WEM Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The WEM Foundation supports the arts, conservation, social welfare and education. The foundation is based in Minnesota and supports many organizations there.

IP TAKE: Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the WEM foundation has supported organizations that work toward educational equity in the state of Minnesota. This funder does not maintain a website or run an application program.

PROFILE: The WEM Foundation was founded in 1987 by Whitney MacMillan and his wife, Elizabeth. MacMillan is a direct descendant of the Cargill family and a former CEO of the Cargill Corporation, a privately-owned conglomerate that deals in agriculture, food production and distribution, steel, energy and financial services.  Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the foundation prioritizes the arts, conservation, social welfare, and education.

The WEM Foundation does not articulate specific goals for its education funding but supports a variety of organizations that promote educational equity in Minnesota. Past grantees include the Minnesota chapter of Students for Education Reform, which trains college students and others to organize underserved communities to reform local schools, and EdAllies, an educational research and advocacy organization that also operates in Minnesota. WEM has also supported Prodeo Academy, a rigorous PK-4 charter school in Minneapolis, and partners with the Synergy and Leadership Exchange and the Minnesota Services Cooperative in Minnesota’s Outstanding Educator Awards Program.   

This funder does not maintain a website or run an open application program. General inquiries may be made via mail at the address provided.


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WEM Foundation

P.O. Box 5628

Minneapolis, MN 55440