WFF Startups

The Walton Family Foundation has given more than $16 million to charter schools in Minnesota, contributing to 96 separate schools and helping start 70 of them - 29% of all charters EVER opened in the state. Read an anlysis of WFF giving to charter schools in Minnesota.

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EDUCATION REFORM FUNDERS IN MINNESOTA

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Bush Foundation
The Bush Foundation funds much of the education reform policy work.
Database contains 411 grants from the Bush Foundation worth $ 94,772,283
Grants for years: 2006 2007 2008 2009 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Cargill Foundation
Tax-exempt since April 1954
Database contains 186 grants from the Cargill Foundation worth $ 29,130,490
Grants for years: 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Carolyn Foundation
Database contains 41 grants from the Carolyn Foundation worth $ 908,756
Grants for years: 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Ciresi Walburn Foundation For Children
Formerly Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi Foundation for Children
Database contains 98 grants from the Ciresi Walburn Foundation For Children worth $ 11,126,198
Grants for years: 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Curtis L Carlson Family Foundation, aka Carlson Family Foundation
Database contains 471 grants from the Curtis L Carlson Family Foundation, aka Carlson Family Foundation worth $ 7,655,291
Grants for years: 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
David Winton Bell Foundation
Database contains 34 grants from the David Winton Bell Foundation worth $ 357,500
Grants for years: 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Douglass Brandenborg Family Foundation
Database contains 26 grants from the Douglass Brandenborg Family Foundation worth $ 1,913,000
Grants for years: 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Educause
Database contains 2 grants from the Educause worth $ 450,000
Grants for years: 2012 2013
Edvisions Schools Inc.
Database contains 31 grants from the Edvisions Schools Inc. worth $ 582,520
Grants for years: 2006 2007 2008 2009 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Frey Foundation
Database contains 42 grants from the Frey Foundation worth $ 1,187,000
Grants for years: 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Friends of Education
Was Friends of Ascension before 2007
Database contains 81 grants from the Friends of Education worth $ 7,082,771
Grants for years: 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
General Mills Foundation
Database contains 248 grants from the General Mills Foundation worth $ 16,824,100
Grants for years: 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2018
Great MN Schools
Great MN Schools is completely controlled by Minnesota Comeback. To see person-roles for Great MN Schools see record as a grant recipient.
Database contains 17 grants from the Great MN Schools worth $ 2,183,000
Grants for years: 2015 2016 2017
Greater Twin Cities United Way
Database contains 86 grants from the Greater Twin Cities United Way worth $ 16,798,896
Grants for years: 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
I.A. O'Shaughnessy Foundation
Database contains 43 grants from the I.A. O'Shaughnessy Foundation worth $ 4,054,250
Grants for years: 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota
Database contains 56 grants from the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota worth $ 1,368,017
Grants for years: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
John and Denise Graves Family Foundation
Database contains 76 grants from the John and Denise Graves Family Foundation worth $ 3,047,957
Grants for years: 2015 2016 2017
Joyce Foundation
Database contains 15 grants from the Joyce Foundation worth $ 1,762,613
Grants for years: 2012 2013 2015
McKnight Foundation
Database contains 152 grants from the McKnight Foundation worth $ 28,525,912
Grants for years: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Mightycause Charitable Foundation
Nee: Razoo Foundation
Database contains 287 grants from the Mightycause Charitable Foundation worth $ 7,789,631
Grants for years: 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Minneapolis Foundation
Database contains 698 grants from the Minneapolis Foundation worth $ 52,392,164
Grants for years: 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Minnesota Community Foundation
The Minnesota Community Foundation is completely controlled by the Saint Paul Foundation.

See the Minnesota Community Foundation as grant recipient.

From the Minnesota Community Foundation IRS 990, 2017, Schedule O:

"THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS OF THE MINNESOTA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ARE THE SAME AS THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS OF THE SAINT PAUL FOUNDATION. THE OFFICERS ARE PAID BY THE SAINT PAUL FOUNDATION, WHICH IS A RELATED ORGANIZATION."

Tax-exempt since July 1959.
Database contains 42 grants from the Minnesota Community Foundation worth $ 2,996,188
Grants for years: 2017
Saint Paul Foundation
The St. Paul Foundation also controls the Minnesota Community Foundation.

From the 2017 IRS 990 of the Minnesota Community Foundation, Schedule O:

"THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS OF THE MINNESOTA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ARE THE SAME AS THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS OF THE SAINT PAUL FOUNDATION. THE OFFICERS ARE PAID BY THE SAINT PAUL FOUNDATION, WHICH IS A RELATED ORGANIZATION."
Database contains 442 grants from the Saint Paul Foundation worth $ 29,723,976
Grants for years: 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Sauer Children's Renew Foundation
Database contains 11 grants from the Sauer Children's Renew Foundation worth $ 160,000
Grants for years: 2012 2013 2014
Smikis Foundation
Database contains 74 grants from the Smikis Foundation worth $ 1,492,500
Grants for years: 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Soran Foundation
Database contains 16 grants from the Soran Foundation worth $ 250,000
Grants for years: 2012 2013 2014
Walton Family Foundation
According to the WFF's website, it spent $9,124,347 on starting up charter schools in Minneapolis alone between 1997 and 2013.

http://www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org/newsroom/foundation-surpasses-1500-charter-school-startup-investments
Database contains 184 grants from the Walton Family Foundation worth $ 26,927,062
Grants for years: 1998 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
WEM Foundation [Whitney MacMillan]
Inside Philanthropy: "The WEM Foundation is the charitable vehicle of billionaire Whitney MacMillan."
Database contains 177 grants from the WEM Foundation [Whitney MacMillan] worth $ 10,285,770
Grants for years: 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

MN EDUCATION REFORM CORE

Teach for America $ 9,036,850
Hiawatha Academies $ 6,222,658
Minnesota Comeback $ 4,924,769
Charter School Partners $ 4,871,464
MinnCAN $ 4,155,592
KIPP Minnesota $ 4,119,894
Harvest Preparatory Charter School $ 3,099,438
Great MN Schools $ 2,780,000
Educators 4 Excellence, Inc. $ 2,620,300
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. (PIE Network) $ 2,342,289
Students for Education Reform $ 1,985,000
Charlemagne Institute - nee Intellectual Takeout $ 1,467,000
Wildflower Foundation $ 1,410,000
Harvest Network of Schools $ 1,229,266
Montessori Training Center of Minnesota, Inc. $ 969,256
Ed Allies $ 596,500
Minnesota Wildflower Montessori School $ 450,000
Total: $ 52,280,276