We believe in the best of Minnesota and the power of its communities.

About the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations

With roots in Saint Paul since 1940 and partners across the state, we are Minnesota’s largest community foundation and the partner of choice for thousands of donors, professional advisors, nonprofits and community organizations. We inspire generosity to make Minnesota better for all who call it home.

Our highly skilled team supports more than 2,000 charitable organizations and donor funds and manages nearly $1.5 billion in assets, including F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation. In keeping with our mission to share knowledge and resources to benefit the communities we serve, we work consistently to further our three strategic goals:

  • Advancing equity
  • Strengthening communities
  • Broadening philanthropic expression

We bring together donors, nonprofits and community members to address some of the biggest problems facing Minnesota communities. Our partners are change agents, and together we invest for good to make a lasting impact in our communities.

Our commitment to equity

We seek to dismantle the belief in a hierarchy of human value, with a focus on racial equity. Strengthened by a deeper understanding of the many facets of identity, we work toward a community where all people experience justice and equity.

2017 by the numbers



The largest community foundation in the state, ensuring access to the most attractive investment options



To organizations, initiatives and projects over the past year



Large and small, our community affiliates provide regional granting strategies and donor involvement opportunities



To communities by the Foundations and our partners