Minnesota Idea Open

Via Minnesota Community Foundation


To spread a deeper understanding of key community issues and challenges by engaging citizens in problem solving efforts

Implicit in every news story about Minnesota's problems is the need for someone to address them. This project strives to get the public engaged in that role. The grant will create a state-wide problem solving platform, MN Idea Open,  to host competitions for the best ideas to resolve community challenges. Small competitions could look like a city council asking residents what to do with a vacant lot. Our major, state-wide competitions will seek to engage EVERY Minnesotan on developing solutions to critical issues, through broad media coverage and partnerships with hundreds of outreach organizations. Winning ideas in these competitions will become a reality, thanks to grants from the community foundation and its partners.

About the Organization: Minnesota Community Foundation is the statewide community foundation helping to create vibrant communities where all people can find hope and opportunity. As a nonprofit organization created by and for local residents, the foundation helps individuals, organizations and communities fulfill their charitable giving goals and create positive change through philanthropy. The foundation provides charitable planning, grantmaking and investment services. Minnesota Community Foundation was established in 1949 and has become the fastest growing community foundation in the state – more than doubling its assets under management in less than five years.

Project Team

Minnesota Community Foundation