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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.

Narrative Change

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.

Equity Resources

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.

Saint Paul Urban Tennis executive director Song Thao

Stories of Advocating for Equity

Read The Byproduct of Putting People First

The Byproduct of Putting People First

Board Member Feature: Nancy Lyons explores the roles equity and intersectionality play in creating a healthy work environment.

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Read Xavier Tavera

Xavier Tavera

Latinx in Rural Midwest consists of film and photography from Xavier Tavera as part of an ongoing series about the Latinx community and their unique historic tie to American land.

View the Artist's Work
Read Afghan Resettlement Plan

Foundation Invests in Afghan Resettlement Plan

The Foundation partners with the Minnesota Council on Foundations and others to help new Afghan arrivals resettle in Minnesota.

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Read The Manidoo Artist Collective

The Manidoo Ogitigaan Artist Collective

The Birch Bark Canoe was created by the Manidoo Ogitigaan Artist Collective, a group of Indigenous artists who work to preserve the teachings, practices and traditions of their people through traditional Anishinaabeg art forms.

View the Artists' Work

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