Minnesota Business Giving: The Business of Giving Back

This first-ever statewide survey of 595 business establishments gives a rare glimpse at the bigger picture of business philanthropy in Minnesota--not just the giving of larger corporations and their foundations, but the giving and community involvement of all sizes of businesses, from those with less than 20 employees to those with more than 500.

The survey results describe a positive picture of business giving and involvement in Minnesota. They show that business philanthropy is strong throughout the state and that giving and community involvement are integral to business establishments of all sizes. It finds that businesses are motivated in their involvement by the desire to give back to their community, that the focus of their giving is local, and that the range of ways in which businesses contribute to their communities is tremendously varied.

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