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"I know several people—across all of the corridors of the Main Street program supports—who got these funds, and it's critical."
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Great Lakes Partnership Selected as Regional Grantmaker in New EPA Program

The Minneapolis Foundation, in partnership with the Midwest Environmental Justice Network, NDN Collective, and RE-AMP Network, has been selected as a grantmaker in its new Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking program.

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Education

The Minnesota Principals Survey: Data worth having

Read this article in the Star Tribune written by our Vice President of Collective Impact and Giving, Patrice Relerford, about the Minnesota Principals Survey.

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Education

A Powerful Approach to Reading

Through partnership with Minneapolis Foundation staff, two of our fundholders, Liz and Van Hawn, used their Donor Advised Fund to help Groves Literacy Partnerships launch an exciting new pilot project to help struggling students get on track with reading.

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Education

Investing in Leadership and Literacy

Our approach to our education work is multi-pronged, mixing research, grants, advocacy, and partnerships. In listening to our partners, we have identified two themes that organize much of our work today: Leadership and literacy.

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Criminal Justice

Fostering Resilience Grant Round

The Fund for Safe Communities is now accepting applications for grants that foster resilience. We will support programs and activities that offer prevention, intervention, restoration, and resilience-oriented services to people in Minneapolis, with a focus on youth and young adults.

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Education

Creating Pathways for Educators

The Minneapolis Foundation is proud to support the MPS + St. Thomas Teacher Residency through our Reimagine Education initiative. Watch this video and see the important work being done to break down barriers for staff in Minneapolis Public Schools.

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Civic Leadership

GRAZE 4 GOOD TO SPOTLIGHT LOCAL NONPROFITS FOCUSED ON HOUSING EQUITY

Fourth Generation fundraiser will be held April 18 at La Doña Cervecería. Grab your tickets now for Graze 4 Good, the annual fundraiser of the Minneapolis Foundation’s Fourth Generation giving circle.

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Civic Leadership

Learning Collaborative – Downtown Next

Check out this video to learn more about what’s happening now with downtown Minneapolis, plans that are already underway, and new ideas for rethinking downtown as a place that works for everyone.

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Economic Mobility

SUPPORTING THE ECONOMIC VISIONS OF MINNESOTANS

See how the Main Street grants are helping communities in Minneapolis and nearby suburbs build for the future.

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Economic Mobility

Building for the Future

The projects and businesses fueled by Main Street Economic Revitalization grants provide a diverse array of services that reflect the needs of their neighborhoods and the dreams of the Minnesotans behind them.

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Art & Culture

Funding to Preserve Black History

A Racial and Economic Justice grant helps Memorialize the Movement preserve murals made after George Floyd’s murder.

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Art & Culture

Community radio station honored by Here is MPLS

Congratulations to KRSM and the 12 other people, projects, and organizations honored by Here is MPLS! Check out this story featured on Fox 9.

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Curious about Art & Culture?

The arts are essential to who and what we are in Minnesota. We are committed to ensuring that the arts remain a strength in our state and are accessible to all communities.

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Civic Leadership

GRAZE 4 GOOD TO SPOTLIGHT LOCAL NONPROFITS FOCUSED ON HOUSING EQUITY

Fourth Generation fundraiser will be held April 18 at La Doña Cervecería. Grab your tickets now for Graze 4 Good, the annual fundraiser of the Minneapolis Foundation’s Fourth Generation giving circle.

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Civic Leadership

Learning Collaborative – Downtown Next

Check out this video to learn more about what’s happening now with downtown Minneapolis, plans that are already underway, and new ideas for rethinking downtown as a place that works for everyone.

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Curious about Civic Leadership?

Communities are stronger when everyone participates in public discussion and decision-making about issues that affect their lives and our society as a whole. Explore how we partner with others to foster civic engagement, discourse, and advocacy.

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Climate & Environment

2024 Climate Action and Racial Equity Grants

We are pleased to announce that the Minneapolis Climate Action and Racial Equity Fund is now accepting applications for its next round of grants.

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Climate & Environment

Minnesota’s Water – A Call for Bold Ideas and Collective Action

The Water Project is about getting everyone who cares about our water – leaders in science, academia, government, business, and across our community – to shape bold strategies for sustainability.

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Curious about Climate & Environment?

Our world is big and none of us can protect it alone, especially given the climate crisis we face. Learn more about how we are bringing diverse communities together to take action for climate justice.

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Criminal Justice

Fostering Resilience Grant Round

The Fund for Safe Communities is now accepting applications for grants that foster resilience. We will support programs and activities that offer prevention, intervention, restoration, and resilience-oriented services to people in Minneapolis, with a focus on youth and young adults.

Read Story

Criminal Justice

Understanding the Landscape of Criminal Convictions

The Minneapolis Foundation supported a newly released study from the University of Minnesota's Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice that covers the multifaceted consequences of a criminal conviction in Minnesota, including the financial obligations that come post-conviction.

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Curious about Criminal Justice?

We are committed to dismantling the pervasive racial inequities of our society’s criminal legal system. Explore the ways we are pursuing justice, equity, and healing.

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Economic Mobility

SUPPORTING THE ECONOMIC VISIONS OF MINNESOTANS

See how the Main Street grants are helping communities in Minneapolis and nearby suburbs build for the future.

Read Story

Economic Mobility

Building for the Future

The projects and businesses fueled by Main Street Economic Revitalization grants provide a diverse array of services that reflect the needs of their neighborhoods and the dreams of the Minnesotans behind them.

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Curious about Economic Mobility?

Our economic systems should be fair and position everyone to achieve financial stability and build wealth. Learn how we support efforts to stabilize communities and dismantle inequities in our economy.

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Education

The Minnesota Principals Survey: Data worth having

Read this article in the Star Tribune written by our Vice President of Collective Impact and Giving, Patrice Relerford, about the Minnesota Principals Survey.

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Education

A Powerful Approach to Reading

Through partnership with Minneapolis Foundation staff, two of our fundholders, Liz and Van Hawn, used their Donor Advised Fund to help Groves Literacy Partnerships launch an exciting new pilot project to help struggling students get on track with reading.

Read Story

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Curious about Education?

We need to build an education system that works for each and every child. Through research, learning collectives, grantmaking, co-investment, and more, we are pursuing equity in education.

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Health & Wellness

A Signature Fund Fuels Efforts to End Domestic Violence

A grant from the WCA Foundation honors the creativity and responsiveness of Esperanza United.

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Economic Mobility

Ensuring Women Survive and Thrive

The WCA Foundation awarded grants to 18 organizations focused on meeting the fundamental needs of women through economic stability, education, shelter, safety, and health programs and initiatives.

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Curious about Health & Wellness?

Explore our resources to better understand the importance of self-care, trauma healing, and wellness.

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