Addressing racial wealth gaps

Our Commitment


The Foundation's 20212020 and 2019 audited financial statements are available for your review. The 2022 audited financial statements will be available in July 2023, and we expect future year-end audited financials to be available each July for the previous calendar year.

You can also see the Foundation's most recent Form 990-PF (Return of Private Foundation) and Form 990-T (Exempt Organization Business Income Tax Return) for the year ending December 31, 2021. The 2020 Form 990-PF, 2020 Form 990-T2019 Form 990-PF, and 2019 Form 990-T are also available. The 2022 Form 990-PF and 2022 Form 990-T will be available in November 2023.

Investment commentary for 2021

Investments and Audit

Global markets have been rising in recent years, creating better-than-expected returns for most foundations. That was also true for 2021.

The Foundation's investment return for the one-year period ending December 31, 2021, including updated performance for its private investments, was 17.4%. The five- and ten-year investment returns ending December 31 were 18.9% and 13.8%, respectively. These returns do not reflect the market declines experienced in early 2022. The Foundation's long-term investment objective is to generate a return in excess of the IRS minimum 5.0% payout requirement plus inflation. The Foundation has maintained sufficient investment liquidity to meet its operating needs and react to market conditions.

The Foundation's investment program is coordinated by an Investment Committee of the board, a chief investment officer employed by the Foundation and an outside independent investment advisory firm.

KPMG LLP serves as the independent auditors for the Foundation. The Foundation's Finance and Audit Committee reviews the results of the audit examination and recommends to the board for approval. The Finance and Audit Committee also reviews the related federal tax filings.

Payout (Qualifying Distributions as defined by IRS)

The Foundation’s payout policy utilizes a multiyear smoothing formula that softens the impact of volatile markets in determining its annual payout targets. In addition to these calculated payout targets, the board periodically adjusts payout funding to reflect community needs or extraordinary investment performance. Our expected payout for 2022 is a record $120 million (7.7% of assets). This is based on our smoothing formula plus increased community need driven by racial injustice and COVID-19. Payout for 2021 was $73.8 million. The Foundation’s long-term payout strategy is to continue to meet or exceed the required IRS minimum 5.0% payout over time.


Looking forward

Our aim is to be a highly dependable and effective partner for Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the geography. We expect that our investment and payout policies will provide the steady funding required by our program strategies in 2021 and beyond.