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MINNEAPOLIS – May 23, 2017 – The Pohlad family, through their private family foundation, has earmarked $1 million for one-time transitional support to nonprofit organizations impacted by Greater Twin Cities United Way cuts.

The foundation has invited 40 nonprofit organizations experiencing a budget reduction of 40 percent or more to apply for the one-time transitional support grants. Invited agencies are focused on the Reading by Third Grade and Out of School Time programs, as well as domestic violence prevention.

“We were aware of the challenges faced by these agencies, and wanted to do something to help. This is our way to ensure that the agencies have a little more time to figure out next steps for their future,” said Bill Pohlad, president, Pohlad Family Foundation. “We also hope other foundations will join us in helping cover this unexpected funding gap.”

The foundation expects to award 15-20 grants of up to $100,000, according to Susan Bass Roberts, vice president and executive director, Pohlad Family Foundation.

“The Pohlad family believes in the United Way and understands the challenges it faces. At the same time, they are sympathetic to those nonprofit organizations that provide quality social services to our community’s most vulnerable populations,” Bass Roberts noted.

Applications are by invitation only and are due June 9, and grant notifications will be made the week of July 1.

About the Pohlad Family Foundation
Founded by Carl and Eloise Pohlad in 1993, the Pohlad Family Foundation has a broad mission to help improve the quality of life in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region with an interest in youth programs, community programs and special initiatives. As a family foundation, grantmaking is motivated by needs in the community that intersect with the philanthropic interests of the Pohlad family.

MINNEAPOLIS — (Aug. 16, 2016) — The Pohlad Family Foundation announced today that Susan Bass Roberts has joined the organization as its vice president, executive director. Her appointment is effective immediately.

Most recently, Bass Roberts served as executive director of the Best Buy Foundation in her role as senior director of community relations/diversity inclusion for Best Buy.

In her new role for Pohlad, Bass Roberts will oversee all aspects of the Foundation’s giving and community outreach activities, working closely with family members representing both the second and third generations of the Pohlad family.

“Our commitment is to helping improve the quality of life in our communities, and we are confident that, under Susan’s leadership, the Foundation will be well positioned to continue its work addressing important issues and needs,” said Bill Pohlad, president of the Pohlad Family Foundation.

“I am very excited to join such a prestigious organization whose mission is to improve quality of life in the Twin Cities,” Bass Roberts said. “The Pohlad family has a long history of giving back to our community, and I’m honored to help continue that legacy.”

Bass Roberts brings 20 years of experience in philanthropy, community relations and communications to the Foundation. Since 2010, she has served as senior director of community relations for Best Buy, where she oversaw community outreach and the Foundation. She added responsibility for diversity and inclusion in 2013. Prior to that, she owned a boutique agency specializing in foundation management, community outreach and communications strategy for five years. From 2002-2005, Bass Roberts was vice president of communications and community relations for the Atlanta Falcons Football Club in Atlanta, where she managed public relations, community relations and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation. She also worked as director of community affairs and philanthropy for Limited Brands, Inc. Her early career involved stints with media companies, a public school system and a public relations agency.

Bass Roberts holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. She has a long history of community involvement; she currently serves on the boards of the Twin Cities YWCA, Minnesota Council on Foundations and Breck School. She and her family reside in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

In 1994, the Carl & Eloise Pohlad Family Foundation began its support of deserving nonprofit organizations throughout the Twin Cities. Nearly $120 million later, they’ve marked 20 years of giving. The Foundation has sought to be nimble and responsive through its mission to “improve the quality of life in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region by supporting organizations and leading initiatives that address important issues and needs.” Indeed, most nonprofits that receive support for their important work have accomplished great things for the people they serve over these first 20 years.

The 20 year report shares stories and background about the work the Foundation does, as well as accountability for the funds distributed. The report shares work that the Pohlad family and Foundation staff are eager to continue and build on in the future.

Download the Pohlad Family Foundation 20 year community report here.