Grantmaking to improve quality of life in Minnesota

A family legacy. A partner for Minnesota.

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The Mardag Foundation supports Minnesota nonprofits to remove barriers and create opportunities for low income or traditionally marginalized children, youth and families; older adults with barriers to living independently; and to build capacity of organizations supporting the arts and humanities.

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50 Years of Giving

Learn more about the Mardag Foundation's history in our special 50th anniversary video and booklet.

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Mardag Foundation Marks 50th Anniversary

The Mardag Foundation, a force in supporting the vibrancy and needs of Minnesotans in the East Metro and greater Minnesota, today announced the celebration of 50 years of giving.

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2018 Annual Letter

In 2018, the Mardag Foundation made 114 grants totaling $3.2 million across Minnesota in our four priority areas. Look back at these and other accomplishments.

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Foundations Grant More Than $8.2 Million to Minnesota Nonprofits

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations, F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation recently awarded more than $8.2 million to nonprofits throughout the state of Minnesota.

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Our 2018 total grant amount