Giving Priorities

Youth

The Thorpe Foundation seeks to create opportunities for middle school and high school age youth to achieve productive and independent lives. The Foundation has a focus on the needs of economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth.

The Foundation supports in-school and out-of-school time programs that encourage character development, support academic success, and foster social and emotional well-being. The Foundation supports youth participation in arts programs which incorporate youth development goals.

Seniors

The Thorpe Foundation seeks to foster the vital aging of seniors through support of services which help them to live engaged and independent lives. The Foundation has a focus on the needs of economically disadvantaged seniors and the frail elderly.

The Foundation supports in-home and community-based services which help seniors to remain in their own homes. The Foundation supports social and recreational opportunities for seniors which reduce isolation and improve quality of life. The Foundation supports transportation services that reduce barriers to independence and social engagement.

Geographic Focus tree

The Thorpe Foundation supports 501c3 non-profit organizations located in and serving the City of Minneapolis and its western suburbs. The Foundation is not able to extend funding consideration to organizations whose service area is outside of its geographic focus. 

Other Requirements

The Thorpe Foundation limits its support to organizations with operating budgets of $3 million or less.  The Foundation is not able to extend funding consideration to organizations whose operating budgets are over $3 million, even if the program for which the organization is seeking funding has a budget of less than $3 million.

Other Criteria 

Organizations must have at least one paid employee to receive funding consideration. Organizations that operate through a fiscal sponsor are not eligible for funding consideration.  

Types of Support

The Thorpe Foundation is most likely to make general operating or program support grants. The Foundation does not support capital purchases or campaigns, or endowments.