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Helping Emerging Entrepreneurs

Majdi Wadi's food products are nationally recognized and distributed. With immigration so closely-linked to Minnesota's economic vitality, The Minneapolis Foundation is committed to promoting constructive dialogue on the issue.

Brightening Our Future

Studies show that immigrant students graduate at the same rate as their native-born counterparts if they learn English. Tutors at HOPE Community help youngsters develop the skills they need to be successful in school.

Making a Difference: Community Grants

You can leave a gift to the Foundation to address changing community needs or a particular issue. The Minneapolis Foundation has provided funding to the Latino Economic Development Center to help hundreds of people through small business and community development efforts. Pictured is Mónica Romero, loan program coordinator.
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The Minneapolis Foundation works to promote constructive dialogue on the issue of immigration in Minnesota. In addition to our own reports, this page is designed to present a sampling of facts, articles, and publications.

  • 10.3% of the Twin Cities' population in 2008 was foreign born. 

  • 18,020 individuals emigrated to Minnesota from other countries in 2009.

  • Immigrant-owned businesses in Minnesota employ approximately 21,000 workers and generate sales and receipts of $2.2 billion.

  • Concordia University economist Bruce Corrie has calculated that Asian-Americans and Latinos in Minnesota account for approximately $7 billion in purchases annually.

  • By country of origin, the 15 largest groups of foreign born residents in Minnesota are: Mexico, Laos(including Hmong), India, Somalia, Vietnam, Canada, Ethiopia, Korea, Liberia, China, Thailand, Germany, former USSR/Russia, Kenya, and the Philippines.
     
     

For the fact sources please email us or call (612) 672-3853. For more facts about our community visit MN Compass or Wilder Foundation.


Please note that not all activities and issues featured are eligible for funding through our Community Grantmaking program. For more information visit our grant guidelines.

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