$215,000 in Grants Support 31 Groups Strengthening Communities of Color

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Thirty-one nonprofit organizations serving communities of color in Minnesota will receive more than $215,000 in grants from The Saint Paul Foundation’s Diversity Endowment Funds, which include Asian Pacific EndowmentEl Fondo de Nuestra ComunidadPan African Community Endowment and Two Feathers Endowment.

Several of the grants will focus on developing generations of leadership, including: African American youth in North Minneapolis; Latino immigrant families in southern Minnesota; and emerging Asian American Pacific Islander artists in the Twin Cities.

“Leadership development ensures that communities of color take an active, central role in positively impacting our community, and we want to increase their capacity to do that,” said Ann Mulholland, vice president of Community Impact for The Saint Paul Foundation. “The volunteer committee made some tough but really sound decisions to ensure the greatest impact of the grant dollars.”

Among the 20 grants totaling $73,695 awarded by the Asian Pacific Endowment to support community-led projects through cultural events and leadership programs was $4,000 for the Community Artist Leadership Initiative to train 30 Asian American Pacific Islander artists to obtain financial support for their work and increase their professional networking in the arts community.

Centro Campesino por los Cambios Hacia Adelante will receive $15,000 of the $72,000 given out in four grants from El Fondo de Nuestra Comunidad to support pathways to citizenship for Latinos leading up to the 2016 elections. The Owatonna-based nonprofit will train emerging civic leaders to increase engagement, become spokespeople for their communities, and organize for social justice.

The Pan African Community Endowment approved seven grants totaling $70,000 to strengthen African and African American communities, including a $10,000 grant for Hope United Community Development Corporation for its African American Male Alliance mentoring program serving African American youth in North Minneapolis. Participants will develop skills and support structures to help navigate their future through increased civic engagement, capped off by an inclusive cultural forum on racism, culture and reconciliation.

The Two Feathers Endowment has been proud to partner with theTiwahe Foundation on grantmaking this year. Visit their website for more grant information.

Each endowment is individually operated by an advisory committee of community leaders and supported by financial contributions large and small from members of the community. 

Read the full list of grants.


Since 1940, thousands of generous individuals committed to the Saint Paul area have made charitable gifts to The Saint Paul Foundation. Today, the Foundation is the state’s largest community foundation. Guided by the legacy of its earliest donors, the Foundation today helps donors achieve their charitable giving goals and have long-lasting impact in the community. The Foundation is an affiliate of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. Learn more atsaintpaulfoundation.org and mnpartners.org.

For more information contact:

Julie Schultz Brown