kenneth Robinson, Dan Pallotta, Dr. Michio Kaku and Atul Gawande.

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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.


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.

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.

Civic Engagement

We are fostering a community where everyone is encouraged and motivated to participate in the democratic process and public decision making.

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.

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Investing in Change

Making a direct financial donation isn’t the only way to support the cause you care about. Some Minneapolis Foundation donors also invest in local nonprofits…

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Q&A with David Horan

The Minneapolis Foundation talked recently with David Horan, a Twin Cities wealth advisor with nearly 30 years of experience helping individuals and families achieve their financial goals. Horan talked about the circumstances in which Donor Advised Funds can be a great fit for clients—and how his own family got connected to the Foundation…

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Transforming Policy Analysis in Communities of Color

The Roy Wilkins Community Fellows Program is a week-long intensive workshop that helps local leaders of color become stronger community advocates. Now in its second year, the program targets mid-level nonprofit leaders, bringing them together to learn methods of assessing the impact of public policies and, ultimately, to advance equitable policy measures in the community…

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Twin Cities Sets New Bike Sharing Record

Twin Cities cyclists pedaled their way to a new bike sharing record on Saturday, June 27—and raised money to provide bikes to kids in need while they were at it. Local cyclists logged 5,613 trips with Nice Ride Minnesota, the most ever recorded by Nice Ride in a 24-hour period…

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We're gearing up for the #NicestDayEver!

When is the #NicestDayEver? If you want to take one of Nice Ride Minnesota’s green bikes for a spin, the answer is Saturday, June 27. That’s when The Minneapolis Foundation and Nice Ride will team up with the goal of helping the Twin Cities set a new record for the most Nice Ride bike trips ever recorded in a single day…

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#NicestDayEver Giveaway

Update: We have a winner! Congratulations to Carol Wicklund, the winner of a certificate for a one-year Nice Ride membership. Thanks to everyone who entered the #NicestDayEver drawing…

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