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The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota


Last Updated: 2016-05-29

At A Glance

The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota

615 1st Ave. N.E., Ste. 330

Minneapolis, MN United States 55413-2640

Telephone: (612) 623-1654


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $68,917,353

Total giving: $3,044,487






Established in 2011 in MN - In 1944, Jay and Rose Phillips created a philanthropic foundation so that their longstanding practice of giving back to the community could continue far into the future. As children of Russian Jewish immigrants, Jay and Rose Phillips both grew up in hard working families that placed great importance on the Jewish values of charity, loving-kindness and social justice. Even as an eight-year-old newsboy working to help support his family, Jay left a portion of his earnings at the local bakery for the hungry. Jay extended this generosity throughout his lifetime—his was one of the first companies to incorporate profit sharing practices, giving employees a portion of his company’s returns. Jay passed away in 1992, and Rose followed in 2002 at the age of 103. In 2011, The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation split into three separate and distinct foundations to better serve the communities in which the trustees now live: California, Colorado and Minnesota. The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota will continue to provide funding to a variety of programs, services and institutions

Purpose and Activities

Giving to address the unmet human and social needs of individuals, families, and communities that have the least access to resources.

Program Area(s)

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

Twin Cities Grants

The grants are focused on the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan region in Minnesota. Specifically concentrating on effective strategies in four areas: employment: helping low-income individuals advance toward stable, living wage careers; education: expanding access to high quality childcare for working families as well as helping high school students transition to post-secondary options; housing: helping low-income individuals access quality affordable housing; and transit: helping low-income individuals access affordable transportation. See web site for application information.

Fields of Interest

  • Education
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Family services
  • Housing development
  • Housing services
  • Human services
  • Immigrant rights
  • Judaism
  • LGBTQ rights
  • Minority rights
  • Public transportation
  • Reproductive rights
  • Vocational education
  • Vocational rehabilitation
Population Groups
  • American Indians
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Females
  • Homeless people
  • Immigrants and migrants
  • LGBTQ people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People of African descent
  • People of Asian descent
  • People of Latin American descent
  • People with disabilities
  • People with HIV/AIDS
  • Coalitions and alliances

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $68,917,353 (market value)

Expenditures: $4,159,829

Total giving: $3,044,487

Qualifying distributions: $3,622,289