Carrie Jo Short

Director of Community Impact, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners

Saint Paul, MN

Shift Capital  |  Funding/ Investment

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners share expertise and operations to improve the effectiveness of a network of charitable anchors and affiliates.

Carrie Jo is director of community impact at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. A 21-year veteran of the foundations, Carrie Jo provides leadership to grantmaking in the areas of economic development and environment and land use. In addition, she coordinates support of donors as requested, oversees the Foundation’s grantmaking with the Katherine B. Andersen Fund, and provides program management and leadership for several funds and community initiatives. Prior to joining the foundations, Carrie Jo worked as a grants consultant for a number of private foundations and giving programs. Carrie Jo holds a master’s degree in business administration in nonprofit management from the University of St. Thomas and a bachelor’s degree in political science and in American studies from St. Olaf College.



Minnesota Philanthropy Partners is a network of charitable affiliates anchored by four institutions that share staff and infrastructure to benefit from collective expertise and shared operational efficiencies: Minnesota Community Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, F.R Bigelow Foundation, and Mardag Foundation.

For more than four decades, these foundations have been sharing expertise and operations to improve the effectiveness of their giving. Though the structure of these relationships has changed over the years, the underlying commitment remains the same: to make each other stronger and smarter and to work together for a better Minnesota.

In addition to the four anchor institutions, the staff members of MN Partners support more than 2,000 charitable organizations and donor funds around the state. Together we provide charitable and financial expertise, connections and services to ensure all people and communities in Minnesota thrive.