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 2021 Giving in Minnesota. This edition features data on giving from 2019, the most recent year that a full picture of statewide giving was available. We also feature results from our 2021 Grantmaking and Practices Survey. This survey takes a look at the changes grantmakers made during 2020, and which of those changes endured or grew during 2021, and which abated.

Highlights include:

  • $5.23 billion given by individuals in Minnesota
  • $2.1 billion in charitable contributions by private foundations, community and public foundations, and corporate foundations and giving programs
  • Foundations who responded to our survey reporting that they have maintained or increased giving from 2020, and over half responding that they are increasing giving to BIPOC-led organizations, continuing to allow greater flexibility in the use of funds, and have increased communications with their grantees.

Because of a large delay in IRS processing and publicly reporting 990s during the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer foundations are included in this reporting sample than were included in 2020. We are grateful to all of our members who self-report their grantmaking data to Candid -- your participation increases both the accuracy and reliability of the data we are able to offer in these reports.

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.