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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A look back at 2021

In this video, Mardag Foundation Board President Samuel Eberhart talks to Mardag Foundation Board Member and President of Youthprise, Marcus Pope, about the work of the Mardag Foundation and how it has adapted its work to meet the needs of the community in 2021.

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Foundations Announce More than $7 Million in Community Grants

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation Announce Nearly $8 Million in Community Grants

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Providing a springboard to a better life for homeless youth

Mardag Foundation’s support has been critical to The Link’s ability to offer stable housing to youth, giving them a springboard to live the life that they deserve.

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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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We have two grant rounds each year.

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$2.6M awarded

Our 2021 total grant amount