Caring for communities in pain Our Foundation team sprang into action again in early June to speed aid to organizations that serve Twin Cities communities most affected by racial inequities and the social unrest that followed the murder of George Floyd. In a matter of weeks, we issued $550,000 in crisis-relief grants to 20 nonprofit organizations that are led by and serve people of color. Our funding supported food access, physical andmental health, and youth and family needs.
Helping and healing Open Cities Health Center is a safety- net health care provider in St. Paul that serves people of color, immigrants, and refugees. Many of its clients also experience mental health trauma, housing insecurity, and difficulty accessing healthy food. We awarded Open Cities a $50,000 emergency grant. Impact: Open Cities formed an emergency response outreach team that provided COVID-19 testing for 9,000 people in targeted underserved communities representing a wide range of ethnicities and backgrounds.
Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) strives to permanently close the achievement gap and end generational poverty in north Minneapolis. This nonprofit helps low-income children of color graduate from high school and prepare for college. NAZ also received a $25,000 emergency grant. Impact: NAZ delivered training and workshops for more than 300 educators and community service providers to address the challenges of distance learning and the wounds brought on by the social unrest following George Floyd’s death.
American Indian Community Development Corp. (AICDC) is a social-services nonprofit that provides housing and culturally unique programs to strengthen Minneapolis’ American Indian community. We supported AICDC with a $25,000 emergency grant. Impact: Our funding helped AICDC operate an overnight drop-in center that provided showers, personal hygiene items, and a safe place to sleep for 803 American Indians and others who experienced homelessness during 2020, including the period of social unrest.
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