Dorsey & Whitney Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Dorsey & Whitney law firm. Its foundation funds a broad range of organizations in which its partners are actively involved.

IP TAKE: While the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation sets few limits on the types of projects and organizations it supports, it prioritizes the interests and activities of its partners and other employees. 

PROFILE: The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation is the philanthropic arm Dorsey & Whitney, a U.S. corporate law firm with operations around the world. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the foundation was established in 1982 by the firm’s partners, whose personal interests and talents are reflected in the organization’s funding initiatives. This foundation supports projects in the North American communities in which it operates, prioritizing “organizations that provide legal services to the disadvantaged and organizations in which Dorsey partners […] participate actively as board members and volunteers.”

The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation runs both direct funding and employee matching programs, but not traditional grantmaking programs that target specific fields of grantmaking. It funds more than 200 organizations each year with operating support. Applications for capital and endowment funding are reviewed on a selective basis, as are applications from organizations with no involvement of Dorsey & Whitney partners or employees.

The foundation’s board of directors meets twice each year to review proposals. Questions may be directed to Rose Wilson, the foundation’s Community and Legislative Affairs Administrator.


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