Our mission is to amplify the power of community to advance equity and justice.

About HFJ and our Four Core Values

We are a Minneapolis-based community foundation that invests in grassroots organizing across Minnesota. We do this through grantmaking programs that support organizations and groups on the front lines of social change. Each of our programs invite people from the community to learn about and lead our grantmaking work. Since 1984, Headwaters has believed that the people who directly experience society’s injustices are exactly the people who know the way to collective liberation. We fund a variety of groups, and we prioritize funding groups that are led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color. 

Two guests at the 2016 Change Makers Gala. One wears a multicolor, cap-sleeved dress and glasses; the other wears a black button up shirt, grey vest, and white bowtie. Both are smiling.
15 people of diverse backgrounds stand together along a multi-level staircase, smiling for a group photo.

Our Four Core Values

Advance Equity

Our work supports movements and systems change that lead to individual resiliency and community power.

Demand Inclusion

People who are most affected by inequity are often left out of decision-making work. We insist on changing that—nationally, regionally, and locally.

Transform Power

We grow power through community-led grantmaking, donor education, and leadership development.

Trust In Community

A community knows itself best, and its people need to lead the way to collective liberation. Our job is to listen to and support the solutions that will improve life for all Minnesotans.