Celebrating a Record Year of Giving

The Minneapolis Foundation broke $100 million in annual contributions for first time in our 102-year history.

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A Passion for Health and Wellness

Our donors care about many facets of health, from medical research to nutrition to culturally grounded approaches to healing. Read our blog to explore some of the many ways we invest in our community’s well-being.

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Investing in Our Community’s Future

We awarded nearly $5 million to 92 organizations for work in 2018. Learn more about the nonprofits we support through competitive grants to strengthen the economic vitality, education, and civic engagement of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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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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Investment returns on endowed assets, FY 2017

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.

Community Buzz

Learn the latest about upcoming events, community issues, community impact, and giving opportunities right here.

The Minneapolis Foundation Welcomes Six New Trustees

The Minneapolis Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of six new members to its Board of Trustees…

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An Approach to Health that Includes Body, Mind and Spirit

Philanthropy often begins with a deeply personal experience. This is especially true of people who give their time, talent and resources to support health-related issues…

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Fourth Generation Raises $22,000 for Affordable Housing at Graze 4 Good

Fourth Generation, a program of the Minneapolis Foundation, raised more than $22,000 to support local organizations focused on affordable housing at its 7th annual Graze 4 Good fundraiser…

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The Minneapolis Foundation celebrates record year of giving

The Minneapolis Foundation raised more than $100 million in charitable gifts during the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2018, a record for gifts made to the Foundation in a single year…

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6 Questions for Jakub Tolar

Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., is dean of the Medical School and interim vice president for Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota. We talked with him recently about his top priorities in his first year as dean, the biggest challenge facing medical schools today and why donors are crucial to…

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How We Give: A Conversation with Ron Poole

Ron Poole and his wife, Molly, have used their Donor Advised Fund at The Minneapolis Foundation to support a variety of organizations engaged in health care, medical research and social services in Minneapolis…

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Strategic Partnerships