Foundation News

Foundation News: Farewell to Allison Johnson Heist

July 1, 2022

Allison Johnson Heist joined Headwaters in January 2015 through the Ron McKinley Fellowship at the Minnesota Council on Foundations. For over 7 years, she has dedicated herself to transforming philanthropy.…

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This is what Native philanthropy looks like: Meet the Fund of the Sacred Circle Grantmakers and Grantees

April 26, 2022

Today we are celebrating our newest Fund of the Sacred Circle (FSC) grantees and the Native community grantmakers who selected them. The grantmakers chose 19 Minnesota-based organizations to receive multi-year…

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Bilal Alkatout joins Headwaters staff

April 3, 2022

The team at HFJ grows by one today, so please help us welcome our new Associate Director of Program and Grantmaking Bilal Alkatout!  Bilal is a respected and familiar face…

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Headwaters Receives Major Support from the Bush Foundation

January 25, 2022

Headwaters has a new opportunity to make larger and more multi-year grants to grassroots organizations. The opportunity comes from longtime partners at the Bush Foundation, through their ongoing commitment to community-based philanthropy. We’re…

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Announcing the 2021 Community Innovation Grant Recipients

January 17, 2022

A group of volunteers from the community led our most recent round of Headwaters’ Community Innovation grantmaking work. Thanks to them—and an intermediary partnership we’ve held with the Bush Foundation…

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Announcing the 2021 Giving Project Grant Recipients and Giving Project Program Cohort Participants

August 2, 2021

The ongoing pandemic might have limited the 2021 Giving Project Program cohort from meeting in person, but it did not prevent them from setting fundraising and grantmaking records at Headwaters. The group of 16 volunteers made it possible…

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Announcing the Transformation Fund Grant Recipients and Community Grantmakers

June 14, 2021

June 15, 2021 Through our Transformation Fund, and with leadership from a group of community volunteer grantmakers,  Headwaters Foundation for Justice (HFJ) is deeply investing in 22 organizations  or coalitions that are led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, and people of…

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About the Derek Chauvin Verdict: a message of solidarity from HFJ

April 20, 2021

April 20, 2021Dear Community, Earlier today in Minneapolis, a group of jurors announced their verdict in the Chauvin trial. Throughout the trial, and still going on into the night, armed National Guard…

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Meet New HFJ Staff: Ewan Scotto, Duaba Unenra, and Elizabeth Zalanga

March 31, 2021

Earlier this month, we welcomed Duaba Unenra, Ewan Scotto, and Elizabeth Zalanga to our team.   Ewan Scotto is our new Communications Associate. They are a Giving Project Program alum who has spent the last three years…

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The Derek Chauvin Trial: a message of solidarity from Headwaters

March 3, 2021

March 3, 2021Dear Community, We are about to witness the murder trial of the former police officer who is charged in George Floyd’s death. When the trial starts next Monday,…

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