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Community foundations exist to make communities stronger.

For over eight decades, the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation has partnered with individuals, families and businesses throughout the East Metro and the state of Minnesota to steward their charitable assets for community good. Thousands of donors work with us to fulfill their giving visions and amplify their impact. See why working with a community foundation could be right for you.

How a Community Foundation Works

Community foundations bring together the financial resources of families, individuals and organizations who care about a specific place and then invest those resources back into the community.

Watch the video to learn about the unique role a community foundation like ours plays in helping donors meet their charitable giving goals.

Community Is Our Compass

At the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, we are committed to investing in Minnesota and creating an equitable, just and vibrant state where all communities and people thrive. Each year, alongside our donors, we make over 8,500 grants to the nonprofit community.

$57M

Dollars granted

through donor advised funds in 2023

6,341

number of grants

from donor advised funds to community organizations in 2023

Your Partner in Giving

When you open a fund with us, you will join a community of thousands of donors who are making an impact on the causes they care about most. We offer donor advised funds, as well as other types of charitable funds. We’ll help you choose the right fund based on your goals.

Benefits of Being a Donor with the Foundation

In addition to receiving personalized guidance to define your charitable vision and establish a fund, as a fundholder with the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, you will also enjoy the following benefits:

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Personalized service tailored to your individual giving needs with local philanthropic advisors who know Minnesota and our communities

2

Many investment options for your fund, including socially responsible portfolios

3

A suite of resources to help you develop and refine your giving

4

The ability to manage your giving online through our donor fund management portal

5

Exclusive invitations to Giving+Together events where you will learn about the work of our nonprofit partners alongside other donors

My wife and I chose the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation because it focused on building a stronger community. It also gave us an opportunity to give during our lifetime, and for our children to continue their own philanthropy after we pass.

Ray, donor advised fundholder

Explore Our Services

Read Ways to Give

Ways to Give

There are a variety of ways to make a gift. Many options can provide income during your lifetime or significant tax benefits — or both. Learn about donating non-cash assets.

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How To Open A Fund

How To Open A Fund

We want to help you give in a way that aligns your goals with the needs of your family and community.

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Start A Fund Today

Start A Fund Today

Take the next step to maximize your giving. Start your donor advised fund with the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation.

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Our Promise To You

  • Your goals are our goals.
  • You will be guided each step of the way.
  • You will work with a local partner who will act in your best interest at all times.
  • You will get more than a transaction. You will get a trusted partner in giving.
  • You will work with a local team who knows the community.

Connect With Us

If you would like to begin a conversation about partnering with us, get in touch with our team. Please call us at 651.224.5463, email philanthropy@spmcf.org, or reach out to one of our local gift planners today to start a conversation.

Mariah Brook Headshot Mariah Brook

Director of Gift Planning

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Beth McCray Headshot Elizabeth McCray

Nonprofit Strategies Manager

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Luther Ranheim Headshot Luther Ranheim

Gift Planner

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Jennifer Vickerman Headshot Jennifer Vickerman

Gift Planner

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