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Marbrook Foundation


Last profile update: 05/16/2017
Last grant data update: 04/12/2018

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






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.