Current Grantees

Granteesort icon Year
Ce Tempoxcalli 2014 Ce Tempoxcalli is a cultural organization, focused on indigenous people of the Americas, that organizes healthy and sustainable individuals, families and communities and organizes toward a new form of harmony among all people in the world. In 2014, they are organizing a women's circle around water rights, water conservation, and water justice organizing leading up to their 10th annual Chalchiuhtlicue Ceremony and Summit. They are working with four schools and use culture to support leadership development and educational healing among oppressed cultural learners.
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha 2014 Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL) is constituent-led and worker centered (primarily Spanish-speaking immigrants). They organize Twin Cities low-wage workers to develop leadership and to educate one another, build power, and lead the struggle for fair wages, better working conditions, basic respect, and a voice in their workplaces. CTUL is an organization of workers and for workers, committed to changing low-wage industry injustices by challenging the root causes of economic injustice through worker-led organizing.
Council on American Islamic Relations -CAIR-Minnesota, Inc. 2014 The Council on American Islamic Relations, Minnesota (CAIR-MN) is the state's only Muslim civil rights and legal advocacy group serving religious, racial and ethnic minorities facing discrimination. In advocating for civil rights, their casework includes employment discrimination, school bullying and harassment, land use opposition, hate crime and vandalism, racial and religious profiling, and extra-judicial exile.
Greater Minnesota Worker Center 2014 The Greater Minnesota Worker Center organizes low wage workers with a focus on recently arrived immigrant workers (Somali/Latino/Sudanese) in Central Minnesota, which seeks policy (wages, health and safety, hiring) changes by industries that exploit these workers and by government policymakers who make policies that affect their communities- such as livable wages, jobs programs, workers' rights, immigration reform, etc. They seek to develop the base of that movement's power in Greater Minnesota.
Hmong American Farmers Association 2014 Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) is a social justice organization that is committed to advancing the economic, social and cultural prosperity of Hmong American farmers through advocacy, economic development, capacity building and research. HAFA uses an organizing approach to work with its members and other farmers in the Hmong community to access land, equipment, capital and trainings so that they can improve their farming operations, and thereby, lift their families out of poverty.
Jewish Community Action 2014 Jewish Community Action brings Jews together into alliances with communities of color, immigrants, GLBTQIA, and low income communities - to take action on racial, social and economic justice. Using community organizing, JCA is building a base of Jews to work alongside communities most directly impacted to: 1. Advance immigration reform, 2. Prevent foreclosures; hold banks accountable; increase access to wealth 3. Play a key role in legislation including: Safe Schools, Minimum Wage, Drivers Licenses for All, and Gun Violence Prevention.
La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles 2014 La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles is a statewide, faith-based organization which organizes immigrants from predominantly Latino congregations to build power for changes in the immigration system and the underlying political and economic structures behind it. In 2014, they will organize to advance legislation in Congress to create a viable path to citizenship for immigrants, and organize constituents to demonstrate Latino power in the 2014 elections.
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, MN 2014 Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is a member-led, movement-based organization building power in under-resourced communities of color across the Twin Cities. Based in North Minneapolis, NOC uses community organizing to achieve measurable policy outcomes and meaningful public victories that positively impact the lives of their members and that work toward equity statewide. NOC's strength lies in the leadership of their members, and in their ability to act as an authentic organizing space for people of color from a diverse mix of ethnic identities, sexual identities, gender identities, national identities, languages, racial identities, religious identities, and experiences of diaspora.
Organizing Apprenticeship Project (OAP) 2014 The Organizing Apprenticeship Project (OAP) aligns grassroots community groups, primarily in communities of color, around racial equity issues and campaigns. They train organizers, create and lead strategic campaigns with community of color organizations, and create tools that build the power of communities of color and organizing groups. In 2014-2015, they will support and expand regional networks of community of color organizations, engage communities in piloting an education equity accountability strategy, create new tools and further develop an action strategy to engage communities of color in powerfully telling their stories.
OutFront MN Community Services 2014 OutFront Minnesota Community Services works across Minnesota to achieve full equality for LGBT people and their families. OutFront will build and organize power from within communities through leadership development and continuing public education around community issues. They are cultivating and training leaders across Minnesota specifically in the areas of community organizing, public policy, anti-violence, education and training.
Protect Minnesota: Working to End Gun Violence 2014 Protect Minnesota is an organization comprised of advocates, activists and organizers devoted to changing the social, economic, political and racial lenses with which the issue of gun violence is viewed. Every year approximately 30,000 Americans every year in the United States, and approximately 350 Minnesotans annually. Through grassroots organizing, community building, service, and political action, they will build power with communities to leverage every neighborhoods right to dictate the role of, and policies regarding firearms on their streets, and challenge the indifference of elected officials.
Welfare Rights Committee 2014 Since 1992, the Welfare Rights Committee has been made of and led by their constituency: low income women and welfare recipients, mostly non-white, many with disabilities. They address systems of economic, racial and women's oppression that show themselves in laws that attack their constituency economically and socially, often via the welfare system. They fight attacks on welfare, and for a system that lets their families thrive with dignity, while changing the debate about what the priorities of this society.
West Side Community Organization 2014 WSCO is neighborhood organization working in the West Side neighborhood in St. Paul to participate in and advocate for solutions that community identified. WSCO works to address the neighborhood systems and sub-systems, with a continued focus in 2014 on the government, transportation and food systems. Their efforts over the next year will include addressing equity issues around community leaders lacking the skills, knowledge and support to advocate for their community on issues such as the insufficient public transportation system on the West Side and lack of access to affordable, healthy food.