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Marbrook Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-28

At A Glance

Marbrook Foundation

730 2nd Ave. S., Ste. 1300

Minneapolis, MN United States 55402-2475

Telephone: (612) 752-1783


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $16,540,827

Total giving: $830,551





Additional Contact Information

E-mail for Minna Brooks, Exec. Dir.:


Established in 1948 in MN - The foundation was established by Edward and Markell Brooks on November 1, 1948, as a vehicle through which to pursue their personal philanthropy. The founding Trustees were Edward Brooks, Edwin C. Austin, and Conley Brooks (the oldest son of Edward and Markell Brooks). Edward Brooks managed the Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company in Minnesota.

Purpose and Activities

Primary areas of interest include organizations that create equal opportunities for immigrants and refugees in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The foundation will give priority to projects or organizations that address at least one of the following areas: 1) English language instruction for immigrants and refugees; 2) Academic success for children of immigrants and refugees; 3) Initiatives working to create equal opportunity or to empower immigrants and refugees (e.g., affordable housing, job training, life skills; 4) Cultural preservation for new Americans; 5) Integrating a body, mind and spirit approach to the well-being of immigrants and refugees, with a special interest in programs honoring the inherent spiritual and cultural richness of immigrant communities; 6) Arts organizations/projects that highlight cultural awareness or address social issues of immigrants and refugees; 7) Expanding access to healthy food for neighborhoods with a high concentration of immigrants and refugees; and 8) Environmental justice and advocacy for neighborhoods with a high concentration of immigrants and refugees.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Child welfare
  • Community and economic development
  • Cultural awareness
  • Education
  • Elementary education
  • Employment
  • Environment
  • Historic preservation
  • Housing development
  • Human services
  • Museums
  • Natural resources
  • Performing arts
  • Spirituality
  • Theater
  • Visual arts
Population Groups
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Immigrants
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Refugees and displaced people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $16,540,827 (market value)

Gifts received: $425,000

Expenditures: $1,210,543

Total giving: $830,551

Qualifying distributions: $988,205