OneMpls Live! Framing the Future of the Arts
November 9, 2017
More than 100 Foundation donors attended this OneMpls Live! event on challenges and opportunities in Minneapolis’ vibrant arts community. Guests met local arts nonprofits that are inspiring youth in school and beyond, heard from an expert panel of leaders from legacy institutions such as the Walker Arts Center and Guthrie Theater, and joined Minneapolis Foundation CEO R.T. Rybak for a conversation with arts patron Margaret Wurtele.
Talk of the Stacks
Pohlad Hall, Minneapolis Central Library
Literacy and the arts are cornerstones of a vibrant community, and The Minneapolis Foundation is committed to both. That’s why we partnered with Friends of the Hennepin County Library to present Talk of the Stacks, a reading series that connects extraordinary authors with a community of readers at the Library.
The 2017 Talk of the Stacks series featured five provocative, vivid writers, including Lisa Ko, who examines immigration, borders and belonging in her prize-winning novel The Leavers, and veteran Star Tribune reporter Chris Riemenschneider, who celebrated the launch of his new book, First Avenue: Minnesota’s Mainroom.
Gather 4 Good
September 27, 2017
Fourth Generation kicked off their 2018 giving season and voted to select affordable housing as their issue for the year!
Book It to the Parks
June 21, 2017
Public parks all over Minneapolis
We love reading, summer, Minneapolis parks, and Minnesota Public Radio! So we helped MPR throw Book It to the Parks, a midsummer read-a-thon!
On June 21, Minneapolis parks opened more than 50 new Little Free Libraries—a gift from The Minneapolis Foundation to local families in honor of MPR’s 50th anniversary. MPR hosts, local authors, and other guest readers celebrated by reading children’s books at story times in parks all over the city, from sunrise to sunset on summer’s longest day.
Give 4 Good
June 21, 2017
Shindig Event Space
Give 4 Good was the final celebration of the Fourth Generation giving year. Think happy faces, warm celebration, and giant checks. We honored our 2017 grantees and posed for photos with giant checks. It was pretty great.
OneMpls Live! Our Planet – Your Legacy
May 18, 2017
Nicollet Island Pavilion
Minnesota has an abundance of natural resources, and we all have a role to play in protecting them. More than 200 guests joined The Minneapolis Foundation and the McKnight Foundation for this OneMpls Live! event focusing on climate change, clean energy, and water conservation. Attendees heard from experts, “speed dated” 14 local nonprofits, and learned about opportunities to make a real impact at this unique convening. The afternoon featured an panel discussion with MPR Chief Meteorologist Paul Huttner, Executive Director Ellen Anderson of the University of Minnesota Energy Transition Lab, and Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith.
6th Annual Graze 4 Good
March 26, 2017
Surly Brewing Co.
Fourth Generation, a program of The Minneapolis Foundation, raised $22,500 to support local organizations focused on criminal justice reform at its annual Graze 4 Good fundraiser.
Graze 4 Good featured gourmet tastings made by eight of the region’s most in-demand chefs, as well as a silent auction, a photo booth, and delicious Surly brews. Held at the Surly Destination Brewery, Graze 4 Good drew more than 200 local leaders, emerging philanthropists, and other community members.
2017 Donor Welcome Dinner
January 12, 2017
The Minneapolis Foundation held this special annual celebration to welcome individuals and families who have recently joined the Foundation’s donor community. Nearly 100 guests joined us at this year’s event, which featured a piano performance by MacPhail Center for Music student Jonathan Seaberg and food provided by The Sioux Chef.
November 13, 2016
In the face of threats during and after the election, many of our Somali neighbors have shared that they are also heartened by the support they are receiving from local residents. To thank those who are standing with them in very uncertain times, the Coalition of Somali American Leaders, with the support of The Minneapolis Foundation, hosted Sambusa Sunday, a neighborhood gathering with free sambusa and chai.
Friends and donors came out to Loring Park on a sunny fall evening to visit with neighbors and join in the work we have always done: bringing together people, resources, and ideas to build a stronger community. We will keep striving toward the ideal of OneMinneapolis – a place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, and where everyone is involved in the work of building a community we can all be proud of.
Family Stories... Precious Heirlooms
October 27, 2016
The Family Philanthropy Resource Center welcomed guests for an evening with Dr. Marshall Duke, a professor at Emory University who discussed the strong correlation between family storytelling and family resilience.
OneMinneapolis Breakfast: Impact Investing
August 9, 2016
U.S. Bank Stadium
A capacity crowd turned out at U.S. Bank Stadium to hear Sasha Dichter, Chief Innovation Officer of Acumen Fund, share insights on the emerging field of impact investing. U.S. Bank Stadium was the perfect location for this topic, as the event featured highlights of how The Minneapolis Foundation makes a difference locally through impact investing in projects like the stadium. Following the program, guests saw those investments up close during a private tour of the stadium.
Meander in the Market
July 20, 2016
Midtown Global Market
People from all over Minneapolis and beyond gathered to mingle with friends and visit with Minneapolis Foundation CEO R.T. Rybak as they browsed the unique food offerings of the Market and enjoyed one of Minneapolis’ most distinctive gathering spots.
July 9, 2016
Local cyclists logged 4,505 bike sharing trips on Saturday, July 9, triggering donations to support community needs in the #TourDeNice.
The Minneapolis Foundation and Nice Ride teamed up to host the #TourDeNice, encouraging people to support local charities simply by hopping on a Nice Ride bike. For every Nice Ride trip taken in Minneapolis-Saint Paul on July 9, the Foundation pledged to donate $1 to local nonprofit organizations. Those funds – a total of $4,505 – will support the nonprofits represented by the top three riders in a special bike sharing challenge that was held on the morning of July 9 in downtown Minneapolis.
Thanks to the generosity of the community members who hopped on Nice Ride bikes, the Foundation is able to support the work that these local nonprofits are doing to address important needs in our community: Metro Meals On Wheels, NAMI Minnesota, and Think Small.
Somali Leaders Tell It Like It Is
June 16, 2016
The Minneapolis Foundation
Forced to flee because of civil war, Somali refugees have become one of the fastest growing communities in Minneapolis. Minnesota is home to the largest concentration of Somalis in the United States, and these new residents have countless success stories to share about how they’ve rebuilt their lives – launching small businesses, forming civic associations, and becoming active citizens in their new home. Yet challenges remain, including poverty, rising Islamophobia, and fears about extremism.
Local Somali leaders Hamse Warfa, Fartun Weli, and Mohamed Farah joined The Minneapolis Foundation at a OneMpls luncheon for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities facing Minnesota’s Somali community – and what the broader community can do to help.
Family Philanthropy Resource Center Launch Event
November 3, 2015
Room and Board Showroom
The Minneapolis Foundation launched the Family Philanthropy Resource Center with the help of Ron Lieber, the bestselling author of The Opposite of Spoiled. Lieber shared practical advice on turning discussions about money into opportunities to explore and deepen the values that families hold dearest.
Face Forward Futurist Conference
September 18, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
Held in celebration of The Minneapolis Foundation’s Centennial, the Face Forward Futurist Conference drew more than 1,500 Twin Cities leaders and residents to learn about innovative approaches to some of the community’s biggest challenges and opportunities. The conference featured such thought-provoking speakers as physician Atul Gawande, physicist Michio Kaku, charity innovator Dan Pallotta, and longevity expert Dan Buettner. MPR host Kerri Miller served as the conference moderator, leading the day’s robust discussions. In addition, an array of local leaders shared their visions for the future during breakout sessions on community issues such as education, civic engagement, the arts, and economic vitality.
The City at Sunset
September 17, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
In honor of the generous individuals, families, and businesses who partner with The Minneapolis Foundation to make their giving go further, the Foundation hosted a special party for donors and other community partners on the eve of the Futurist Conference. Guests at The City at Sunset meandered the streets of Minneapolis, sipped local brews, sampled diverse fare, and enjoyed pop-up entertainment—all under the roof of the Minneapolis Convention Center. Then, in a surprise concert hosted by acclaimed Twin Cities actress Greta Oglesby, scores of musicians, singers, and dancers took the stage for a once-in-a-century performance celebrating the Foundation’s 100-year history. With special appearances by the University of Minnesota Marching Band, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, and many other talented local artists, the Concert of the Century was truly an evening to remember!
Questions & Reflections with Krista Tippett
April 13, 2015
On Being Studio
An intimate group of donors gathered in the beautiful studio space at On Being on Loring Park for Questions & Reflections with Krista Tippett! Our award-winning guest speaker led an inspiring discussion about the heritage of generosity with panelists Mike Ciresi and Jessica Warren Schaeppi. It was wonderful to see familiar and new faces from across generations come together for this meaningful evening.
Painting the Future of Minneapolis
April 6–10, 2015
IDS Center Crystal Court
The Minneapolis Foundation kicked off a season of Centennial celebrations by inviting the community to step into the future of Minneapolis…literally. In a 48-hour live art marathon, award-winning local artist Shawn McCann created a massive 3D street painting that transformed the floor of the IDS Center’s Crystal Court into a vision of the city’s future. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges came to watch McCann at work, declaring April 6 Minneapolis Foundation Century Day. Once the painting was done, people from all over the community came downtown to become part of the art, stepping into the painting to take photos against this unique 3D backdrop.