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Community Partnerships

We invest in community-led solutions by identifying, funding and advocating for promising ideas that build capacity and magnify impact.

We believe those living in a community are best placed to identify the solutions to any challenges they face. We are proud to support agents and agencies of change across the state of Minnesota.

Community Initiatives

We take an active role in many community initiatives that make the East Metro and Minnesota better for all who call them home. We partner with organizations spanning various sectors to lead on sweeping change across the state and respond to emerging needs.

Grantmaking

We are honored to invest in and partner with the agents and agencies of change who are working daily to address our most pressing issues. We support nonprofits through a variety of grant programs to strengthen and expand their work.

East Metro Pulse

East Metro Pulse is a biennial survey and report that measures community vitality in the Twin Cities East Metro.

Program Related Investments

PRIs have a social and capital return, as they provide below-market-rate loans to organizations that might not have access to traditional financing.

These community investments provide a modest return, allowing the Foundation to reinvest dollars and giving our donors a unique opportunity to invest in the community.

Statewide Affiliates

We support local, volunteer-led community foundations across the state of Minnesota. Every year, these foundations grant thousands of dollars into their local communities.

Stories of Community-Led Solutions

Read Indigo: A Music, Dance and Video Project

Indigo: A Music, Dance and Video Project

Indigo is a Hmong girl group created by Lucy Vang, Nancy Thor and Alexis Vang, whose goal is to shine light on their community through music and dance.

View the Artists' Work
Read Chief Buffalo Memorial Mural

Chief Buffalo Memorial Mural

The Chief Buffalo Memorial Mural in Duluth visually tells the story of a community and the descendants of Chief Buffalo, remembered as a prominent figure in northern Minnesota.

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Read Creating a Greater Minnesota for Our Youth

Creating a Greater Minnesota for Our Youth

Here are three ways you can improve the opportunity gap for Minnesota’s youth.

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Frogtown Farm: An Urban Oasis

Frogtown Farm is an urban farming oasis located in Saint Paul, consisting of over 5 acres of green space, including wildflowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Watch the video to hear from Frogtown Farm staff and board members.

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