The Minneapolis Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $5 million to nonprofit organizations working to enhance education, civic engagement, and economic vitality in the greater Twin Cities region.
Awarded through a combination of endowment funds and co-investments from like-minded partners, the grants fall into three categories: civic engagement, in support of projects and initiatives designed to help create a community where everyone participates in democracy and public decision-making; economic vitality, in support of efforts to build an inclusive workforce that reflects the changing demographics in the metro area and a business climate that fosters innovation, entrepreneurship, and self-sufficiency; and education, in support of schools and initiatives designed to help build an education system where all children are on track to compete in a global economy, participate in civic life, and pursue their dreams.
Grant recipients include the Friendship Academy of the Arts, a K-6 charter school in South Minneapolis that will use the funds to create leadership and collaboration opportunities within its teacher workforce and include students in the design of its curriculum and instruction; Native American media, educational support, and asset-building organization MIGIZI, which will use its grant to continue working with school district staff and others to advance racial equity in Minneapolis Public Schools; the Family Partnership, which offers math and literacy, motor development, and developmental therapies at two multicultural therapeutic preschools in Minneapolis; and Way to Grow, which provides high-quality preschools, home visiting, support services, and health and parent-engagement programs to low-income families.
"This year marks a critical moment in philanthropy, when an exceptionally generous community has seen great outcomes but still has troubling challenges," said Minneapolis Foundation president and CEO R.T. Rybak. "Our community doesn't lack compassion, but it does lack alignment. With these grants, we're working to achieve that alignment by joining forces with a host of organizations that are committed to ensuring that everyone who lives here has real opportunities to succeed."
For a complete list of recent grantees, see the Minneapolis Foundation website.