Partners and Funders


GiveMN is proud to partner with these organizations to revolutionize the giving landscape in Minnesota.

Funders

  • F.R. Bigelow Foundation
  • Blandin Foundation
  • Bremer
  • bush foundation
  • Central Minnesota Community Foundation
  • Ecolab
  • Greater Twin Cities United Way
  • HealthPartners
  • Kinght Foundation
  • Initiative Foundation
  • The Minneapolis Foundation
  • Minnesota Community Foundation
  • Mosaic
  • Northland Foundation
  • Northwest Minnesota Foundation
  • The Saint Paul Foundation
  • Securian
  • Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • Target
  • Carlson Family Foundation
  • West Central Initiative
  • Women's Foundation of Minnesota

Outreach Partners

  • Charities Review Council
  • MAP for Nonprofits
  • Minnesota Council on Foundations
  • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Minn Post
  • Star Tribune
  • Twin Cities Public Television

About Our Partners

The F. R. Bigelow Foundation was founded in 1946 through a trust established by Frederic Russell Bigelow, the fourth president of the Saint Paul Fire and Marine Company. Bigelow was very compassionate, strong-minded and personal in his approach to business and life, and he had a great understanding and love for his community. The F. R. Bigelow Foundation was established as a trust to promote the well-being of mankind and to support the civic, educational, religious and other needs of the community in the years to come. It has funded programs and helped shape initiatives that are strengthening neighborhoods and downtown Saint Paul, improving educational opportunities for youth and adults, and enhancing the quality of life in the Saint Paul area. Learn more about the F. R. Bigelow Foundation.

Blandin Foundation, Minnesota's largest rural-based private foundation is located in Grand Rapids, Minn. Its mission is to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area, through grants, leadership development programs and public policy initiative. Learn more about the Blandin Foundation.

The Bush Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife Edyth. The Foundation strives to be a catalyst to shape vibrant communities in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, and in the 23 Native nations that share the states' geography, by investing in courageous and effective leadership that significantly strengthens and improves the well-being of people in these three states.

In 2009, the Bush Foundation is pursuing its Goals for a Decade - to develop courageous leaders and engage entire communities in solving problems, to support the self-determination of Native nations and to increase educational achievement. (For more information about Goals for a Decade, visit www.bushfoundation.org.)

Central Minnesota Community Foundation is a regional foundation with over $75 million in assets that concentrates its services in Central Minnesota, and its three affiliates; the Alexandria Area Community Foundation, the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation and the Willmar Area Community Foundation. Last year it awarded over $5.3 million in grants to local, state and national charities. Learn more about the the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.

Greater Twin Cities United Way addresses our community's most critical issues through the Agenda for Lasting Change - 10 measurable goals to create pathways out of poverty. We partner with business, government and nonprofit organizations to create lasting solutions and carry out our call-to-action to LIVE UNITED by encouraging everyone to Give. Advocate. Volunteer. Greater Twin Cities United Way is an independent organization serving Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott and western Washington counties. Join the movement. LIVE UNITED. For more information visit www.unitedwaytwincities.org or call (612) 340-7400.

The HealthPartners (www.healthpartners.com) family of health care companies serves more than one million medical and dental health plan members nationwide and is the largest consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation. HealthPartners is comprised of a diverse group of organizations, including HealthPartners, a 700,000 member, consumer-governed health plan; HealthPartners Medical Group & Clinics; RiverWay Clinics; North Suburban Clinics; HealthPartners Central Minnesota Clinics; HealthPartners Dental Group & Clinics; Regions Hospital; Regions Hospital Foundation; HealthPartners Research Foundation; HealthPartners Institute for Medical Education and Group Health, Inc. More than 700 physicians and 10,000 total employees serve patients and members at more than 70 locations.

The Initiative Foundation works to build smart communities, healthy kids, good jobs, powerful nonprofits, and a green environment in central Minnesota. Our grants, business loans and leadership programs unlock the power of people. Learn more about the Initiative Foundation.

Established in 1915, The Minneapolis Foundation is one of the oldest community foundations in the nation. It was created to help individuals accomplish their charitable goals and to work with others to strengthen the community. The Minneapolis Foundation manages nearly $500 million in assets and administers more than 1,000 charitable funds created by individuals, families and businesses in Minnesota. In accordance with donors' wishes, the Foundation distributes more than $30 million in grants each year, and through an endowment distributes an additional $6 million in grants annually to serve community needs. In addition, The Minneapolis Foundation works with other community leaders to improve the quality of life in our region and serve as a catalyst for discussion and action on critical issues. -- For more information, visit www.MinneapolisFoundation.org.

Founded in 1949, Minnesota Community Foundation is an innovative leader in philanthropy. Our recent creative ventures include GiveMN.org and the Minnesota Idea Open. The Foundation helps Minnesota donors support the causes and communities that matter most to them. The Foundation is an affiliate of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. Learn more at mncommunityfoundation.org and http://www.mnpartners.org.

The Northland Foundation partners with the people of northeastern Minnesota to support economic and social justice and help the region thrive. Its Grant Program directs resources to nonprofits that connect kids and community and strengthen families, promote self-reliance, and assist adults to age with independence. A Business Finance Program supports economic prosperity and job creation through loans to businesses and nonprofits. An operating program, KIDS PLUS, includes an array of initiatives that nurture children and youth. Learn more about the Northland Foundation.

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation believes that the future of the region depends on the ability to be competitive in a changing world. The foundation provides grants to nonprofits, loans and technical assistance to businesses, training for community leaders and nonprofit managers, and philanthropic services to donors, all supporting community asset development. The foundation has been a catalyst in a unique collaborative effort among industries, economic developers, higher education institutions, and government agencies that are applying strategies to attract and train talented people to meet the future needs of employers in Northwest Minnesota. Learn more about the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

Since 1940, thousands of generous individuals committed to the Saint Paul area have made charitable gifts to The Saint Paul Foundation. Today, the Foundation is the state's largest community foundation. Guided by the legacy of its earliest donors, the Foundation today helps donors achieve their charitable giving goals and have long-lasting impact in the community. The Foundation is an affiliate of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. Learn more at http://www.saintpaulfoundation.org and http://www.mnpartners.org.

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), a donor-supported foundation, invests for economic growth in 20 Minnesota counties. The Foundation has provided more than $42 million in grants and loans within the region during the past 23 years. SMIF's key interests include early childhood programs, workforce readiness, and economic development with a focus on emerging bioscience and renewable energy businesses. To learn more about our work and mission call 507-455-3215 or visit www.smifoundation.org.

The Southwest Initiative Foundation is a regional community foundation dedicated to advancing southwest Minnesota through leadership, relationship-building, program development and philanthropy. The Foundation has contributed more than $48 million through its grant and loan programs in southwest Minnesota. It has also helped more than 460 businesses start or expand through its business finance programs, which has created or retained more than 7,500 jobs. To learn more, visit www.swifoundation.org.

West Central Initiative is a regional community foundation that works to strengthen the region of west central Minnesota by encouraging business and employment opportunities, providing training and support to workers and their families, working with communities and the region to help them thrive, and promoting philanthropy. WCI serves the nine counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin. Learn more about the West Central Initiative.

The Women's Foundation of Minnesota is a statewide community foundation that invests in social change to achieve equality for all women and girls in Minnesota. The Foundation funds innovative social change programs, conducts and reports research, builds women's philanthropy, advocates public policy, and educates the public about the successes and challenges of Minnesota's women and girls. It is the oldest statewide women's foundation in the country. More at www.wfmn.org.

The Charities Review Council is an independent resource dedicated to empowering donors to make informed and thoughtful giving decisions, in order be more effective in helping charities advance their important community work. You can look for the Meets Standard Seal on nonprofits' profiles - an indicator that they have participated in an Accountability Wizard review and meet all of the Council's standards of accountability. For more information, visit the Charities Review Council online at www.smartgivers.org, or call (651) 224-7030 or toll-free 1-800-733-GIVE.

MAP for Nonprofits increases the capacity of the nonprofit sector and individual nonprofit leaders and organizations by assuring the most effective management of nonprofits, which in turn unleashes the power of the sector to achieve the outcomes for which we strive. Our innovative, cost-effective management consultation and support to Twin Cities' nonprofit organizations includes strategic development, accounting and financial management, board development, recruitment and training; legal services, computer technology services, marketing and merger services. MAP is unique because we're a nonprofit and we understand nonprofits. We work in partnership with other community resources and offer a pricing structure that makes services accessible to small and mid-sized nonprofits. Learn more at www.mapfornonprofits.org.

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) is the statewide association of 2,000 nonprofit organizations. Through its Web site, resource publications, workshops and events, cost-saving programs and advocacy, MCN continually works to inform, promote, connect and strengthen individual nonprofits and the nonprofit sector. Learn more about the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

The Minnesota Council on Foundations, a regional association of grantmakers, works actively to strengthen and expand philanthropy. MCF members represent three-quarters of all grantmaking in the state, awarding more than $850 million to nonprofits annually. Members include family and private independent foundations, community and other public foundations, and corporate foundations and giving programs. For more information, visit www.mcf.org.

MinnPost.com is a non-partisan nonprofit whose mission is to provide high-quality journalism for news-intense people who care about Minnesota. We are supported by advertising, sponsorship, foundation grants and voluntary membership donations. Learn more about MinnPost.com.

Razoo is the leading online consumer giving platform in the country and seeks to create an engaging destination for donors to connect with nonprofits. Razoo aims to mobilize supporters, minimize fundraising costs, and match donors with nonprofits. Learn more at www.razoo.com.

The Star Tribune is in the business of building community and has been focused on this mission for the past 142 years. We know that our success is dependent on the strength and growth of our community. As the leading news and information provider in the Twin Cities, we have a unique role in making sure that happens. Through news, information, commentary and sharing of ideas, the Star Tribune provides information for critical decision-making about issues that are important to our community, and we are dedicated to inspiring our readers to make this a better place to live and work for generations to come. Learn more about the Star Tribune.

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation serves guests at 1,743 stores in 49 states nationwide and at Target.com. Target is committed to providing a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to unique and highly differentiated products at affordable prices. Since 1946, the corporation has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs. Today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week in support of education, the arts, social services and volunteerism. Learn more at www.target.com.

The mission of Twin Cities Public Television is to "harness the power of media for the public good." A not-for-profit educational, civic, and cultural resource, tpt presents original television productions for national and state broadcast. Productions include the DragonflyTV science series for kids; the Emmy Award-winning Benjamin Franklin; the Emmy-winning The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's; our new DIY series Make:; the popular public affairs program Almanac, and the innovative Minnesota Channel, which magnifies the impact of Minnesota's finest public service organizations using the power of television. One of the most watched PBS affiliates in the nation, tpt is based in St. Paul and operates channels tpt 2, tpt LIFE, tpt MN, and tpt WX. The organization is also developing and distributing online content via www.tpt.org and www.mnvideovault.org , as well as through YouTube, Yahoo Podcasts and other distribution channels.

The mission of the Otto Bremer Foundation is to assist people in achieving full economic, civic and social participation in and for the betterment of their communities. It strives to help build healthy, vibrant communities--communities where basic needs are met, mutual regard is prized and opportunities for economic, civic and social participation are within everyone's reach. Learn More: www.ottobremer.org.

Established in 1988, the Securian Foundation ensures the constancy of the charitable giving of Securian Financial Group. Our contributions program reflects Securian's commitment to corporate social responsibility and to the advancement of the quality of life and the vitality of the communities in which it does business. Building a strong, vibrant community contributes to the success of our business and is also important to our families, friends and neighbors. Learn More: www.seurian.com.

The Carlson Family Foundation represents the commitment of the Curtis L. Carlson family to give charitably to humanitarian and community affairs. Through investments in education, mentoring, children and youth at risk, and youth mentoring, the Carlson Family Foundation actively participates in creating strong and healthy communities, and a competitive workforce. Learn more about the Foundation here: www.clcfamilyfoundation.com.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. They believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. Knight fosters initiatives that develop in people a strong sense of belonging and caring, timely access to relevant information, the ability to understand that information, and the motivation, opportunity and skills to take sustainable action on a range of issues throughout their lives. Knight Foundation fosters innovative approaches to increasing engagement skills in the community development field. The foundation funds programs that use technology to foster engagement. Learn more about the Foundation here: www.knightfoundation.org

Ecolab promotes the well-being of its employees, customers and shareholders by contributing to the quality of life in the communities where it operates, supporting organizations and programs that strengthen and enrich the community, especially in the areas of youth and education, civic and community development, arts and culture, environment and conservation, and community-based giving. Learn more about Ecolab Foundation here: Ecolab Foundation

The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation make investments in our global communities through philanthropic funding, employee engagement and in-kind product donations. Mosaic’s global giving is tied to three focus areas: food, water and local community investments. While not one of the three focus areas, Mosaic occasionally responds to global disaster relief needs, specifically when key stakeholders are impacted. Mosaic’s support of communities is aligned with the specific needs of the various geographic locations where Mosaic has locations. Learn more about Mosaic Foundation here: www.mosaicco.com/community.htm