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Community Partnerships

We invest in community-led solutions by identifying, funding and advocating for promising ideas that build capacity and magnify impact.

We believe those living in a community are best placed to identify the solutions to any challenges they face. We are proud to support agents and agencies of change across the state of Minnesota.

Community Initiatives

We take an active role in many community initiatives that make the East Metro and Minnesota better for all who call them home. We partner with organizations spanning various sectors to lead on sweeping change across the state and respond to emerging needs.

Grantmaking

We are honored to invest in and partner with the agents and agencies of change who are working daily to address our most pressing issues. We support nonprofits through a variety of grant programs to strengthen and expand their work.

East Metro Pulse

East Metro Pulse is a biennial survey and report that measures community vitality in the Twin Cities East Metro.

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Our Investment Approach

A sound investment strategy is crucial in our work to create an equitable and just Minnesota where all communities and people thrive.

Our Investments team seeks to realize strong returns while minimizing volatility, ensuring that the Foundation and our donors are able to support community-led solutions for years to come.

Program Related Investments

PRIs have a social and capital return, as they provide below-market-rate loans to organizations that might not have access to traditional financing.

These community investments provide a modest return, allowing the Foundation to reinvest dollars and giving our donors a unique opportunity to invest in the community.

Statewide Affiliates

We support local, volunteer-led community foundations across the state of Minnesota, from Chisholm to Zumbrota. Every year, these foundations grant thousands of dollars into their local communities.

Stories of Community-Led Solutions

Read Meet Four East Metro Main Street Grantees

Meet Four East Metro Main Street Grantees

Learn how funding from the East Metro Main Street Economic Revitalization Program is empowering nonprofits and businesses to serve their communities.

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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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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.

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Read Foundations Announce $11.6 Million in Grants

Foundations Announce $11.6 Million in 2023 Second Round Community Grants

Grants will provide funding resources for community organizations that provide critical resources to Minnesotans across the state.

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