MN Foundations, Charities United Under New Name

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners is anchored by four major foundations but supports more than 1,600 charitable foundations, funds, and organizations across the state.

Since the 1940s, a group of Minnesota foundations has been sharing expertise and services in an effort to be more efficient in their giving.

That group now has a name-Minnesota Philanthropy Partners.

The group is anchored by The Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, and Mardag Foundation-which share staff and infrastructure to enhance operational efficiencies. The staff members at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners support more than 1,600 charitable foundations, funds, and organizations across the state.

According to The Saint Paul Foundation and the Minnesota Community Foundation, which announced the new group identity, affiliates within the network have worked together for decades in order to keep costs low and put more dollars into the community.

Carleen Rhodes, president and CEO of The Saint Paul Foundation and the Minnesota Community Foundation, will occupy those same two roles for Minnesota Philanthropy Partners.

“We chose the name Minnesota Philanthropy Partners to describe our network because it truly describes who we are-many organizations doing great work in collaboration,” Rhodes said in a statement.

The name of the group was determined after Minneapolis-based PR firm Padilla Speer Beardsley conducted a research study with nearly 200 foundation stakeholders. The research uncovered an opportunity to better represent charitable entities in the state-including community funds like the Hibbing Foundation and organizations like GiveMN.org-that are working with the foundations to strengthen Minnesota.

The four anchor foundations and the other 1,600-plus philanthropic affiliates will retain their individual identities and continue to provide the same services that they always have.

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners has launched a new Web site-mnpartners.org-and the four anchor foundations have each launched new Web sites to bring greater visibility to the work of the others. The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation are also launching new marketing and advertising campaigns.