Location: Po Box 1113, Minneapolis, 55440 MN
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Reviewer 827 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2015
About 95% of the information they have on their website is PR/Strategic Communications about them (but very little helpful information for a nonprofit grantseeker). Good luck trying to reach someone or figure out how to apply for funding.
Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Bureaucratic
Current or former grantee
Funded for amount requested
The foundation doesn't publish any staff names or contact information on the website. The "contact us" form on the foundation's website (bottom lefthand corner) is broken. The 1800 number they provide goes to a general consumer inquiry line (often with wait times) - https://www.generalmills.com/Responsibility/general-mills-foundation.
A peek at their 2018 990 tax filing (publicly available at the MN Attorney General's office) shows almost 30 percent of their grantmaking in 2018 went into a donor advised fund at the Minneapolis Foundation (almost $6 million). The public now has no idea where that money will go into the community (if indeed it ever goes anywhere). The foundation used to invest heavily in Minnesota's strong nonprofit community through meaningful operating support but then around 2014 offered exit grants to most nonprofits. It seems like they've adopted a hyper focus on food security now and agriculture, but leave the hometown communities grant program starving for funds.
Become more accessible (publish staff lists and contact information) and transparent (where does the grant money go after it goes into the donor advised fund at the Minneapolis Foundation?)