Focused grantmaking for Minnesota's East Metro

Shaping and strengthening the community's most important initiatives

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F. R. Bigelow Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life for all in the greater Saint Paul area, fostering a vibrant East Metro region.

The Foundation will partner, collaborate and invest in opportunities that seek to achieve racially and economically equitable outcomes in the areas of arts & culture, community & economic development, education & youth development, health, housing, and human services.

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F. R. Bigelow Foundation Invests in Minneapolis-Based Nice Healthcare

F. R. Bigelow Foundation announced today that it has invested $500,000 in Nice Healthcare’s recently completed $30 million Series A financing.

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A look back at 2021

In this annual update video, F. R. Bigelow Foundation Board Chair Terri Thao reflects on the last 75 years that the Foundation has served the East Metro. She talks about the Foundation's work and how it has adapted in 2021.

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Foundations Announce More than $7 Million in Community Grants

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation Announce Nearly $8 Million in Community Grants

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Providing a springboard to a better life for homeless youth

As part of F. R. Bigelow Foundation’s focus to address homelessness and support affordable housing in the Saint Paul area, the Foundation has supported The Link’s suburban housing program in recent years.

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$6.8 Million Awarded

2021 total amount granted