EDUCATION REFORM FUNDERS IN MINNESOTA

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Bush Foundation
The Bush Foundation funds much of the education reform policy work.
Database contains 494 grants from the Bush Foundation worth $ 104,669,824
Grants for years: 2006 2007 2008 2009 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Cargill Foundation
Tax-exempt since April 1954
Database contains 195 grants from the Cargill Foundation worth $ 31,313,342
Grants for years: 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Carolyn Foundation
Database contains 55 grants from the Carolyn Foundation worth $ 1,599,356
Grants for years: 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Ciresi Walburn Foundation For Children
Formerly Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi Foundation for Children
Database contains 166 grants from the Ciresi Walburn Foundation For Children worth $ 16,321,673
Grants for years: 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Curtis L Carlson Family Foundation
Database contains 561 grants from the Curtis L Carlson Family Foundation worth $ 11,032,287
Grants for years: 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
David Winton Bell Foundation
Database contains 40 grants from the David Winton Bell Foundation worth $ 422,500
Grants for years: 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Douglass Brandenborg Family Foundation
Database contains 60 grants from the Douglass Brandenborg Family Foundation worth $ 3,886,750
Grants for years: 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Educause
Database contains 3 grants from the Educause worth $ 460,200
Grants for years: 2012 2013 2018
Edvisions Schools Inc.
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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 53 grants from the Frey Foundation worth $ 1,698,480
Grants for years: 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2017 2018
Friends of Education
Was Friends of Ascension before 2007
Database contains 100 grants from the Friends of Education worth $ 7,280,500
Grants for years: 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
General Mills Foundation
Database contains 283 grants from the General Mills Foundation worth $ 18,321,100
Grants for years: 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Great MN Schools

Great MN Schools was completely controlled by Minnesota Comeback, but Comeback closed and was absorbed into Great MN Schools in 2020. To see person-roles for Great MN Schools see record as a grant recipient.
Database contains 48 grants from the Great MN Schools worth $ 5,428,932
Grants for years: 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Greater Twin Cities United Way
Database contains 105 grants from the Greater Twin Cities United Way worth $ 19,684,394
Grants for years: 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
I.A. O'Shaughnessy Foundation
Database contains 57 grants from the I.A. O'Shaughnessy Foundation worth $ 5,122,523
Grants for years: 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota
Database contains 73 grants from the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota worth $ 1,902,958
Grants for years: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
John & Denise Graves Foundation
Database contains 128 grants from the John & Denise Graves Foundation worth $ 5,475,716
Grants for years: 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Joyce Foundation
Database contains 23 grants from the Joyce Foundation worth $ 2,767,613
Grants for years: 2012 2013 2015 2017 2018
McKnight Foundation
Database contains 202 grants from the McKnight Foundation worth $ 33,108,412
Grants for years: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2018
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 1,006 grants from the Minneapolis Foundation worth $ 89,770,207
Grants for years: 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Minnesota Community Foundation
Database contains 165 grants from the Minnesota Community Foundation worth $ 11,458,003
Grants for years: 2017 2018 2019
Mortenson Family Foundation
Database contains 35 grants from the Mortenson Family Foundation worth $ 1,308,000
Grants for years: 2019 2020
Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
The St. Paul Foundation used to control the Minnesota Community Foundation, but absorbed it in 2020.

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 582 grants from the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation worth $ 40,800,675
Grants for years: 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Sauer Family Foundation
Database contains 13 grants from the Sauer Family Foundation worth $ 240,000
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 190 grants from the Walton Family Foundation worth $ 32,699,722
Grants for years: 1998 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
WEM Foundation [Whitney MacMillan]
Inside Philanthropy: "The WEM Foundation is the charitable vehicle of billionaire Whitney MacMillan."
Database contains 236 grants from the WEM Foundation [Whitney MacMillan] worth $ 15,828,220
Grants for years: 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Women's Foundation of Minnesota
Database contains 4 grants from the Women's Foundation of Minnesota worth $ 63,000
Grants for years: 2010 2011 2012 2018

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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MN EDUCATION REFORM CORE

Great MN Schools $ 13,836,000
Teach for America $ 10,420,450
Minnesota Comeback $ 9,414,019
Hiawatha Academies $ 9,079,958
KIPP Minnesota $ 5,592,844
Charter School Partners $ 4,871,464
MinnCAN $ 4,155,592
Educators 4 Excellence, Inc. $ 3,584,913
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. (PIE Network) $ 3,192,289
Ed Allies $ 3,130,000
Harvest Preparatory Charter School $ 3,099,438
Our Turn, Inc., nee Students for Education Reform (SFER) $ 2,372,750
Charlemagne Institute - nee Intellectual Takeout $ 1,967,000
Harvest Network of Schools $ 1,524,539
Education Evolving $ 1,210,250
The New Teacher Project $ 586,206
Total: $ 78,037,712