A Minnesota That Works for Everyone
WE ARE COMMITTED TO DISMANTLING A BELIEF IN A HIERARCHY OF HUMAN VALUE, WITH A FOCUS ON RACIAL EQUITY.
As we work to create a just and vibrant Minnesota where all communities and people thrive, we know we can never realize our vision unless we advocate for equity.
Facing Race Awards
Our Annual Facing Race Awards celebrate individuals and organizations working to create a racially equitable community.
Storytelling is how we make sense of the world around us. We can’t get to a just and equitable world until our collective narrative fairly and wholly represents each and every one of our communities.
Art In This Present Moment
During challenging times, artists are at the forefront of expressing a community's response and demanding change. We launched Art in This Present Moment, an initiative of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, with funding from the McKnight Foundation, to support their work.
We are providing financial support to artists who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are changing and challenging dominant narratives through their craft.
These articles, links and other resources offer ways to act now and learn more about how to be anti-racist and advocate for racial equity.
Analyzing Our Grantmaking
In 2020, we undertook a project to assess our grantmaking and measure how we use our grant dollars to contribute to racial equity within the East Metro and the state of Minnesota as a whole.
To fully understand our contributions to the various racial and ethnic communities that live here, we set out to disaggregate all of our grantmaking data from the past few years. Our data disaggregation project methodology report is available for those who would like to learn more, and we wrote about our learnings in a recent blog post.
Stories of Advocating for Equity
Great Places to Have Your Next Client Meeting
Here’s a list of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ owned coffee shops and eateries to visit.See the list
Board Feature: Nausheena Hussain
Learn how activist and advocate Nausheena Hussain is shaping her philanthropic work through a religious and cultural lens.Watch the video
Dudley Edmondson Sheds Light on a Fellow Photographer
Dudley Edmondson is best known for photography depicting his love for nature, but for his most recent project, he decided to take on a human subject, Walter Griffin.See the project
Immortalizing Moments with Artist Thai Phan-Quang
For Art In This Present Moment, Thai Phan-Quang uses his passions for skateboarding and photography to create an innovative project using photo graffiti.Watch the video