Conversations with Chanda

Save the date! Wednesday, May 22

“Conversations with Chanda” is an event series hosted by Chanda Smith Baker, The Minneapolis Foundation’s Senior Vice President of Community Impact. Chanda has over 20 years of experience working in, for, and with underestimated communities. Through events like Conversations with Chanda, The Minneapolis Foundation is leading our community on a tough but revealing path of discovery and civic action.


Conversations with Chanda


Eighth-Annual Graze 4 Good

Sunday, April 14
Lumber Exchange Event Center

Graze 4 Good celebrates the Twin Cities’ rich culinary community while addressing critical local needs. This unique fundraiser supports Fourth Generation, a program of The Minneapolis Foundation for emerging philanthropists. All proceeds from Graze 4 Good go directly to grantmaking around this year’s issue: Place-based disparities.

Graze  4 Good

2019 Donor Welcome Dinner

January 24, 2019
Minneapolis Events Center

Each year, we host a special annual celebration to welcome individuals and families who have recently joined the Foundation’s donor community. It’s a great way for donors to learn more about the impact they help create in our community.

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R.T. Rybak speaking

Global City // Changing World

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
McNamara  Alumni Hall, University of Minnesota

Minneapolis is a global city. We’re home to global companies, global nonprofits, a global population and a community of generous people who give their time, talent and resources to efforts that help make life better for people around the world.

But what does that mean today, when globalism is increasingly challenged? How is our community working to address global issues? Are there ways we can work together to build a better future, both at home and abroad?

Global City // Changing World was an unprecedented event where more than 200 civic, business, nonprofit and philanthropic leaders came together to tackle these important questions and discover new opportunities to make a global impact.


Global City, Changing World

Healing from Trauma:
Tips & Techniques for Resilience

August 9, 2018
St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church

The Catalyst Initiative at The Minneapolis Foundation and Marnita’s Table presented a unique opportunity to explore holistic, integrative practices to address trauma and develop resilience, both individually and in collaboration with others. Breakout sessions covered a range of topics, including: meditation and mindfulness practices, culturally inclusive strategies and approaches for addressing inter-generational, primary and secondary trauma, and institutional challenges to healing and wellness.

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Bantu Drum Circle

Seventh-Annual Graze 4 Good

Sunday, April 15

Fourth Generation, a program of The Minneapolis Foundation, raised $22,500 to support local organizations focused on affordable housing 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 Aria, Graze 4 Good drew more than 325 local leaders, emerging philanthropists, and other community members.

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Building a Healthy Community

March 29, 2018
Lumber Exchange Event Space

The Minneapolis Foundation was proud to host this opportunity to learn about the power and potential for culturally grounded efforts to advance community health and well-being.

Our keynote speaker Penny George, a national leader in the effort to transform health care through the principles and practices of integrative medicine, shared insights from her work, and that of the George Family Foundation, on this important issue.

2018 Donor Welcome Dinner

January 18, 2018
Minneapolis Events Center

The Minneapolis Foundation held this special annual celebration to welcome individuals and families who have recently joined the Foundation’s donor community.

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Photo from 2018 New Donor Dinner

Connect to Create OneMinneapolis

January 16, 2018
Minneapolis Event Center

More than 200 partners joined us for this networking event to learn about our competitive grantmaking and connect with others who work to make Minneapolis better for everyone.

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Photo of Connect to Create