Giving in Minnesota is a comprehensive analysis of the trends in giving by organized philanthropy in the state.
The report presents the scope of philanthropy in Minnesota to diverse audiences, including nonprofits, the media, public officials and others, including foundations and corporate giving programs.
Minnesota Council on Foundations first published Giving in Minnesota in 1976 and has been producing it annually since 1997.
According to Giving in Minnesota, 2012 Edition, giving by individuals, foundations and corporate giving programs totaled $5.2 billion for the 2010 research year, a modest 2.6-percent increase over 2009. Individual giving grew 3.4 percent to $3.8 billion and accounted for most of the overall increase. The majority of the state’s charitable giving – 73 percent in 2010 – comes from individuals. Grantmaking accounted for 27 percent – $1.41 billion – of total 2010 giving, an increase of less than 1 percent over 2009.
The three subject areas receiving the largest shares of Minnesota’s grant dollars were education (27 percent), human services (23 percent) and public affairs/society benefit (16 percent). Funding for arts, culture and humanities rose 20 percent to $129 million, while giving to education, human services, environment/animals and religion was up more modestly – between 3 and 6 percent each.
Giving in Minnesota, 2012 Edition, features information on overall giving in 2010, which includes data from the fiscal years of Minnesota foundations and corporate giving programs that end between June 1, 2010, and May 31, 2011. 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.