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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 healthcare and education and, therefore, improve the quality of life experienced by low-income and disadvantaged individuals and families.

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 commemorates Messerli & Kramer's 40th anniversary and recognizes the historic community involvement of its founders, William F. Messerli and Ross E. Kramer.

Please see our most recent newsleter here.


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 underprivileged Minnesotans regarding healthcare and education.

Deadline for 2016 Grant Awards

2016 Grant cycle now closed.

Grant application forms are available for download on this site. 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


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

Board Members:

John R. Beattie
Mark S. Larson
Alicia C. Ness
Katy B. Sen
Debra E. Yerigan 

Grant Applications


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.