2021 Grants

RecipientAmount

All Square


Minneapolis, MN


The All Square Fellowship, provides 12-month trauma-informed support which ensures that 14 formerly incarcerated Fellows—on a biannual basis—have the emotional support, social capital, & professional opportunities they need to become our nation’s future leaders, business owners, & legal practitioners.

25,000

Bridgemakers


Minneapolis, MN


The Bridgemakers' Social Entrepreneurship Challenge is a way of investing time, money and mentorship, directly into the positive innovations of BIPOC youth in the Twin Cities who are revitalizing underserved communities by helping youth leaders actualize equitable access to opportunity by collectively building civic, social and financial capital in BIPOC communities.


20,000

Clues


Saint Paul, MN


CLUES introduces low-income Latino and immigrant youth to career pathways in high-demand occupations; equips them with employment readiness and financial literacy skills; provides them with paid work experience; and supports them as they obtain summer jobs or other competitive employment. Students learn about the range of career possibilities in three high-growth sectors – Finance, Health, and Technology – through cohort training and paid work experience at CLUES or other businesses.

30,000

Cultural Wellness Center


Minneapolis, MN


The Cultural Wellness Center is a transformative space that incubates culturally-based solutions to real world problems; to move from race to culture; to engage the transformative process of being and becoming oneself through the lens of culture and to create opportunities for one to heal themselves and build community.

1,500

Dunwoody College of Technology


Minneapolis, MN


Dunwoody’s Pathways To Career (PTC) Program creates greater access to a technical education at Dunwoody through mentorship, scholarship, and cohort support for BIPOC students while meeting the growing workforce needs of business and industry. PTC strengthens and enhances support that increases college retention and graduation rates for BIPOC students.

25,000

Elpis Enterprises


Saint Paul, MN


Elpis Enterprise trainees who complete the in-house social enterprise based employment readiness training move forward on their career pathway plans that they develop with support from the career counselor. Elpis is cultivating diverse partnerships with local small and mid-size businesses that provide short-term training opportunities, and with mentors that support trainees in as they take their post-Elpis step.

25,000

Genesys Works


Saint Paul, MN


Genesys Works Twin Cities’ College and Career Success program equips students with the knowledge and tools to create and pursue a post-high school plan and supports them in earning credentials and degrees, college internships, and with their talent and networking development.

25,000

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota


Saint Paul, MN


The Employment Training & Education and YouthBuild programs prepare low-income participants for employment in high-demand sectors. Last year, approximately 32% of participants were 24 years of age or younger. These short-term courses incorporate sector-specific curricula, employment services, and opportunities to earn credentials.

20,000

Hmong American Partnership


Saint Paul, MN


Hmong American Partnership (HAP)’s Earn & Learn program provides low-income youth of color with employment, culturally informed postsecondary, training, support, and personalized career acceleration services from recruitment and assessment to service-learning and job placement. Youth gain confidence and skills that lead to employability in high demand industries, access to career paths, credentials and certifications.

25,000

International Institute of Minnesota


Saint Paul, MN


To support the resettlement of refugees from Afghanistan we have enhanced our core refugee resettlement program with additional services to ensure that each refugee we serve begins with a strong start to a new life.

3,000

Les Turner ALS Foundation


Skokie, IL


The Les Turner ALS Foundation exists to care for those affected by the disease, answer their questions, support them and their loved ones and provide hope through scientific research.

500

Life's Work a Donor Advisory Fund at the Saint Paul Minnesota Foundation


Saint Paul, MN


Along with the thousands of donor advisory funds and nonprofits under the St Paul and Minnesota Foundation the Life's Work DAF promotes a just and vibrant environment where all people and communities thrive.

2,200,000

Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota


Minneapolis, MN


MENTOR Minnesota’s Middle Skills Career Learning Community unites business leaders in Minnesota using learning communities to lead innovations in young worker retention. Members of these learning communities participate in quarterly trainings on youth development competencies, peer learning and receive ongoing 1:1 coaching with MENTOR Minnesota staff.

25,000

Minnesota Independence College and Community (MICC)


Richfield, MN


MICC offers skill-based, post-secondary vocational training programs for young adults on the autism spectrum or those with similar learning differences. MICC’s goal is to equip young adults with the necessary skills to successfully transition after high school into productive, independent, and self-reliant adults.

15,000

New Vision Foundation


Saint Paul, MN


New Vision Foundation teaches coding and digital literacy skills to 200+ disadvantaged youth and young adults a year. These young adults are then paired with employer partners for internships/apprenticeship opportunities as they enter the 21st century digital workforce.

25,000

Newgate Education & Research Center, Inc.


Minneapolis, MN


Newgate School is a job training facility for low-income young adults who are unemployed and underemployed and have an interest in automotive repair or auto body work. Students enroll at Newgate in one three different automotive pathways, tuition free, and within about 12 to 18 months, they graduate and join the automotive workforce.

20,000

Oasis for Youth


Bloomington, MN


Oasis seeks to constantly improve and increase its innovative workforce support strategies that connect youth to employers where young people feel valued while also providing greater return on investment for both employers and employees.

18,000

Ramsey County Children's Mental Health


Saint Paul, MN


Ramsey County Children Mental Health is Working across systems and with families to support children's mental health and to help launch the Financial Health and Wealth Creation community gatherings.

650

Softec Education Inc.


Siren, WI


SOFTEC Education has changed the norm by introducing Heavy Equipment Operator National Certification after 5 weeks of customized training. The Softec program provides the required skills to successfully transition from simulators to live equipment for both men & women 18yrs and older. Softec exceeds industry standards & open doors to Union sponsored careers. Every person going through this training provides financial support for between 10-15 others, creating a multiplier of 1:10 or 1:15.

49,000

Summit Academy OIC


Minneapolis, MN


Summit Academy is advancing its Career and Technical Education (CTE) trainings for low-income people of color aged 18-24 in construction, healthcare, and IT via its “earn-and-learn” model. Training includes paid internships, job placement and post-placement support.

25,000

Hack the Gap with Fiscal Agent Twin Cities Innovation Alliance


Minneapolis, MN


Hack the Gap uses hackathons to innovate, collaborate and bridge opportunities for technologists who identify as women, LGBTQ+, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC).

3,000

Ujama Place


Saint Paul, MN


Ujamaa Place transforms the lives of young African American men, many of whom are homeless and/or have experienced the criminal justice system. Ujamaa provides participants with culturally centric wrap-around services in employment, housing, behavior health, education, criminal justice advocacy, and other services using its logic model called “Theory of Transformation”.

45,000

Urban Roots


Saint Paul, MN


Urban Roots supports a suite of career development workshops, skill-building certificate learning modules and career exploration opportunities for 66 alumni age 18-24 as they realize and attain their post-secondary education and employment goals.

20,000

Urban Strategies Inc for Green Garden Bakery and Heritage Park Career Connects


Saint Louis, MO


Heritage Park Career Connects, an outgrowth of Green Garden Bakery, supports the educational attainment, acquisition of hard- and soft-skills, and connection to sustainable, thriving wage career opportunities for 45+ young adults age18-24yrs from the Heritage Park community in north Minneapolis. Career Connects combines individualized support, strategic partnerships, and the power of community to propel these young people into opportunities that will support their economic mobility.

40,000

Walker West Music Academy


Saint Paul, MN


Walker West Music Academy brings music steeped in African-American classical traditions to its appreciative community.

1,500

Wallin Education Partners


Saint Paul, MN


Wallin Education Partners supports underrepresented students going to local community and technical colleges through mentoring, financial aid, and affinity groups that combat isolation and build social capital for students of color (Black, Latinx, native, and underrepresented Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students), students from low-income backgrounds, first-generation students, and women.

36,000

Wildflyer Coffee


Minneapolis, MN


Wildflyer Coffee is a six month work and life skills training program for youth aged 16-24 experiencing homelessness and housing instability. Through this program, youth are equipped with the skills needed to find and maintain long-term employment so they can exit homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency for good.

20,000

Camp Cavell Conservancy


Lexington, MI


Camp Cavell Conservancy has committed itself to providing stewardship of the property while continuing to provide camp experiences for children and adults in the Lexington, Port Huron, Metropolitan Detroit and other communities throughout Michigan.

2,000

Feeding Pets of the Homeless


Carson City, NV


The healing power of companion pets is very important in the lives of many homeless persons as they find solace, protection and companionship. Feeding Pets of the Homeless brings free veterinary care, emergency services, and feeding to these companion pets.

1,500

YMCA of the North: Camp Widgiwagan


Ely, MN


Widgiwagan builds character, skills and live-long friendships while learning to conserve nature.

1,500

Partnership for a Healthier America


WDC


PHA’s mission is to leverage the power of the private sector to transform the food landscape in pursuit of health equity. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA identifies, accelerates, and celebrates voluntary business practices that improve or increase choice or lead to new norms and behavior around food and physical activity.

3,000

First Ladies Farm and Sanctuary


Riverview FL


The First Ladies Farm is an urban farm and animal sanctuary to rescue cats and domestic poultry, providing love, care and a safe haven for as long as it takes to find their forever homes..

1,000