MCF relies on three data sources for our research on grantmaking in Minnesota. Data that foundations:
Submit to the IRS
Submit directly to our research partners at Candid
Submit directly to MCF
Together these data sources provide a big picture and high level landscape (IRS) and a detailed look at specific issue areas and funding priorities (Candid and MCF). These data sources allow us to produce the Giving in Minnesota report and allow Candid to produce other valuable research reports.
About the Giving in Minnesota Report
MCF produced the first Giving in Minnesota report in 1978, recognizing the importance of transparency in the field of philanthropy, and public interest in understanding the landscape of foundation giving in Minnesota. The report is made possible from a partnership between MCF and Candid.
Through this report, readers gain insights into the scale and scope of grants recently made by Minnesota institutions, and into Minnesota from institutions outside of the state. Readers can also find data related to overall grants given in the reporting year, plus details such as giving amounts by organization type, by region of the state (congressional district), from out-of-state funders, by subject area, and more.
Download the Latest Report
Download the 2022 Giving in Minnesota report. This edition features data from MCF's 2022 Grantmaking Practices Survey, conducted over the summer of 2022. This survey measures how current grantmaker practices align with MCF's Principles for Philanthropy.
Large IRS reporting delays made it difficult to get a big picture of the full grantmaking landscape in Minnesota. As of September 2022, only 70% of 2020 IRS 990 forms were available, according to Candid. Rather than attempt to report on this incomplete picture, we took a one year pause on analyzing IRS data, and will resume in 2023, when a fuller giving picture is available.