#1 for Minnesota Grantmaking

In the Minnesota Council on Foundation’s latest annual report on the state’s top 50 grantmakers, we topped the list for grants paid in-state in 2014.

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Investing in Our Community’s Future

We awarded more than $4.9 million to 81 organizations for work in 2016. Learn more about the nonprofits we support through our competitive grantmaking to strengthen and enhance the economic vitality, education, and civic engagement of the Twin Cities.

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A Century of Stories

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The Minneapolis Foundation

We bring together people, ideas, and resources to improve the lives of everyone. The Foundation is more than a grantmaker. We convene, collaborate, partner, invest, and advocate — that’s how we make a donor’s giving go further!

It’s a 100-year-old tradition — and we have big plans for the future.

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Make Your Giving Go Further

We are here to help you turn your passion into action.


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Our Community Impact

Our vision is of a greater Minneapolis that is vibrant, inclusive and positioned to thrive locally and compete globally. Through donor advised funds and competitive grants, we are investing in six key focus areas to help this vision come to life:

Arts & Culture

We are committed to sustaining our robust and diverse arts community. That commitment is reflected in the ranking of The Minneapolis Foundation as one of the largest funders of the arts in Minnesota.

Economic Vitality

We are working toward building an inclusive workforce, reflective of 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.

Environment & Conservation

Preserving our city’s rich river history and reducing our carbon footprint are two cornerstones of our community’s future. That’s why, on a monthly basis, the Foundation invests a quarter of a million dollars to support environmental causes.

Civic Engagement

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

Community Health

We are committed to building a healthy community where all people have access to critical necessities including excellent medical care, social services, stable housing and livable wages.


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.

Competitive Grantmaking

We are privileged to steward and invest gifts that have been entrusted to us throughout the past century
It’s our responsibility… and we take it very seriously.

We focus these resources on promoting social, economic and racial equity. We believe in realizing our community’s full potential, rather than simply resolving problems. Funding is available through a competitive process and the opportunities are targeted toward achieving a very select set of outcomes that bring us closer toward this vision.

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#1 for Minnesota Grantmaking

Every year, the Minnesota Council on Foundations issues a report on the state’s top 50 grantmakers. The 2014 Minnesota Annual Grantmaker Rankings, released in early 2016, include information on grants and assets of Minnesota’s largest foundations and corporate giving programs …

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Tech Grants Help High-Poverty Schools Get Wired for Learning

Keeping up with technology is a challenge for any school—but it can be especially tough for schools serving students from high-poverty communities. To lighten the burden, the Minneapolis Foundation has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to address technology needs at five high-performing schools …

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Supporting a Creative Economy – and the Emerging Artists Who Fuel It

Every spring, the Minneapolis College of Art & Design throws an exclusive art party to raise scholarship funds for students at the school …

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Fourth Generation Raises Nearly $20,000 for Charity at Graze 4 Good

Fourth Generation, a program of the Minneapolis Foundation, raised nearly $20,000 to support local organizations focused on mental health at its 5th annual Graze 4 Good fundraiser …

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Pint-Sized Philanthropy

The research is unequivocal: When children spend time doing good for other people, they grow up to be healthier, happier and more caring. Super-simple service projects like these can help parents and grandparents build a habit of kindness in even the smallest children …

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With Support from Foundation, EMS Academy Launches

A new Minneapolis Fire Department program will soon begin accepting applications to train a diverse group of young city residents as emergency medical technicians, helping trainees on the path to stable, rewarding careers while creating a pipeline of qualified candidates to provide needed medical services in the community …

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