About the Foundation
Support for medical education and community health programs provided the impetus for creating the Hennepin County Medical Foundation (now West Metro Medical Foundation) in 1964. It was established as a 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization with broad general purposes to advance, foster and promote medical science, education, and public health. Its activities over the years have ranged from granting scholarships to medical students, to providing support to community programs and projects.
The West Metro Medical Foundation (WMMF) serves as the philanthropic arm of the west metro communities represented by the Twin Cities Medical Society (named as a result of the merger of the East Metro and West Metro Medical Societies on January 1, 2010.) The initial funding for the foundation came through estate giving and proceeds from a mass rubella immunization program. Funding today continues to be received through memorials, estate gifts and the annual solicitation of the medical society membership and community hospitals.
Interested in getting involved? Email us or call 612.623.2885. View current roster of the Board of Directors.
Under the leadership of Richard Schmidt, M.D., chair, the West Metro Medical Foundation (WMMF) engaged in a strategic planning process throughout 2012 to re-identify and focus their philanthropic priorities.
An updated mission statement was adopted, Improving the health of the community through strategic initiatives, with strategies designed to support projects focusing on access to care and the engagement of our WMMF membership in meaningful ways, including volunteer opportunities.
Under the umbrella of improving the health of the community, the foundation will consider funding opportunities within these three strategic areas of focus:
Requests for philanthropic funding will be accepted for projects or programs that involve a response to need to improve the health of the community, primarily focused in the west metro communities served by the Twin Cities Medical Society.
Projects or programs should:
- Address medical and related healthcare services to vulnerable individual/families otherwise underserved in west metro communities;
- Significantly involve WMMF members as active volunteers in helping to provide care to this population, and when possible, engage medical students and residents in learning and service opportunities;
- Involve partnerships with other funding or care delivery organizations;
- Demonstrate ongoing sustainability in providing services to those in need.
The WMMF provides funding to local community non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, primarily focused (although not exclusive) in the west metro communities of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Grant Applications are accepted throughout the year; however, funding decisions are made annually in late fall. Application deadline is October 1. Please complete the Minnesota Common Grant Applciation for funding consideration.