3m Foundation

Location: 3M Center, Bldg 225-01-S-23 St. Paul MN 55144

EIN: 41-6038262

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Phone: (651) 733-1721

Fax: (651) 737-3061

Website: www.3Mgives.com

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What was the overall relationship with the funder?

How many hours did the grant application process take?

12 hours

Median

50%

50%

How would you rate this funder's accessibility?

75%

25%

How successfully do you think the funder is accomplishing its current philanthropic goals?

Important Information

2017 Deadlines: Ongoing

Types of Grants Awarded: Project, Operating, Capital, Sponsorship, and In-Kind (in the form of product donations from 3M)

Geographic Focus: Minnesota Statewide, National

Interests/Priorities

Mirroring 3M’s corporate mission, the mission of the 3M Foundation is to improve every life through innovative giv-ing in education, community and the environment.

• Education: Increase primary and secondary student achievement in STEM and business curricula; support post-secondary programs that attract, retain and graduate students; and drive access and academic success to ensure educational equity.
• Community: Prepare youth for success through early childhood and out-of-school-time learning; enhance community vibrancy by improving the local communities where 3M has a presence; aid disaster preparedness, relief and recovery; and encourage and recognize volunteers.
• Environment: Protect the Earth’s ecosystems through biodiversity and climate change programs and promote science-based environmental and conservation education.

Note: The statistics provided below reflect the Foundation’s giving in Minnesota only.

Key Personnel

Director, 3Mgives: Tim Wong

Manager, Communications: Jacqueline Berry

Manager, Volunteer Initiatives: Anne Seaquist

Manager, Strategic Initiatives: Deb Cimino

Manager, Community and International Strategy: Michael Stroik

Financial Summary

For Fiscal Year 2015

Total Assets: $19,346,242

Total Grants: $17,743,083

Change in Assets FY 2015: 2%

Amount of Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits: 31%

Sample Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits in 2015

Largest Grant: $1,889,947

Smallest Grant: $15

Average Grant: $10,871

Top descriptors for this funder

6Worth the time to pitch4Repeat funding4Builds relationships2Not worth the time to pitch2Friendly2Positive leader in the field1Difficult to work with1Culturally sensitive1Gives more than money1Openminded1Unclear objectives1Funding less than the requested amount

Advice from a Friend

3m Foundation

Jul 19, 2017

Reviewer 948 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

It's tough if you don't have a connection. Find a way to get one of their affinity groups connected with your organization.

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Friendly, Builds relationships, Openminded

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Jun 16, 2017

Reviewer 625 - Did not apply

You'll need a lot of patience if you are outside the metro area!

Cons

Difficult to work with

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Jun 15, 2016 3

Grant Applicant - applied in 2010

be persistent.

Pros

Worth the time to pitch, Repeat funding, Positive leader in the field

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

Difficult to get in without an inside perspective

Cons

Unclear objectives

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2010

Good luck!

Cons

Not worth the time to pitch

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2013

go for it! you never know what you'll get.

Pros

Worth the time to pitch


Cons

Funding less than the requested amount

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2014

There seems to be a club you need to get into inorder to qualify for funding from this foundation.

Cons

Not worth the time to pitch

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2010

3M has just been through some staff changes. the new person isn't from Minnesota and my understanding is that funding is going to focus on international priorities. I'm not sure if they are taking on new grantees, but a phone call is always worth it.

Pros

Worth the time to pitch, Repeat funding, Friendly

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2010

They say they don't accept unsolicited proposals. I called and talked with someone and got an invitation to apply.

Pros

Worth the time to pitch, Repeat funding, Builds relationships

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2013

They like to invite you but LOIs are OK. Helps if you have a 3M connection.

Pros

Worth the time to pitch, Repeat funding, Builds relationships

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