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Current Funding Opportunities:

Wells Fargo Foundation
McKnight Foundation
St Paul & Minnesota Foundation
Minneapolis Foundation
Otto Bremer Trust
Bush Foundation
US Bank Foundation
General Mills Foundation
Northwest Foundation
The Hormel Foundation
Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota
Blandin Foundation

Government Offices:

Minnesota State Home Page

Governor Tim Walz

Senator Tina Smith

Senator Amy Klobuchar

Find My Officials

Minnesota State Arts Board encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts throughout the state through advocacy, grant funding, career growth and the development of collaborative partnerships. 

Minnesota Department of Education works to assure educational equity, justice, fairness and inclusion so that all students have access to the opportunities to learn and develop to their fullest potentials. Their list of grant-funding opportunities for schools and related services are updated regularly. 

Minnesota Department of Health provides programs, oversight and grant funding to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans.

Minnesota Attorney General’s Office provides a variety of informational guides for the management of nonprofit organizations, including key state laws and governance.

Minnesota Tribal Government lists the state-based tribes, their contact information, and related resources.

Other Resources:

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Minnesota Council on Foundations

Charities Review Council provides a toolkit of standards for nonprofits to follow and for donors to use in order to build their funding relationships together.

Doing Good Together is a Minnesota-based national nonprofit that works to make community volunteering easy for every family. Click on the Minnesota link to find opportunities to assist your local nonprofit organizations.

Association of Fundraising Professionals – Minnesota Chapter is based in Maple Grove and connects colleagues around the state to share creative thinking, important updates and networking to help one another build funding skills to benefit their nonprofit clients.

Center for Nonprofit Management – University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis offers a degree program in nonprofit management along with seminars, training programs and consultation services on subjects such as board governance, fundraising, and other management topics.

Corporation for National & Community Service – MN provides connections to AmeriCorps and Senior Corps in Minnesota (ServeMinnesota), and provides state-based service statistics for the past year.

Fractured Atlas is an online resource that provides artists the tools and help they need to focus more of their time on making art. Support includes help in raising money, managing risk, building an audience, finding space for art-making and performance venues, and learning business skills.

Free Management Library – Operated by Authenticity Consulting, this online Library provides links to materials on leadership and management of organizations, including the best practices to start, develop, operate, evaluate, and resolve problems in nonprofit organizations.

Hands On Twin Cities is another resource for volunteers to connect with nonprofit service opportunities specific to this area. They also provide leadership development workshops and assist in educating local residents on social issues.

LegalCORPS – assists eligible nonprofit organizations within the state to obtain free legal assistance on a wide variety of legal issues.

Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants provides volunteer accountants to assist nonprofit organizations, schools and other entities around the state.

Propel Nonprofits is the new name for the recently merged MAP for Nonprofits and Nonprofits Assistance Fund (NAF), with their headquarters located in Minneapolis. Together, they now offer expert management training, collaborative guidance and financial resources to help Minnesota organizations around the state fulfill their missions. They also provide Fiscal Sponsorship services as a great alternative to groups not yet ready to obtain 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

United Ways of Minnesota website lists all 38 regional offices in the state.

Top Foundations:

FOUNDATION NAME TOTAL ANNUAL GIVING 
The Wells Fargo Foundation$232,402,740 
The McKnight Foundation$87,796,380 
The Saint Paul Foundation, Inc.$58,391,784 
The Minneapolis Foundation$49,489,224 
Otto Bremer Trust$44,239,349 
Medtronic Communities Foundation$35,519,836 
The Bush Foundation$33,624,736 
U.S. Bancorp Foundation$26,512,493 
General Mills Foundation$25,900,513 
Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation$25,690,347 
United Health Foundation$23,456,894 
Minnesota Community Foundation$18,462,478 
3M Foundation$17,274,144 
Northwest Area Foundation$16,448,298 
InFaith Community Foundation$15,991,919 
The Hormel Foundation$15,207,957 
Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota$13,641,903 
The Blandin Foundation$11,047,640 
Carl and Eloise Pohlad Family Foundation$10,325,406 
Target Foundation$9,527,000 
Central Minnesota Community Foundation$8,387,819 
Best Buy Foundation$8,033,354 
Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation$7,622,293 
Land O’Lakes Foundation$7,615,193 
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation$7,263,256 
The Cargill Foundation$6,778,500 
The Xcel Energy Foundation$6,441,143 
Andreas Foundation$6,230,020 
F. R. Bigelow Foundation$6,104,991 
Ecolab Foundation$5,726,897 
Northland Foundation$4,975,683 
Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation$4,789,250 
CHS Foundation$4,312,941 
RBC Foundation – USA$4,052,645 
George Family Foundation$3,862,222 
I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation$3,756,687 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation$3,702,168 
Initiative Foundation$3,617,772 
J.A. Wedum Foundation$3,612,775 
West Central Initiative$3,470,688

Community Foundations:

FOUNDATION NAME GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS 
Bloomington Community FoundationBloomington, MN 
Catholic Community Foundation of MinnesotaMN 
Central Minnesota Community FoundationCentral MN, International 
Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, and RegionPolk County, MN; Grand Forks County, ND 
Duluth-Superior Area Community FoundationNortheastern Minnesota counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis and/or Douglas and Bayfield counties in northwestern Wisconsin. 
Fargo-Moorhead Area FoundationClay County, MN; Cass County, ND 
Grand Rapids Area Community FoundationGrand Rapids, MN area, Itatska County, MN; 
Greater Wayzata Community FoundationWayzata, MN area 
Greater White Bear Lake Community FoundationBirchwood Village, Dellwood, Grant, Mahtomedi, White Bear Lake, White Bear Township and Willernie, MN 
Headwaters Foundation for JusticeMN, WI 
Initiative FoundationBenton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena and Wright counties, MN 
Minnesota Community FoundationMN 
Northwest Minnesota FoundationBeltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau Counties; and Red Lake Reservation and White Earth Reservation, MN 
Rochester Area FoundationRochester, MN; Olmsted County, MN 
Southern Minnesota Initiative FoundationBlue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Le Sueur, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, and Winona Counties MN 
Southwest Initiative FoundationBig Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine counties, MN. 
St. Croix Valley FoundationThe St. Croix Valley of Minnesota and Wisconsin 
St. Louis Park Community and Youth Development FundSt. Louis Park, MN; 
The Minneapolis FoundationTwin Cities region, MN 
The Saint Paul Foundation, Inc.Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties, MN 
The Virginia Community FoundationVirginia, MN 
West Central InitiativeBecker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties, MN 
Winona Community FoundationWithin 15 miles of Winona, MN