Investing in Our Community’s Future

We just 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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2015 Annual Report

It’s been a big year for the Minneapolis Foundation. Get all the facts and figures—plus stories from our 100-year history—in our 2015 annual report.

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A Century of Stories

See stories and pictures highlighting our 100-year history of innovative community building!

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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.

Community Buzz

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

A Breakthrough in Their Giving

Jeff and Marilyn Rivkin have always been thoughtful about their charitable giving. They’re quick to say they’re not major philanthropists, but they’ve always donated to the causes they care about …

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Teenagers Call the Shots in Grant Program to Fund Summer Camps

The Minneapolis Youth Congress has a motto: “No Decision About Us, Without Us.” “Decisions that are made in the city oftentimes aren’t made with youth,” said Mekhi Taylor, a freshman at Concordia University in St. Paul …

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New Donors Mingle with Artists at Annual Welcome Dinner

More than 100 guests gathered on Jan. 21 for the Minneapolis Foundation’s dinner for new donors. At this annual event, the Foundation welcomes families and individuals who have established a fund in the past year …

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The Minneapolis Foundation Awards More Than $4.9 Million in Community Grants

The Minneapolis Foundation has launched its second century of community building by awarding $4,937,900 in competitive grants for 2016 …

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Values Create the Career of a Lifetime

Dick McFarland’s parents grew up in two small towns in Iowa. They moved to Chicago where his father was in the investment business. During the Depression, his business went broke and the family came to Minneapolis …

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The Heart of Giving

When Peter and Karen Gabler got married, they had to start making a lot of decisions together, as all newlyweds do. Where would they spend holidays? Where did they want to send their kids to school? How much were they going to save for retirement …

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