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. Our latest report from 2020 is available online here.

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.


Why Should MCF Members Submit Data?

By submitting your Giving in Minnesota data early each year, you help us create the most current and comprehensive longitudinal database within philanthropy. Help us go beyond what is publicly available to ensure we accurately reflect your work. Submit your organization’s data 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?

Please submit your organization’s 2019 data to Candid by July 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m., by following the steps below.

Submit Your Data 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:

Sponsor the 2021 Giving in Minnesota Report

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


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