About the Foundation

For over three decades, the James R. Thorpe Foundation has supported educational and youth-serving organizations in the Minneapolis area, along with many non-profits in the arts and social service arenas. We have chosen to focus on smaller groups (those with operating budgets of $3 million or less), feeling that our dollars can provide more meaningful assistance to these groups. Since 1974, the James R. Thorpe Foundation has contributed nearly $12 million to the Minneapolis community. After a year-long strategic planning process in 2008, the board decided to focus down on two distinct populations: youth and the elderly.  Guidelines are available on this website.


Learn more about our history and read our Board President’s update.