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 partner with organizations spanning various sectors to lead on sweeping change across the state.

Community Connectedness
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Grantmaking

We support nonprofits through grants 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.

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Program Related Investments provide flexible, low-cost capital for economic opportunity and affordable housing, like the houses shown here

Program Related Investments

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.

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Stories of Community-Led Solutions

Three expert Foundation staff supporting nonprofit endowment fundholders
Establish an Endowment, Create a Legacy

Why establishing an endowment fund is beneficial to your organization’s future.

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Nonprofits to Know - December 2019

Meet a few of the nonprofit organizations that received grant funding in our latest grant round.

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Urban Boatbuilders
Urban Boatbuilders

Urban Boatbuilders uses the craft of boatbuilding to develop academic, 21st-century and technical skills in youth.

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Community Convening 2019
Nonprofits Save $1.3 Million Using Catchafire

The Foundation builds nonprofits’ capacity with access to Catchafire, an online virtual volunteer platform that connects nonprofits with skilled volunteers.

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