Our Story


For more than four decades, a number of Minnesota foundations have been sharing expertise and operations to improve the effectiveness of their giving. Though the structure of these relationships has changed over the years, the underlying commitment remains the same: to make each other stronger and smarter and to work together for a better Minnesota.

Today, we call this network of charitable affiliates Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. MN Partners is anchored by four institutions that share staff and infrastructure to benefit from collective expertise and shared operational efficiencies:

In addition to the four anchor institutions, the staff members of MN Partners support more than 2,000 charitable organizations and donor funds around the state. Together we provide charitable and financial expertise, connections and services to ensure all people and communities in Minnesota thrive.

View our Strategic Framework 2015-2019


Minnesota ... where all communities and people thrive


Working together to share knowledge and resources to benefit the communities we serve

How We Do Our Work

  • Lead with Respect
  • Act with Integrity
  • Advance Equity
  • Embrace Collaboration
  • Strive for Excellence
  • Spark Innovation

What We Do

  • Strategically invest the assets entrusted to us
  • Help donors achieve their philanthropic goals
  • Partner with others to address complex community issues
  • Build capacity to meet immediate as well as long-term needs
  • Inspire innovation and fresh approaches

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. Together we thrive.

Together We Thrive

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners is a network of foundations, funds and organizations that share knowledge and services to make charitable giving thrive and benefit all Minnesotans. Minnesota Philanthropy Partners supports The Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation, Mardag Foundation and more than 1,700 affiliates across Minnesota.

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101 Fifth Street East, Suite 2400
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101-1800
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