Who We Are

We are a family foundation committed to carrying on the good works Elmer and Eleanor began during their lifetimes. Learn more about who we are and our mission, vision and values.

What We Do

Through effective grantmaking, we seek to invest in social change and improve quality of life while honoring the legacy of our founders. Find out more about our grant programs.

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We invite you to learn more about us. Nonprofits can find information about our application process, and fellow grantmakers are encouraged to explore opportunities to collaborate with us.

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Legacy Grant Application Deadline Changes

Beginning in 2016, legacy grant proposals will be reviewed at board meetings in March and October (rather than June and December as in the past).  For consideration in March, proposals must be received by February 1 and for consideration in October, proposals must be received by September 1.  Please contact the Elmer L. & Eleanor [...]

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Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation 2014 President’s Report

The year 2014 marked the 57th Anniversary of the Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation. The Foundation now has a web presence! The newly created website designed by Cary Walski of Social Good, was launched in early 2014. Users have conveyed many positive comments about its color scheme, design, information and ease of use. [...]

A mother loon feeds her young.  Photo courtesy of Chuck Dayton

The Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation 2013 President’s Report

The year 2013 marked the 56th Anniversary of the Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation. In 2013, the Foundation nearly completed the first rotation in its social justice grantmaking program which began in 2010: A final report was submitted by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) for the $40,000, two-year grant in the political [...]

 

Recipient of the 2013 Responsive Philanthropy Award


The Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation received the 2013 Responsive Philanthropy Award from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits.