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2022-2023 Annual Report

From Grantmaker to Changemaker

2022 Annual Report

Change is not an option in today’s fast-moving world. At the Minneapolis Foundation, we embrace that reality—because the pace of some of the changes we need in our community hasn’t been fast enough. Last year more than ever before, we pushed beyond traditional grantmaking to drive positive change in a variety of ways—from advocacy to convenings, impact investing, research, and more.

A Message from our CEO

R.T. Rybak reflects on how our role as a community foundation is evolving as we partner with people and organizations to cultivate change together.

Read his take
OneMPLS Fund

As a community foundation, we are committed to responsive giving that’s accessible to all. One way we achieve this is through our OneMPLS Fund. This collective impact fund targets 1-3 issues every year, enabling people across our community to join forces in response to urgent local needs. Currently, the OneMPLS Fund is focused on Fair and Affordable Housing.

View 2022-2023 highlights

Our Partners in Action

Our work is powered by our fundholders—individuals, families, and businesses who care about strengthening communities in Minnesota and beyond.

Here's a glimpse of how we partner with them:

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“When the focus of the OneMPLS Fund became housing, and we knew we could collaborate with others, and the money would go to local nonprofits working with people in local neighborhoods who need these services—it was just a logical thing to do.”
–Maureen Bazinet Beck, Fundholder

Maureen’s family worked with their Philanthropic Advisor to ignite community giving with a challenge grant to support affordable housing.
Read their story
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“The only way to close racial disparities is to close gaps in opportunity and economics. By doing that work, we can catalyze solutions that uplift all our communities.”
–Greg Cunningham, Omicron Boulé Member

Omicron Boulé partners with the Minneapolis Foundation to invest in young scholars. Their scholarship fund is one of 50 that we administer.
Watch their story
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“We wanted to be closer to community, we wanted to get more money out, and we wanted to deepen our relationships with nonprofit organizations so we could better support their work. The Minneapolis Foundation accomplished all the things that our members were asking for.”
–Erin Elliott, Advisory Board Member, WCA Foundation

Housed at the Minneapolis Foundation, the WCA Foundation is led by a group of women volunteers. Esperanza United is just one of the nonprofits they support.
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Tim and Jan at Here is MPLS event
“After the challenges Minneapolis has faced in the past few years, we imagined in our shared faith how to highlight inspiring people at the forefront of transformative change, amplifying their voices and creating a wave of hope and a ripple of constructive actions renewing and energizing the community. ”
–Tim and Jan Maudlin, Fundholders

Last year, the Maudlin and Mooty families teamed up with the Minneapolis Foundation to launch Here is MPLS.
Get inspired by this storytelling movement
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“I designed this program from scratch, and I 100% modeled it off my time in Fourth Generation.”
–Amy Podlesak, Giving Circle Alum

Find out how Amy launched a new giving circle for employees at Land O’Lakes.
Read her story
By the Numbers
2022-2023 Fiscal Year
Fundholders in our generous community
Given in grants
Competitive grant rounds
Community members engaged in competitive grantmaking
People and organizations supported
Of giving went to Minnesota-based organizations

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Learning Collaboratives

A new event series we launched last year provides our fundholders with opportunities to get closer to the issues they care about, from mental health to food justice.

View event playlist

Explore Our Stories

We published 26 stories and videos last year on our Learning Hub—a place where our whole community can learn and take action on important issues. We also launched a brand campaign to raise awareness of our role as a community foundation and how we partner with others to drive positive change.

A Look Ahead

We closed out 2023 by celebrating two huge wins for our community. In December, the EPA awarded $50 million to the Minneapolis Foundation—the largest grant in our history—for a program to fund environmental justice work in six Great Lakes states. We also partnered with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community to launch a new statewide grant program supporting educators as they teach students about Native American culture and history.

We are profoundly grateful to you, our partners, for your contributions to this work, and we look forward to sharing updates about these projects and more in 2024.