Minneapolis Foundation

Location: 80 S 8th St., 8th floor 800 IDS CenterMinneapolis MN 55402

EIN: 41-6029402

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Phone: (612) 672-3878

Fax: (612) 672-3846

Website: www.minneapolisfoundation.org

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How many hours did the grant application process take?

16 hours

Median

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88%

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Important Information

2017 Deadlines: Letter of Inquiry due Jan 6, March 31, July 14, or Oct 6

Types of Grants Awarded: Project, Sponsorship, Management/Technical

Geographic Focus: Twin Cities Metro, Minnesota Statewide

Interests/Priorities

Grantmaking is focused on promoting social, economic and racial equity. The Foundation supports high-performing nonprofit organizations that primarily serve Minneapolis residents, and look for innovative projects with systems-changing potential in three focus areas:
• Education: With the goal of having all students on track for college and career: 1) increase to high-quality early childhood education, 2) increase the number of high-performing schools serving low-income students of color, 3) strengthen the school talent and leadership pipeline and 4) empower parents, communities and organizations to advocate for educational equity and excellence.
• Economic Vitality: With the goal of building a competitive and inclusive workforce: 1) increase workforce preparedness, 2) build community wealth, 3) strengthen the delivery of financial and technical assistance to minority-owned businesses and 4) advocate for improved policies and public sector programs that impact workforce development. programs should also reduce gaps between racial/ethnic group opportunities.
• Civic Engagement: With the goal of allowing all communities to participate in our democracy and in public decision making: 1) increase the number of people of color who vote, 2) strengthen leadership development and organizing capacity in diverse communities and 3) remove barriers to voting.

Key Personnel

President and CEO: R.T. Rybak

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer: Jean Adams

Senior Vice President: Beth Halloran

Vice President, Community Philanthropy: Luz Maria Frias

Financial Summary

For Fiscal Year 2016

Total Assets: $620,320,975

Total Grants: $59,497,807

Change in Assets FY 2016: -13%

Amount of Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits: 76%

Sample Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits in 2016

Largest Grant: $3,000,000

Smallest Grant: $5

Average Grant: $6,471

Top descriptors for this funder

4Friendly4Responsive4Worth the time to pitch4Builds relationships3"Gets" nonprofits and issues3Positive leader in the field3Culturally sensitive2Openminded1Insightful1Likes site visits1Not worth the time to pitch1Funding received later than promised

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Minneapolis Foundation

Aug 02, 2017 1

Reviewer 942 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Minneapolis Foundation has a large range of different funding options and partnerships, but what the funds directly administered by Foundation staff have in common in transparency. While it can be challenging to connect to individual and family funds, the Community Grants and other small grants run by Foundation staff all have an RFP process that is public and visible. The staff responsible for each area are open to questions and willing to advise you. The guidelines and goals are typically pretty clear, so if you look at the guidelines and think, "Well, I am kind of close, but not exactly on target" I would suggest talking to the staff and thinking carefully before you apply. Every time I have had that feeling. I have been turned down, whereas most of the time when I have felt like, "This is a great fit!" my request has been successful.

The only issue I have encountered is with the online system. In the past I have had issues with variances between the application questions as distributed by the foundation and the actual questions in the application. This has improved over time, but I have learned to be very careful. I have also had issues with inadvertently choosing the wrong application. if more than one RFP is open at the same time. When you decide to apply, open the online application RIGHT AWAY and carefully check the questions to be sure you have the right application and the right question set. Also check for character count limitations; those are usually (but not always) noted on the questions the foundation distributes. Nothing is worse than frantically re-writing your application at the last minute because of a disconnect between the question you carefully crafted a response to and the actual question on the online form.

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Culturally sensitive, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Aug 01, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Great to work with, responsive, willing to talk through your pitch with you. But prepare yourself for the Byzantine process of applying. You have to be ready to explain how your program addresses their Frameworks, "Shifts", and "Key Drivers". Because they know whats best for the community.

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Friendly, Builds relationships, Responsive

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Jul 18, 2017 1

Reviewer 515 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The Foundation has a specific strategic/equity framework applicants must address. It is important to read through their website and materials to ensure you fit. Also, could connect with the program officer, who is very helpful and accessible. Attending their annual community information meetings is also helpful. Application is online.

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Jul 12, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

The program officers I've interacted with are good communicators, they gave us a good sense of where we stood with them and clear next steps.

Pros

Friendly, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Jun 20, 2017

Reviewer 438 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

The Minneapolis Foundation is well-known as having an obtuse and difficult application (and reports), rife with jargon and inside-the-Foundation-speak. Be patient and attend informational meetings to help understand what they want.

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Jan 24, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2014

Great meeting with the program officer
of the Minneapolis Foundation

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

Keep you grant application clear and succinct and make sure you have all of your financial paperwork in a "go-to" folder - this will make reporting and applying for another grant much easier in the future!

Pros

Worth the time to pitch


Cons

Funding received later than promised

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

Read the instructions several more times than you usually do. Read the recommended strategy articles several times. Watch the word/space count.

Pros

Worth the time to pitch

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2014

If you are aren't doing EXACTLY what is prescribed don't apply

Cons

Not worth the time to pitch

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2013

The guidelines are hard to understand, but staff is available and helpful. Call them before you try to apply and explain your project--in terms of their priorities. They are a key funder and if you have them on board you are in a better position to request other funds.

Pros

Worth the time to pitch, Reasonable reporting terms, Builds relationships

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