Another company offers ‘match opportunity’ for Minnesota Freedom Fund donations

Medtronic, which employs over 90,000 people worldwide, matches employee donations to a nonprofit known for bailing out violent criminals.

One of Medtronic's office buildings in Mounds View, Minnesota. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

Another leading Minnesota company matches employee donations to a nonprofit that has bailed out a repeat sex offender and numerous other violent criminals.

Medtronic, a biomedical engineering company that employs over 90,000 people worldwide and houses its operational headquarters in Minneapolis, provides a “match opportunity” for employees when they donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, according to a screenshot provided to Alpha News.

The company also matches employee donations to George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, another screenshot shows.

MFF raised more than $40 million after the riots of 2020 under the guise of using the money to bail out protesters who were arrested. Since then, the organization has been using the money to bail out sex offenders, domestic abusers, and other criminals who have gone on to commit crimes while out on bail.

This month, MFF spent $40,000 to bail out a man who allegedly attacked a woman in a downtown bathroom; three days after being released on bail, the man was arrested for masturbating in front of children.

A St. Paul-based corporation, Ecolab, also provides a 50% match for donations by employees to the Minnesota Freedom Fund. CEO of Ecolab Christophe Beck urged St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter last fall to ramp up efforts against crime and implied that his employees may not return to in-person work because of safety concerns in the city.

Crime Watch Minneapolis put together a list of some of the offenders MFF has bailed out who were subsequently charged with violent assault and other crimes, including murder in one case.

In an interview last month, new leadership of the MFF said the “last thing” they want “is for someone to be harmed.”

A spokesperson said the Medtronic Foundation’s “Matched Giving” program is “designed to help employees maximize their giving potential.”

“The Medtronic Foundation will match a personal monetary donation from a Medtronic employee or retiree worldwide made to an accredited and approved 501(c)3 organization or vetted equivalent,” the spokesperson said.

“Some of the largest recipients of our matched giving program are St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Feeding America,” the spokesperson added. “Locally in the Twin Cities, the Northside Achievement Zone, Greater Twin Cities United Way and Second Harvest Heartland are some of our largest matched giving beneficiaries.”