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Minnesota Initiative Foundations


Program Goal: Support six independent regional foundations to make Greater Minnesota stronger and more prosperous.

The Minnesota Initiative Foundations—six independent nonprofit philanthropic organizations created by the McKnight Foundation in 1986—work to make the six regions outside the metropolitan area stronger and more prosperous.

Each foundation’s priorities are decided by people within that region, with grants and loans supporting economic development; leadership development; community building; and families, youth, and seniors. To date, the McKnight Foundation has invested over $270 million in these foundations.

Learn more about each of the Minnesota Initiative Foundations at

MN Initiative Foundations

2020 Grantmaking at a GlanceView Recent Grants