March 24, 2015
MCF today released its annual rankings of the top grantmakers in Minnesota based on cash grants paid in 2013.
The top five Minnesota grantmakers by grants paid in 2013 were:
- Target Foundation and Corporation ($148.6 million);
- General Mills Foundation and Corporation ($105.7 million);
- The McKnight Foundation ($86.4 million);
- The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation ($65.6 million); and
- Cargill and The Cargill Foundation ($59.6 million).
This is the third consecutive year that these five organizations are Minnesota’s top grantmakers.
Of the 50 top grantmakers by grants paid in 2013, 47 also appeared on the 2012 list. Cash giving by the top 50 grantmakers totaled more than $1.2 billion.
Grant Dollars Distributed Beyond Minnesota
Almost 60 percent of the cash giving by the top 50 grantmakers was designated to organizations based outside of Minnesota.
Corporations Give More than Cash
In order to ensure that grantmakers are compared consistently, in-kind and other noncash contributions are not included in the rankings, but MCF invites large corporate grantmakers to self-report information about noncash contributions.
MCF’s 2013 annual rankings are based on the amount of cash grants paid by funders during fiscal years ending June 1, 2013, through May 31, 2014.
The annual rankings lists include:
The complete Minnesota Annual Grantmaker Rankings and the methodology used to complete them can be found at www.mcf.org/research/rankings.
More Charitable Giving Research Online
Late last year, MCF released its Giving in Minnesota, 2014 Edition research, which is a comprehensive analysis of annual giving trends by Minnesota foundations and corporations between June 1, 2012, and May 31, 2013. See www.mcf.org/research/giving for information about grantmaking to specific subject areas, geographies, beneficiaries and more.
- Susan Stehling, communications associate
March 17, 2015
MCF President Trista Harris has been awarded a 2015 Bush Fellowship!
Bush Fellows receive up to $100,000 over 12-24 months to pursue learning experiences that help them develop leadership skills. Trista will use her fellowship to advance her work examining how the tools of futurism can be used to strengthen the field of philanthropy.
Trista will continue to serve full-time as MCF President, and she will leverage the insights she will gain from her Bush Fellowship to better serve the field.
Trista joins 22 others awarded a fellowship this year. Get an introduction to the whole cohort in this short video put together by the Bush Foundation:
Learn more on Bush’s website, and learn a bit more about the work Trista will be doing in this Pioneer Press article.
Big congratulations to Trista and to all of the 2015 Bush Fellows!
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 16, 2014
As a tribute to Archibald Bush, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation and Bush Foundation have together pledged $200,000 to support a nonprofit organization that embodies Archie Bush’s legacy of working to strengthen the civic, social and cultural vitality of St. Paul.
To be considered for the Archibald Bush Legacy Grant, nominated organizations must:
- Be a 501(c)(3) public charity
- Have an impact in St. Paul
- Exemplify Archie’s legacy in St. Paul
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will work with the Foundation to review the nominations and select five finalists. The finalists will be asked how they would use the grant money in a way that is a fitting tribute to Archie’s commitment to St. Paul. The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation will review the five finalist organizations and their responses to determine the final recipient of the grant.
Nominations close on Friday, Sept. 26, with the recipient to be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 11.
August 19, 2014
Time is very short to pass the America Gives More Act (HR 4719)!
We need you to contact Senators Klobuchar and Franken to ask for their support today — before they return to Washington, D.C., in early September.
The legislation (passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in July) promotes giving to all nonprofits by:
- permanently extending tax incentives for donations of IRA rollovers, food and land,
- allowing individuals to get credit for prior-year taxes for charitable contributions up to April 15,
- and streamlining the foundation excise tax, which reduces the administrative work associated with running a private foundation and enables greater giving.
We Need You To:
- Contact Senators Klobuchar and Franken before they return to Washington, D.C.
- Tell them you support the America Gives More Act.
- Focus on one part of the Act – the IRA rollover (for community foundations) or the simplified excise tax (for private foundations).
- Tell a story to illustrate how this will have a positive impact in the community by increasing giving.
- Ask them to urge Sen. Majority Leader Reid to schedule a vote on the bill as soon as the Senate reconvenes in Sept.
- Invite them to follow-up with MCF if they have questions.
Contact the Senators at their primary district office. If writing, copy the district director and tax policy staff person, and include your contact information. If calling, ask to speak with the district director, but speak to whom you are directed.
Do it today!
This is a rare moment in the Congressional process when the opportunity is real and the time for action is clearly defined.
U.S. Senators are in MN now and will return to Washington, D.C. for only a couple of weeks in Sept. before leaving again to campaign for re-election. Senators must pass the America Gives More Act before they leave to take care of personal political interests.
The likelihood of something happening during a lame-duck Congress in December is uncertain. After that we will be starting over with a new Congress.
One More Thing:
Contact Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-3) to thank him for his leadership in advancing legislation to simplify the excise tax and for working to enact this legislation for the past several years.
July 30, 2014
Earlier this week, the Bush Foundation announced it is accepting applications for the Bush Fellowship program now through September 11. This fellowship is both a recognition of extraordinary achievement and a bet on extraordinary potential, with Fellows awarded up to $100,000 to be spent over 12 to 24 months.
The Bush Foundation seeks leaders who are active learners of outstanding character and a record of success, and who could benefit from intensive development through self-designed or academic programs.
There are two ways to use a Bush Fellowship:
- To start, make progress toward or complete an academic degree.
- In a self-designed learning program where the learning experiences including conferences, classes, seminars, etc. are chosen by the Bush Fellow.
The Fellowship is an opportunity for Bush Fellows to increase their capacity for leadership by pursuing learning experiences that will increase their knowledge and develop important leadership skills and attributes, especially in the areas of communications, self-awareness, creativity, cultural competency and cross-sector leadership.
See the details and apply through the Bush Foundation website, and have a look at the 2014 Bush Fellows to see some successful applicants and what they’ve been up to. Semifinalists will be selected in October, with in-person finalist interviews in February and 2015 Fellows announced in March.
July 15, 2014
Jennifer Ford Reedy addressing the YNPN National Conference
A couple of weeks ago, the national conference of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network came to Minneapolis. As a board member of the local chapter, I was thrilled to see so many young leaders from around the country in town and for them to hear Jennifer Ford Reedy of the Bush Foundation during day two’s opening keynote.
One insight from Reedy’s keynote in particular has been sticking with me and others who attended. It came during her description of her career path and how she figured out what her dream job was. A lot of her career, she said, involved doing a good job and seeing what new opportunities emerged, but there was a pivotal moment — involving deep thinking and visualizing her dream job — that got her to where she is today.
That moment came with a question from a CEO she’d been working with. The question wasn’t, “What’s your dream job?” Instead the CEO asked, “Can we fund you to be you and keep doing what you’re doing in the community?” Reedy knew that wasn’t feasible and that she’d need to have a platform and a place to belong. But it did get her thinking, “What do I want to do? Not what job do I want, but what is the verb in my life?”
She thought about what she was good at, what she enjoyed doing and the impact she wanted to have. From there she considered organizations she could be a part of that would allow her to do that. That frame of mind allowed her to make conscious choices that led her to Bush Foundation.
Reedy’s story demonstrated that the familiar question about someone’s dream job might have it backwards. The most important thing to know is what you’ll be happy doing. The best place to do it flows from there, not vice versa. So what about it, what’s your verb?
Watch Reedy’s full keynote and Q&A session from the conference below:
- Chris Oien, MCF digital communications specialist