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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.

We partner with individuals, families, and businesses to invest in creating strong, vibrant communities.
1,400
Charitable funds administered
$93M
Given in annual grants
4,400
Nonprofits supported

Testimonials

“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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        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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        Eric Anderson
        Director of Stewardship Meet Eric +
        Eric Anderson
        Director of Stewardship

        Eric is committed to providing an optimal experience for individuals, families, and organizations that partner with the Foundation. His responsibilities include overseeing donor-engagement programs and services, assisting fund advisors in achieving their charitable goals, and grant screening and selection. Before joining the Foundation in 2000, Eric held positions at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and Augsburg University. He believes that time with family, friends, and outdoors is time well spent.

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        Jenny Johnson
        Director, Family Philanthropy Resource Center Meet Jenny +
        Jenny Johnson
        Director, Family Philanthropy Resource Center

        Jenny partners with families to bring clarity, focus, passion, and strategy to their charitable giving. She joined the Foundation in 2015, bringing 13 years of fundraising experience, most recently as vice president of resource development at Aeon. She serves on the board of the Minnesota Council on Foundations and on committees for Project for Pride in Living and Our Lady of Peace. A lifelong Midwesterner, she spends her free time chasing her kids outside in the summer and playing broomball with her husband in the winter.

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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.

        Stephanie K. Donley, J.D.
        Philanthropic Advisor Meet Stephanie +
        Stephanie K. Donley, J.D.
        Philanthropic Advisor

        Steph, who joined the Foundation in 2018, enjoys supporting her donor families in achieving the greatest possible impact with their giving. She also serves as a charitable planning resource for attorneys, accountants, and financial advisors with philanthropic clients. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector in 2010, Steph spent more than 12 years in the financial services industry, most recently as a Trust Officer with U.S. Bank’s Private Client Group. She holds a B.A. in political science with a minor in philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago and a law degree from Hamline University School of Law. She is an active volunteer in her church community and serves on the alumni board of Mitchell Hamline Law School.

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        Susan Carter
        Executive Director, WCA Foundation Meet Susan +
        Susan Carter
        Executive Director, WCA Foundation

        Susan supports the integration of the recently transitioned WCA Foundation to a Signature Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, she was the executive director of the WCA Foundation for six years and held a variety of other roles in corporate and community philanthropy. Born and raised in Minneapolis, she holds a B.A. in psychology and a master’s degree in nonprofit management. Susan loves dogs and is at her best with her family by her side.

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