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We are a partner to thousands of donors and nonprofit organizations working to help us meet our aspiration: A just and vibrant Minnesota where all people and communities thrive.

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Grant Rounds Open August 8 - 29

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation will accept grant applications on our new grant portal, GranteeView.

To apply for a grant, all applicants will need to register for GranteeView. Registration is now open.

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Measuring Community Vitality

East Metro Pulse provides valuable data on East Metro residents’ perception of the health and vitality of Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties.

East Metro Pulse Volume 3 results are in! The interactive data book is free and available to anyone seeking comprehensive and meaningful data about the region.

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What is a Community Foundation?

No two community foundations are alike, because no two communities are exactly the same.

Community foundations bring together the financial resources of families, individuals and organizations who care about a specific place and then invest those resources back into the community.

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East Metro Main Street Revitalization Program

This grant program will distribute $7 million in grants to businesses and nonprofit organizations in the East Metro.

Grants will address economic development and redevelopment needs in the Snelling-University-Rice Cultural District, the East Side community and along West Seventh Street.

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Caring for Community

Jessica Lee Velasco is a mother, advocate and organizer who engages, encourages and empowers her community in Worthington, Minnesota.

"I want to do my part in cultivating a society where we are all seen, heard and represented,” Jessica says.

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Serving Our Community


Make the most impact with your charitable dollars. Learn why we are the choice partner for thousands of donors.

Professional Advisors

You can expect that we will take great care of your clients to ensure their unique giving visions are realized.


Through grants and partnership, we support innovative organizations across the state of Minnesota.

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Grant Opportunities

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation and our partners F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation will accept grant applications for our Building Community Capacity grants August 8 - 29.

We also offer grant programs with a rolling application date.

Our Impact


Combined charitable assets

The largest community foundation in the state


Grants given

To organizations, initiatives and projects in 2021


Minnesota counties

Organizations throughout the state received grants in 2020



To communities by the Foundation and our partners in 2021

See our impact in 2021

Stories From Our Community

Read Is a Donor Advised Fund Right For You?

Is a Donor Advised Fund with a Community Foundation Right For You?

Answers to the following six questions will determine if a donor advised fund may be right for you.

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Read Is a Planned Gift Right for You?

Have You Considered a Planned Gift?

Here’s what you should consider when making your long-term charitable giving plan.

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Read A Capacity for Change

Capacity for Change

Get to know Dr. Joseph Lee and how he creates a more diverse landscape around addiction and mental health at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

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Read Working with Nonprofits

Working with Nonprofits - An Auditor’s Perspective

Learn how auditor Cathy Lydon works with nonprofits and her tips for choosing an accountant.

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Read Strengthening Client Relationships

Strengthening Client Relationships

Learn how financial advisor Paul Dadlez partners with the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation to better support his clients in their giving.

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Read Investing in Local Entrepreneurs

Investing in Local Entrepreneurs

Learn how a Program Related Investment helped one entrepreneur support his dreams of being a business owner.

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Read Unique Partnership Provides Stability for Families Experiencing Homelessness

Unique Partnership Provides Stability for Families Experiencing Homelessness

Through an innovative partnership forged during the pandemic, Interfaith Action’s Project Home is housing families in Ramsey County.

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Read the Role of Investments 101

The Role of Investments 101

Learn how the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation deploys values-aligned practices to manage our investment portfolio.

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