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Caroline Mehlhop, the director of events and sponsorships for Como Friends, shares how they help Como Park Zoo and Conservatory thrive and grow.

We want to be that welcoming oasis in the backyard of our community.

Caroline Mehlhop

Como Friends, the nonprofit partner of the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, raises funds for Como's animal habitats, gardens and education programs, and to keep Como open 365 days a year. The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation gave Como Friends its first operating grant.

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The Value of Community Engagement

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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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Values-based Investing: What It Is and How We Do It

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

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