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 2016

ALS Minnesota/South Dakota/North Dakota $5,000
Ampersand Families $10,000
Audubon Nature Institute
$12,500
Catholic Charities of Minneapolis & St. Paul $10,000
College Possible $250,000
Duluth Regional Care Center $10,000
Ebenezer Society Foundation $5,000
Heal the Ocean $5,000
Hope Academy $35,000
Lincoln College $10,000
Lobero Theatre $25,000
Louisiana Association of United Ways $50,000
Minneapolis Crisis Nursery $10,000
Minneapolis Foundation $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 & Heritage Foundation $10,000
New York University $5,000
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 $55,000
Preservation Alliance of New Orleans $15,000
Prodeo Academy $35,000
Safe Families for Children $25,000
Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation $25,000
Santa Barbara Community Arts Workshop $5,000
Santa Barbara Film Festival $25,000
South Dakota State University $20,000
Tasks Unlimited $5,000
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity $5,000
University of Minnesota Foundation $1,267,500
University of Wisconsin Foundation $225,000
Walker Art Center $362,000
Washburn Center for Children $50,000
Winona State University Foundation $40,000
World Savvy $10,000
Total $2,867,000

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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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