Since 2016, the Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota invests in the creative and strategic genius of the North Minneapolis community in the spaces of economic development and education. North Minneapolis is a community with a rich set of histories, a wealth of knowledge, a deep commitment to the health of its community, and an eagerness to build suitable and positive change.


What do the students of North Minneapolis need to thrive in school? 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 have deep and largely untapped wisdom about how school could better help them thrive.  It is also grounded in the conviction that by amplifying student voice in the design of education we can enhance motivation, engagement and ultimately post-secondary success.

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

The Foundation is looking to capitalize on opportunities to help grow a strong and vibrant local economy in North Minneapolis. For now and into the future we will be focused on supporting: Small business development, Entrepreneurship and Growing a locally-owned economic ecosystem.

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Recently Funded Projects

Rêve Academy

$45,000 to partner with North Community High School’s NSTEM Academy to co-teach courses and units using Rêve’s “Emergent Learning” instructional model.  This approach places teachers in the role of learning coaches as students pursue self-directed, real-world projects.

Appetite for Change

$200,000 over two years for capacity building and “the Campaign for Growth”.  By listening to and responding to the community, Appetite for Change has begun a movement of healthy food demand in North Minneapolis. AFC is now planning to grow its capacity as a provider, advocate and trainer to increase options and opportunities to healthy food for North Minneapolis.

Association for Black Economic Power

$428,610 over two years to support the development and establishment of a new black-led credit union in North Minneapolis. With only a couple small branch banks and dozens of payday lenders, North Minneapolis lacks access to financial services that support the community and help residents.

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Recent Blogs

March 8, 2018 in Foundation Blog

3 from 5: Three Key take-aways from our five-year initiative to build the capacity of sector-focused job training organizations

by Joel Luedtke, Program Director From 2011 to 2016, the Phillips Sectoral Employment Initiative (PSEI) provided multifaceted building support to a cohort of organizations that offer industry-focused job training services…

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December 15, 2017 in Foundation Blog

Loving North Minneapolis, A Reporter’s Voice

by Cirien Saadeh, Education, Small Business, and Entrepreneurship Reporter for North News This is the first in a series of blogs written by Cirien Saadeh, reflecting on her reporting work…

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C3 Twin Cities is an AmeriCorps VISTA program sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service and The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota.