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.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments During 2016, FFEN granted a total of 14 new basic needs organizations in the state with $98,000 in service grants and over $24,500 in operational capital and improvements all of which will have measureable impact in the communities they serve. Since 2013 FFFEN has positively impacted 36 food shelves in 22 counties, across more than 160 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.

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Organization Last Reviewed on 01/07/2016

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701 N. 3rd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: 6125249360

General Information

Alternative Name: FFEN
EIN: 27-4342240
Principal Staff: Susan Russell Freeman
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 2
Volunteers: 6
Number of Clients: 15
Ruling Year: 2010


Board Chair: Douglas W. Kohrs
Number of Board Members: 6
Board Meetings with Quorum: 11
Average Member Attendance: 4.7

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