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F. R. Bigelow Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-05-11

At A Glance

F. R. Bigelow Foundation

101 Fifth St. East, Ste. 2400

Saint Paul, MN United States 55101-1800

Telephone: (651) 224-5463


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $158,639,376

Total giving: $6,632,811





Additional Contact Information

Toll Free tel.: (800) 875-6167


Trust established in 1934; incorporated in 1946 in MN - Frederick Russell Bigelow was chairman of the board and president of St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co., now a subsidiary of Travelers. The foundation has broad charitable purposes that give the trustees flexibility to address changing needs in the Greater St. Paul Minnesota metropolitan area where Mr. Bigelow lived and worked

Purpose and Activities

Established as a trust to promote the well-being of mankind and to support the civic, educational, religious, and other needs of the community.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Basic and remedial instruction
  • Child development
  • Child educational development
  • Early childhood education
  • Economic development
  • Elementary education
  • Higher education
  • Housing development
  • Human services
  • Humanities
  • Reading promotion
  • Secondary education
Population Groups
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $158,639,376 (market value)

Gifts received: $29,879

Expenditures: $8,239,841

Total giving: $6,632,811

Qualifying distributions: $7,031,502