Our Main 2016 Competitive Grant Round Opens Soon!

Preview forms for 2016 Letters of Inquiry are now available on our How to Apply page.

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Foundation Names New President and CEO

We’re thrilled to announce that R.T. Rybak will serve as The Minneapolis Foundation’s seventh CEO and President.

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#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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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.

Building a Company, with Help from a Loan

LaMont Bowens has always had a passion for construction. By the time he was 19, he was renovating houses in Michigan, where he grew up. When he moved to Minnesota, he started as a carpenter working for big general contractors like Knutson and Mortenson…

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6 Reasons You Need a Philanthropic Advisor on Your Team

Your clients already have lawyers, accountants, and investment advisors. For many of them—especially those with complex business needs—each advisor plays an important role on the professional “team.” But many clients (and advisors!) benefit enormously from the addition of one more player to the roster…

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R.T. Rybak Named CEO and President of The Minneapolis Foundation

The Board of Trustees of The Minneapolis Foundation announced today that R.T. Rybak will become the seventh CEO/President in the Foundation’s history…

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Join Us for the #TourDeNice!

Break away from the pack and join The Minneapolis Foundation and Nice Ride Minnesota for the #TourDeNice – a bike sharing challenge! The Foundation is committed to fostering a culture of generosity in our community. To encourage everyone to get involved, we’re launching the #TourDeNice…

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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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