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What is the time commitment?
The Fourth Generation Fund's grant making program year runs from September through June. There is one meeting of the full membership per month, and on average, members invest less than six hours per month. Please see our Calendar page for this year's meeting dates.

What does it mean to be a member?
The program offers a variety of educational opportunities for members to develop their leadership skills, learn about effective giving, and meet local leaders. To reflect the busy schedules of our members, we have created different levels of membership that reflect the commitment you are able to make. Sign up is easy and quick!

Fourth Generation Friend ($100-$249)
  • Name recognition on the Fourth Generation Fund website and in the Annual Report
  • Opportunity for you and a guest to attend a Philanthropy Workshop: Charting Your Individual Giving Plan and Budget
  • Invitation to Give 4 Good, the annual grant award event
  • Complimentary entry to two educational events
Fourth Generation Grant Maker ($250-$499)
  • Name recognition on the Fourth Generation Fund website and in the Annual Report
  • Opportunity for you and a guest to attend a Philanthropy Workshop: Charting Your Individual Giving Plan and Budget
  • Invitation to Give 4 Good, the annual grant award event
  • Complimentary entry to all educational events
  • Opportunity to participate on the 2013-14 Fourth Generation Fund Grant-Making Committee
  • Opportunity to attend all pre-event receptions at "What I Wish I Knew," "Philanthropy 101," and other Fourth Generation educational programs
  • Discount on two tickets to Graze 4 Good (Spring 2014)
Fourth Generation Innovators ($500+)
  • Name recognition on the Fourth Generation Fund website and in the Annual Report
  • Opportunity for you and a guest to attend a Philanthropy Workshop: Charting Your Individual Giving Plan and Budget
  • Invitation to Give 4 Good, the annual grant award event
  • Complimentary entry to all educational events
  • Opportunity to participate on the 2013-14 Fourth Generation Fund Grant-Making Committee
  • Opportunity to attend all pre-event receptions at "What I Wish I Knew," "Philanthropy 101," and other Fourth Generation educational programs
  • Two complimentary tickets to Graze 4 Good (Spring 2014) plus discount on two VIP reception tickets
  • Complimentary admission to The Minneapolis Foundation Annual Luncheon
  • Complimentary admission to the Centennial Futurist Conference
  • Private philanthropy briefing (on an area of your choice) with The Minneapolis Foundation President and CEO, a Board Member, or a Program Officer

Where does the money for grants come from?
Contributions by members are the primary source of money distributed to local nonprofit organizations by the Fourth Generation Fund. The more members (of all levels) donate or fundraise, the more the group can give away.

How much is usually given away?
The grants have been steadily growing as membership has increased over the past three years. 2010-11 was our first grant making year. In that year, members granted $17,000 to local nonprofits working to address the problem of youth homelessness.

The 2011-12 grant round addressed nutrition and food justice issues. Member were able to award $33,000 in grants to local nonprofits engaged in this work.

Last year's grant round, 2012-13, the membership tackled small business development and entrepreneurs. They were able to grant out $40,000! It's no secret that Fourth Generation is making a big splash in local philanthropy. Read about our most recent grant round and get excited!

How do I contribute?
Contribute online to the Fourth Generation Fund.  You may also contribute by check made out to Fourth Generation Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation.

Are there leadership opportunities?
There are opportunities to get involved in the leadership of the organization and develop additional skills by joining committees or the Advisory Board of the Fourth Generation Fund. 

How can I stay informed about Fourth Generation?
There are many ways to stay connected. You can join our email list, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on LinkedIN.

 
About Us

Fourth Generation is The Minneapolis Foundation's giving program for young professionals.

Members pool their gifts for greater impact. They select a focus for the year, then research the issue, solicit and review funding proposals, conduct site visits, and select organizations they believe would benefit most from their charitable support. Since it was launched in 2010, Fourth Generation members have contributed nearly $100,000 to local organizations addressing hunger youth homelessness, hunger and food injustice, and minority business development.

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