UPLIFTING YOUNG PEOPLE
Our Belief: A quality education is a right, and there should be no barriers to access for any reason.
We support efforts to increase positive student outcomes and close educational opportunity gaps so that all young people, especially young people of color, have the opportunity to realize their dreams. We seek to close these gaps by:
- Driving the success of innovative schools
- Developing a pipeline of effective school leaders and teachers
- Supporting and replicating mentoring and out-of-school time programs with a focus on academic achievement
Our Belief: Every young person needs a constellation of caring adults in their life.
Research demonstrates that long-term, positive relationships with caring adults can have a powerful impact on a young person’s social, academic, civic and professional growth and development. We focus on high-quality mentoring programs that:
- Exhibit characteristics of excellence
- Foster innovation and creativity within the field of mentoring
- Increase the number of adult mentors to serve young people
Our Belief: Every young person has the right to be protected and to feel safe from harm.
We work closely with local, national and international partners to eradicate sex trafficking of young people. Recent grants have supported trafficking research, prevention, survivor services and advocacy.
ENCOURAGING AND SUPPORTING THE VIBRANCY OF OUR COMMUNITIES
Our Belief: Communities find vibrancy when they bring all of their collective assets to unite, enhance and inspire.
From our home in Minnesota and beyond, the Foundation encourages and supports the vibrancy of communities where the Carlson family lives and works. Funding is typically considered by invitation only and offered in the form of annual operating support and other grants as directed by the Board.
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA AND THE CARLSON SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
Our Belief: The success of the University of Minnesota and the success of all Minnesotans are intertwined.
We carry forward our founder’s vision to elevate the University of Minnesota and particularly the Carlson School of Management. The special and unique relationship between the university and the Foundation now spans four generations of the Carlson family. We support the Carlson School’s commitment to business as a force for good, as well as opportunities across the university that offer world-class student experiences.