Category archives: Foundation Blog

    by Patrick Troska, Executive Director In January, our Foundation lead a workshop at the Minnesota Council of Foundation’s annual conference. The session was entitled “From Empathy to Strategy: Co-Designing Grantmaking with Community.”  It was our attempt to[...]

    By Amanda Janssen, Executive Director Rêve Academy What happens when students are trusted to navigate their own learning? That's the question we asked Phillips Family Foundation when we proposed the testing of a new teaching methodology in North Minneapo[...]

    by E. Coco, VISTA Program Manager It is far too easy to fall into the familiar trap of focusing on deficits. It is particularly easy in philanthropy, where we can intellectualize and debate realities that we as people have often never had any direct, person[...]

    By Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota The Foundation has supported Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota as well as Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles with operating grants si[...]

    by Patrick J. Troska, Executive Director It’s not entirely clear to me who coined that phrase.  A Google search was inconclusive, although Stephen Covey wrote a book entitled “The Speed of Trust” in 2006, so maybe he gets credit. Regardless, this phrase bec[...]

    Call for Ideas and Proposals Student Success and Creative Ownership in North Minneapolis CORRECTIONS AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS The Foundation released two Call for Ideas documents on August 29th, 2016.  This document corrects several errors in those [...]

    by Dane Smith, President of Growth & Justice The headline and summary paragraph in the Star Tribune’s editorial page wrap-up of the 2016 legislative session captured the dismal conventional wisdom about the anticlimactic end of negotiations for a legisl[...]

    Today, the Foundation has released two separate “Calls for Ideas and Proposals” Student Success in North Minneapolis Creative Ownership in North Minneapolis PLEASE NOTIFY anyone and everyone who may be interested in either of these two areas or thos[...]

    Proposal Submission Instructions Go to https://phillipsfamilymn.smartsimple.com. Click on “Register Here” in the bottom left corner of the “Welcome” box. Answer the Eligibility Quiz question. Note- your work must be in one of the 7 metro cou[...]

    by Jay Klyman, VISTA Leader Greetings readers! This is Jay Klyman writing. I am the new VISTA Leader for the 2016-2017 cohort of C3 Twin Cities! Emma Olson is off to graduate school at the University of Minnesota through the Humphrey School of Public Affair[...]

    by Joel Luedtke, Senior Program Officer Reports.  Articles.  Briefs.  White Papers.  These and their ilk accumulate in the email in-boxes and on the desks of Foundation staff.  When we find the time and courage to wade through these documents, they invariab[...]

    By Joel Luedtke, Senior Program Officer Some of you know that the Foundation is in the process of substantially shifting its funding priorities.  On one level, this is not particularly novel in the world of philanthropy – funders’ changeable ways are carefu[...]