Headwaters Foundation for Justice has announced that Maria De La Cruz will join the staff as the organization’s new Development Director. Maria comes to Headwaters as a seasoned fundraising professional, most recently as the Development Director of OutFront Minnesota and Co-Finance Director of Minnesotans United.
In the last week, the St. Paul Foundation announced its Ambassador Awards and the Bush Foundation announced its 2014 Bush Fellows. These announcements provided an opportunity to reflect on Headwaters Foundation for Justice’s enduring commitment to leadership development within our communities.
Headwaters Foundation for Justice has unveiled the Community Innovation Grants in partnership with the Bush Foundation. This represents a new, unique grant fund for Headwaters, and is in addition to the existing Social Change Fund and Fund of the Sacred Circle.
Having worked against police brutality for a decade, Michelle Gross realized that the way the movement was organized was all wrong. “Whenever a really bad incident occurred, people gathered to form what I call ‘Justice for fill-in-the-blank’ committees. You cannot just keep re-greasing the wheels every time something terrible happens—the day-to-day violations are what allow big abuses to exist,” says Michelle. And so Communities United Against Police Brutality was formed in order to sustain a real movement.
What attracted me was the fact that they had identified a couple of very high-priority areas, Native American language preservation and revitalization and Native American land reclamation, which don't normally get enough attention. Whoever was involved with the Fund of the Sacred Circle was very in tune with the issues going on, so that made it worth my time to invest.