Grants

Our areas of giving include:

  • Higher Education
  • Public Health
  • Arts and Humanities

Our primary geographic focus is Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota and Santa Barbara, California.

The Bentson Foundation does not consider unsolicited requests for support.

Fiscal Year 2015

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy$3,000
ALS Foundation of MN/ND/SD$5,000
Audubon Nature Institute
$12,500
Augustana University$25,000
Bridging$5,000
Café Reconcile New Orleans$10,000
Catholic Charities$20,000
Channel Island Restoration$7,500
College Possible$255,000
Duluth Regional Care Center$10,000
The Guild$10,000
Hope Academy$20,000
International Rescue Committee$50,000
Lobero Theatre$30,000
Mercy House$25,000
Mental Health Resources$100,000
Minnesota Academy for the Blind$10,000
Minnetonka Center of the Arts$2,000
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts$10,000
New Orleans Jazz Festival$10,000
North Memorial Foundation$10,000
Notes for Notes$35,000
Oasis for Youth$5,000
People Serving People$10,000
Phillips Eye Institute$200,000
Pinewood Inc.$10,000
Planned Parenthood of MN/ND/SD$35,000
Preservation Alliance of New Orleans$15,000
Prodeo Academy$25,000
Safe Families for Children$25,000
Santa Barbara Film Festival$20,000
Santa Barbara High School Foundation$10,000
University of California Santa Barbara$10,000
University of Minnesota Foundation$2,092,400
University of Wisconsin Foundation$225,000
Walker Art Center$363,000
Washburn Child Center$60,000
Winona State University$30,000
World Savvy$10,000
WWOZ New Orleans$10,000
Youth Empowerment Project New Orleans$10,000
Total$3,830,400

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Fiscal Year 2014

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy$3,000
Audubon Nature Institute
$12,500
Catholic Charities$10,000
College Possible$5,000
Duluth Regional Care Center$10,000
Hennepin Theatre Trust$10,000
Hope Academy$6,000
Indiana Maurer School of Law$50,000
Lobero Theatre$10,000
Mental Health Resources$100,000
Minnesota Academy for the Blind$10,000
Museum of Russian Art$35,000
New Hope Church$15,000
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts$75,000
Oasis for Youth$10,000
People Serving People$5,000
Phillips Eye Institute$200,000
Pinewood Inc.$5,000
Planned Parenthood$35,000
Preservation Alliance of New Orleans$15,000
Prodeo Academy$50,000
Safe Families for Children$25,000
Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation$85,000
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital$5,000
Santa Barbara Film Festival$10,000
Santa Barbara Summer Solstice$5,000
Simpson Housing Services$4,000
University of California Santa Barbara$500,000
University of Minnesota Foundation$972,000
Washburn Center for Children$60,000
Winona State University$30,000
World Savvy$10,000
WWOZ New Orleans$10,000
Total$2,320,000

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Fiscal Year 2013

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy$3,000
Audubon Nature Institute
$12,500
Augustana College$25,000
Beta Theta Pi – University of Minnesota Chapter$7,000
Catholic Charities$10,000
Channel Islands Restoration$7,500
Clean Water Fund$10,000
College Possible$5,000
Duluth Regional Care Center$10,000
Free Arts Minnesota$10,000
Indiana Maurer School of Law$50,000
Minneapolis Crisis Nursery$10,000
Mental Health Resources$100,000
Minnesota Academy for the Blind$10,000
Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians$20,000
Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge$5,000
Museum of Russian Art$25,000
New Hope Church$15,000
New York University$550,000
People Serving People$5,000
Pinewood Learning Center$5,000
Prodeo Academy$25,000
Safe Families for Children$25,000
Santa Barbara Bowl$90,000
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital$15,000
Santa Barbara International Film Festival$10,000
Smile Network$5,000
United Hospital$1,758,748
University of Minnesota Foundation$575,000
Walker Art Center$575,000
Washburn Center for Children$75,000
Wilderness Inquiry$10,000
Total$4,058,748

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Fiscal Year 2012

Augustana College Association$50,000
Courage Center
$10,000
Duluth Regional Care Center$10,000
Foundation for Managed Care Pharmacy$3,000
Friends of Ngong$10,000
Harriet Tubman Center$5,000
Lobero Theatre Foundation$5,000
Minneapolis Crises Nursery$5,000
Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge$10,000
Minnetonka Curtain Call Club$5,000
Minnetonka Public Schools Foundation$2,000
MN State Academy for the Blind$10,000
New York University$60,000
Oasis for Homeless Youth$10,000
Pavek Museum of Broadcasting$100,000
Pinewood, Inc.$5,000
Safe Families for Children$40,000
Santa Barbara Bowl$25,000
Santa Barbara International Film Festival$10,000
Santa Barbara Museum of Art$75,000
Springboard for the Arts$10,000
St. Joseph's for Children (Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis)$5,000
The Museum of Russian Art$25,000
United Hospital Foundation$5,000,000
United Hospital Foundation$885,352
University of Minnesota Foundation$585,000
Walker Art Center$700,000
Washburn Center for Children$15,000
Total$7,675,352

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Fiscal Year 2011

Cottage Hospital Cardiac Care - Santa Barbara, CA$10,000
Cottage Hospital Pediatric Critical Care - Santa Barbara, CA
$25,000
Minnesota State Academy for the Blind$25,000
Minnesota Zoo$25,000
New Hope Church EFCA$15,000
New York University$30,000
Safe Families for Children$5,000
Smile Train$5,000
The Museum of Russian Art$25,000
University of California Santa Barbara$10,000
United Jewish Fund$30,000
University of Wisconsin Foundation$25,000
University of Minnesota Foundation$6,650,000
Walker Art Center$1,000,000
Total$7,880,000

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Fiscal Year 2010

Mount Zion Hebrew Congregation$4,250,000
Sholom - Bentson Family Assisted Living Residence
$3,000,000
United Hospital - Endowment of the John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute$3,000,000
University of Minnesota - Gopher Football Stadium$1,000,000
Total$11,250,000

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