There are significant challenges facing Minnesota’s communities, including racial inequality in education, economic opportunities and health outcomes. In Minnesota, members of the philanthropic community work in a variety of innovative and collaborative ways to address these challenges and create a sustainable future.

The SDG Philanthropy Platform, Council on Foundations, Minnesota Council on Foundations, and Medtronic Foundation, co-hosted a meeting in the Twin Cities on March 9, 2017 to discuss how work already underway across Minnesota supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mayors around the U.S. – including Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges - agreed to implement these goals in their cities alongside federal agencies, all working towards ending extreme poverty and leaving no one behind in a more equitable America by 2030.

The event discussed the following themes:

As American philanthropy grapples with local challenges, how do solutions and experiences link to challenges elsewhere around the globe? How can the Global Goals enhance domestic programs in the United States? How can funders in Minnesota develop innovative approaches to local challenges and join other cities and states across the U.S in utilizing the SDGs framework?

Morning discussions highlighted ongoing efforts of Minnesota philanthropy, current needs and recent analyses of local challenges, and discuss the broader context of the SDGs. The afternoon featured deep-dive conversations around specific areas of ongoing work in Minnesota and how funders can explore new approaches and partnerships to reaching ambitious targets locally, including education, economic security, and health.

Speakers included:

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges
Trista Harris, President, Minnesota Council on Foundations
R.T. Rybak, President, Minneapolis Foundation
Sherry Magill, President, Jessie Ball duPont Fund and Chair of Board, Council on Foundations
Jacob Gayle, Vice President for Philanthropy, Medtronic Philanthropy
Jennifer Chavez-Rubio, Senior Director, Global Engagement, Medtronic Philanthropy
Criag Helmstetter, Senior Research Manager, Wilder Research
Andreas Hipple, Senior Program Advisor, GHR Foundation
Lauren Bradford, Director of Global Partnerships, Foundation Center
Natalie Ross, Senior Director of Global Philanthropy and Partnerships, Council on Foundations
Mike Beard, Global Health Director and Exec Director of Better World Campaign, United Nations Foundation


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