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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.

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Learn the latest about upcoming events, community issues, community impact, and giving opportunities right here.

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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Win tickets to our Futurist Conference!

Update: We have a winner! Congratulations to @Luke_Wanderer, the winner of two tickets to our Futurist Conference. Thanks to everyone who posted — we hope to see you all at the conference!…

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Minneapolis Foundation CEO takes part in Cuba seminar

The recent renewal of ties between the United States and Cuba presents new opportunities for people in both countries to collaborate and learn from each other—including members of the nonprofit community. Sandy Vargas, CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation, took part in one such learning opportunity when she visited Cuba this spring with a group organized by Hispanics in Philanthropy

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ROI Workshop Offers Tools to Help Nonprofits Measure Their Success

It’s a safe bet that the leaders of any nonprofit in the Twin Cities would say they’re doing good work in the community. A great many of them are right—but how do you measure that value…

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Setting the Stage for Future Generations

For John and Jean Geisler, doing good together has been a long-time family affair.

To facilitate their giving, John and Jean opened the John and Jean Geisler Family Fund at The Minneapolis Foundation. Recently, they decided to take the next step and involve their three daughters in their philanthropy. To get started, they had a family meeting facilitated by their Philanthropic Advisor to re-affirm the core values behind their giving…

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