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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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A Vibrant Minnesota

A community foundation is only as good as its connection to the community. That’s what we do best.

We inspire generosity, advocate for equity and invest in community-led solutions. This purpose guides our work in and for Minnesota and the Twin Cities’ East Metro.


Gifts Of Grain

Here’s how one southern Minnesota farmer turned his crops into resources for the community.

"I’d been donating for a while through the grain elevator, but I found a much easier way by donating grain to the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation,” John says.

Two grain bins on a Minnesota farm

Values-based Investing

Chief Investment Officer Shannon O’Leary discusses how the Foundation’s investment strategy promotes equity.

Hear how our Investments team pursues investment opportunities that incorporate Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) as well as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) measurements in their strategy — all while realizing strong returns.


Grant Opportunity

The Management Improvement Fund offers grants for technical assistance and consultation to help improve the capacity and management of nonprofits in the East Metro and Greater Minnesota.

Grants up to $10,000 can be used to offset the expenses of vital capacity-building work like strategic planning, board development and organizational assessments for small to midsize nonprofits. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Youth participating in Wilderness Inquiry event along the Mississippi River

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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


Minnesota counties

Organizations throughout the state received grants



To communities by the Foundation and our partners

See our impact in 2020

Stories From Our Community

Read Grantmaking 101

Grantmaking 101

Learn how the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation invests in community-led solutions through grant opportunities.

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Read Our Online Donor Toolkit

Our Online Donor Toolkit

This resource will help you identify and clarify your values, interests and charitable vision.

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Read Foundations Announce Nearly $8 Million in Community Grants for Healing from COVID-19 and Systemic Racism

Foundations Announce Nearly $8 Million in Community Grants

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation and the Mardag Foundation today announced that they have awarded nearly $8 million to Minnesota nonprofits through their latest round of grants.

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Read How to Talk to Clients about Charitable Giving

How to Talk to Clients about Charitable Giving

Janelle J. Chambers, attorney for Chandler & Brown, Ltd., shares tips on how to best support your clients’ philanthropy.

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Watch Local Experts Share Findings on Age-Related Health Inequities

Local Experts Share Findings on Age-Related Health Inequities

Three nonprofit partners share insights about health equity in the age of COVID-19, and the role the pandemic has played in exacerbating disparities faced by older adults.

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Read Non-cash Assets

Non-cash Assets: More Than One Way to Give

Expand your clients’ giving options by partnering with the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation.

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Read Gifts of Grain

Gifts of Grain

Here’s how one Minnesota farmer turned his crops into resources for the community.

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