Face Time: Giving for the future

  • Article by: SARA GLASSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 23, 2012 - 1:42 PM

The Minneapolis Foundation's Fourth Generation young professionals group pools resources to increase giving.

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Attention, future philanthropists: The Minneapolis Foundation wants you.

The nearly century-old institution, which supports community programs, has a spinoff group aimed at young professionals called Fourth Generation. The name of the two-year-old group refers to the foundation's legacy of giving.

"We wanted to mold and shape this next generation of leadership in the philanthropic community," said Robyn Schein, director of donor experience and engagement for the foundation. The idea is that by pooling their resources, members can become more involved in the process of giving their money and time.

At the recent Give 4 Good event at Hell's Kitchen, Fourth Generation celebrated distributing checks to organizations focused on healthy and affordable food: Kids Cook Classroom, Minnesota Food Association, Perspectives and Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota.

"You wonder how much your single contribution can do for an organization," said Jenny Song, a member of Fourth Generation. "As a group, we gave $33,000 to four really deserving organizations -- and that's a really profound thing we can do."

Sara Glassman • 612-673-7177

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