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funding priorities

The Carlson Family Foundation has identified the following funding priorities:
  • Education
  • Children and Youth At-Risk & Youth Mentoring
Historically, a significant portion of the Foundation's education funding has supported the University of Minnesota and the Carlson School of Management. Specific to mentoring, the Foundation is particularly interested in:
  1. Supporting youth mentoring programs that exhibit characteristics of high quality and excellence.
  2. Fostering innovation and creativity within the field of youth mentoring.
  3. Supporting efforts to increase the number of adult mentors to serve youth.
To learn more about youth mentoring, the Foundation recommends contacting the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota (www.mpmn.org) and MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership (www.mentoring.org).

The Foundation provides grants to organizations which are tax-exempt and publicly-supported under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Funding from the Foundation primarily supports organizations and programs within the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals (including scholarships), for political campaigns, or for lobbying efforts that are intended to influence legislation.