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A Culture
of Generosity

Philanthropic Business Solutions
Employees from Toro Company planting trees

Begin your organization’s tradition of generosity with our tailored giving solutions. We’ll create a giving strategy that aligns with your goals and corporate culture—enhancing your brand and showing your commitment to the community that sustains you.

The Benefits

giving plan

Whether your company wants to support a few worthy causes, dedicate a percentage of profits to charity, or create a full grant-making program, our giving solutions will help accomplish your goals.


Philanthropy is a powerful way to broadcast your values—we’ll help your company find the opportunities that express what you stand for.


Show your team you care
by providing them with opportunities to give back
to their community.

What We Offer

Our team of Philanthropic Advisors will work closely with your organization’s leadership to determine the best opportunities for your business. They then guide you in creating and executing a charitable strategy that fits with your values, goals, and culture.

Employee Giving Programs

From matching grants to giving circles, we help companies large and small engage employees in giving back together.

Grant Management

For companies with full-scale, grant-making programs, we offer expert, cost-efficient, back-end administration, including application review and grant oversight.

Employee Assistance Funds

We’ll equip your organization with the right tools so you can be there for your team when they need you most.

Donor Advised Funds

Attract and retain talented leaders by embedding these charitable incentives in your executive compensation packages.

A Few of the Organizations We Partner With


Amy Dahl headshot
“Our people are the key to our success at The Toro Company. In 2005, we partnered with Ken Melrose, our then retiring Chairman and CEO, to establish a unique fund to help our employees and their extended families in times of critical financial need. Unexpected hardships can happen to any of us at any time and with the COVID-19 pandemic this past year has been especially difficult for many. We are grateful for our long-standing partnership with the Minneapolis Foundation and the resources and support they provide to help us assist our employees during their times of greatest need.”
–Amy Dahl
Vice President, Human Resources and General Counsel
Rick Gage Headshot
“From innovative program discussions to thoughtful individual case support, the Minneapolis Foundation has been an ideal partner in developing and managing our Carlson Cares fund. As recently shown by facilitating hundreds of grants to our colleagues most negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, they understand our Culture of Caring and are always ready to help our employees when they need it most.”
–Rick Gage
Chair of Carlson
“I wanted to be able to support causes that our employees think are good causes. The Minneapolis Foundation helped us think about charitable giving in an organized way.”
–Larry Lukis
Founder of Proto Labs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is my business too small (or too large) to benefit from a partnership with the Minneapolis Foundation?

    No—we work with companies of all sizes! Our current partners include local, family-owned businesses as well as multinational corporations with employees all over the world.

  • How does a Corporate Fund differ from a Donor Advised Fund?

    A Donor Advised Fund is one tool in our toolbox. For some businesses and executives, it’s just the ticket, either alone or embedded within a larger package of philanthropic services. We’ll gladly work with you to create the corporate giving solution that’s exactly right for your business.

Get Started

We’d love to partner with you and create a giving plan that supports your organizations’s goals.

Contact us