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 economic development and education.


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

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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May 16, 2023 in Foundation Blog

An Investment in Healing and Self-Care for Local Educators 

For the past six years, the Phillips Foundation has supported innovative, student-centered learning opportunities at Minneapolis Public Schools in North Minneapolis. It has been my honor to manage this part…
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