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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Foundations Announce More Than $7.2 Million in Statewide Grants

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation today announced that, together, they have awarded more than $7.2 million to nonprofits in Minnesota through the Foundations’ latest round of grants.

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Grant applications for our next grant cycle open on Dec. 15, 2020, and close on Jan. 12, 2021.

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Our 2018 total grant amount