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

September 15, 2022 in Foundation Blog

Making a Case for Joy and Justice in North Minneapolis Public Schools 

This fall there’s a lot of talk about what’s wrong with public education. Test scores are lower, racial disparities are wider, and educators are leaving the field. While the COVID-19…
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July 14, 2022 in Foundation Blog, Projects

927 Building: The Path Forward

On a Friday in May, drywall, bricks, steel beams, and cement floors formed the backdrop for a morning of interviews at the 927 Building on West Broadway Avenue. The building’s…
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