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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 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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Watch Fall Updates from the Foundation

Fall Updates from the Foundation

Learn how the Foundation is taking action to partner with and support Minnesota communities.

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Read Connecting Nonprofits With Volunteers

Connecting Nonprofits With Volunteers

See how the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation works with Catchafire.

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Read Scientists Develop Ecosystems to Explore the Effects of Climate Change

Scientists Develop Ecosystems to Explore the Effects of Climate Change

Learn about one of the largest ecosystems in the world and its predictions on future climates.

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