Setting a New Compass for Climate Justice on January 25th.
Hear from Kim Wasserman, a Chicana activist and a 2013 Goldman Environment
prize recipient. This event will also include a presentation on EJ Mapping Tool
for Community Advocacy, as well as insights from community and governmental leaders on the future of justice in environmental and climate policy in Minnesota.
Applications for the Social Change Fund have to be into the office by 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 3rd or postmarked Feb. 3rd, no exceptions.
Information sessions will go over "the dos and don’ts" to writing a grant to Headwaters. Staff will be there to answer questions, talk about changes to the Social Change Fund, and walk through the application. All information sessions will contain the same information so you only need to attend one.
At Headwaters Foundation for Justice, there are a number of staff changes and upcoming opportunities. Current staff Monica Bryand and Kate Nelson will be stepping up to larger roles of leadership within the organization. They will be leading all program areas including the Social Change Fund, Fund of Sacred Circle, ClearWay Policy Champions, and Headwaters’ partnership with the Bush Foundation. Monica has accepted the call and will be Program Director while Kate will be stepping up into the role of Program Officer.
Donating stock or other securities to Headwaters is a great way to put resources to use for social change. By gifting appreciated securities that you have held for over a year, you can take a tax deduction for the full market value of the appreciated stock, bonds, or other kinds of securities without an obligation to pay capital gains taxes. This means you can give more to social change philanthropy!
The Headwaters Foundation for Justice Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of David Nicholson as the new Executive Director of the Foundation. Many of you know David, as he has served as the HFJ Program Director for the last nine years.
On November 14, Headwaters Foundation for Justice will celebrate Give to the Max day along with nonprofits around the state. This year, our goals is to raise $20,000 for the racial, social, economic and environmental justice issues that are important to all of us. As a team we can make it happen.
Headwaters Foundation for Justice was selected as one of three partners to work with the Bush Foundation to support community innovation across their funding region. The Consensus Council (ND), South Dakota Community Foundation (SD), and Headwaters Foundation for Justice (MN) will co-design and administer Community Innovation Small Grants programs in each of their geographic regions. These programs will provide flexible, responsive grant dollars to grassroots, rural, and constituency-led organizations working to create and implement great ideas that make their communities better.
We’re excited to let you know about a transition in the Development Department at Headwaters.
Jodi Williams has received her real estate license and is moving out of professional development work and into real estate. Jodi will work with us for the next couple months to make a smooth and orderly transition for the organization, working jointly with Suzanne Murphy, who has joined the staff as Development Officer. Suzanne previously served on the Headwaters Board of Directors and Development Committee. We are thrilled to have Suzanne working with us in this new capacity and excited for Jodi in her new endeavor.
To everyone who sent gifts to The Fund of the Sacred Circle in Ron's memory. Our family has been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity shown to us since his passing. Ron would be so pleased that you have chosen to remember him through your gifts.
A spirit of joyful rebellion. That, according to Executive Director Dan McGrath, is a common trait of TakeAction Minnesota’s thousands of members. “The idea is that we are up against some big challenges, but we’re also going to have fun as we go do it”, he says. The large and bustling office space surrounding him seems to be testifying to his point: a constant stream of people breezily walk by, stop for a cup of coffee, hold impromptu hallway meetings or poke their heads into one of the office’s many conference rooms. The dynamism of the environment is striking, inviting, and undoubtedly energizing. Perhaps that is the secret behind TakeAction Minnesota’s tremendous growth since its inception seven years ago—membership has multiplied tenfold, social media presence is booming and victories from the past legislative session remind all members of just how much can be achieved in this ‘joyful rebellion’.
"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."