Our Impact: 2020 Organizational Effectiveness Grants

These grants will help local nonprofits invest in the kinds of business tools and infrastructure that are critical to any well-run organization. Too often, these needs are underfunded, and they become an enormous barrier to impactful work. With these grants, we are proud to help our nonprofit partners increase their capacity to provide critical services and do innovative work in our community.

Recipients will use their grants to invest in one or more of the following areas:





“The Kitchen of Opportunities provides high-quality meals to our senior neighbors while keeping food costs low for our local network of Meals on Wheels programs. We’re grateful for The Minneapolis Foundation’s support to ensure the future sustainability of this project.”
- Patrick Rowan, Executive Director, Metro Meals on Wheels

356 Applications

During this grant round, we received 356 applications.

“We will use this funding to implement a program evaluation model to measure the true impact of our youth programs. Our new evaluation strategy will not only allow us to reach and teach more youth, more effectively; it will also create a pipeline for a longitudinal study that will inform the long-term outcomes of our youth development, boxing, and nutrition programs.”
- Ryan Burnet, Founder, Northside Boxing Club

“The nonprofit sector can and must deliver highly responsive, quality services. With this award, we will be able to pursue accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.”
- Jesse Bethke Gomez, Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Independent Living

117 Grants

117 grants were awarded totaling $2,990,897. Our average grant was $25,500.

“This grant will help us position ourselves for the future. Supporting us as we plan for a leadership transition will help us ensure that the programs and services we provide to the Latino community continue smoothly and without interruption.”
- Eloisa Echavez, Executive Director, La Oportunidad

Grant Recipients

  • African American Leadership Forum
  • African Community Services
  • African Development Center of Minnesota
  • African Immigrants Community Services
  • Ain Dah Yung (Our Home) Shelter, Inc.
  • All Square
  • American Indian OIC
  • Asian American Organizing Project
  • At Home Group Inc – Small Sums
  • Augsburg University
  • Babys Space – A Place to Grow
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities
  • Black Table Arts (Fiscally Sponsored: St Paul Almanac)
  • Black Visions Collective
  • Casa de Esperanza
  • Center for Economic Inclusion
  • Center for Multicultural Mediation
  • Centro Tyrone Guzman
  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • Circle of Discipline
  • Citizens League
  • CloseKnit
  • Coalition of Asian American Leaders
  • Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Accion Latina
  • Connections to Independence
  • Cookie Cart
  • CornerHouse Interagency Child Abuse Evaluation and Training Center
  • Cultural Wellness Center
  • Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
  • Dream of Wild Health
  • El Colegio Charter High School
  • Elder Voice Family Advocates
  • Elpis Enterprises
  • Energy CENTS Coalition
  • FairVote Minnesota Foundation
  • Family Tree
  • FamilyWise Services
  • Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
  • Frank Theatre
  • Gender Justice
  • Great Plains Institute
  • Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
  • Green Card Voices
  • Guadalupe Alternative Programs
  • Hiawatha Academies
  • Hmong American Partnership
  • HOME Line
  • House of Charity, Inc.
  • Housing Justice Center
  • Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
  • Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Jewish Community Relations Council
  • Joyce Preschool
  • JustUs Health
  • Juxtaposition Arts
  • La Oportunidad
  • Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota
  • LatinoLEAD (fiscally sponsored by Minneapolis Foundation)
  • Legal Rights Center
  • Little Earth Residents Association
  • Loaves and Fishes Too
  • Loppet Foundation
  • Metro Meals on Wheels
  • Metropolitan Center for Independent Living
  • Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing
  • Midtown Greenway Coalition
  • Minneapolis American Indian Center
  • Minneapolis Television Network
  • Minneapolis Urban League
  • Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration
  • Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition
  • Minnesota Freedom Fund
  • Minnesota Home Ownership Center
  • Minnesota Voice
  • Mixed Blood Theatre Company
  • Montessori Training Center of Minnesota
  • Native American Community Clinic
  • Navigate MN
  • Nawayee Center School
  • Nexus Community Partners
  • Northside Boxing Club Inc
  • Northside Economic Opportunity Network
  • Northside Funders Group (fiscally sponsored by Minneapolis Foundation)
  • OutFront Minnesota Community Services
  • Partnership Resources
  • Pillsbury United Communities
  • Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
  • Plymouth Christian Youth Center
  • Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association
  • Powderhorn Residents Group, Inc.
  • Prepare + Prosper
  • Propel Nonprofits
  • Ready, Set, Smile
  • Reclaim
  • Red Eye Collaboration
  • Restorative Justice Community Action
  • Reve Academy
  • Reviving Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment
  • SEWA- Asian Indian Family Wellness
  • Soo Visual Arts Center
  • St. Paul Transportation Management Organization DBA Move Minnesota
  • The Advocates for Human Rights
  • The Aliveness Project
  • The Link
  • The SEAD Project
  • Tiwahe Foundation
  • Tubman
  • Twin Cities Media Alliance
  • Upstream Arts Inc.
  • Urban Homeworks
  • Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation
  • Way to Grow
  • Wayside House
  • WE WIN Institute, Inc.
  • Women for Political Change Political Action Fund
  • Youthprise

Learn More

The Minneapolis Foundation awards nearly $3 million in Organizational Effectiveness grants

Funding will enable 117 organizations to invest in fundraising, leadership, communication and evaluation.

Read More