Giving in Minnesota

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, the organization created through the merger of Foundation Center and GuideStar.

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. It covers topics such as:

  • How many grants awarded by MCF members go toward general operating funds
  • How many go toward multi-year funding
  • The percent of grants that go to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-led organizations
  • How much communities are involved in designing grant programs and selecting grantees
  • Time required from grantees to complete final reports on use of funding

Large IRS reporting delays that we first experienced in our 2021 report have continued to make it difficult to get a full picture of the recent full grantmaking landscape in Minnesota. As of September, only 70% of 2020 IRS 990 forms are available, according to Candid. Rather than attempt to report on this incomplete picture, we are taking a one year pause on this part of Giving in Minnesota, and will resume in 2023, when a fuller giving picture is available.

What’s Inside the 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.

How We Collect Data (Methodology)

Giving in Minnesota Data is collected through a variety of public sources, including: Candid, direct self-reporting by grantmakers (members of MCF), IRS forms 990, IRS statistics and Giving USA.

How Can Minnesota's Funders Participate?

When MCF members and other funders submit their grantmaking data through our partnership with Candid, they help ensure that our reports are an accurate reflection of their grantmaking priorities and strategies. Learn how to submit your grantmaking data in a few easy steps.


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