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The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations are pleased to welcome five new members to our Board of Directors.

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations, F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation recently awarded more than $7.6 million to nonprofits throughout the state of Minnesota. Among the 204 grants made were investments that will increase organizational capacity within nonprofit organizations.

When Sally and Karen traveled as a family to Guatemala two years ago, they were surprised at how quickly their sons, Sam and Joey – both 10 years old, noticed and were saddened by the human struggles and injustices that many people in that region were experiencing. It was this experience that made the couple consider how they could involve their kids in their philanthropy – not decades down the road, but right away.

When it comes to philanthropy and community impact, more and more donors and nonprofit organizations are looking to data to help inform their work and better understand the impact they make in their communities.

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations today announced more than $161,000 in grants made by the Diversity Endowment Funds – community-led funds where grantmaking is driven by members of the same racial and cultural communities that benefit from proposed projects and programs. The funds include Asian Pacific Endowment, El Fondo de Nuestra Comunidad, Pan African Community Endowment and Two Feathers Endowment.