Established approximately in the year 1974, the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation (“Foundation”) is the planned giving and endowment department of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation (“Federation”). As one of the largest repositories and conduits for Jewish charitable giving in the Upper Midwest, the Foundation provides the long-term financial underpinnings that ensure continuity for the community.

For over 40 years, the Foundation has been helping fund holders from all walks of life build lasting legacies as philanthropists and facilitate their philanthropy through charitable funds created at the Foundation. We also serve as a conduit between fund holders’ charitable interests and the critical needs in our community. Currently, the Foundation manages assets of about $122 million and about 1,000 funds.

Over the past 5 years, the Foundation has helped our fund holders send over $31 million to organizations and causes around the world. In fiscal year 2016-2017 alone, we helped them send out over $12 million in grants to a variety of nonprofits.

The Foundation provides:

  • A variety of planned giving options to allow donors to give now and/or to give later
  • Support for planning the future needs of the Jewish community in the form of endowments, designated, and other planned giving
  • Funding that supports responses to emergencies here and around the world
  • Seed money for new and innovative programs, research and development