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Carolyn Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-02-04

At A Glance

Carolyn Foundation

818 W. 46th St., Ste. 203

Minneapolis, MN United States 55402-3402

Telephone: (612) 596-3266


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $40,463,799

Total giving: $1,569,080





Additional Contact Information

Contacts for application questions: Becky Erdahl, Exec. Dir., tel.: (612) 596-3279; e-mail:, or Kristen Cullen, Admin., tel.: (612) 596-3266, e-mail


Trust established in 1964 in MN

Purpose and Activities

The foundation's vision is to improve the lives of children/families, communities and the environment through the involvement of successive generations of the family of Carolyn McKnight Christian. The foundation's mission is to support programs and initiatives that effect positive change now and into the future.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Community Grantmaking

Community Grantmaking focuses on economically disadvantaged children and youth, as well as community and cultural vitality in New Haven, CT, and Minneapolis, MN. Guidelines available on foundation web site.

Environmental Grantmaking

The current priority of this program is to support groups working in the Upper Midwest 5 state area (ND, SD, MN, WI, IA) to address climate change. The foundation is not accepting other types of proposals at this time. Refer to foundation web site for further information and application form.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Environment
  • Youth development
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $40,463,799 (market value)

Expenditures: $2,077,756

Total giving: $1,569,080

Qualifying distributions: $1,910,199