Skip to main content Skip to footer

Mardag Foundation


Last profile update: 04/12/2017
Last grant data update: 03/02/2018

At A Glance

Mardag Foundation

101 5th St. E., Ste. 2400

Saint Paul, MN United States 55101-1800

Telephone: (651) 224-5463


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation






Established in 1969 in MN - The foundation was established as called for in the will of Agnes Dagmar Elmer Ober, who with her husband, Edgar Ober, was heavily involved in helping St. Paul, MN, community programs. The foundation was originally called the Ober Charitable Foundation, but in 1976 the name was changed to Mardag Foundation, to move away from identifying the foundation with one donor. Mardag is a reversal of Agnes's middle name, "Dagmar."

Purpose and Activities

The foundation is committed to making grants to nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life in Minnesota for children, seniors, and other at-risk populations and also for programs in education and the arts.