Minnesota’s Thriving Community Spirit

When you pick up the Star Tribune in print or visit it online today, don’t miss the special Giving Back feature. It includes an article by MCF’s Susan Stehling that focuses on the many contributions community foundations make to Minnesota’s quality of life.

Minnesota is home to 88 community and public foundations, all with different missions, but “their essence is fostering philanthropy to improve quality of life.” Among them:

  • The Minneapolis Foundation, highlighted in the article for its community impact strategy of transforming Minneapolis’s education landscape to close persistent achievement gaps.
  • The country’s first statewide women’s foundation, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, which provides resources for women and girls to break down local barriers to equality.
  • The six Minnesota Initiative Foundations, created by The McKnight Foundation in 1986 to strengthen communities and economies across Minnesota. In that time they’ve granted $120.4 million to community nonprofits and made $174.5 million in business loans.

As these and other community foundations remind us, philanthropy isn’t just for the very rich, it’s about neighbors helping neighbors and members of a community banding together for the greater good of all.

After you’re done reading about Minnesota’s philanthropic community spirit, have a look at the other Giving Back stories, including pieces on the surging popularity of online donations and profiles of four individuals making a difference in their own unique ways. And head over to MCF’s Giving in Minnesota page for our latest research on how community foundations and others are contributing to the state.

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