The Ripley Memorial Foundation awards grants to direct service programs which focus on teen pregnancy prevention. Applicants may be located in either Hennepin or Ramsey counties. Priority is given to programs that employ best practices and serve populations experiencing the highest rates of teen pregnancy.
History: A Visual Timeline, 1886-2008
Founded in 1957, Ripley’s grantmaking focuses on the welfare of women and children — a mission consistent with the interests of the Foundation’s namesake, Dr. Martha Ripley, a tireless advocate for professional medical care for both married and unmarried mothers and their infants.
Dr. Ripley spearheaded the establishment of Maternity Hospital in Minneapolis in 1886 and remained active in its concerns until her death in 1912. The hospital, later renamed Ripley Memorial Hospital, was the first city hospital to institute a social service department, to offer parenting and natural childbirth classes, and to permit infants to “room in” with their mothers.
When the hospital closed in 1956, its board voted to incorporate as the Ripley Memorial Foundation and to dedicate the funds realized from the sale of the property to grantmaking. In 1993, the Foundation narrowed the focus of its grants to support programs demonstrating an intent to prevent first or second adolescent pregnancies.
2018 Advisory Board
Nicole D. Foster
Megan Moore Smith
Sonya Smith Sustacek