Bill Graves

Founding President, The John and Denise Graves Family Foundation

Bill is the founding president of The John and Denise Graves Family Foundation. As President of the Foundation, Bill implements the Graves family’s vision for impact, stewarding the foundation’s resources to better realize its vision. Bill also acts as the face of the foundation, ensuring that it is well understood in our community and that it is building partnerships with other community leaders to expand the foundation’s impact.

Prior to launching the foundation, Bill worked in the technology and creative consulting sectors as a business analyst, writer, producer, and resource manager. He lives in Northeast Minneapolis with his wife, Mary, and two daughters.


Operationalizing Equity Commitments: The Role of the Family Foundation Board—Minneapolis Regional Convening

Posted on February 13, 2024 by Flor Frey, Bill Graves, Ambar Cristina Hanson

We invite you to join us and other Minnesota-based family philanthropies on March 28 for a conversation on operationalizing equity in family philanthropy.  Recently, schools and funders, among other institutions, have faced backlash against diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Against this backdrop, family philanthropy has an opportunity—and, arguably, a responsibility—to act on its expressed commitments to equity.   Join us… Read More