Investing in Tomorrow

Our Organizational Effectiveness grants will help 117 of our nonprofit partners increase their capacity to provide critical services and do innovative work in our community.

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Graze 4 Good

Join us for a culinary adventure featuring great food, a great cause, and a chance to connect with some of our community’s best chefs.

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Conversations with Chanda

At our next Conversations with Chanda live event, Chanda will talk with prominent anti-racist writer and educator, Tim Wise.

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


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Investment returns, long-term growth portfolio, FY 2019

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

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The Minneapolis Foundation awards nearly $3 million in Organizational Effectiveness grants

The Minneapolis Foundation will award nearly $3 million in Organizational Effectiveness grants to nonprofit organizations that work to improve lives and advance equity in greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul. 117 organizations will receive anywhere from $4,500 to $50,000 to expand their capacity through strategic investments in fundraising, leadership, communication and evaluation.

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The Minneapolis Foundation partners with Pillsbury United Communities on long-term recovery for Drake Hotel fire survivors

The Minneapolis Foundation will distribute $250,000 from the Minnesota Helps – Drake Hotel Fire Recovery Fund to Pillsbury United Communities (PUC) to help fund short-term and long-term housing solutions for those affected by the fire. Every dollar will go towards recovery needs. “With a history of partnering with the Foundation…

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Minnesota Helps – Drake Hotel Fire Recovery Fund Q&A

The following provides key details about the Minnesota Helps – Drake Hotel Fire Recovery Fund. All donations made to the fund will go directly to support the immediate and long-term needs of the individuals and families impact by the fire. The Minneapolis Foundation is not charging a fee for administration…

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Minnesota Helps Fund Continues to Distribute Resources to Support Survivors of the Drake Hotel Fire

As of noon on New Year’s Eve, The Minneapolis Foundation has distributed $133,000 from the Minnesota Helps – Drake Hotel Fire Recovery Fund to support the immediate and long-term needs of survivors of the fire. “As a community foundation, we are positioned to reach out to the broad community during…

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Minnesota Helps Fund Addresses Immediate and Long-Term Needs of Survivors of Drake Hotel Fire

Since The Minneapolis Foundation activated the Minnesota Helps – Drake Hotel Fire Recovery Fund the evening of Christmas Day, more than 2,500 generous Minnesotans and companies have contributed $390,000 to support the survivors of the Drake Hotel fire. Within the first 24 hours of launching the fund, distribution of dollars…

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Update on Francis Drake Hotel Fire

December 29 Fundraising UpdateAs of 8:45 am Sunday, we have received nearly $315K in donations. We are grateful for the incredible support offered by neighbors, concerned citizens, and corporations who are stepping up in the immediacy of the crisis. Thank you to Daniel and the staff at the…

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