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In Black Ink (IBI) has made it their purpose to make sure the stories of Minnesota’s black communities are heard. Their goal is to do away with intermediaries, providing authors of African descent in Minnesota an outlet to get their voices heard and seen.

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations recently hosted their first ever data parties, focused on East Metro Pulse, Volume 2. The Foundations will be holding five more data parties, open to anyone interested in learning how to sift through the data book and understand how to use this data in their work.

When Sally and Karen traveled as a family to Guatemala two years ago, they were surprised at how quickly their sons, Sam and Joey – both 10 years old, noticed and were saddened by the human struggles and injustices that many people in that region were experiencing. It was this experience that made the couple consider how they could involve their kids in their philanthropy – not decades down the road, but right away.

When it comes to philanthropy and community impact, more and more donors and nonprofit organizations are looking to data to help inform their work and better understand the impact they make in their communities.

We’ve partnered with local community leaders from the City of Saint Paul, Ramsey County and the nonprofit sector to work together to fund more outreach workers, provide more shelter space in downtown Saint Paul and help long-term shelter users move into more permanent housing.