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  from the president

Thank you for visiting our web site and for your interest in the Carlson Family Foundation.   

On this site you will find a commitment to community caring and giving back, which we inherited from my parents, Curtis and Arleen Carlson.

As a family foundation, we value the role of education for young people. Our founder paved the way by giving back to his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, and the Carlson School of Management—a commitment that continues to be upheld by the Foundation. 

We are also committed to serving at-risk children and youth. Supporting the necessary ingredients to realize a child’s potential, such as quality mentoring—long-term, trusting relationships between children and caring adults—our grant investments aim to enhance the character, uplift the skills, and nurture leadership among children and youth in our communities.  

The Carlson Family Foundation is a co-founder of the World Childhood Foundation, established by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, in an effort to preserve the rights of abused and sexually exploited children around the world.  The World Childhood Foundation supports around 120 programs in 14 countries that raise awareness and serve vulnerable children who have been neglected, abandoned, and violated in unacceptable ways.  We are deeply grateful for the essential programs and services that our grantees and others bring to our communities, and we continue to learn, share and grow from their knowledge and experience.  Working together with these partners, we have high aspirations about improving the lives of children and youth in the communities where we work and live. 

Once again, welcome to our web site, and thank you for your interest in the Carlson Family Foundation.

Barbara Carlson Gage, President & Chairperson