Local Giving

Meeting this Moment: Rural Boost Grants ignite rural doers to action

October 3, 2022 Blandin Foundation Blog: Groundwork Alie McInerney Rural Minnesota communities are experiencing change at breakneck speed. The pandemic accelerated the way rural learners, workers and employers are using technology. Aging communities are managing workforce transitions, wealth transfers and housing and healthcare strains. The urgency of the climate crisis is destabilizing economies built on

Terri Thao Joins Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies as Program Director

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) announced that Terri Thao has joined the organization as Program Director, Local Initiatives and Opportunities. In this position, Terri will lead MACP’s local giving efforts, support other targeted grant portfolios, and work across domains with several long-term MACP grantee partners. She will also serve on the Program Leadership Team. Terri

Foundation’s COVID response grants awarded locally

Schools, community programs, library systems and a work source for people with disabilities are area recipients of recent Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation grants to support towns of 10,000 or fewer in its 20-county region.

Supporting our community in the face of COVID-19 and racial injustice

Banners in a North Minneapolis neighborhood

As mentioned in our past statements, MACP has supported our grantees and local community with flexibility and additional funding as they faced the immediate effects of the pandemic, and we have increased funding in our local community to address issues of racism and inequity in Minnesota. Since then, we have continued to work through our

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies Response to COVID-19

A building sign during the COVID-19 pandemic that reads Standing Together in Solidarity Six Feet Apart

UPDATED JULY 23, 2020 With the global spread of COVID-19, we find ourselves in extraordinary and uncertain times. We have a brand promise at Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) – Engage. Build Trust. Make a Difference. While we strive to live these words with each other and our partners every day at MACP, these unprecedented

Our response and commitment following the death of George Floyd 

The senseless killing of George Floyd is evidence of the underlying inequities and racism that continue to exist in our community and our country more broadly. The events that followed have highlighted the deep pain and anger within our community. The many demonstrations of solidarity, peaceful protests, and outpourings of support for the impacted communities were