The Minneapolis Foundation (herein “the Foundation”) seeks a dynamic, visionary and proven leader to be its next President and CEO. Founded in 1915, the Foundation has for a century connected and informed donors to take their giving further and has served as a leader and an important voice on the toughest issues facing the community. It currently holds total assets of nearly $753 million and grants awarded last year totaled $80 million. As the Foundation looks back on the last one hundred years, there is much to be proud of in all that it has contributed to making Minneapolis a vibrant and healthy community. As it looks forward, the Foundation will have to provide the leadership and resources to tackle the deep racial, social and economic inequities that still plague the community.
Under its current strategic plan, the Foundation’s board and staff have been committed to focusing on the key areas of transforming education, economic vitality and civic engagement in order to achieve a more racially, socially and economically equal Minneapolis. The President and CEO will be expected to build from the current strategic framework and heighten the focus on the equity issues that have driven the Foundation’s work to date. The Foundation has set forth an ambitious plan to grow the assets of the Foundation in order to achieve the desired impact in its priority areas. The President and CEO must be passionate and enthusiastic about the opportunity to engage more donors in philanthropy and build the resources to address critical community issues. While the Foundation has a strong brand, the President and CEO has the opportunity to bolster and enhance that brand across a greater group of community stakeholders. The centennial celebration created greater awareness of the Foundation’s work and the President and CEO should build on that to foster greater collaborations and partnerships not just with the nonprofit and government sectors but with the business and entrepreneurial community as well. The President and CEO will inherit a strong, motivated and mission driven staff and leadership team and will be expected to effectively inspire and retain them.
The Foundation is open to candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds. Candidates should come with a deep knowledge of community issues (whether in Minneapolis or in other cities); experience addressing issues of disparities in a community; management experience at scale in a complex organization; and experience leading or managing organizational change. Experience building coalitions and partnerships across diverse constituencies; an ability to speak passionately and persuasively; intellectual curiosity about a wide variety of issues; and a track record of having grown financial assets is also highly desired.
The Foundation has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in this search. Sheryl Ash is leading this search with Kahn Lee. Inquiries, nominations and applications should be directed in confidence to: www.imsearch.com/5638.