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Bush Prize: Minnesota Accepting Applications

The Bush Prize recognizes organizations that have a culture of innovation and a history of successful community problem solving.

Applications will be accepted April 1 - May 31 at 12 p.m. View award eligibility, application questions, selection criteria and how to apply.

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Bush Prize: Minnesota applications open now - May 31 at 12 p.m.

Continuing Collaboration in 2024

At this early juncture in the year, collaboration continues to be an important thread in our work.

President & CEO Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D., talks about two new community partners and welcomes four new staff at the Foundation who happen to have partnership at the center of their work.

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What is a Community Foundation?

Have you ever wondered how a community foundation works or how it differs from other organizations?

A community foundation exists to meet the specific and unique needs of the places and people it serves — and for the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, that’s Minnesota and all who call it home.

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Building Connections in Rural Communities

Listen to Season 3, Episode 7 of I So Appreciate You!, as we talk to Bethany Lacktorin about the opportunities and challenges of managing an arts organization in a rural town.

Co-hosts Nadege Souvenir and Melanie Hoffert chat with Bethany Lacktorin about her experiences managing an arts organization in a small town and the challenges she’s faced as she has pushed the envelope with the theater and its residents.

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Nadege and Melanie with guest Bethany Lacktorin

Serving Our Community

Donors

Donors

Make the most impact with your charitable dollars. Learn why we are the choice partner for thousands of donors.

Professional Advisors

Professional Advisors

You can expect that we will take great care of your clients to ensure their unique giving visions are realized.

Nonprofits

Nonprofits

Through grants and partnership, we support innovative organizations across the state of Minnesota.

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Grant Opportunities

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation and our partners F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation offer a variety of grant opportunities to support nonprofits meeting the diverse community needs across the East Metro and Minnesota.

We offer two Building Community Capacity grant rounds a year. Our second grant round of 2024 opens on July 15, 2024, and closes Aug. 7, 2024. We also offer other grant programs with rolling application dates.

Our Impact

9,604

Grants given

To organizations, initiatives and projects in 2023

$106M

Granted

To communities by the Foundation in 2023

3,253

Number of organizations

receiving grants in 2023

$1.8B

Combined charitable assets

The largest community foundation in the state

See our impact in 2023

Stories From Our Community

Read We're Moving in 2025

We’re Moving in 2025

In early 2025, the Foundation will relocate to Osborn370, a dynamic hub of innovation and diversity in downtown Saint Paul.

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Read Ensuring a Legacy of Literacy

Ensuring a Legacy of Literacy

Learn how one couple’s gift to The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library will support youth and their families for years to come.

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How to Turn a Successful Year into Giving

How to Turn a Successful Year into Giving

Learn how stock options, executive pay and other compensation could be part of your giving plan.

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Watch Continuing Collaboration in 2024

Continuing Collaboration in 2024

Learn how the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation is working with community partners and welcoming new staff in this video.

Hear from Dr. Jolly
Read Charitable Giving Trends We Anticipate for 2024

Charitable Giving Trends We Anticipate for 2024

Senior Vice President of Philanthropic Services Jeremy Wells shares current charitable giving trends.

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Read What Is a Community Foundation?

What Is a Community Foundation?

Learn how a community foundation works and can help you achieve your charitable goals in this short video.

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How to Make Executive Compensation Part of Your Clients’ Charitable Giving

How to Make Executive Compensation Part of Your Clients’ Charitable Giving

Learn how stock options, executive pay and other compensation could be part of your clients’ giving plan with our quick reference guide to donating executive compensation.

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Read Foundation Welcomes Tsega Tamene as Senior Director of Community Impact

Foundation Welcomes Tsega Tamene as Senior Director of Community Impact

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation announced that Tsega Tamene will be joining the Foundation as Senior Director of Community Impact.

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