We Are Saint Paul

Harnessing generosity for a vital East Metro

 

Legacy of caring

For more than 75 years, helping East Metro leaders drive positive change

700M

Managed fund dollars

With over $700 million at The Saint Paul Foundation, we are the largest community foundation in the state, and top 20 in the nation.

$47M

Grant total

The Saint Paul Foundation and its donors distributed nearly $47 million to nonprofits and community groups in 2016.

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Funds established

Many visionary leaders have established funds at The Saint Paul Foundation since its inception.

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Residents

Dakota, Ramsey and Washington County all benefit from the generosity of our donors through their community impact.

Part of the community

Saint Paul is all about its people. It is a home to innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders. It is a city that values and supports families and - for generations - has welcomed new Americans. It is a place that preserves its heritage and invests in education and culture.

Annie F. Paper was the first donor of The Saint Paul Foundation. A child emigrant from Eastern Europe, she made her life in Saint Paul. Her father was a peddler and established a jewelry store with her brothers.

Established in 1944 with $5,000, the Annie F. Paper Fund has made 31 grants totaling $65,000. Today the Fund is worth more than $65,000.

Paper and other early investors such as Glen and Harold Bend, Grace Flandreau, Ralph Kriesel and Mary Lou Diether established legacy funds that made sure resources were available to meet the community's changing needs.

Giving Together

Innovative investment and grant products

The Saint Paul Foundation exists to help you achieve your philanthropic goals and sustain a thriving Minnesota. You enjoy the highest level of philanthropic service while improving the communities you care about most.

Community leadership

By engaging in multiple communities - donors, policymakers, nonprofits and faith leaders -The Saint Paul Foundation can help understand how our community operates and where positive change is needed. By connecting donors' passions with critical community needs, we help the East Metro thrive.

To effect positive change, we believe those affected by our work as philanthropists must also be part of forming and informing the work we do.

Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D. president and CEO

 

About our work

Our strategic and equity frameworks guide our work in the community.

Strategic Framework

Our approach to creating a thriving region

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Equity Framework

Our commitment to promoting equity.

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About The Saint Paul Foundation

History and information about our work in community.

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The Role of The Saint Paul Foundation

Our community has entrusted us to invest in programs and initiatives that improve life for all who call the East Metro home. Driven by donors with a vision of a more equitable and connected community, we invest our time, voice and resources into these six areas:

  • Community Connectedness
  • Economic Opportunity and Security
  • Education
  • Health
  • Housing and Transportation
  • Human Services and Family Support
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Our Community Initiatives

Curious how we partner in community in ways that leverage our financial commitment to the region? Learn more about initiatives where we applied nationally recognized leadership and collaboration to a very local development project.

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Let's get started

You can support the work of creating a vital East Metro area.