Kopp Family Foundation Underwrites Programs for Homeless Youths

Private Funder: Kopp Family Foundation (formerly Caring and Sharing Foundation); Opportunity: 2016 Grants; Funding Focus: Education, youth development and the elderly; Geographic Focus: Primarily in Minnesota; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies, the foundation distributed $1.3 million last year, maximum award around $50,000; Deadline: Rolling (letters of intent).

Summary: Funder offers wide range of grants, including those for faith-based groups. The foundation’s primary goals are to help individuals achieve success by continuing their education and by supporting nonprofit organizations which encourage youth development, address women’s issues and provide for the elderly. The foundation also makes grants to organizations which provide emergency housing assistance. It gave $3,000 to Bridge for Youth in Minneapolis for general support and $2,000 to YouthLink, Minneapolis, for programs that get homeless LGBT youth off the streets. Education is also a priority. It gave $5,000 to the Roosevelt High School, Minneapolis, for a scholarship program. Program website is at: http://tinyurl.com/c5z32ar

Info: Lindsey Lang, Foundation@KoppInv.com; 952/841-0438; Kopp Family Foundation, 8400 Normandale Lake Blvd. Suite 1450, Bloomington, MN, 55437.

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