February 11, 2015
MCF member Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation has released a request for proposals for up to a total of $1 million to further health equity in communities across Minnesota. The new grants program, “Healthy Communities: Health Equity in Action,” offers grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 per year, and applicants can apply for one- or two-year grants.
“The overall goal is to help people reach their full health potential,” said executive director Carolyn Link. “We believe community nonprofits are in the best position to understand and apply what’s already working in communities to make them healthier.”
The Foundation’s mission is to make a healthy difference in communities by advancing health equity and improving conditions where people live, learn, work and play. The Foundation seeks to fund community solutions that help create the following:
- Equitable systems — Systems and resources are equitable and easily navigated. Community members are positioned and supported to fully participate in community life.
- Stable lives — Children, families and individuals are engaged and supported so they can achieve stable, thriving lives and secure healthy futures.
- Social connections — Community members have increased connectedness, confidence, self-efficacy and opportunity to bring about change.
- Vibrant communities — Community institutions and infrastructures are strong, and health considerations are at the forefront of community decision making. Equity assessments are routine practice and core organizations recognize their role in advancing health equity.
Optional workshops will be held in Mankato, St. Paul, Bemidji and Duluth for potential applicants to learn more about the funding opportunity and to talk with foundation staff about project ideas, and a webinar also will be held on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 9:30 a.m. Registration is required for the workshops but not the webinar.
See the detailed RFP on the Foundation’s website. Proposals are due by 4 p.m. on April 20.
January 20, 2015
The latest episode of Fast Forward features Mary Jane Melendez, now executive director of the General Mills Foundation!
She speaks to MCF President Trista Harris about best practices in corporate philanthropy that the General Mills Foundation is putting to good use, and about the foundation’s partnership with Hunger-Free Minnesota to support our state’s hunger-relief programs.
Hear from Melendez on:
- How the foundation leverages General Mills employees who live in the communities the foundation serves.
- The company’s move from traditional volunteerism to leveraging the skills and experiences of its employees.
- The history of the Box Tops for Education program and what makes it such a big success.
- What to look for in a successful partnership like the one the foundation has formed with Hunger-Free Minnesota.
Listen to the podcast online now, and subscribe to it through iTunes!
December 4, 2014
Today, MCF released our new Giving in Minnesota research, the most comprehensive analysis of charitable giving in the state. It shows that individuals, foundations and corporations gave $5.7 billion in 2012, a 2-percent increase in total giving over 2011.
Individual giving went up to $4.1 billion in 2012, while grantmaking by foundations and corporations in Minnesota declined by 6 percent to $1.6 billion. Other highlights include:
Education Receives the Most Grant Money
As has been true historically in Minnesota, education received the largest share of grant dollars (29 percent) of eight subject areas tracked. Education was followed by human services (23 percent); public affairs/society benefit (16 percent); arts, culture and humanities (13 percent); and health (10 percent).
Half of Grant Dollars Stay in State
In 2012, 48 percent of Minnesota grant dollars went to organizations and programs serving the state. Forty-seven percent was distributed to groups serving other parts of the U.S., and 6 percent supported international causes. Corporations tend to distribute grants more widely than other types of grantmakers.
Check out the full report on our website, and see today’s featured stories on our research in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press.
September 30, 2014
Are you involved with an organization that seeks to improve early childhood nutrition in the Twin Cities metro area?
The Cargill Foundation is accepting applications for one-time planning grants of up to $25,000 and one-time implementation grants of up to $100,000 for programs that advance early childhood nutrition through parent engagement, staff training initiatives, nutrition curricula, and increasing the availability of low-cost, nutritious food.
Last year, the Cargill Foundation awarded more than $1.5 million in the form of 17 grants to various organizations. The planning grants are an excellent way to explore new and innovative ideas in tackling the issue of early childhood nutrition. The implementation grants will go to support thoroughly planned programs that are ready to make the leap and impact local communities.
Proposals of interest should include one of the two priorities: developing or delivering hands-on nutrition education programs, and retaining or increasing participation among childcare providers in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Check out the Cargill Foundation grant guidelines for full details.
Programs in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties are eligible. The application window is open from Oct. 1 to Nov. 14.
July 11, 2014
Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation has launched a leadership award in honor of Ann K. Johnson, former Executive Director of Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, and Community Affairs Director of Delta Dental of Minnesota. Ann dedicated her career to uplifting the lives of others and encouraging those around her to use their talents towards improved oral health for all Minnesotans.
The Ann K. Johnson Minnesota Community Health Spirit Award will be given to an individual in special recognition of their contributions to improving oral and/or overall health in Minnesota, and to celebrate their visionary leadership.
An award of $2,500 will be presented to honor the recipient for his or her spirited leadership in oral and/or overall health on behalf of underserved communities. Prospective nominees will be considered based on Ann’s leadership qualities:
- Inspiring and bringing together people to achieve oral health and/or overall health goals
- Leading by example through a lifelong commitment and dedication to communities
- Seeking continual growth through listening, learning, and practicing creative leadership
- Achieving significant accomplishments for community health, especially oral health
- Promoting a positive work experience – working with a smile in all that is done, and having fun in the work you do
- Helping others shine and rise to their full potential
Candidates must be nominated by an organization or by an individual with whom they are personally or professionally affiliated. All candidates must have a nomination package submitted by July 31.
Visit the online nomination form to learn more about the award and the process. Good luck to those being nominated!
June 19, 2014
I attended the St. Paul stop on Giving USA’s 2014 road show this morning. There, Adam Wilhelm of Campbell & Company updated us on 2013 national giving trends, which can be summarized as good news.
According to Wilhelm and Giving USA 2014, total charitable giving in the U.S. rose 3% (adjusted for inflation) between 2012 and 2013 to $335.17 billion. This is an increase of 12% since the start of the Great Recession, and Wilhelm predicts the U.S. will pass the pre-recession high of $350 billion in charitable giving in a year or two.
Wilhelm says, “Wealthy individuals are feeling good about their accumulated wealth, so it is a good time to talk to them about their giving.”
According to Giving USA, wealthy donors are giving to their favorite charities — including universities, hospitals and arts institutions — so overall giving in those areas is up. Meanwhile, giving to social service and church groups — more dependent on the financially squeezed middle-class — is flat.
- Giving by individuals — the largest slice of the pie at 72% — totaled $240.60 billion, up 2.7% over 2012.
- Giving by foundations — now 15% of total giving — was up 4.2% to $48.96 billion. This increase was driven in part by a 10.5% increase in giving by community foundations.
- Giving by bequest through a will or estate plan — 8% of the total — was up 7.2% to $27.73 billion.
- Only corporate giving — 5% of the total — was down 3.2% to $17.88 billion, the result of a slow rate of growth in pre-tax corporate profits last year. Corporate trends of increased in-kind and global giving continue.
What Organizations are Benefiting?
- Religion was the top recipient of gifts, but total giving to religion continues to slide. It went down slightly in 2013 to 31% of the total or $105.5 billion, which represents the lowest percent given to religion in 40 years.
- Overall giving to Education increased by 7.4% (2013’s largest increase) to $52.07 billion.
- Giving to Human Services was fairly flat, increasing by .7% to $41.51 billion.
- Giving to Health was up by 4.5% to $31.86 billion.
- Giving to Public Affairs/Society Benefit (which includes giving to donor-advised funds) was up 7% to $23.89 billion.
- Giving to Arts, Culture and Humanities was up by 6.3% to $16.66 billion.
- Giving to International Affairs fell to $14.93 billion (due to fewer disasters worldwide in 2013).
- Giving to Animal Welfare and Environment increased to $9.72 billion (due to larger investments in climate change and anti-fracking initiatives).
Takeaways from event panelists included the following:
- Individual giving is a growth market. Giving by other sectors is not growing as quickly.
- More and more often, individual donors are researching charities and want to see the impact of their gifts.
- If your organization is not doing planned giving, it should at least be doing bequests. “It’s easy!”
Visit Giving USA for much more information or to purchase Giving USA 2014.
For more information on Minnesota giving, visit mcf.org/research
– Susan Stehling, MCF communications associate