Our mission is to amplify the power of community to advance equity and justice.
Headwaters Foundation for Justice (HFJ) was established in Minnesota in 1984 when a group of progressive donors got together. They believed the people who directly experienced society’s injustices were the people who knew the way to liberation. Those donors used that belief to change philanthropy’s landscape, and created a new grantmaking model—one that shifted power away from funders and placed decision-making in the hands of the people. This was the start of a community-centered, trust-centered model.
Today, HFJ still relies on that model to guide all of our work. Our participatory fundraising and grantmaking programs prioritize community organizing that centers Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color. To date, we have awarded more than $10 million to grassroots organizations across Minnesota.