The Graves Constellation

A Constellation of Change

Our Mission. 

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.