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Who We Are

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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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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Preserving Language and Culture

Ojibwe language and culture are at the center of programming at the Boys & Girls Club of the Leech Lake Area.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Leech Lake Area serves over 1,200 Indigenous youth ages 5-18 from three northern Minnesota communities: Cass Lake, Walker and Deer River.


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.

East Metro Pulse Volume 3 Cover

Redefining What Equity Looks Like

Entrepreneur and Foundation board member Alex West Steinman embraces equity and accessibility with her work.

Watch this upbeat and insightful interview to see how Alex has dedicated her career to establishing safe, open and supportive environments.


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.

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

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Stories From Our Community

Read How to Support Your Nonprofit Clients

How to Partner with the Foundation to Support Your Nonprofit Clients

Learn audit director Cathy Lydon’s tips for fellow advisors when working with nonprofits.

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Read Redefining What Equity Looks Like

Redefining What Equity Looks Like

Entrepreneur and Foundation Board Member Alex West Steinman is embracing equity and accessibility with her work.

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Read The Gift of Cryptocurrency

The Gift of Cryptocurrency

Here’s how to make virtual currency part of your charitable giving plan.

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Honoring Kao Ly Ilean Her's Legacy

Honoring Kao Ly Ilean Her's Legacy

Hnub Tshiab - Hmong Women Achieving Together honors one of its founders by establishing an endowment fund.

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Read Caring for Community

Stories From Across Minnesota: Caring for Community

Jessica Lee Velasco is a mother, advocate, leader, organizer and activist who uses her platform to engage, encourage and empower her community in Worthington, Minnesota.

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Read about Gifts of Retirement Assets

How Gifts of Retirement Assets Can Support Your Nonprofit

Learn how your nonprofit can work with donors to establish a charitable remainder trust that will support your organization for years to come.

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Read Foundation Becomes PRI Signatory

Foundation Becomes Principles for Responsible Investment Signatory

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation is the first community foundation in the United States to join the world’s leading responsible investment proponent.

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Read Changing the Way One Community Looks at Race

Changing the Way One Community Looks at Race

Educator and performer T. Mychael Rambo educates and inspires youth and police in Hibbing, Minnesota.

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