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Minnesota Philanthropy Partners is pleased to announce Chris Hilger as incoming board chair. Hilger is the president of Securian Financial Group, managing the company’s institutional products and services and previously served as MN Partner’s board vice chair. He succeeds Mary Brainerd, president and CEO of HealthPartners as board chair. In addition to new board leadership, MN Partners has also added three new members: Scott Burns, Dr. Joseph Lee and Michael Ott.
The Saint Paul Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation recently awarded more than $7.5 million to nonprofit organizations across the state. Organizations and programs that provide support and opportunities for women were among the 225 grantees.
A note from Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D., president and CEO
The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation
Today, I joined leaders of philanthropic organizations across the country in signing a letter, published in The New York Times and Washington Post newspapers on Sunday, about the hope we all hold for dignity, equity and justice for all people.
Our hearts continue to ache for the family and friends of Philando Castile and all those affected by systemic injustice, as well as for the police officers and civilians in Dallas killed or injured last night.
Philanthropy creates space for community-created solutions. A recent round of grants from The Saint Paul Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation includes support for organizations led by people of color that are addressing racial disparities in Minnesota.
Families struggling to meet their basic needs while balancing steep medical costs due to life-threatening illness or disabilities will get some relief thanks to $400,000 in grants from The William and Connie Carroll Endowment Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation.
Minnesota Philanthropy Partners is pleased to announce that Miguel Ramos has been elected to its board of directors. Ramos is director of diversity marketing for the Minnesota Twins and a long-time community champion for inclusion and diversity.
Minnesota Philanthropy Partners (MN Partners) is pleased to announce that Carolyn Egeberg has been named vice president of strategy and communications. She will join MN Partners in April.
On any given day in Saint Paul, there are at least 200 homeless youth on the street, which puts them at risk of sex-trafficking and other victimization. Of those, 70-80 stop by the SafeZone Drop-In Center downtown for a hot meal, a change of clothes, help finding a job or a place to live.
GiveMN, Minnesota’s online giving leader, has named Jake Blumberg as its executive director. Blumberg will lead the organization that has changed the face of giving in Minnesota. Sparked by its annual Give to the Max Day, GiveMN has helped raise more than $125 million for nonprofits and schools across Minnesota since 2009.
The marketing and communications team is available to facilitate interviews with Foundation staff and grant recipients.
Vice President of Strategy and Communications