The Foundation For Essential Needs

Mission Statement

FFEN provides professional and monetary support to Minnesota non-profits in their communities to ensure that basic human needs are met. Success is Essential.

Contact Information

701 N. 3rd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

General Information

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Principal Staff
Susan Russell Freeman
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Board Chair
Douglas W. Kohrs
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Impact and Programs

During 2015, FFEN granted a total of 9 new basic needs organizations in the state with $58,000 in service grants and $19,087 in operational capital and improvements all of which will have measureable impact in the communities they serve. Since 2013 FFFEN has positively impacted 23 food shelves in 14 counties, across 99 communities in Minnesota. We are up to something Good.
Current Goals
FFEN's current year's goal (2016) are to: 1) make financial grants in the amount of $40,000 and Service grants in the amount of not less than $90,000 to locally-based, non-profit, basic needs organizations located within the State of Minnesota; 2) make grants in a strategic and informed manner that expands our geographic reach and provides impact in areas of great need; and, 3) build a donor base able to support our short-term operating goals and long-term goals of creating and maintaining a protected endowment.
Community or Constituency Served
FFEN serves basic needs organizations throughout the state of Minnesota. These organizations target low income populations in their communities.
Geographic Area Served
FFEN serves basic needs organizations throughout the state of Minnesota.


3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $49,735 66.8%
Management $16,707 22.4%
Fundraising $8,069 10.8%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2015 2014 2013
End of Year: $246,365 $286,262 $267,371
Beginning of Year: $286,263 $267,371 $249,090
Difference: ($39,898) $18,891 $18,281

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