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.
Grantmaking Increased Nearly 15 Percent
The research shows that 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.
Grantmaking by Margaret A. Cargill Foundation Boosts Totals
Margaret A. Cargill Foundation grantmaking rose from $10 million in 2010 to $142 million in 2011. The unprecedented growth was due, in part, to the foundation paying out multi-year commitments to a large number of nonprofits.
Education Continues to Receive Largest Share of Grant Dollars
The one-time Margaret A. Cargill grantmaking dramatically boosted giving in six of eight subject areas in 2011, but overall subject area rankings did not change from the previous year.
Education continued to receive the largest share (28 percent), followed by human services (21 percent) and public affairs/society benefit (17 percent).
Half of Giving Stays in State
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.
Corporate grantmaking is vital in Minnesota. In 2011, company foundations and giving programs comprised just 9 percent of the state’s 1,465 grantmakers, but they gave 43 percent of all grant dollars. By contrast, private foundations made up 85 percent of Minnesota’s grantmakers and gave 42 percent of all 2011 grant dollars. Community and public foundations accounted for the remaining 15 percent of giving.