The Graves Constellation

A Constellation of Change

Our Mission. 

COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT: At the Graves Foundation, we are working to determine our best role in this time of great uncertainty. Our commitment to Minneapolis youth and families from historically underrepresented communities guides our response to the economic and social ramifications of Covid-19. We believe transparency is crucial in these unprecedented times and so want to communicate openly our plans for 2020 funding in light of our new reality.
We are committed to our current grantees and partners and will continue supporting these organizations per our funding agreements formed prior to the pandemic. The only change to those agreements will be to remove restrictions from any restricted funds to allow grantees and partners the greatest flexibility as they address Covid-19.
All remaining, uncommitted 2020 funds will be reallocated toward Covid-19 response and recovery efforts. We are working with community leaders to learn how to best address needs as they become clear. Our initial round of Covid-19 grants have been made proactively. We will be holding on future rounds of funding until longer-term needs clarify.


The Graves Foundation works to realize a future in which all youth in Minneapolis can achieve thriving adult lives. 

Building Bridges

Connecting emerging leaders and established institutions. 

Centering Community

Responding to input from community leaders to shape our goals and priorities. 

Focusing on Place

Committed to enhancing Minneapolis and Hennepin County.


Creating trusting, mutually beneficial relationships with our grantees and partners.

Risk Takers

Using an inventive, fluid and emergent approach and acting as early adopters to support emerging leaders and start-up projects in order to scale-up influence and impact.

System Oriented

Working to address systems and policies that impact collective civic wellbeing through presence, advocacy, and influence building.