Nominations Open for Awards Honoring Racial Equity Work

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Nominations are being accepted from now through midnight on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, for the Facing Race Ambassador Awards. Presented by The Saint Paul Foundation, these annual awards celebrate and honor the leadership of individuals working toward racial equity and supporting the vitality of communities of color in Minnesota.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Ambassador Awards. In the past decade, we have recognized 36 champions of racial equity in Minnesota. This year, six award recipients will be honored from across six areas of community vitality identified as priorities for the Foundation:  1) community connectedness; 2) economic opportunity and security; 3) education; 4) health; 5) housing and transportation; and 6) human services and family support.

“Racial inequity cuts across many facets of our society, limiting access, opportunity and quality of life wherever it goes,” stated Dr. Eric J. Jolly, president and CEO of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, of which The Saint Paul Foundation is an affiliate. “We want to recognize people across the state and from every walk of life who are raising awareness of racial inequity and its destructive impact, and finding ways to eliminate it from our systems and practices. We want to honor their work.”

The six Ambassador Award recipients will be recognized at a public event featuring Bill Strickland, transformational founder of Pittsburgh’s Manchester Bidwell, to be held the evening of May 9, 2016, at the InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront Hotel, in downtown Saint Paul.

At least one recipient will be recognized for contributions in the East Metro Area that includes the City of Saint Paul, Ramsey, Dakota and Washington counties, and at least one award recipient for contributions in Greater Minnesota.

Award winners will be selected by a panel of 11 volunteer community leaders who bring a shared commitment to racial equity work in Minnesota, as well as knowledge and experience in the Foundation’s six areas of community vitality.

Nominees may be adults or youth. The six award recipients will each receive a direct cash award of $5,000 to a nonprofit(s) or a public entity (entities) to further work in their field to create racial equity in Minnesota. At least one cash award is designated to benefit a nonprofit or public entity specifically in the East Metro area and one in Greater Minnesota. 

Get more information about the awards and nomination forms.

Our Commitment to Racial Equity

Racial equity is a longstanding value of The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation, affiliates of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. We foster this value in our leadership and in the key roles we play as community participants, economic entities, funders, employers and fundraisers. Our work is guided by a racial equity framework developed by a diverse community task force and builds on decades of anti-racism work that includes dialogues and grantmaking. Learn more about our racial equity work at or


About The Saint Paul Foundation

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 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 at and