OneMPLS Live! Our Planet – Your Legacy

Join us on May 18 for a unique convening where you’ll hear from experts, “speed date” local nonprofits, and learn how you can make a real impact on climate change and water conservation.

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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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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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#1 for Minnesota Grantmaking

In the Minnesota Council on Foundation’s latest annual report on the state’s top 50 grantmakers, we topped the list for grants paid in-state.

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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.

An Operatic Dream, Brought to Life

Dream of the Red Chamber may not ring any bells for most Americans, but in China, the epic novel is as well known as War and Peace is in the West…

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The Minneapolis Foundation Awards More Than $250,000 in Voter Engagement Grants

With excitement growing about the 2017 race for Minneapolis mayor (not to mention all city council and park board seats), grassroots organizers and volunteers across the city are gearing up to ensure that all voters know the issues and the candidates…

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Join us for: OneMpls LIVE! Our Planet – Your Legacy

Minnesota has an abundance of natural resources, and we all have a role to play in protecting them. Join The Minneapolis Foundation and our partners at the McKnight Foundation for a OneMpls Live! event: Our Planet – Your Legacy. May 18, 2017 1 – 4 p.m.

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Village Scholars Program

For nearly a decade, the Village Scholars scholarship, funded by the Edward R. Bazinet Charitable Foundation, Jane Burkleo Scholarship Fund, and the Martha H. Gould Fund, has sought to foster the creative endeavors of graduating Minneapolis high school students by offering two or four year scholarships to students interested in…

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Nurturing Literacy and the Arts at Talk of the Stacks

Literacy and the arts are cornerstones of a vibrant community, and The Minneapolis Foundation is committed to both. That’s why we’re partnering with Friends of the Hennepin County Library to present Talk of the Stacks…

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The Minneapolis Foundation Launches Faith In Each Other Fund

To stand with Minnesota’s Jewish community in a time of elevated uncertainty and threats, The Minneapolis Foundation today launched its first Faith In Each Other Fund. This charitable fund will support a Jewish community-wide security initiative, helping local Jewish organizations address security needs in the face of recent anti-Semitic threats…

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