“…for the benefit of future generations.”


Our Partners work hard to positively effect and improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities. They are innovative, responsive, and caring. They are collaborative and look for sustainable solutions. They align with our values and demonstrate how working together is providing solutions to overcome some of our community’s greatest challenges.

The Family Partnership

Expanding Opportunities for Youth and Families »

The Family Partnership is a multi-cultural family service organization whose mission is building strong families, vital communities and better futures for children. The Family Partnership’s multicultural therapeutic preschools in North and Southcentral Minneapolis provide young children, whose healthy development has been impaired by trauma, adversity and poverty, with a whole-child/whole-family approach. Through year-round, accredited, early education program and child development therapies (speech, occupational, physical and play), children with measurable cognitive, language or social-emotional delays make remarkable progress. After receiving culturally affirming, evidence-based education and therapies, 80 to 90 percent of little scholars score ready for kindergarten. Parents receive education and support needed to sustain their children’s family and improve their life circumstances.

“Support from the Mortenson Family Foundation is critical to our ability to sustain and improve our work with families living in poverty, who cannot otherwise afford the high-quality education and support services they need for their own prosperity, and to close the equity gaps that exist in the Twin Cities. The Family Partnership shares the Mortenson Family Foundation’s belief that ‘good things happen’ when people work together in partnership for a common purpose.”

Molly Greenman

Land Stewardship Project

Sustaining Environmental Systems »

The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) was formed in 1982 to support farmers in training, advancing public policy, promoting soil health, improving water quality, and fostering healthful food and economically just food systems.

LSP launched the Chippewa 10% Project (C-10), a public and private partnership, to benefit water quality and wildlife habitat. By engaging farmers and landowners in the Chippewa watershed to adopt continuous living cover in farming systems, C-10 aims to generate a 10 percent increase in perennial cover over the next 10 years to meet water quality goals in the watershed. Using a range of tools from building personal relationships with farmers and creating networks with landowners, to facilitating peer-to-peer learning and adding new technology, like the cropping calculator, LSP was able to show that farmers can create both financial and environmental returns.

“Six years ago, we recruited partners in the Chippewa 10% Project and began reaching out to farmers and landowners. Since that time, we've learned a lot about engaging others around clean water, improved habitat and profitable farming techniques, and the Mortenson Family Foundation has been an important part of that effort.”


Mark Schultz
Executive Director

The Nature Conservancy

Strengthening Developing Communities »

The Nature Conservancy in partnership with Pathfinder International formed the Tuungane Project in Western Tanzania to tackle the interconnected challenges of population, health and environment, and create a sustainable future for people and nature. The Project works with the people of remote villages along Lake Tanganyika and in the Greater Mahale Ecosystem. Because the area’s land and water are largely unprotected and needed to support a rapidly-growing human population, the Project works to support community-driven solutions in these areas.

Since its start in 2011, the Project has trained thousands of smallholder farmers in Climate Smart Agriculture methods that increased their crop yields by an average of 50 percent, and reduced soil runoff and conversion of forest to farmland. Community groups have been organized with formal rights to co-manage the lake and fisheries, allowing people to have a say over a resource they need for the long-term. Thirty-three percent of the households now report that the amount of fish being caught is increasing in comparison to eight percent four years ago.

“Support from conservation-minded groups like Mortenson Family Foundation is the engine that drives our work in this important landscape and ensures that we can achieve those milestones that benefit both local people and critical habitats.”

Lukindo Hiza
Tuungane Program Director

Propel Nonprofits

Impact Investment »

Propel Nonprofits is the new merger between Nonprofits Assistance Fund and MAP for Nonprofits that now provides a more complete package of services, including loans, technical assistance, financial education, fiscal sponsorship, strategy and governance to the nonprofit sector throughout Minnesota and other Midwest states. Their services present a holistic approach to meeting nonprofits’ most pressing needs, including the ability to more closely link strategy, governance and finance.

Overseeing a $32 million annual loan fund largely supported by area foundations, banks, businesses and individuals, Propel issues roughly 105 loans a year specially tailored to allow more flexibility in managing the types of challenges unique to nonprofits. While Propel lends to a wide array of nonprofits, it has developed extensive expertise in lending to charter schools, which aligns with one of the Foundation’s priorities in expanding opportunities for children and families living in poverty in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

“Mortenson Family Foundation’s investment in our loan fund helps us power the missions of dozens of innovative charter schools. There are few affordable options besides Propel available for charter schools, and partners like Mortenson Family Foundation understand the need for flexible capital paired with ongoing support to boost not only education but also the greater nonprofit sector.”

Kate Barr
President & CEO

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