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Messerli & Kramer Foundation

The mission of the Messerli & Kramer Foundation is to financially assist and support Minnesota communities in their attempts to eliminate the disparities in education experienced by low-income or disadvantaged children and youth.

We are proud to acknowledge that the Messerli & Kramer Foundation board is made up of a diverse group of individuals representing all levels of employment including administrative staff, paralegals, associate attorneys and shareholders from our offices in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Plymouth, MN. Each plays an active role in managing the Foundation's charitable giving, as well as participating in key initiatives to raise funds throughout the year.

Established in 2005, the Foundation recognizes the historic community involvement of its founders, William F. Messerli and Ross E. Kramer.


To be considered for a Messerli & Kramer Foundation grant, an organization must be a tax exempt nonprofit designated as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service and offer solutions in making a difference in the lives of low-income and disadvantaged Minnesotan children and youth regarding education.

Deadline for 2017 Grant Awards

Applications for the 2017 grant cycle must be submitted by September 30, 2017.

Grant application forms are available for download below. Please mail completed applications, with a copy of the organization's IRS nonprofit 501(c)(3) status to:

Messerli & Kramer Foundation
ATTN: Grant Program
100 South Fifth Street, Suite 1400
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Grant Applications


Chairman of the Board – Brian A. Chou 
President – James E. Woolard 
Secretary – Sonja B. Beddow
Treasurer – Mark J. Dixon

Board Members:

Mark S. Larson
Matthew J. Loven
Alicia C. Ness 
Katy B. Sen
Mark A. Splett
Debra E. Yerigan 


On behalf of the Foundation Board of Directors, gracious thanks to the Board of Directors of Messerli & Kramer and everyone at M&K who supports the Foundation. Your generosity makes these awards possible. We also specifically thank the firm’s shareholders for their commitment and continued support of the Foundation, its mission, and the goodwill it generates.

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Fifty years ago, partners Bill Messerli and Tom Roe founded their own law firm after serving in the military together. The law firm went by various iterations of partner names over the years, but the owners finally settled on Messerli & Kramer.

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