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Our customized giving solutions, community connections, and dedicated team make it easy to support the issues you’re passionate about. Whether you’re ready to establish a fund or give to a collective effort, we’re here to help you make an impact.

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“We’ve been blessed with resources, but with three kids, one thing we’re kind of short on is time. Both of us wanted to give locally, especially to smaller organizations. The Minneapolis Foundation helped us do that by researching nonprofits that are doing great work on issues we care about.”
–Jeremy and Tricia Hedberg
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“My wife and I established a Donor Advised Fund after we sold our company. Another option might have been to start a private foundation, but the complexity of that . . . no way. We didn’t need to complicate our lives, and yet we wanted to be helpful to our community.”
–Martin Peyer
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a Donor Advised Fund?

    Donor Advised Funds are among the most popular giving vehicles in the United States. Think of them as charitable investment funds that are designed to support the causes you care about.

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  • What is a Signature Fund?

    A Signature Fund is similar to a Donor Advised Fund, but is tailored specifically for funds seeking greater name recognition.

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    • What investment pools do you offer?

      We maintain a variety of investment pools designed to meet a range of philanthropic goals, time horizons, and risk tolerances. This includes our InvestMPLS initiative as well as long-term growth, social impact, balanced, short horizon, and money-market strategies.

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      Our Philanthropic Advisors are here to ensure your fund drives positive change for the issues you care about.

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        Amy Pfarr Walker Philanthropic Advisor Meet Amy +
        Amy Pfarr Walker
        Philanthropic Advisor

        Amy partners with the Foundation’s donors to bring their values to life through philanthropy. Amy joined the Foundation in 2022, bringing her nearly 25 years of nonprofit development and communications experience. She has worked with nonprofits focusing on human services, affordable housing and mental health, and values connecting donors to the collective impact they make on the challenges facing our community. Most recently, she served as Chief Advancement Officer at Washburn Center for Children. Amy received a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College and completed a Masters of Business Communications Certificate at the University of St. Thomas. Amy currently serves on the Advisory Council of A Christian Ministry in the National Parks. Outside work and chauffeuring her daughter, she enjoys time outdoors, hiking in the mountains, and planning her next travel adventure. 

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        Bill Sternberg Director, Business Development & Philanthropic Advisor Meet Bill +
        Bill Sternberg
        Director, Business Development & Philanthropic Advisor

        Bill works actively with existing and prospective donor families and their trusted advisors to articulate and carry out their charitable intent. Before joining the Foundation in 2002, Bill spent 16 years in the financial services industry with Citicorp in New York and Los Angeles, and with Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis. Bill holds a B.S. in entrepreneurship from Babson College. He currently serves on the board of Mission Animal Hospital, the first nonprofit full-service animal hospital and clinic in the nation.

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        Chris Beach Senior Vice President, Philanthropic Services Meet Chris +
        Chris Beach
        Senior Vice President, Philanthropic Services

        Chris oversees the Philanthropic Services department, partnering with the Foundation’s donors to help them achieve their charitable goals and increase their positive impact in the community. Before joining the Foundation in 2019, he was the president of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota’s Foundation and its chief development officer. As a key member of that organization’s senior leadership team, he was responsible for building financial resources to support greater organizational impact and visibility throughout Minnesota. He was also responsible for its property department and statewide volunteer program. Chris received a B.A. in English literature from Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota. A few years later, he returned to Saint Mary’s, where he earned a master’s degree in educational leadership.

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        Jenna Berneck Director of Business Development Meet Jenna +
        Jenna Berneck
        Director of Business Development

        Jenna Berneck helps manage the Foundation’s professional advisor program as the Director of Business Development. She has experience in a variety of roles including corporate business development, being an entrepreneur, and representing a multitude of nonprofits in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Jenna most recently managed philanthropy and informational programs for Minnesota organizations. She is very committed to equity work as an active executive team member for the Twin Cities Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Roundtable. Jenna lives in Minnetonka with her dog Olive Juice and loves to spend time at her cabin in the summers.

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        Maggie McCracken Philanthropic Advisor Meet Maggie +
        Maggie McCracken
        Philanthropic Advisor

        Maggie McCracken brings more than 20 years of experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She spent over a decade in marketing and strategic planning roles at Target Corporation. Most recently, she served as the CEO of The BrandLab, a nonprofit working to support talent of color by removing barriers to marketing and advertising careers in the Midwest. Maggie is passionate about connecting resources to propel missions. She’s a first-generation college graduate with a B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University. Maggie and her husband have two teenage daughters. Outside of work, Maggie loves being with family and friends, time outdoors, and quiet mornings with coffee.

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        Paul Odegaard Philanthropic Advisor Meet Paul +
        Paul Odegaard
        Philanthropic Advisor

        Paul strategizes with existing and prospective donors and their professional advisors to inspire impactful philanthropy. He also leads the Minneapolis Climate Action and Racial Equity Fund and Foundation partnerships related to social finance innovation and environmental justice. Before joining the Foundation in 2018, he spent seven years as a major gifts and planned giving officer at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media and five years in development at Macalester College, his alma mater. Outside of work, you can find him chasing his children, playing trumpet professionally, or walking his boxer, Greta.

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        Russell Betts Philanthropic Advisor Meet Russell +
        Russell Betts
        Philanthropic Advisor

        Russell has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising and alumni relations at major research universities. At the Foundation, he focuses on serving the charitable needs of corporate executives, their families, and the companies they lead. Russell came to the Foundation in 2016 from the University of Minnesota Foundation, where he served from 2013 to 2016 as a development officer for the university’s Department of Medicine. Prior to that, he spent a decade at the University of Wisconsin Foundation, where he served as director of development covering the Southern United States, then athletics, and eventually the Law School. He began his career as the director of diversity and assistant field representative for the Wisconsin Alumni Association. He holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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        Samuel Ndely II Philanthropic Advisor Meet Samuel +
        Samuel Ndely II
        Philanthropic Advisor

        Samuel joined the Minneapolis Foundation in 2022 as a Philanthropic Advisor. He works closely with donors to help them navigate the many causes that impact our community. Before joining the Foundation, he worked as a Business Consultant for Meda where he focused on supporting entrepreneurs of color to help them grow their businesses. Samuel then transitioned to the Center for Economic Inclusion (the Center) as the Director of Employer Inclusivity. He also served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships where he focused on maintaining and growing the Center’s relationships within both the public and private sector and within the community. Samuel is an entrepreneur himself and is very involved in the community. Samuel was born and raised in Minneapolis and is a proud Alum of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He currently lives in Brooklyn Park with his fiancée Cierra and their puppy Marley.

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