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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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I So Appreciate You! Season 2

In Season 2, co-hosts Nadege Souvenir and Melanie Hoffert continue the show’s sometimes raw, sometimes funny and always uniquely insightful discussions.

Get inspired by guests from a variety of backgrounds and sectors as Season 2 of the podcast explores the challenges and triumphs of people shaking up our community for the better.

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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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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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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

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Stories From Our Community

Read Top 3 Ways to Use Retirement Assets to Support Charity

Donating Retirement Assets

Nonprofit Strategies Manager Elizabeth McCray breaks down the three most common ways donors can give retirement assets to the causes they care about.

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Read Lifelines for Families of Healthcare Workers

Lifelines for Families of Healthcare Workers

The Frontline Families Fund provides support to families of frontline workers who died of COVID-19.

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Read How to Make a Donor Advised Fund Part of Your Estate Plan

How to Make a Donor Advised Fund Part of Your Estate Plan

Here are answers to common questions on how to include a charitable giving fund in your estate plan.

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Read I So Appreciate You! is Back with Season 2

I So Appreciate You! is Back with Season 2

Tune in to Season 2 of the I So Appreciate You! Podcast with co-hosts Nadege Souvenir & Melanie Hoffert.

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Frogtown Farm: An Urban Oasis

Frogtown Farm is an urban farming oasis located in Saint Paul, consisting of over 5 acres of green space, including wildflowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Watch the video to hear from Frogtown Farm staff and board members.

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Read Art In This Present Moment Grants Announced

Art In This Present Moment Grants Announced

Funding recognizes Minnesota’s Black, Indigenous and people of color artists and their work created at the intersection of cultural art and activism.

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Read How a Legacy Letter Can Deepen Family Relationships

How A Legacy Letter Can Deepen Family Relationships

Legacy letters provide a peek at the past and a direction for the future.

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Read Board Feature: Inspiring Generosity

Board Feature: Jacy Grais

Learn how attorney Jacy Grais uses her role as a volunteer to inspire others to give.

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