Our Impact: 2017 Competitive Grants

In our main competitive grant round, The Minneapolis Foundation awarded more than $4.9 million to 87 organizations for 2017. Learn more about our three focus areas and the local nonprofits we’re supporting to build OneMinneapolis, a community where racial, social, and economic equity is a daily reality for everyone:

Grantmaking Focus: Education

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.

"The Organizing and Leadership Institute, a signature project of NACDI, is a nine-week training for emerging American Indian leaders. With support from The Minneapolis Foundation, we’re striving to expand it into an institute that can support the Native person long term in their leadership."

Robert Lilligren, President and CEO
Native American Community Development Institute
2017 grant recipient

Grantmaking Focus: Economic Vitality

We are working to build an inclusive workforce that reflects 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.

"Our grant will allow us to start a new commercial sewing program for the immigrants we work with. There’s a large demand for workers with sewing skills, and these are skills that people can obtain without being fluent in English."

Amal Abdalla, President and CEO
Somali Success School
2017 grant recipient

Grantmaking Focus: Civic Engagement

We are fostering a community where everyone is encouraged and motivated to participate in the democratic process and public decision-making.

"This grant is essential to Reading Partners as we seek to serve more students in our second year of operation in the Twin Cities. The need is urgent—state data shows that less than half of all third graders, and less than a quarter of those living in poverty, are reading at grade level in Minneapolis Public Schools.”

Karen Casanova, Executive Director
Reading Partners Twin Cities
2017 grant recipient

Read the complete list of nonprofit organizations that we’re funding in our current grant round in each of our three focus areas: