We believe in the best of Minnesota and the power of its communities.

About the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations

With roots in Saint Paul since 1940 and partners across the state, we are Minnesota’s largest community foundation and the partner of choice for thousands of donors, professional advisors, nonprofits and community organizations. We inspire generosity to make Minnesota better for all who call it home.

Our highly skilled team supports more than 2,000 charitable organizations and donor funds and manages nearly $1.5 billion in assets, including F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation. In keeping with our aspiration of an equitable, just and vibrant Minnesota where all communities and people thrive, we work consistently to further our three strategic goals:

  • Inspire generosity
  • Advocate for equity
  • Invest in community-led solutions

We bring together donors, nonprofits and community members to address some of the biggest problems facing Minnesota communities. Our partners are change agents, and together we invest for good to make a lasting impact in our communities.

Our commitment to equity


Strengthened by a deeper understanding of the many facets of identity, we seek to dismantle the belief in and power structures that support a hierarchy of human value. To do this, we lift up values and voices of equity and justice in everything we do.

2018 by the numbers




The largest community foundation in the state, ensuring access to the most attractive investment options




To organizations, initiatives and projects over the past year




Large and small, our community affiliates provide regional granting strategies and donor involvement opportunities



To communities by the Foundations and our partners