The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation supports local, volunteer-led community foundations across the state of Minnesota.
Every year, supported by our Community Affiliates program, these foundations grant thousands of dollars into their local communities. Community members drive the grantmaking process at each foundation, and their fundraising and outreach efforts help build permanent funds to invest in their region for years to come.
Chisholm Community Foundation
The Chisholm Community Foundation (CCF) was founded in 1987 by members of the Chisholm community who saw a need to create more opportunities to enhance the lives of residents and find new ways to draw business, families and other opportunities to the Chisholm community. Since inception, CCF has provided over $1.3 million in grants and scholarships to support local causes focused on economic development, social service, education, arts and culture, conservation and historic and environmental preservation—all geared to making Chisholm a better place to live, work and raise families.
Five Star Community Foundation
Founded in 1996, the Five Star Community Foundation was established by the passionate residents of five Minnesota communities—Lucan, Seaforth, Vesta, Wabasso and Wanda—to benefit the citizens of these areas to build a sense of community and serve future charitable and cultural needs. Five Star’s mission is to Create, encourage and support the development and maintenance of various charitable activities, community projects, assist in humanitarian and educational endeavors, to build a strong vibrant quality of life by converting tax dollars into community assets. Since inception, Five Star has granted over $200,000 to local causes.
Freeborn County Communities Foundation
Created in 2002, the Freeborn County Communities Foundation (FCCF) was established by a small group of local citizens to provide a way for area residents to give back to the community. The Foundation works to promote a high quality of life within Freeborn County by supporting a variety of worthy causes, including education, health, culture, environment and social opportunity. Thanks to the generosity of local residents, businesses and organizations, FCCF has grown to nearly $12 million in total assets and has granted over $4 million to support local causes.
The Hibbing Foundation reflects the generosity of hundreds of donors and local businesses. A family of more than 40 charitable funds serve the Hibbing Foundation’s mission to enhance and improve the quality of life in the Hibbing area, to encourage others to do the same, and to develop the financial resources needed to promote the cultural, educational, civic, wellness, environmental and economic assets of the Hibbing community. Since its inception in 1993, Hibbing Foundation has raised nearly $5 million in charitable assets and awarded more than $2 million in grants and scholarships to support the community’s education, civic engagement, health, economic development and cultural heritage.
Martin County Area Foundation
Founded in 1993, the Martin County Area Foundation’s (MCAF) mission is to acquire, manage and distribute charitable funds to enhance the quality of life in Martin County. With the generous support of local foundations, businesses and families, the Foundation has grown to over $2.5 million in charitable assets. MCAF has awarded nearly $1.5 million in grants to support the community in five general areas: arts and humanities, community and civic affairs, social and economic growth, environment and youth. The Foundation’s Circle of Legacy recognizes donors who support MCAF’s mission with a planned estate gift.
Martin County Youth Foundation
The Martin County Youth Foundation (MCYF) was established in 2000 by a group of active residents with a mission to acquire, manage and distribute funds to enhance the lives of youth in the Martin County area. MCYF has raised over $1 million in charitable assets, and the Foundation has granted over $500,000 to youth-oriented community programs, including mentoring networks, out-of-school programs and summer activities, suicide-prevention efforts, arts activities, family education projects, and scholarship and hardship grants for the children of low-income families.
New Ulm Area Foundation
Established in 1987, the New Ulm Area Foundation was created by Henry N. Somsen in memory of his wife, Anne Duncan Somsen. Somsen endeavored to set an example with his charitable giving and hoped to attract similar support from those sharing his passion for the New Ulm community and its excellent quality of life. Thanks to the generosity of individuals, families, area businesses and charitable organizations, the Foundation has raised $2 million in charitable assets and awarded nearly $1.5 million in charitable grants and scholarships. Today, the Foundation focuses on four areas of importance to the local community: arts, economic development, education and historic preservation.
Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation
The Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation (SAPCF) promotes charitable and community activities with a mission to nurture the unique community assets of Saint Anthony Park to secure a strong and vibrant neighborhood for future generations. Since 1999, SAPCF has raised over $1.5 million in charitable assets and has granted over $600,000 to support education, arts and humanities, community economic development, energy conservation, environment, health and housing in its historic neighborhood.
Saint Louis Park Public Schools Foundation
The Saint Louis Park Public Schools Foundation (SLPPSF) has a mission to enhance the learning for the students of Saint Louis Park Public Schools. SLPPSF supports a highly diverse district serving 4,200 students with funding to teachers for innovative projects during the academic or school day that they believe will leverage the core functions and help students excel. In addition, the Foundation’s Youth and Community Development Fund provides additional resources for youth out-of-school activities and other community development projects. In total, SLPPSF has granted over $1.3 million to projects supporting education and development in the St. Louis Park Schools community.
Shakopee Educational Endowment Foundation (SEEF)
The Shakopee Educational Endowment Foundation’s (SEEF) mission is to enrich and improve the quality of education in the Shakopee School District by funding projects that provide innovative learning opportunities for our students. SEEF operates independently from the School District and provides funding for things like cutting-edge technology, best practice programs and innovative instructional materials for students. Thanks to generous donations from the community and school district staff, SEEF has awarded more than 482 grants totaling more than $339,000 for projects that directly benefit Shakopee students.
Shoreview Community Foundation
The Shoreview Community Foundation seeks to maintain, enhance and enrich the quality of life in Shoreview, by connecting the generosity of people with the evolving needs of the community. The Foundation provides grants which focus on arts and cultural organizations, recreational places such as parks and trails, historical preservation and youth programming within the Shoreview community. Since inception in 2008, the Foundation has raised nearly $1 million in charitable assets and has awarded nearly $100,000 in grants to support vital community nonprofits and school programs.
Springfield Area Foundation
The Springfield Area Foundation, through encouragement of philanthropic giving, provides an opportunity to leave a legacy in support of the future of Springfield and its people, thereby enhancing the quality of life for the Springfield community. Founded in 2002, the Foundation has provided over $120,000 in supportive funding of activities that promote cultural, educational, civic, wellness, spiritual and environmental programs in the Springfield area.
Vadnais Heights Area Community Foundation
The mission of the Vadnais Heights Area Community Foundation (VHACF) is to strengthen the Vadnais Heights community through private giving. The Foundation enhances and improves the quality of life in the community by developing financial resources to promote in perpetuity the cultural, educational, environmental and economic assets of our area. VHACF has awarded over $150,000 to the nonprofits and schools in the community, which includes the Mounds View and White Bear Lake Area School Districts. VHACF focuses its impact on education, arts and culture, and health and human services.
Waseca Area Foundation
The Waseca Area Foundation is a lasting vehicle for individuals to give back to the community. A family of more than 50 charitable funds serve the Foundation’s mission to provide an opportunity for groups or individuals to leave a legacy committed to meeting the changing needs of the Waseca area. Established in 1989, the generous support of individual donors, families and businesses, the Foundation has raised over $8 million in charitable assets and awarded over $5.5 million in grants and scholarships in the community. With a highly diverse family of funds, including the New Richland Area and Janesville Area Foundations, the Waseca Area Foundation provides for multiple community needs including education, arts, recreation, human services and much more.
Wayzata Education Fund
The mission of the Wayzata Education Fund (WEF) is to maintain educational experiences in Wayzata Public Schools by providing private financial support to the district for academics. The Fund provides grants for innovative curricular ideas across the Wayzata School District. WEF encourages teachers and staff to imagine new ways to engage students and support excellence for each and every student. Formed in June 2003 by a group of citizens concerned about the serious impact of state and federal budget cuts to education, WEF has raised over $600,000 in charitable assets and granted over $300,000 to support education in the District.
Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS)
WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) educates and expands the number of women in philanthropy, builds and strengthens community through pooled investments, and improves the lives of women and youth in the Northfield area through focused giving. Founded in 2000, WINGS is a 100 percent volunteer-led, grassroots network of women who have collectively raised over $1.5 million dollars in charitable assets and awarded more than $1 million in grants to the community. WINGS gives priority to programs that address financial need and increase access to opportunity, offer a proactive approach to solving a community problem, address systemic change, build capacity by leveraging resources through partnerships, and result in tangible outcomes.
Zumbrota Community Trust
The mission of the Zumbrota Community Trust (ZCT) is to establish, grant aid to and promote activities, organizations and individuals whose purpose and intent is to engage in projects of social, moral, educational and benevolent nature to benefit the citizens of Zumbrota, the Zumbrota/Mazeppa school district and the four contiguous townships. A community resource of over $1 million charitable assets, ZCT has awarded over $600,000 to support the Zumbrota community.
Our Community Affiliates
Providing local leaders with the tools and resources they need to fulfill their community’s vision is another way the Foundation invests in community-led solutions. Volunteers, board members and donors for our statewide affiliates are best placed to understand and meet the pressing needs of their neighbors.
We are proud to provide supportive services to 17 affiliates:
- Chisholm Community Foundation
- Five Star Community Foundation
- Freeborn County Communities Foundation
- Hibbing Foundation
- Martin County Area Foundation
- Martin County Youth Foundation
- New Ulm Area Foundation
- Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation
- Saint Louis Park Public Schools Foundation
- Shakopee Educational Endowment Foundation (SEEF)
- Shoreview Community Foundation
- Springfield Area Foundation
- Vadnais Heights Area Community Foundation
- Waseca Area Foundation
- Wayzata Education Foundation
- Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS)
- Zumbrota Community Trust
COMMUNITY IS OUR COMPASS