OneMPLS Live! Our Planet – Your Legacy

1-4 p.m., May 18, 2017
Nicollet Island Pavilion

Minnesota has an abundance of natural resources, and we all have a role to play in protecting them. Join The Minneapolis Foundation and our partners at the McKnight Foundation for this OneMpls Live! event. The afternoon begins with a “speed dating” session where you can meet nonprofits that are creating green jobs, stewarding our water resources, reducing our carbon footprint, or driving policy change. A panel discussion follows, with local experts including Minnesota Public Radio Chief Meteorologist Paul Huttner, Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, and Ellen Anderson, Executive Director of the University of Minnesota Energy Transition Lab.

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Talk of the Stacks

June 13, August 17, October 5, and November 2
Pohlad Hall, Minneapolis Central Library

Literacy and the arts are cornerstones of a vibrant community, and The Minneapolis Foundation is committed to both. That’s why we’re partnering with Friends of the Hennepin County Library to present Talk of the Stacks, a reading series that connects extraordinary authors with a community of readers at the Library.

The 2017 Talk of the Stacks series features five provocative, vivid writers, including Lisa Ko, who examines immigration, borders and belonging in her prize-winning novel The Leavers, and veteran Star Tribune reporter Chris Riemenschneider, who will celebrate the launch of his new book, First Avenue: Minnesota’s Mainroom.

Talk of the Stacks kicks off in April. Check out the full list of events and authors here.


6th Annual Graze 4 Good

March 26, 2017
Surly Brewing Co.

Fourth Generation, a program of The Minneapolis Foundation, raised $22,500 to support local organizations focused on criminal justice reform at its annual Graze 4 Good fundraiser.

Graze 4 Good featured gourmet tastings made by eight of the region’s most in-demand chefs, as well as a silent auction, a photo booth, and delicious Surly brews. Held at the Surly Destination Brewery, Graze 4 Good drew more than 200 local leaders, emerging philanthropists, and other community members.

Check out photos from the event!

2017 Donor Welcome Dinner

January 12, 2017
Norway House

The Minneapolis Foundation held this special annual celebration to welcome individuals and families who have recently joined the Foundation’s donor community. Nearly 100 guests joined us at this year’s event, which featured a piano performance by MacPhail Center for Music student Jonathan Seaberg and food provided by The Sioux Chef.

View photos from the event.

Sambusa Sunday

November 13, 2016
Loring Park

In the face of threats during and after the election, many of our Somali neighbors have shared that they are also heartened by the support they are receiving from local residents. To thank those who are standing with them in very uncertain times, the Coalition of Somali American Leaders, with the support of The Minneapolis Foundation, hosted Sambusa Sunday, a neighborhood gathering with free sambusa and chai.

Friends and donors came out to Loring Park on a sunny fall evening to visit with neighbors and join in the work we have always done: bringing together people, resources, and ideas to build a stronger community. We will keep striving toward the ideal of OneMinneapolis – a place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, and where everyone is involved in the work of building a community we can all be proud of.


Family Stories... Precious Heirlooms

October 27, 2016
Continental Diamond

The Family Philanthropy Resource Center welcomed guests at Continential Diamond for an evening with Dr. Marshall Duke, a professor at Emory University who discussed the strong correlation between family storytelling and family resilience.

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MinnPost Quiz Live!

October 19, 2016
Modist Brewing Co.

MinnPost Quizmaster Andrew Minck and Minneapolis Foundation President & CEO R.T. Rybak led a pub trivia-style version of MinnPost’s weekly quiz, which is sponsored by The Minneapolis Foundation’s OneMpls Hub.

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OneMinneapolis Breakfast: Impact Investing

August 9, 2016
U.S. Bank Stadium


A capacity crowd turned out at U.S. Bank Stadium to hear Sasha Dichter, Chief Innovation Officer of Acumen Fund, share insights on the emerging field of impact investing. U.S. Bank Stadium was the perfect location for this topic, as the event featured highlights of how The Minneapolis Foundation makes a difference locally through impact investing in projects like the stadium. Following the program, guests saw those investments up close during a private tour of the stadium.


Meander in the Market

July 20, 2016
Midtown Global Market

People from all over Minneapolis and beyond gathered to mingle with friends and visit with Minneapolis Foundation CEO R.T. Rybak as they browsed the unique food offerings of the Market and enjoyed one of Minneapolis’ most distinctive gathering spots.



July 9, 2016

Local cyclists logged 4,505 bike sharing trips on Saturday, July 9, triggering donations to support community needs in the #TourDeNice.

The Minneapolis Foundation and Nice Ride teamed up to host the #TourDeNice, encouraging people to support local charities simply by hopping on a Nice Ride bike. For every Nice Ride trip taken in Minneapolis-Saint Paul on July 9, the Foundation pledged to donate $1 to local nonprofit organizations. Those funds – a total of $4,505 – will support the nonprofits represented by the top three riders in a special bike sharing challenge that was held on the morning of July 9 in downtown Minneapolis.

Thanks to the generosity of the community members who hopped on Nice Ride bikes, the Foundation is able to support the work that these local nonprofits are doing to address important needs in our community: Metro Meals On Wheels, NAMI Minnesota, and Think Small.

Learn more about the #TourDeNice here >


Somali Leaders Tell It Like It Is

June 16, 2016
The Minneapolis Foundation

Forced to flee because of civil war, Somali refugees have become one of the fastest growing communities in Minneapolis. Minnesota is home to the largest concentration of Somalis in the United States, and these new residents have countless success stories to share about how they’ve rebuilt their lives – launching small businesses, forming civic associations, and becoming active citizens in their new home. Yet challenges remain, including poverty, rising Islamophobia, and fears about extremism.

Local Somali leaders Hamse Warfa, Fartun Weli, and Mohamed Farah joined The Minneapolis Foundation at a OneMpls luncheon for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities facing Minnesota’s Somali community – and what the broader community can do to help.


Give 4 Good

June 15, 2016
Day Block Brewing

Give 4 Good is the final celebration of the Fourth Generation giving year. Think happy faces, warm celebration, and big Foamcore checks. We honored our 2016 grantees and posed for photo-ops with giant checks. It was pretty great.


Family Philanthropy Resource Center Launch Event

November 3, 2015
Room and Board Showroom

The Minneapolis Foundation launched the Family Philanthropy Resource Center with the help of Ron Lieber, the bestselling author of The Opposite of Spoiled. Lieber shared practical advice on turning discussions about money into opportunities to explore and deepen the values that families hold dearest.

View photos from the event.


Face Forward Futurist Conference

September 18, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center

Held in celebration of The Minneapolis Foundation’s Centennial, the Face Forward Futurist Conference drew more than 1,500 Twin Cities leaders and residents to learn about innovative approaches to some of the community’s biggest challenges and opportunities. The conference featured such thought-provoking speakers as physician Atul Gawande, physicist Michio Kaku, charity innovator Dan Pallotta, and longevity expert Dan Buettner. MPR host Kerri Miller served as the conference moderator, leading the day’s robust discussions. In addition, an array of local leaders shared their visions for the future during breakout sessions on community issues such as education, civic engagement, the arts, and economic vitality.

Learn more on our conference page.

The City at Sunset

September 17, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center

In honor of the generous individuals, families, and businesses who partner with The Minneapolis Foundation to make their giving go further, the Foundation hosted a special party for donors and other community partners on the eve of the Futurist Conference. Guests at The City at Sunset meandered the streets of Minneapolis, sipped local brews, sampled diverse fare, and enjoyed pop-up entertainment—all under the roof of the Minneapolis Convention Center. Then, in a surprise concert hosted by acclaimed Twin Cities actress Greta Oglesby, scores of musicians, singers, and dancers took the stage for a once-in-a-century performance celebrating the Foundation’s 100-year history. With special appearances by the University of Minnesota Marching Band, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, and many other talented local artists, the Concert of the Century was truly an evening to remember!


Questions & Reflections with Krista Tippett

April 13, 2015
On Being Studio

An intimate group of donors gathered in the beautiful studio space at On Being on Loring Park for Questions & Reflections with Krista Tippett! Our award-winning guest speaker led an inspiring discussion about the heritage of generosity with panelists Mike Ciresi and Jessica Warren Schaeppi. It was wonderful to see familiar and new faces from across generations come together for this meaningful evening. We invite you to take a peek at photographs from the event.


Painting the Future of Minneapolis

April 6 – 10, 2015
IDS Center Crystal Court

The Minneapolis Foundation kicked off a season of Centennial celebrations by inviting the community to step into the future of Minneapolis…literally. In a 48-hour live art marathon, award-winning local artist Shawn McCann created a massive 3D street painting that transformed the floor of the IDS Center’s Crystal Court into a vision of the city’s future. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges came to watch McCann at work, declaring April 6 Minneapolis Foundation Century Day. Once the painting was done, people from all over the community came downtown to become part of the art, stepping into the painting to take photos against this unique 3D backdrop.