Futurist Conference

September 18, 2015

Held in celebration of The Minneapolis Foundation’s Centennial, the Face Forward Futurist Conference drew more than 1,500 Twin Cities leaders and residents to learn about innovative approaches to some of the community’s biggest challenges and opportunities. The conference featured such thought-provoking speakers as physician Atul Gawande, physicist Michio Kaku, charity innovator Dan Pallotta, and longevity expert Dan Buettner, as well as MPR host Kerri Miller, who led the day’s discussion. In addition, an array of local leaders shared their visions for the future during breakout sessions on community issues such as education, civic engagement, the arts, and economic vitality. Held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, the conference was the official kick-off for the Foundation’s second century of community building.

Learn more on our conference page.

Media Coverage:
RedCurrent, August 5, 2015: The future of Minneapolis: Nation’s brightest minds answer 87 questions you want asked
MinnPost, September 18, 2015: What the future of civic engagement will look like in Minnesota
MPR, September 22, 2015: Physicist Michio Kaku predicts the future

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The City at Sunset

September 17, 2015

In honor of the generous individuals, families, and businesses who partner with The Minneapolis Foundation to make their giving go further, the Foundation hosted a special party for donors and other community partners on the eve of the Futurist Conference. Guests at The City at Sunset meandered the streets of Minneapolis, sipped local brews, sampled diverse fare, and enjoyed pop-up entertainment—all under the roof of the Minneapolis Convention Center. Then, in a surprise concert hosted by acclaimed Twin Cities actress Greta Oglesby, scores of musicians, singers, and dancers took the stage for a once-in-a-century performance celebrating the Foundation’s 100-year history. With special appearances by the University of Minnesota Marching Band, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, and many other talented local artists, the Concert of the Century was truly an evening to remember!



June 27, 2015

Twin Cities cyclists pedaled their way to a new bike sharing record on June 27—and raised money to provide bikes to kids in need while they were at it. Local cyclists logged 5,613 trips with Nice Ride Minnesota, the most ever recorded by Nice Ride in a 24-hour period.

Nice Ride and The Minneapolis Foundation teamed up to push for the new record, organizing the #NicestDayEver on Saturday to celebrate the Foundation’s 100th anniversary. For every Nice Ride trip taken anywhere in the Twin Cities that day, the Foundation pledged to donate $1 to Free Bikes 4 Kidz. As a birthday gift to the community, the Foundation also made a grant to Nice Ride for its community-based program and underwrote the cost of complimentary 24-hour Nice Ride passes that were distributed on June 27 at half a dozen Nice Ride stations throughout Minneapolis.

“Minneapolis is famous for being a place where people will go the extra mile for a good cause—especially on bikes,” said Sandra Vargas, President and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation. “We’re thrilled to cap off our first century of community building by helping the Twin Cities set this record, while simultaneously supporting a local nonprofit that is making a difference for our kids.”

Nice Ride’s previous single-day ridership record was set on July 26, 2014, with 4,486 trips logged. “It’s been a phenomenal year for Nice Ride,” said Nice Ride spokesman Anthony Ongaro. “Minneapolis is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation, and that has a lot to do with the commitment that residents and local organizations—including The Minneapolis Foundation—have shown to this community over the years.”


Media Coverage:
Star Tribune, June 27, 2015: Nice Ride beats daily ridership record
KARE 11, June 26, 2015: Minneapolis Foundation and Nice Ride MN host #NicestDayEver

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Painting the Future of Minneapolis

April 6 – 10, 2015
IDS Center Crystal Court

The Minneapolis Foundation kicked off a season of Centennial celebrations by inviting the community to step into the future of Minneapolis…literally. In a 48-hour live art marathon, award-winning local artist Shawn McCann created a massive 3D street painting that transformed the floor of the IDS Center’s Crystal Court into a vision of the city’s future. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges came to watch McCann at work, declaring April 6 Minneapolis Foundation Century Day. Once the painting was done, people from all over the community came downtown to become part of the art, stepping into the painting to take photos against this unique 3D backdrop.


Media Coverage:
Star Tribune, April 7, 2015: Minneapolis Foundation turns 100, throws a party
KARE 11, April 6, 2015: Minneapolis Foundation celebrates 100 years

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Graze 4 Good

March 22, 2015
Solar Arts by Chowgirls | 711 15th Ave NE

Fourth Generation, a program of The Minneapolis Foundation, raised more than $18,000 to support local organizations focused on aging services at its annual Graze 4 Good fundraiser.

Graze 4 Good featured gourmet tastings made by five of the region’s most in-demand chefs, as well as a silent auction and a bake-off to determine the official 100th birthday cake of The Minneapolis Foundation. (By popular vote, the winning cake was a “Peanut Butter Not-A-Cup” creation made by Katy Gerdes of Angel Food Bakery.) Held at the Solar Arts Building in Northeast Minneapolis, Graze 4 Good drew more than 250 local leaders, emerging philanthropists, and other community members. 

Featured Chefs:
Mike Brown: Chef/Owner @ Travail Kitchen + Amusements and Rookery
Steven Brown: Chef/Owner @ Tilia
Doug Flicker: Chef/Owner @ Piccolo and Sandcastle
Jerry Fodness: Chef @ Chowgirls
Jorge Guzman: Executive Chef @ Surly

Check out photos from the event!

Media Coverage:
City Pages, March 2, 2015: 5 food and drink events for beating the March winter doldrums

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