Supporting the communities that have nurtured us

We give back to the communities that have nurtured our family and others by developing and sustaining vital community organizations that ensure the livability of these communities. We also seek to create community within and across the programs we fund. We look for programs and organizations that are making a difference in building community in the Twin Cities, the Vail Valley, and to other communities connected to George Family Foundation Board members.

A few examples of our grants in this focus area include:

  • Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center), to support general operations.
  • Walk-In Counseling Center to support general operations.
  • Somali Success School, to support general operations.
  • Youth Farm and Market Project, to support urban agriculture, youth organizing and cultural nutrition programs.
  • Minnesota Public Radio, to support general operations.

 2014 Community Grantees

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival                                                             
In support of this organization's artistic programs. 

$10,000

Children’s Heartlink                                                                                                        
In support of this organization’s general operations to build local organizations' capacity to save the lives of children with heart disease in the developing world.

$10,000
Guthrie Theater                                                                   
In partial fulfillment of a $1,000,000 grant to support the Joe Dowling Guthrie Theater Innovation Fund, including support of the theater’s Annual Fund.

$175,000
Hamm Clinic

In fulfillment of a $90,000 grant to support clinical training annually for two interns in the field of professional psychology. 

$10,000
Karuna-Shechen                                                                                                

In support of this organization’s general operations to provide education, medical and social services in Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. (New York)

$25,000
Marnita's Table                              

In partial fulfillment of a $20,000 grant to support this organization’s general operations.

 $10,000 
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
In support of the museum’s Annual Fund.
 
$10,000
Minneapolis Parks Foundation

In partial fulfillment of a $30,000 grant to support this organization’s general operations.

$10,000
Minnesota International Center

 In support of this organization’s general operations.

$10,000
Neighborhood Involvement Program

In partial fulfillment of a $50,000 grant to support this organization’s general operations.

$10,000 
North Hawaii Community Hospital

In honor of Earl Bakken’s 90th birthday.

$5,000
Phillips Eye Institute

In support of this organization’s general operations.

$5,000
Playworks Twin Cities

In partial fulfillment of a $30,000 grant to support this organization’s general operations.

$10,000
Project SUCCESS

In support of this organization’s general operations.

$10,000
Somali Success School

In partial fulfillment of a $40,000 grant to support this organization’s general operations. 

$20,000
Twin Cities Public Television

In support of this organization’s Annual Fund.

$7,500
Twin Cities RISE!
In support of this organization’s general operations.
 
$10,000
Walk-In Counseling Center

In support of this organization’s general operations.

$10,000
Total Community for 2014                                                   

$367,500