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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8 hours




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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


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 pitch6Builds relationships5Friendly4Repeat funding3Openminded3Responsive2Difficult to work with2"Gets" nonprofits and issues2Gives more than money2Not worth the time to pitch2Positive leader in the field1Bureaucratic

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3m Foundation

Oct 26, 2017

Reviewer 160 - Did not apply

Huge lack of transparency and support regarding the application process. Our LOI was sent back undelivered, and we could not even get a response as to whether the local branch had closed or moved. Unless you have a personal contact, it may be very difficult.


Difficult to work with, Bureaucratic

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Oct 10, 2017

Reviewer 575 - Professional in the field

Probably not worth applying unless you have a contact within the company.

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Oct 04, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

We had an exceptional experience with 3M Gives team. WE had been pre-vetted by the time we applied, thanks to a staff member who approached us to support our efforts. Very proactive and friendly.


Risk taker, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Aug 28, 2017

Reviewer 952 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2015



Gives more than money, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Aug 19, 2017

Reviewer 880 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

You do need an "invite number" from a local 3m person.


Friendly, Openminded, Responsive

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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.


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

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Jun 16, 2017 1

Reviewer 625 - Did not apply

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


Difficult to work with

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Jun 15, 2016 3

Grant Applicant - applied in 2010

be persistent.


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


Unclear objectives

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2010

Good luck!


Not worth the time to pitch

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