A vibrant metropolitan area dotted with urban parks and trails, a thriving arts scene, multiple professional sports teams, and home to many Fortune 500 companies — these are only some of the reasons the Twin Cities metro area was ranked the sixth best place to live by U.S. News and World Report in 2019.

As the Twin Cities have grown, some have experienced economic prosperity, while many others have been left behind, particularly communities of color. Nearly 40% of residents live within the federal poverty threshold and, in some neighborhoods, those living below the poverty line reaches 50%.

Launched with more than 50 local philanthropic investors, GreenLight Twin Cities reflects the region’s spirit of embracing innovation and a strong philanthropic history. Leveraging that spirit and working together, GreenLight and local leaders strive to break down barriers to prosperity, making significant, measurable progress toward a brighter and more equitable future.


We search from coast to coast to bring promising, ground-breaking answers to some of the Twin Cities most persistent poverty-related challenges. Organizations in our portfolio represent the best in their fields – in innovation, measurable results and ability to scale.

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