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Resources to help you take action

Our community is at a crossroads. We must confront systemic injustice with bold action. We have witnessed the courage of protesters, the resilience of business owners, and the generosity of thousands of caring individuals as they respond to urgent needs in the Twin Cities and across the country as a result of long-standing historical oppression.

The following resources offer multiple ways to engage with nonprofits that have been directly affected or are serving communities directly affected by the current unrest. Areas of Minneapolis and Saint Paul need volunteers to help with relief and recovery efforts, as well as monetary and in-kind donations to rebuild businesses and care for people who have been displaced.

Twin Cities Rebuild for the Future Fund

The Twin Cities Rebuild for the Future Fund will provide immediate support to help rebuild micro- and minority-owned small businesses that were destroyed as a result of the unrest in the aftermath of George Floyd's murder. This is the first initiative in a collaboration with our Foundation, the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Minneapolis Foundation to commit to transforming the criminal justice system. Our three organizations will learn from, partner with and support people of color and American Indians who experience the greatest disparities, co-develop solutions and advocate for policy to dismantle racism and remove barriers to an inclusive and thriving region.

Funding will be distributed to nonprofits focused on small business development to cover repairs, equipment, technology, relocation expenses and more. Individuals can contribute to the fund through tcrebuild.org. Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation fundholders can direct grants through the donor portal.

Learn More about Racial Equity

At the Foundation we are committed to dismantling a belief in a hierarchy of human value, with a focus on racial equity. Our work as a community foundation is not done until all lives are valued equally. We know this will require immediate action and long-term efforts.

Becoming anti-racist is a lifelong process. The articles and websites in our racial equity resources guide serve as starting places to helping you get informed and moving into action.

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Four Lessons Learned From Analyzing Our Grantmaking

Here’s how the Foundation is advocating for equity by updating our grantmaking methodology.

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Ramsey County Public Safety Fund

New fund will support Ramsey County’s initiative to reduce non-public safety-related traffic stops.

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Gift Bunching: A Way to Maximize Your Charitable Impact

With a technique known as gift bunching, you can maintain your charitable impact while realizing potential tax benefits.

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The Value of Community Engagement

Board Member Feature: How Diane Tran’s experiences at the intersection of people and place led to a career in community engagement.

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Getting-Back-Together at the Minnesota State Fair

In this guest blog post, Mary Chung and Shana Zaiser of the Minnesota State Fair Foundation share how one of Minnesota’s most treasured cultural traditions has adapted with optimism.

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Grantmaking 101

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

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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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