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The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota invests in the creative and strategic genius of the North Minneapolis community, with a particular focus on education, economic development, and community safety.


What do the students and educators of North Minneapolis need to thrive? Let’s ask them, and then follow their advice.

This, in a nutshell, is our approach to funding education in North Minneapolis. It is built on a firm belief that students and educators have deep and largely untapped wisdom. It is also grounded in the conviction that by amplifying student and educator voice in the design of education we can enhance motivation, engagement and ultimately post-secondary success.


Helping build a vibrant small business and entrepreneurship ecosystem in North Minneapolis.

The Foundation seeks to capitalize on opportunities to help grow a strong and vibrant local economy in North Minneapolis. We focus on supporting small business development, entrepreneurship, and growing a locally owned economic ecosystem.

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Advancing opportunities for the North Minneapolis community to create and develop safe spaces for holistic healing, wellness, and community engagement.

As a North Minneapolis neighbor and community partner, the Foundation is invested in supporting the community in building on its many assets to create environments where residents and businesses can thrive.

Recently Funded Projects

Genius & Joy

Created by a committee of community advisors, Genius & Joy provides funds to Northside educators to create exciting, culturally grounded, literacy-focused summer programs at Minneapolis Public Schools in North Minneapolis.

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Northside Real Estate Development

Our Northside Real Estate Developer grants support Black real estate developers by alleviating the financial burdens that often hinder the success of developers who come from a historically marginalized community and have limited representation in the field of real estate development.

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Recent Blogs

March 29, 2024 in Foundation Blog

We’re Ready to Host Your Next Northside Meeting

The Foundation is eager to host community meetings at our new office, located at 927 West Broadway Avenue. The 927 Building is a partnership between the Foundation and TRI-Construction, and…
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August 11, 2023 in Foundation Blog

Reflecting on a Six-Year Investment in Northside Schools 

Last month, the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation gathered with 45 educators, funders, and policy advocates to reflect on our six years of support for Patrick Henry High School…
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