Global City // Changing World

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
McNamara  Alumni Hall, University of Minnesota

Minneapolis is a global city. We’re home to global companies, global nonprofits, a global population and a community of generous people who give their time, talent and resources to efforts that help make life better for people around the world.

But what does that mean today, when globalism is increasingly challenged? How is our community working to address global issues? Are there ways we can work together to build a better future, both at home and abroad?

Global City // Changing World was an unprecedented event where more than 200 civic, business, nonprofit and philanthropic leaders came together to tackle these important questions and discover new opportunities to make a global impact.


Global City, Changing World

Fourth Generation 2018-2019 Kickoff

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
6-8 p.m.
New Rules

Bring your opinions, your values, and your voice to help Fourth Generation choose a topic for this year’s grantmaking. All guests in attendance will have the opportunity to vote on the topic they find the most compelling. This event will determine our focus for the year, so don’t miss it!

All are welcome! The strength of Fourth Generation depends on the people in the room, so please invite others to join us.

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Healing from Trauma:
Tips & Techniques for Resilience

August 9, 2018
St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church

The Catalyst Initiative at The Minneapolis Foundation and Marnita’s Table presented a unique opportunity to explore holistic, integrative practices to address trauma and develop resilience, both individually and in collaboration with others. Breakout sessions covered a range of topics, including: meditation and mindfulness practices, culturally inclusive strategies and approaches for addressing inter-generational, primary and secondary trauma, and institutional challenges to healing and wellness.

Download our event guide for more information.

Bantu Drum Circle

7th Annual Graze 4 Good

Sunday, April 15

Fourth Generation, a program of The Minneapolis Foundation, raised $22,500 to support local organizations focused on affordable housing 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 Aria, Graze 4 Good drew more than 325 local leaders, emerging philanthropists, and other community members.

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Building a Healthy Community

March 29, 2018
Lumber Exchange Event Space

The Minneapolis Foundation was proud to host this opportunity to learn about the power and potential for culturally grounded efforts to advance community health and well-being.

Our keynote speaker Penny George, a national leader in the effort to transform health care through the principles and practices of integrative medicine, shared insights from her work, and that of the George Family Foundation, on this important issue.

2018 Donor Welcome Dinner

January 18, 2018
Minneapolis Events Center

The Minneapolis Foundation held this special annual celebration to welcome individuals and families who have recently joined the Foundation’s donor community.

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Connect to Create OneMinneapolis

January 16, 2018
Minneapolis Event Center

More than 200 partners joined us for this networking event to learn about our competitive grantmaking and connect with others who work to make Minneapolis better for everyone.

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OneMpls Live! Framing the Future of the Arts

November 9, 2017
Orchestra Hall

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.

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Talk of the Stacks

April–November 2017
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.

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Gather 4 Good

September 27, 2017
New Rules

Fourth Generation kicked off their 2018 giving season and voted to select affordable housing as their issue for the year.

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Book It to the Parks

June 21, 2017
Public parks all over Minneapolis

We love reading, summer, Minneapolis parks, and Minnesota Public Radio! That’s why we teamed up with MPR for 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.

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Give 4 Good

June 21, 2017
Shindig Event Space

Give 4 Good was the final celebration of Fourth Generation‘s 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.

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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.

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Sambusa Sunday

November 13, 2016
Loring Park

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.

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Family Stories... Precious Heirlooms

October 27, 2016
Continental Diamond

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.

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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.

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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.

Learn more about the #TourDeNice >

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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.

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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.

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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.

Learn more on our conference page >

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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!

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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.

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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.

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