Eric Jolly


Minnesota Philanthropy Partners




Eric Jolly holds one of the most significant philanthropic leadership roles in the state. Minnesota Philanthropy Partners (MPP) is a network of foundations, and Jolly’s staff supports four large ones and more than 1,700 affiliates in Minnesota. Jolly, who came to MPP in 2015 after 11 years at the Science Museum of Minnesota, is using his foundation capital to address income inequality. In a fall letter to stakeholders, he wrote, “We must address the institutional, legislative and economic practices that hold the structures of racial disparities together.” He calls it a “moral and economic imperative” to improve incomes of people of color.