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Minnesota Community Foundation

Our Impact

Minnesota Community Foundation has been working for more than 60 years to help Minnesotans find creative ways to have an impact on their communities. Today, we continue to be an innovator and a valued partner to individuals and organizations around the state. We are accredited by the Community Foundations National Standards Board, a support organization of the Council on Foundations.

We have transformative impact on Minnesota by:

Helping donors make a difference.

With an expert staff, decades of experience, deep knowledge and broad reach, Minnesota Community Foundation is an ideal partner for Minnesotans who want to be successful in their philanthropy. Learn more about how we can help you achieve your charitable giving goals.

Serving Minnesota's communities

The 14 geographic community affiliates of Minnesota Community Foundation have made more than $17 million in grants over the past 25 years across Minnesota. Learn more about the communities and interests represented by our affiliates and where to go for more information.

Leading philanthropic innovation.

Minnesota Community Foundation is known for its innovative philanthropic ventures:

  • GiveMN is the premier place-based giving portal in the country and its Give to the Max Day is one of the largest online giving events in the world.
  • We bring attention to effective philanthropists with our Engaged Philanthropist Award.
  • We improve the health and longevity of nonprofit organizations through programs like the Arts Learning Xchange.

Our current innovative ventures include:


GiveMN: Ensuring our state remains a philanthropic leader. In partnership with other Minnesota foundations, Minnesota Community Foundation created GiveMN, an innovative online resource that has changed the way Minnesotans give and created a stronger nonprofit community. GiveMN helps nonprofits of all sizes reach new and different audiences, and enables donors to efficiently support the causes in which they believe. GiveMN has helped raise more than $130 million for nonprofits and schools. Learn more


Minnesota Idea Open: Uniting the state in addressing tough issues. The Minnesota Idea Open is a venture of Minnesota Community Foundation that inspires all Minnesotans to action. Through online idea challenges, the Idea Open invites all Minnesotans to compete for the best solutions to critical issues, such as childhood obesity and water quality. The Idea Open is designed to spread a deeper understanding of issues and shift mindsets from thinking about problems to solving them. Learn more