Giving in Minnesota

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Giving in Minnesota is a comprehensive analysis of the trends in giving by organized philanthropy in the state.

Minnesota Grantmaking Increased Nearly 15 Percent

According to Giving in Minnesota, 2013 Edition, Minnesota foundations and corporations granted $1.7 billion in 2011, an increase of 14.7 percent over the prior year. Total charitable giving by individuals, foundations and corporations in Minnesota reached $5.5 billion in 2011, a 3.4-percent rise from 2010. Individuals donated $3.8 billion, 70 percent of Minnesota's overall charitable giving.

Up15_mediumNew giving by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation accounted for much of the increase in foundation giving, but even without it, Minnesota grantmaking rose 5 percent to an all-time high.

Education continued to receive the largest share (28 percent), followed by human services (21 percent) and public affairs/society benefit (17 percent). 

In 2011, 47 percent of Minnesota grantmaking dollars went to organizations and programs serving the state. A similar amount was distributed to groups serving other parts of the U.S., and 4 percent was given to support international causes.

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Giving in Minnesota, 2013 Edition, features information on overall giving in 2011, which includes data from the fiscal years of Minnesota foundations and corporate giving programs that end between June 1, 2011, and May 31, 2012. This is the most recent time period for which complete data are available. Because all grantmakers do not use the same fiscal year, and because foundations are allowed several months to file an IRS 990 or 990-PF tax return, there is some lag time before data are available to MCF for analysis.

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