George Family Foundation Awards $980,000 in Latest Grant Round

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The George Family Foundation announced today that it has expanded support for individual leadership programs, faith-based social justice efforts and youth development programs in the Twin Cities; Dallas, Texas; Oakland, California; and the Vail Valley in Colorado. The Foundation has also continued to support the general operations of many long-term partners.

The Foundation awarded $980,000 to 38 organizations, bringing its total giving for 2019 to $4,434,700.

In this grant round, the Foundation joins others in supporting the Itasca Project's new Minnesota Young American Leaders Program, which is modeled on a highly successful program at the Harvard Business School and offers mentorship and training for up to 60 emerging leaders in Minnesota each year. The Foundation is also funding a pilot program that provides training in authentic leadership at Teach For All while renewing a commitment to the Wenda Weekes Moore Internship and Dr. Reatha Clark King Fellowship at the Women's Foundation of Minnesota.

The Foundation is expanding its work in the faith-based social justice field through a new grant to ISAIAH that will support the Greater Than Fear program.

"To address the state's polarized political environment, ISAIAH has been advancing a narrative that resists appeals to racism and inspires Minnesotans to support collective action through democratic politics. We developed the structural elements of this narrative in 2017-18, deployed it aggressively in 2018," said Minister JaNaé Bates, communications director of ISAIAH. "These needed resources from the George Family Foundation will allow us to refine it for 2020 and beyond. This is an exciting opportunity to animate the best version of Minnesotans and embolden us toward a caring economy and robust, multiracial democracy where we can all thrive."

The Foundation also announced new grants to youth development organizations, including Cookie Cart, Urban Strategies, Inc. and Junior Players Dallas, as well as increased grants to YouthPower365 in the Vail Valley. This grantmaking round includes $580,000 in general operating support to 25 organizations.

Founded by Penny and Bill George in 1994, the George Family Foundation is a $60 million private family foundation that supports integrative health and healing, authentic leadership, spirituality & mindfulness, youth development, the environment and community.

The complete list of grants includes:

$90,000 to YouthPower365 to support general operations.

$60,000 to National Parks Conservation Association to support general operations and the Legal Defense Fund.

$60,000 to Teach For All to support the Collective Leadership Academy.

$60,000 to Walking Mountains Science Center to support its community programs.

$50,000 to Everytown for Gun Safety to support general operations.

$50,000 to Somali Success School to support general operations.

$45,000 to Destiny Arts Center to support general operations on behalf of the Next Generation Fund.

$40,000 to the Women's Foundation of Minnesota to support the Wenda Weekes Moore Internship and Dr. Reatha Clark King Fellowship.

$35,000 to Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation to support the Itasca Project's Minnesota Young American Leaders Program.

$30,000 to Lundstrum Performing Arts to support general operations on behalf of the Next Generation Fund.

$25,000 to the Fund for Women's Equality to support general operations.

$25,000 to Karuna-Shechen to support Shechen Clinics in Nepal.

$25,000 to Mayo Clinic to support the Healthy Living Program.

$25,000 to the Mind & Life Institute to support general operations.

$25,000 to the Penny George Institute Foundation to support training for Penny George Institute for Health and Healing practitioners.

$25,000 to Relationships First to support general operations.

$20,000 to Cookie Cart to support general operations.

$20,000 to ISAIAH to support the Greater Than Fear program.

$15,000 to Audubon California to support programs in the San Francisco Bay area.

$15,000 to Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative to support Nicollet Square supportive services.

$15,000 to Children's HeartLink to support general operations.

$15,000 to the Eagle Valley Land Trust to support general operations.

$15,000 to Global Minnesota to support general operations.

$15,000 to the Minneapolis Institute of Art to support the annual fund.

$15,000 to Pathways Minneapolis to support general operations.

$15,000 to the Minnesota Orchestra in honor of the leadership of Marilyn Carlson Nelson and Paula DeCosse.

$15,000 to Minnesota Public Radio to support the annual fund.

$15,000 to the National Parks Conservation Association to support its Yellowstone work.

$15,000 to The Dallas Foundation to support general operations for Bonton Farms.

$15,000 to Twin Cities Public Television to support the annual fund.

$15,000 to the University of St. Thomas to support the annual fund.

$15,000 to Walk-In Counseling Center to support general operations.

$15,000 to VoteRunLead to support ongoing efforts to build diverse, authentic women leadership in Minnesota and Texas.

$10,000 to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens to support general operations.

$10,000 to Carleton College to support the George International Fellows program.

$10,000 to Minnesota Council on Foundations to support the Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership in preparing Minnesota for the 2020 census.

$10,000 to Urban Strategies, Inc. to support Green Garden Bakery.

$5,000 to Junior Players Dallas to support general operations for Junior Player Free Arts Education program on behalf of the Next Generation Fund.

The Foundation also awarded $79,000 to organizations designated by its board members.