Grants

Our areas of giving include:

  • Higher Education
  • Public Health
  • Arts and Humanities

Our primary geographic focus is Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and Santa Barbara, California.

The Bentson Foundation does not consider unsolicited requests for support.

Fiscal Year 2018

Augsburg University$60,000
Café Reconcile New Orleans$10,000
College Possible$256,000
Direct Relief California$30,000
Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota$20,000
Fairview Foundation$5,000
Friends Of Education$15,000
Guild, Incorporated$10,000
Hope Academy$20,000
Illinois College$5,000
International Rescue Committee$10,000
Legacy Refuge$5,000
Lobero Theatre$50,000
Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation$30,000
Minneapolis Foundation$5,000
NAMI – Minnesota$25,000
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival$20,000
The NOCCA Institute$10,000
North Memorial Foundation$25,000
New York University$10,000
People Serving People$10,000
Phillips Eye Institute$200,000
Pinewood, Inc.$10,000
Planned Parenthood of MN/ND/SD$45,000
Preservation Alliance of New Orleans$15,000
Prodeo Academy$135,000
Regions Hospital Foundation$500,000
Santa Barbara Bowl$25,000
Santa Barbara International Film Festival$10,000
Sierra Club$10,000
Southern Poverty Law Center$5,000
St. Francis House$10,000
St. Joseph’s Home for Children$5,000
United Hospital Foundation$500,000
University of California Santa Barbara$500,000
University of Minnesota Bentson Scholars$2,015,000
University of Minnesota College of Education$97,200
University of Minnesota CIDRAP$300,000
University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy$10,000
University of Minnesota Law School$10,000
University of Minnesota School of Nursing$1,000,000
University of St. Thomas Dougherty Family College$10,000
University of Wisconsin Department of Human Oncology$225,000
Winona State University$40,000
World Savvy$10,000
Youth Frontiers, Inc.$5,000
Total$6,348,700

Fiscal Year 2017

ALS Minnesota/South Dakota/North Dakota$5,000
Ampersand Families$10,000
Augsburg Fostering Graduates Scholarships$30,000
Augustana University$5,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities$10,000
Carman Pampa Fund$10,000
College Possible$250,000
Duluth Regional Care Center$10,000
Fairview Foundation$5,000
Fraser$10,000
Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery$10,000
Guild, Incorporated$10,000
Habitat for Humanity Santa Barbara$25,000
Habitat for Humanity Twin Cities$5,000
Hope Academy$14,000
Hope House, Inc.$11,000
The Link$5,000
Lobero Theatre$50,000
Minneapolis Swims$10,000
MN Adult and Teen Challenge$5,000
NAMI – Minnesota$10,000
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts$10,000
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival$10,000
Oasis for Youth$5,000
People Serving People$10,000
Perspectives, Inc.$5,000
Phillips Eye Institute$200,000
Pinewood, Inc.$10,000
Planned Parenthood of MN/ND/SD$55,000
Preservation Alliance of New Orleans$15,000
Prodeo Academy$135,000
Reconcile New Orleans, Inc.$10,000
Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative$5,000
Santa Barbara International Film Festival$25,000
Santa Barbara Firefighters Benevolent Fund$20,000
Santa Barbara Firefighters Alliance$20,000
Southern Poverty Law Center$10,000
St. Stephen’s Human Services$10,000
University of Minnesota Foundation$1,360,000
University of Wisconsin Foundation$225,000
Walker Art Center$15,000
Washburn Center for Children$25,000
Way to Grow$10,000
Winona State University Foundation$40,000
World Savvy$10,000
Youth Frontiers, Inc.$5,000
Total$2,745,000

Fiscal Year 2016

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy$3,000
ALS Foundation of MN/ND/SD$5,000
Audubon Nature Institute$12,500
Augustana University$25,000
Bridging$5,000
Café Reconcile New Orleans$10,000
Catholic Charities$20,000
Channel Island Restoration$7,500
College Possible$255,000
Duluth Regional Care Center$10,000
The Guild$10,000
Hope Academy$20,000
International Rescue Committee$50,000
Lobero Theatre$30,000
Mercy House$25,000
Mental Health Resources$100,000
Minnesota Academy for the Blind$10,000
Minnetonka Center of the Arts$2,000
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts$10,000
New Orleans Jazz Festival$10,000
North Memorial Foundation$10,000
Notes for Notes$35,000
Oasis for Youth$5,000
People Serving People$10,000
Phillips Eye Institute$200,000
Pinewood Inc.$10,000
Planned Parenthood of MN/ND/SD$35,000
Preservation Alliance of New Orleans$15,000
Prodeo Academy$25,000
Safe Families for Children$25,000
Santa Barbara Film Festival$20,000
Santa Barbara High School Foundation$10,000
University of California Santa Barbara$10,000
University of Minnesota Foundation$2,092,400
University of Wisconsin Foundation$225,000
Walker Art Center$363,000
Washburn Child Center$60,000
Winona State University$30,000
World Savvy$10,000
WWOZ New Orleans$10,000
Youth Empowerment Project New Orleans$10,000
Total$3,830,400

Fiscal Year 2015

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy $3,000
Audubon Nature Institute
$12,500
Catholic Charities $10,000
College Possible $5,000
Duluth Regional Care Center $10,000
Hennepin Theatre Trust $10,000
Hope Academy $6,000
Indiana Maurer School of Law $50,000
Lobero Theatre $10,000
Mental Health Resources $100,000
Minnesota Academy for the Blind $10,000
Museum of Russian Art $35,000
New Hope Church $15,000
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts $75,000
Oasis for Youth $10,000
People Serving People $5,000
Phillips Eye Institute $200,000
Pinewood Inc. $5,000
Planned Parenthood $35,000
Preservation Alliance of New Orleans $15,000
Prodeo Academy $50,000
Safe Families for Children $25,000
Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation $85,000
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital $5,000
Santa Barbara Film Festival $10,000
Santa Barbara Summer Solstice $5,000
Simpson Housing Services $4,000
University of California Santa Barbara $500,000
University of Minnesota Foundation $972,000
Washburn Center for Children $60,000
Winona State University $30,000
World Savvy $10,000
WWOZ New Orleans $10,000
Total $2,320,000

Fiscal Year 2014

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy$3,000
Audubon Nature Institute
$12,500
Catholic Charities$10,000
College Possible$5,000
Duluth Regional Care Center$10,000
Hennepin Theatre Trust$10,000
Hope Academy$6,000
Indiana Maurer School of Law$50,000
Lobero Theatre$10,000
Mental Health Resources$100,000
Minnesota Academy for the Blind$10,000
Museum of Russian Art$35,000
New Hope Church$15,000
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts$75,000
Oasis for Youth$10,000
People Serving People$5,000
Phillips Eye Institute$200,000
Pinewood Inc.$5,000
Planned Parenthood$35,000
Preservation Alliance of New Orleans$15,000
Prodeo Academy$50,000
Safe Families for Children$25,000
Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation$85,000
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital$5,000
Santa Barbara Film Festival$10,000
Santa Barbara Summer Solstice$5,000
Simpson Housing Services$4,000
University of California Santa Barbara$500,000
University of Minnesota Foundation$972,000
Washburn Center for Children$60,000
Winona State University$30,000
World Savvy$10,000
WWOZ New Orleans$10,000
Total$2,320,000

Fiscal Year 2013

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy $3,000
Audubon Nature Institute
$12,500
Augustana College $25,000
Beta Theta Pi – University of Minnesota Chapter $7,000
Catholic Charities $10,000
Channel Islands Restoration $7,500
Clean Water Fund $10,000
College Possible $5,000
Duluth Regional Care Center $10,000
Free Arts Minnesota $10,000
Indiana Maurer School of Law $50,000
Minneapolis Crisis Nursery $10,000
Mental Health Resources $100,000
Minnesota Academy for the Blind $10,000
Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians $20,000
Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge $5,000
Museum of Russian Art $25,000
New Hope Church $15,000
New York University $550,000
People Serving People $5,000
Pinewood Learning Center $5,000
Prodeo Academy $25,000
Safe Families for Children $25,000
Santa Barbara Bowl $90,000
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital $15,000
Santa Barbara International Film Festival $10,000
Smile Network $5,000
United Hospital $1,758,748
University of Minnesota Foundation $575,000
Walker Art Center $575,000
Washburn Center for Children $75,000
Wilderness Inquiry $10,000
Total $4,058,748

Fiscal Year 2012

Augustana College Association $50,000
Courage Center
$10,000
Duluth Regional Care Center $10,000
Foundation for Managed Care Pharmacy $3,000
Friends of Ngong $10,000
Harriet Tubman Center $5,000
Lobero Theatre Foundation $5,000
Minneapolis Crises Nursery $5,000
Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge $10,000
Minnetonka Curtain Call Club $5,000
Minnetonka Public Schools Foundation $2,000
MN State Academy for the Blind $10,000
New York University $60,000
Oasis for Homeless Youth $10,000
Pavek Museum of Broadcasting $100,000
Pinewood, Inc. $5,000
Safe Families for Children $40,000
Santa Barbara Bowl $25,000
Santa Barbara International Film Festival $10,000
Santa Barbara Museum of Art $75,000
Springboard for the Arts $10,000
St. Joseph's for Children (Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis) $5,000
The Museum of Russian Art $25,000
United Hospital Foundation $5,000,000
United Hospital Foundation $885,352
University of Minnesota Foundation $585,000
Walker Art Center $700,000
Washburn Center for Children $15,000
Total $7,675,352

Fiscal Year 2011

Cottage Hospital Cardiac Care – Santa Barbara, CA $10,000
Cottage Hospital Pediatric Critical Care – Santa Barbara, CA
$25,000
Minnesota State Academy for the Blind $25,000
Minnesota Zoo $25,000
New Hope Church EFCA $15,000
New York University $30,000
Safe Families for Children $5,000
Smile Train $5,000
The Museum of Russian Art $25,000
University of California Santa Barbara $10,000
United Jewish Fund $30,000
University of Wisconsin Foundation $25,000
University of Minnesota Foundation $6,650,000
Walker Art Center $1,000,000
Total $7,880,000

Fiscal Year 2010

Mount Zion Hebrew Congregation $4,250,000
Sholom – Bentson Family Assisted Living Residence
$3,000,000
United Hospital – Endowment of the John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute $3,000,000
University of Minnesota – Gopher Football Stadium $1,000,000
Total $11,250,000
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