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Individual Donors

Ready to explore the many ways you can give to the communities and causes you care about?

You've come to the right place. Check out our Toolkit for Giving and walk through your many giving options.

In the Toolkit for Giving, Individual Donors Will Find:

  • Questions to prompt reflection about the desire to give
  • Information on giving opportunities, from setting up a foundation, to participating in a giving circle, to creating a donor-advised fund and more
  • Links to other resources to inform your giving

Read to start? Begin Your Journey Here:

Watch the Philanthropy is... Video

This popular, fast-paced video offers a realistic — and often humorous — glimpse of how the public views philanthropy.


Co-produced by the Minnesota Council on Foundations, The Minneapolis Foundation and the Minnesota Community Foundation and The Saint Paul Foundation

Engaging Community Members Across Generations

For this issue of Giving Forum, the Minnesota Council on Foundations hosted a conversation on the necessity of involving community members of all ages to addr...

Giving in Minnesota 2013 Edition

Giving in Minnesota, 2013 Edition, features information on overall giving in 2011, which includes data from the fiscal years of Minnesota foundations and cor...

Giving Forum Winter 2013

Greater Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: It’s Up to Each of Us Minnesota Compass and the U.S. Census Bureau report that Minnesota’s population is about 17-...

Growing Diversity in Philanthropy: Cultivating Giving Circles

By Susan Stehling Are you familiar with giving circles? The concept is based on community giving traditions dating back centuries. Giving circles are simply gr...

Ten Steps to Starting a Giving Circle

Set Goals and StructureGather your group to discuss what a giving circle is, begin to set goals and define structure. Discuss meeting frequency, how to determ...