“…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

New Hope

Strengthening Developing Communities »

New Hope Village was born in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch in 1999, when Common Hope relocated families in Guatemala City to a safe new place to live that offered access to quality education and family development programs. The successful New Hope Village model has continued to grow and now serves over 250 families.

New Hope elementary students consistently meet national standards and advance to the next grade level at higher rates than the national average. After elementary school, Common Hope supports middle and high school age children in continuing their quality education by attending area public and private schools. The programs and interventions developed and fostered by Common Hope at New Hope Village have given families the essential tools needed to break the cycle of poverty into the future.

“The Mortenson Family Foundation’s philosophy of learning, serving and creating opportunities parallels our mission of creating hope through opportunity for the children and families we serve in Guatemala. Together we make education possible and we are grateful for our partnership because it not only makes an immediate impact for children and families, but is also an investment in generational change for a lifetime.”

Shari Blindt
Executive Director


Impact Investment »

Asili is a business startup co-created by the American Refugee Committee, USAID international partners and Congolese families to deliver essential services – clean water, quality health care, and an agricultural cooperative - at affordable prices. Located physically in villages and supplemented virtually with the help of technology, Asili now includes three health clinics, a clean water distribution system and an agricultural cooperative to help farmers increase their yields and incomes.

These services were once delivered only through development aid, which made them dependent upon foreign aid budgets and, oftentimes unreliable. Asili has connected these services to the market by offering individuals monthly membership that allows access to the services at a reduced price, and ensures the services are reliable and available when local communities need them.

“The Mortenson Family Foundation’s support has been absolutely essential. They’ve helped to get our breakthrough social enterprise – Asili – off the ground. And they’ve ensured that we’ve been able to grow Asili to a point where it’s truly changing lives in Congo. Importantly, they’ve joined us at a time that is crucial not just for Congo, but for the future of humanitarian aid itself – they’re helping to lead us into the future.”

Daniel Wordsworth
President and CEO

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