Community Grantmaking Priorities

Our first priority is Middle School Children & Youth.

Carolyn Foundation wants to fund programs that encourage low-income middle school students in Minneapolis to attend high performing/potential schools and provide support programs during and after school that help ensure that those schools are relevant to this student population. The Foundation believes that:

  • All parents love their children and want them to get an education that will prepare them for success.
  • All kids are capable of learning and doing well in school regardless of socio-economic status.
  • Schools matter – attending a school that is providing students most in-need a good education is critical for long-term success.
  • Support programs, no matter how good, don’t make up for damage done by attending a low performing school.  In schools that are doing well, support programs create relevance and added value.
  • Middle school (G 6-7-8) is a critical developmental stage setting the foundation for success in high school that is often under-resourced

Our second priority is Community Vitality.

Carolyn Foundation wants to fund organizations in Minneapolis whose missions are to bring actual people together to build a shared community through arts, culture and community engagement by:

  • Intentionally connecting and/or bridging diverse groups;
  • Engaging in deliberate cross cultural work
  • Supporting underrepresented, marginalized, minority, and/or immigrant groups to develop and share their culture and experiences with others