The Wells Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports fundamental societal change through innovative and entrepreneurial action. We offer funding for change agents who combine a vision of social transformation with creative and practical solutions. These agents identify inefficiencies, solve problems, and persuade societies to see things in new ways. Where others see social problems, they see opportunities and a call for action.
While retaining a historical connection and strong affiliation with St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis, Wells Foundation is a separate philanthropic organization. Our Board of Directors actively collaborates to adapt the Foundation's mission to current social issues and trends.
Funding is available through both grants and loans. Applications for grants are accepted every Fall; visit the dedicated Grant Application page for details. The Economic Betterment Loan page contains more information about that new program.
Wells Foundation is hosting its yearly concert to Honor Our Veterans on November 9, 2014 at St. Mark's Cathedral. This third annual concert is both to honor veterans and to raise money, again supporting veteran outreach organizations with substantial grants. This concert in also in honor of the late Robert Goodale, a dedicated member of the Wells board and supporter of previous concerts.
In 2013, Wells Foundation funded various community groups and projects including Avenues for Homeless Youth , Beacon, Bridge for Youth, Children's Hospitals Clinics, Children's Law Center, Dignity, Emerge, GLBT Home Hosts, The Link, Minnesota Assistance Council for Veteran's (MACV), Nicollet Square, People Incorporated, People Serving People, Pillsbury Communities/Full Cycle Bike, Project for Pride in Living (PPL), Simpson Housing Services, St. Stephen's of Minneapolis, and YouthLink . In the past, Wells Foundation has supported others including Heading Home Hennepin, Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP), The Phoenix Project, and YouthLink. The first loan was made in 2014 to Urban Homeworks .