What is Paul’s Pals?

Paul’s Pals is a major funder for organizations and the leading source of expertise for donors who
want to advance inclusion in the everyday lives of children with disabilities.

We raise funds, and then screen and partner with trusted organizations to make their best adaptive
projects happen. We consult with grant recipients and monitor results. By collaborating, we help
thousands of kids and families across Minnesota live fuller lives and enrich their communities.
Discover how you can request a grant and partner with Paul’s Pals today.

Started as the Paul Adelman Children with Disabilities Endowment Fund in 1996 and now
reorganized as Paul’s Pals, we have distributed $1.6 million, funding 115 projects with nearly 50 unique

Who does Paul’s Pals help?

We help non-profit organizations, primarily in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Learn more
about the organizations we’ve partnered with over the years. Our projects typically provide
access to some form of play whether that be indoor play, outdoor play, or play through technology.

How can I get involved?

There are many ways to get involved with Paul’s Pals!

  • Volunteer at our annual Paul’s Party.
  • Join us at Paul’s Party as an attendee.
  • Sponsor one of our annual events.
  • Join our event committee. We’re always looking for new people with new ideas and different
    talents to help us plan our annual event.

If you’re interested in getting more involved, please email info@pauls-pals.org.

How can I get money for my child, family or organization?

Paul’s Pals does not fund individuals. Instead, we work with local non-profit partners to fund
projects to help many individuals.

If you’re a non-profit, here’s how our grants work:

Grants are announced each fall and generally range from $5,000 to $50,000. Applications are by
invitation only after Paul’s Pals considers Letters of Inquiry (LOI). If you are interested in a grant,
submit an LOI no later than May 1.

Criteria & Letter of Inquiry Process:


  • Grants are made only to organizations that are public charities and meet the requirements of
    SEC 501(c)(3) and 170(c) of the Internal Revenue code.
  • Grant recipients will submit a final report on how granted funds were used.


  • Purchase equipment or resources to make a site more inclusive to children with disabilities.
  • Allow children with disabilities to be more actively engaged in their community.
  • Promote inclusion for children with and without disabilities to share experiences together.
  • Provide opportunities for children with disabilities and their families to positively interact.

Requests Outside Our Scope:

  • Normal operating needs, ongoing annual programs, or programs or services already available.
  • Continuing programs, services or staffing.
  • Initiatives where the primary audience is adults or young adults.
  • Projects that serve the needs of a single individual.

Letters of Inquiry:

Please send a Letter of Inquiry, no longer than two pages on company letterhead or with your logo
at the top, which must include:

  • Description of the organization including mission and a brief history
  • Description of the project
  • Project need and impact
  • Total project budget
  • Grant request amount including explanation of use
  • Any additional information
  • How you heard about Paul’s Pals
  • Primary contact information – Name, title, address, phone, email & organization website

For grant consideration, submit by May 1 to:
Jennifer Lewin, Executive Director

How doES Paul’s pals raise money?

We raise money to support our grant giving through our annual Paul’s Party event, through
people who donate to us directly, and through sponsors.

How do I learn more?

You can learn more about Paul’s Pals by visiting any of our social media sites. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. For any additional questions, contact us at info@pauls-pals.org.