Dear Community –

In an already trying time in Minnesota, as we relive the tragedy of George Floyd’s murder, we now mourn still another young man, Daunte Wright, who was killed by law enforcement this week. We must also acknowledge our sorrow, anger and fatigue. Our Black community members continue living through trauma with seemingly no relief in sight. 

It is easy to feel helpless in the face of continuing injustice and loss of life. However, we cannot grow weary — we must grow hungry: hungry for change, for justice, and for a community that stands up to and confronts the ugly reality that marks this era. The trauma that continues to be visited upon this community requires action, not only words.

One first step in justice is the courageous recognition of injustice. The next step must include both dismantling the racist systems at work in our community and building accountable systems that assure justice for all.

Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Advocating for Equity
The Facing Race Awards recognize community members working to promote racial equity and anti-racism efforts in Minnesota. You're invited to nominate an adult or youth who is courageously transforming our region and state. Nominations are open until April 29 at 3 p.m.

“There are different ways that you can talk about diversity, inclusion and equity, but the first thing is to break the stereotype,” said Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for the Minnesota Twins and Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation board member Miguel Ramos.

Our Senior Vice President of Operations & Learning, Nadege Souvenir, discusses how our mission of advocating for equity is realized through our internal efforts.

Investing in Community-led Solutions
The Healthy Community Initiative used a grant from the Partnership for a ConnectedMN to ensure 400 students in Rice County have access to the internet.

Staff members at WoMN ACT share reflections on racial inequities in healthcare, ‘The Minnesota Paradox’, and legislative efforts to combat health disparities.

Inspiring Generosity
Fundholder Christine Noonan’s family actively engages three generations in giving. Watch her conversation with her philanthropic advisor Mala Thao.

Life insurance is one example of an asset - besides cash - that can be donated to build a donor advised fund and charitable legacy.

Nominations for the 15th Annual Facing Race Awards will be accepted April 5 - April 29 at 3 p.m.

Our second Building Community Capacity grant round of 2021 opens for applications on June 29 and closes July 27 at 3 p.m.

Please save the date for information sessions on June 15 and June 17. More information will be sent closer to the event dates.