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The Foundation of First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis (“the Foundation”), established in 1992, is a Minnesota nonprofit corporation recognized by the IRS under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Its goal is to be a perpetual support for the work of the First Unitarian Society and to offer benefactors an opportunity to leave an enduring legacy to ensure that the principles and programs they value thrive well into the future.   

The Foundation’s board of directors are elected by the Society’s trustees to oversee the Foundation’s operations. The Foundation manages ten funds with combined assets exceeding $2 million. The Foundation makes annual disbursements to support the FUS operating budget and such programs as religious education, music, and social justice per the goals established for each fund. During the 2020 to 2021 program year, its disbursements totaled over $72,000.


Donors can write checks to Foundation of First Unitarian Society, 900 Mount Curve Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403 or contribute online through the Vanco app. The Foundation encourages members and friends to make planned gifts and declare their intention to do so by completing this online form. Donors contributing $1,000 or more are recognized as Friends of the Foundation.

Grant Applications

FUS members and staff

The Foundation accepts grant applications from FUS members or staff seeking funds for projects that enhance FUS programs or improve our physical space at any time.

External non-profit organizations

The Kurt Pearson Fund is unique in that the Foundation accepts grant applications from third parties that are non-profit organizations. The Foundation solicits these applications in the spring and makes its grant decisions in the fall. Applicants generally apply at the invitation of an FUS member.

Grant Funds

Grants are made from ten funds. There is no application process for the annual grants made to FUS from the Endowment and Future Is Now funds.

Endowment Fund

The Endowment Fund supports the FUS operating budget.

Future is Now Fund

The Future Is Now Fund also supports the FUS operating budget but, unlike the Endowment Fund, disburses funds at an accelerated rate.

Hopp-Hendrickson Religious Education Fund

The Hopp-Hendrickson Religious Education Fund supports religious education activities above and beyond that provided in the Society’s annual operating budget.

Bill Ogren Memorial Religious Education Enrichment Fund

The Bill Ogren Memorial Religious Education Enrichment Fund, established in 2021, will make annual grants starting in 2022 to support youth activities, especially travel to the UUA General Assembly and periodic trips to Boston, and social justice projects. This fund honors the life of Bill Ogren through a generous gift from the Ogren family.

Safer Music Enhancement Fund

The Safer Music Enhancement Fund supports and enhances the music program of the Society for purposes such as rental, purchase or repair and tuning of musical instruments as well as fees for special guest musicians.

Safer Visual Arts Fund

The Safer Visual Arts Fund supports and enhances the Visual Arts displays and activities of the Society.

Kurt Pearson Social Concerns Fund

The Kurt Pearson Social Concerns Fund provides grants annually to support non-profit organizations working for social justice. Established in 1992 in loving memory of Kurt Pearson by his parents.

Charles Sigmund Music Fund

The Charles Sigmund Music Fund is available to commission new music to enrich the Society and larger community. This fund, established in 1983, honors Dr. Charles Sigmund who was the Society’s music director for 12 years.

Wilson Social Justice Fund

The Wilson Social Justice Fund, established by Ginger and Dodd Wilson in 2015, supports the projects of members that act on the Society’s social justice principles.

Unrestricted Fund

The Unrestricted Fund supports projects of the First Unitarian Society at the discretion of the Foundation Board and may be used for innovative projects and ideas that forward the mission of the Society.

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Foundation Directors

  • Marc Johnson – President
  • Open – Vice President
  • Karen Rowehl – Treasurer
  • Becca Justiniano – Secretary
  • Wayne Groff
  • Joe Lazur
  • Catherine Jordan
  • Bernadine Joselyn
  • Karl Winthrop-Davies
  • Nick Rowse
  • Peter D’Ascoli
  • John Lundquist, FUS Board representative