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Minneapolis Foundation

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Organization: Minneapolis Foundation

Sector: Foundation

Organization Mission: The Foundation sparks positive change in the community in three ways: We administer more than 1,200 charitable funds that enable individuals, families, and businesses to support causes they are passionate about. We invest our unrestricted grantmaking resources in programs and initiatives that are aligned with our vision — a greater Minneapolis that is vibrant, inclusive, and positioned to thrive locally and compete globally. We research, convene, advocate, and help shape public policy around issues critical to the current and future vitality of our community. Last year, the Foundation and our donors invested more than $80 million in programs and services that change lives and strengthen community. Through donor advised funds and unrestricted grants, we are investing the majority of our resources in these six areas:





The work of this organization may have impacts on the following areas:


Lvl 1: Arts & Culture ; Best Practice ; Business Process ; Civic Engagement ; Diversity and Inclusion

Lvl 2: Best Practice ; Business Process ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Economic Diversification ; Leadership

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Confirmed Project Involvement: OneMinneapolis

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  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community,'s  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. could be an interesting first step.

The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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