About Us

The Engler Family Foundation, a multigenerational foundation, invests in people and ideas that strengthen and celebrate the Greater Twin Cities community.

Our core values reflect our family’s grounding in Jewish culture and values and our desire to perpetuate them within our family. They include:

    • Gratitude
    • Compassion
    • Honesty
    • Humility
    • Equity 
    • Generosity

We aspire to become a dynamic, impactful, transparent and generous family foundation that works in respectful and joyful partnership with each other, our grantees and the community.

A Letter from the President

In 2016, our family created the Engler Family Foundation. Our founders, Jeff and Evie Engler and Lee and Patti Engler, wanted to give back to the communities that helped them and their business, Border Foods, thrive and grow. Today, two generations of Engler family members serve as our Foundation’s board of directors.

Over the past few years, we have learned about our community’s needs, talked with organizations that are meeting them, developed our giving priorities, and launched our grants program. 

We all know how traumatic the past several years have been. The loss and isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the murder of George Floyd deeply impacted people of all ages and backgrounds. The need and demand for mental health services has skyrocketed. The inequities faced by so many in our community every day have been illuminated.

We want to support solutions to these crises, and have focused on supporting mental health services as well as educational opportunities for underserved communities in the Twin Cities.

Sincerely,

Mollie Sommer

Mollie Sommer

Grantee Spotlight

College Possible grantees

College Possible

Since 2000, College Possible’s college access and success programs have helped empower more than 80,000 students from under-represented communities on their path to a college degree by providing near-peer coaches and an intensive curriculum designed to help students navigate and overcome the most common barriers to getting into college and completing their degree.

The Family Partnership grantees

The Family PartnerShip

The Family Partnership aims to disrupt intergenerational cycles of poverty, adversity and trauma through services in mental health, early childhood education, family home visiting, anti-sex trafficking and advocacy services. In 2023, the Foundation provided general operating support.

Jewish Family and Children's Services building

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Minneapolis

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis provides essential services to people of all ages and backgrounds to sustain healthy relationships, ease suffering and offer support in times of need. It offers senior services, career services, children and family services, community engagement, and counseling and mental health support.