Target Foundation

We’re proud to continue our long legacy of support for communities in our hometown and around the world.

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Target Foundation stands with the Asian American community, acknowledging the pain and fear they are experiencing and unequivocally condemning the ongoing and intensifying violence directed at Asian Americans.  As an organization committed to enabling shared prosperity and opportunity by upholding equity and inclusion for all communities, we recognize there is no place for racial, ethnic and gender-motivated violence. 

We grieve the murders of the eight people in Atlanta, including six Asian women. Over the last year, anti-Asian sentiment has escalated in the United States, resulting in thousands of reported incidents of violence directed against Asian Americans, a majority of which have been directed at Asian American women. Globally, all types of violence against women and girls has intensified since the outbreak of COVID-19. This violence causes fear, pain and suffering, standing in the way of communities moving towards a more equitable future.

We stand firmly against racism, racialized misogyny, and xenophobia in all forms. Through our existing approach in driving systems-level change, we are committed to centering equity and investing in Black, Indigenous, and Person of Color-led (BIPOC) organizations. As part of our commitment to action against hate, we are investing $250,000 in organizations led by Asian Americans, working to empower the Asian American community, addressing gender-based violence and xenophobia, and advancing justice. March 2021

At the Target Foundation, we envision a world where all families and communities have the resources they need to determine and realize their own joy in life. It’s a reality that is out of reach for far too many families as they struggle for access to economic opportunity and stability, for equity, and for the kind of empowerment that lifts up their communities. We believe we have a responsibility to remove structural barriers and help create access for those who have been left out. When we shift power to communities, they can more meaningfully participate in the economy, creating a world where all families can thrive.

This is why the Target Foundation is committed to enabling shared prosperity and opportunity by upholding equity and inclusion for all communities. Guided by our deep commitment to community, we invest in leaders, organizations, coalitions, and networks that expand economic opportunity equitably, enabling communities to determine their own futures. We support strategies that center and elevate the voices, stories and leadership of individuals and communities that have historically been silenced.

Building on our legacy of giving in our hometown of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and extending across the U.S. and in emerging economies around the world, we remain committed to listening, learning, and building the kinds of relationships with partners that will shift systems to realize a world where joy is for all.

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“Through the Target Foundation, we seek to strengthen and support the systems and organizations that drive shared prosperity for all, investing in partners that help reshape economic and social structures in our communities in our hometown, across the country, and around the world.”

Amanda Nusz
senior vice president of corporate responsibility and president of the Target Foundation


our legacy

For more than 100 years, the Target Foundation (previously the Dayton Foundation) has upheld the idea that the prosperity of business is dependent on the prosperity of the communities in which they operate. It’s an important part of our history and our commitment to serve and support our neighbors in our hometown community and, now, around the world.

In 2019, the Foundation expanded its support to address the growing urgency in our hometown, across the country and globally to help address widening socio-economic gaps.


focus areas

The Target Foundation supports organizations focused on making a difference in:

To learn more, please read our Charter or our grants FAQ.

Target Foundation Grant Recipients — 2020


Target Foundation | Hometown



Build Wealth MN, Inc.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Exodus Financial Services

Urban League Twin Cities

Karen Organization of Minnesota

Sakan Community Resource


African American Leadership Forum

Vibrant and Safe Downtown (Downtown

Minneapolis Council)

African Development Center

Minnesota Public Radio

African Economic Development Solutions

Mni Sota Fund

Community Reinvestment Fund, USA

Native American Community Development


Cultural Wellness Center

Neighborhood Development Center, Inc.

First Children’s Finance

Nexus Community Partners

Greater Twin Cities United Way

Northside Economic Opportunity Network


Hmong American Farmers Association

Northside Funder’s Group (Minneapolis


Hmong American Partnership (HAP)

Market Entry Fund (Propel Nonprofits)

Lake Street Council

Seward Redesign

Latino Economic Development Center

Springboard for the Arts


Eastside Funder's Group (St. Paul & Minnesota



West Broadway Business and Area Coalition



Minnesota Homeownership Center

African Career, Education & Resource, Inc. (Acer)

Model Cities of St. Paul, Inc.

Alliance Housing Inc.

Neighborhood Development Alliance


PRG, Inc.

Emma Norton Services

Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL)

Family Housing Fund

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities

Frogtown Neighborhood Association

Redeemer Center for Life

Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation

The Alliance

Hope Community

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

Housing Justice Center

Analytics for Good Institute (University of

Minnesota Foundation)

InquilinXs UnidXs Por Justicia (IX)

Urban Homeworks, Inc.

Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable

Housing (MICAH)

West Side Community Organization

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans

YWCA of St. Paul


AccessAbility, Inc.

International Institute of Minnesota

African Immigrants Community Services

Jobs Foundation

All Square

Juxtaposition Arts

American Indian OIC INC

Lifetrack Resources, Inc.

Appetite For Change, Inc.

Mind the G.A.P.P.

Better Futures Minnesota

The Power of People Leadership Institute

Elpis Enterprises

Tree Trust

Emerge Community Development

Ujamaa Place

Friends of Career Solutions





 Target Foundation | National




Financial Health Network

First Nations Development Institute

National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB)

Prosperity Now


Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners

Rent Reporter Inc.


Target Foundation | Global






Friendship Bridge

Fundacion Avina





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Target Foundation | Ecosystem

Ecosystems grants are intended to enable, strengthen and evolve the practice of philanthropy and the work and capacity of nonprofits and civil society around the world.


African American Leadership Form

Agora Partnerships

Charities Review Council

Coalition of Asian American Leaders

Family Independence Initiative

Greater Washington Education Telecommunications Association Inc


Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Native Governance Center

MN Philanthropic Collective - MN Holistic Black-Led Movement Fund

Pillsbury United Communities


Propel Nonprofits

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota