A Heritage of Generosity at Risk in the Twin Cities

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Steve Woit, for The Chronicle

Judson Dayton, a Minneapolis venture capitalist, and Beth McGuire, a Target Corporation executive and fledgling donor.

The Twin Cities was already known as a generous place in 1997, when a retired priest began strong-arming some of the area’s richest residents into signing one of the country’s first giving pledges.

Joe Selvaggio turned first to Ken Dayton, a well-known businessman who, along with his three brothers, had turned Dayton Hudson (now Target Corporation) into a retail powerhouse. Mr. Dayton’s company was among the first to embrace generous corporate giving and join a group