FINDING THE STARS AND CONNECTING THE DOTS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY IN THE TWIN CITIES

 
 

FINDING THE STARS AND CONNECTING THE DOTS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY IN THE TWIN CITIES

 
 

FINDING THE STARS AND CONNECTING THE DOTS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY IN THE TWIN CITIES

Fact:  The Twin Cities is one of the most generous philanthropic communities in the country.

Fact:  The proportion of our population living in poverty has risen by 60% over the past two decades.

At the Constellation Fund,
we don’t like that math!

OUR APPROACH

Finding the Stars

Constellation uses the best available information to make the best possible investments in the fight against poverty in the Twin Cities. We take an outcome-driven approach by prioritizing evidence over anecdote. We match our best-in-class quantitative analysis with careful qualitative evaluations in order to fund the most impactful poverty-fighting interventions.

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Connecting the Dots

Constellation partners closely with our community’s most impactful poverty-fighting organizations to help grow their impact. Too many great ideas are stifled by a lack of access to flexible funding and other critical capacity-building supports. Constellation takes a different approach.

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GUIDING PRINCIPLES

100% Impact

Since our Board of Directors and Leadership Funders generously cover all of our operating costs, every dollar donated to Constellation goes to the most impactful poverty-fighting organizations in the Twin Cities. 

One Goal

Smart philanthropy requires an unwavering focus on an unambiguous mission. Constellation has a single-minded dedication to fighting poverty in the Twin Cities. We judge our success solely by the demonstrable impacts of the grantees that we support.

Evidence-Driven

Constellation’s grant decisions are carefully made to maximize impact, much like investment decisions are selected by a financial manager to maximize profits. Central to our decisions is a rigorous, evidence-driven process to identify the most promising nonprofits. We do this data- and research-heavy work so our donors don’t have to.

Unrestricted Support

Once the most promising, results-driven organizations in our community have been identified, Constellation supports them with grants, usually of unrestricted funding. This is a rare form of capital in the philanthropic sector that allows the best organizations to grow their impact purposefully.

Beyond Dollars

Constellation’s grantees are provided not only with funding, but also with connections to best-in-class pro bono partners to provide services and expertise otherwise inaccessible to most poverty-fighting organizations.