Community Impact Through Grantmaking
The Minneapolis Foundation will serve as a leader, partner, and grantmaker to help create positive change in our community, ensuring everyone has the power to build a positive future for themselves, their families, and their communities.
We invest our unrestricted resources towards specific results in order to achieve social, economic, and racial equity.
Our Community Grantmaking supports efforts that address the structural causes of inequity to achieve the following key results with measurable outcomes for Minneapolis residents. To achieve the greatest impact, we fund a limited set of activities within three focus areas listed below.
OUR STRATEGIC FUNDING IN THREE FOCUS AREAS:
Education reform that enables all young people to learn and thrive is essential to individual well-being and regional prosperity.
Student Success - children are ready to enter school, stay on grade, and graduate prepared to thrive in their post-secondary education/vocation
Effective Public Education - our public school systems assure all children experience academic success
Community and Parent Engagement - parents, communities, and school systems work together toward shared goals
Read more about our goals for transforming education and the specific activities that are eligible to receive funding in this area.
PROMOTE ECONOMIC VITALITY
It is critical do develop pathways to help all Minnesotans move out of poverty and into active participation in our community which will improve the overall health and vitality of our region.
Stable Families - individuals and families have stable and affordable housing and are on the path to self-sufficiency
Prepared Workforce - a trained workforce exists to meet he demands of the economy
Community Wealth - job and small business creation is promoted
Read more about our goals for promoting economic vitality and the specific activities that are eligible to receive funding in this area.
BUILD SOCIAL CAPITAL
Systems and institutions should be representative and responsive to the communities they serve. Social problems are best solved when those affected participated in defining the challenges and finding solutions.
Communities Speak and Act for Themselves - under-represented communities have the capacity to act on their own behalf
Organizations are Prepared to Work Effectively with Communities - institutions are prepared to work with under-represented communities in new and more effective ways
- Leaders Are Effective in Advancing a Shared Vision - leaders utilize community assets to advance their shared vision