Wilson Foundation Announces Inaugural Round of Grants Totaling $750,000

December 13, 2022; New Brighton, Minnesota—The Wilson Foundation, a private foundation established in Minnesota in 2021, announced its inaugural grant awards to three Twin Cities based organizations. Grants of $250,000 each were awarded to organizations that create economic prosperity and act to combat climate change.

The Wilson Foundation’s 2022 grantees are:

Great Plains Institute

Project for Pride in Living


The Wilson Foundation invited a limited number of requests for support from organizations within two broad focus areas of advancing economic prosperity and combatting climate change. Applicants were asked to define the preferred term for a grant award (up to 36 months). Site visits were conducted with each applicant organization at a location they determined.

“The organizations selected for grant awards are extremely successful with bold visions and robust plans to increase their impact. We are happy to provide unrestricted support that allows our partners to be innovative and flexible in a challenging environment that is constantly changing,” stated John Wilson, founder and President of the Wilson Foundation.

“PPL is thrilled to partner with the Wilson Foundation in our work to build safe, resilient, and equitable communities across the Twin Cities,” said Paul Williams, President and CEO of Project For Pride in Living. “The Foundation’s flexible support at such a substantial level will be a catalyst for an ambitious new strategic plan here at PPL, particularly for the individuals and families we serve in this challenging economic environment.”

The Wilson Foundation is a private foundation based in New Brighton, Minnesota. It was founded in 2021 by John R. Wilson, serial entrepreneur in the field of biotechnology and currently CEO of Wilson Wolf Manufacturing Company. The Wilson Foundation is committed to supporting impactful organizations, programs and initiatives and intends to use a model of trust-based philanthropy in carrying out its work. For more information, visit www.wilsonfoundationmn.org.