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Philanthropy in Focus

As we continue into the season of giving, we wanted to look back at guests whose work is centered around transforming systems and thinking critically about the power of philanthropy. Hear insights from our episodes featuring Jen Ford Reedy, Toya Randall, Isaiah Oliver, Vu Le, and Shannon Smith Jones.



The Ames Fund: A lasting legacy in Northfield

The Ames Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation was created to invest in the health, well-being, and vibrancy of the community of Northfield, Minnesota. The Minneapolis Foundation served as the philanthropic advisor by researching and articulating the issues and needs of the community.

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Tonya Allen

Tonya Allen, president of the McKnight Foundation, spoke with Chanda about building and sharing power, and how that relates to one’s ability to rewrite the rules. Tonya also addressed the idea of blending the lines between philanthropy and community.



The Power of Being Seen

The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota honored our Chief Impact Officer, Chanda Smith Baker, with the 2021 Mary Lee Dayton Catalyst for Change Award. Chanda’s acceptance speech inspired us, and so we wanted to share it with you.

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Responding to Emerging Needs through the OneMPLS Fund

Through the OneMPLS Fund, we have witnessed firsthand the power of a collective impact fund that can respond nimbly to community needs.

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2020-2021 Grantmaking Cycle

Explore Fourth Generation’s 2020-2021 grantmaking cycle, which focused on economic justice.



Fourth Generation Kick-Off Events

Fourth Generation’s 12th grantmaking cycle kicks off by sharing details on how to become a member and an opportunity to vote for this year’s grantmaking topic.

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Decolonizing Wealth

This book by Edgar Villanueva gives a provocative analysis of the racist colonial dynamics at play in philanthropy and offers practical advice on how anyone can be a healer.

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Jen Ford Reedy

The Bush Foundation’s President shares her thoughts about philanthropy’s role in transforming systems and the art of philanthropic strategy.


OneMPLS Fund

When a critical issue emerges, the OneMPLS Fund enables our community to join forces and respond nimbly. Learn more about how it works, the grantees it has supported, and how you can become a part of its impact.

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