Topographical Policy Assessment: The Economic Opportunity Policy Landscape in Minnesota
Produced by Headwaters Foundation for Justice and Grassroots Solutions on behalf of the Ford and Northwest Area Foundations, this topographical assessment set out to capture and account for three specific factors or dimensions that impact
the current landscape of nonprofits doing policy work on issues of economic opportunity: Involvement and Connections, Power, and Opportunities. These dimensions were identified as of particular interest to the sponsoring foundations, with the intention that the findings may also be of value to the broader nonprofit community.
A Crisis in Our Community: Closing the Five Education Gaps
The State of Minnesota is facing a crisis requiring the declaration of a "State of Emergency." We have created two Minnesotas. In one, children get a great education at their local public schools, and in the other, children enter our schools behind, fall further behind as they advance, and drop out of school with alarming regularity. This report outlines five gaps in educational achievement for African American children and a plan for how we can close those gaps.
Strengthening Democracy, Increasing Opportunities: Impacts of Advocacy, Organizing, and Civic Engagement in Minnesota
To understand the impact of community organizing in Minnesota, read this research report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Report highlights include the remarkable statistic that every $1 invested in advocacy and organizing work leveraged $138 in benefits to Minnesota communities.
"I have many concerns and interests that I'm not involved in personally, but I still care about. This is a way to support a broad range of things I believe in -- way more than I could actively be engaged in at any one time."