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.
Today we mourn the loss of an elder in the Headwaters Foundation for Justice community. We are sad to announce the passing of Ron McKinley, proud member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and long-time supporter and leader within the Native community and within Headwaters. We received the news that Ron passed away after a traffic accident in Washington State. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time.The Headwaters Staff and Board are mourning Ron’s passing and honor his legacy.
The Headwaters Foundation for Justice is proud to announce its Social Change Fund grantees for 2013. The Foundation is distributing $180,000 to 19 Minnesota-based not-for-profit organizations in the areas of Economic Justice, Social Justice, Environmental Justice, and Racial Justice.
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.
Shayna and Phyllis embody donor activism in the fullest sense. They make things happen through strategic philanthropy, daily engagement in community work, seeking creative solutions to societal problems and inspiring and challenging others to invest their talents, energy and financial resources in working for justice.