Giving in Minnesota

About the Giving in Minnesota Report

The Minnesota Council on Foundations 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.

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 anticipate data related to overall grants given in 2019, 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.


Why Should MCF Members Submit Data to MCF and Candid?

By submitting your Giving in Minnesota data early, you help us create the most current and comprehensive database within philanthropy. Help us go beyond what is publicly available to ensure we are accurately reflecting your work. Submit your organization’s data with Candid today and receive:

  • An interactive digital grant map
  • A Minnesota-specific grant map
  • A regional dashboard, visualizing Minnesota giving priorities, populations served, strategies and more

When is This Year’s Data Due?

June 1 – 30, 2021 is a full month dedicated to data discussion, data collection and data submission for MCF members. Please submit your organization’s 2019 data to Candid by June 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m., by following the steps below.

Submit Your Data to Candid in 2 Easy Steps

Step 1: Complete the Candid grants data template with your 2019 giving data
Step 2: Email the completed template to

Learn how to share your grants data with Candid:

Questions and 2021 Virtual Office Hours

MCF is here to support you every step of the way and has allocated virtual office hours so that you have the help you need. This year’s office hours are scheduled for June 10, 17 or 24 between 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Please contact MCF Communications and Research Specialist, Chris Oien at or 612.455.6212 with additional data-related questions or to schedule a one-to-one appointment.

Sponsor the 2021 Giving in Minnesota Report

MCF is currently seeking sponsors for this year’s report. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, click here or contact MCF Marketing and Communications Manager, Erin Jordan for additional information.


MCF is here to support you every step of the way. Access Candid’s FAQs or contact MCF Communications and Research Specialist, Chris Oien at 612.455.6212 or email with additional data-related questions.


2020 Giving in Minnesota