Supporting Minnesota’s Children

For More Than a Century

Our Mission

We Stand in Solidarity: A Statement from the Sheltering Arms Foundation

It has been a little over a week since the senseless killing of George Floyd and like all community members, the staff and board of the Sheltering Arms Foundation are trying to address overwhelmingly intense reactions. We both grieve and are outraged by the actions of the police.  We see the forces of institutionalized racism that led to the murder of Mr. Floyd in the communities we fund and care about and the impact on the lives of children in those communities.

The opportunity gap between children of color and their white peers in Minnesota is greater than anywhere else in the country.  Covid-19 has deeply impacted communities of color in Minnesota. We commit to continued efforts to dismantle institutionalized racism and to address how it impacts our organization as well as the broader field of philanthropy.  We call for justice for George Floyd and for all who are victimized by racist policies and actions in our communities.  We commit to being a part of the effort to build a more just Minnesota.

The Board and Staff of The Sheltering Arms Foundation


  • Our Legacy

    For 135 years, Sheltering Arms has been an Episcopal woman-led organization charged with caring for Minnesota’s children through direct services, grantmaking and advocacy. What began as one woman’s commitment to the well-being of children has evolved into The Sheltering Arms Foundation, a grantmaking organization that supports programs and policies benefiting Minnesota children and families.
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  • Our Grantmaking

    The Sheltering Arms Foundation seeks to advance equitable solutions to close the opportunity gap. We envision a Minnesota that is a vibrant, thriving state where all children have broad and equitable access to high-quality early childhood education and out-of-school time opportunities that support cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being and engage families and communities.
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  • Our Advocacy

    The Sheltering Arms Foundation engages in advocacy for children’s issues as an important addition to our direct service grantmaking. Our advocacy work is focused on early childhood and out-of-school time issues as a strategy to help eliminate the opportunity gap. We do that by working in partnership with nonprofits, other funders, and government agencies using the tools of grantmaking, convening and training.
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The Sheltering Arms Foundation’s mission is to invest in the lives of Minnesota’s children and help them reach their full potential.

We fund non-profit organizations and support policies that benefit children and their families who have the least access to resources.