Pohlad family commits $25 million for racial justice efforts

Pohlad family commits $25 million for racial justice efforts

The owners of the Minnesota Twins have announced a $25 million commitment from the Pohlad Family Foundation, Pohlad Companies, and Pohlad family members in support of racial justice efforts in the Twin Cities region.

Made in response to the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and systemic racism more generally, the funds will be distributed in two phases: an initial round of grants focused on providing immediate relief to organizations in communities impacted by recent protests and civil unrest, and a second round of grants in support of longer-term efforts focused on addressing systemic racism and driving structural change. In addition, the Pohlad Companies will encourage employee voluntarism in the community and will match employee donations to community-based organizations, while the foundation will provide support to grassroots organizations engaged in racial justice work.

"As we undertake these additional efforts in racial justice, we will take the time to listen and learn from the community first. We believe that people are experts in their own lives, and to make lasting change we must learn from their lived experience," said Pohlad Family Foundation vice president and executive director Susan Bass Roberts. "Our goal is to work in the community to identify and support solutions that reflect the input of those closest to the issue and address their greatest needs."