ElderCircle: Helping seniors stay at home

Little things can make all the difference for a senior citizen’s quality of life and ability to live independently. ElderCircle volunteers help Itasca County seniors with those critical “little things” to help maintain their independence. Learn more

Breaking Free: Finding
Life Beyond the Street

Helping women leave life on the street for a better future is the mission of Breaking Free. A Mardag Foundation grant is helping it create transitional housing for sexually-exploited teens as they work toward self-sufficiency. Learn more

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Thinking ahead: Linking pre-K learning to jobs

A child’s success in school actually begins before kindergarten. To help more children succeed in kindergarten and beyond, we made two grants to teach pre-K teachers and child care providers the tools and tactics to give kids a great start. Learn more

Creating lifelong friends of libraries

Public libraries serve many people across many stages of life—from learning to read to accessing technology to building job skills and seeking employment. With help from its “Friends,” the Saint Paul Public Library is moving forward that legacy of learning. Learn more

Connecting Native communities via radio

For Native communities in northern Minnesota without broadband service and limited cell phone access, the radio waves are a critical source of information and hub for creating social connections. Learn more


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Our Mission


The Mardag Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life in Minnesota for children, seniors and other at-risk populations, and for programs in education and arts.

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