Criminal Justice Reform

We are investing resources and supporting policies, research, advocacy, and convening around long-term systemic reform.

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Supporting Our Community

Learn about the actions we’re taking to navigate the emerging needs in our community.

Learn About the OneMPLS Fund

Conversations with Chanda

Our new podcast and event series is leading our community on a tough but revealing path of discovery and civic action.

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Reimagine Education

Our new report provides insight for educators, actions for policy makers, and practical tips for parents during this time of distance learning

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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.

Preparing Clients for the Certainty of Uncertainty

Empowering clients to live boldly and do good is at the heart of Steve Lear’s work as a financial planner. Especially in a year like 2020, that work matters.

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WCA Foundation joins forces with The Minneapolis Foundation

To advance its mission of serving women while continuing a long tradition of member engagement, the WCA Foundation will transition its operations and grantmaking to one of the nation’s oldest community foundations, becoming a Signature Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation…

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The Minneapolis Foundation Awards First Round of Safe Communities Grants

The Minneapolis Foundation announced the first round of grants from its Fund for Safe Communities, awarding $623,725 to 31 community-based groups that are using a broad spectrum of approaches and strategies to reduce violence in Minneapolis neighborhoods.

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The Minneapolis Foundation to Deploy an Additional $500,000 in Safe Communities Grants in Aftermath of George Floyd’s Death

Funding will support efforts to address systemic inequities and translate community anger into actions that repair the city.

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Statement on Police-Involved Death of George Floyd

Every day, we are painfully aware of the work that remains before we can say that we live in a just society. This week’s reminder cuts deep. We grieve with the family and friends of George Floyd, and we grieve with our community.

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The Minneapolis Foundation Awards Fourth Round of OneMPLS Pandemic Response Grants

These grants support regional efforts to address the economic impact of COVID-19, providing flexible resources to local organizations that serve communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

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Strategic Partnerships