Learn about The Transformation Fund toward the bottom of the page.

About The Transformation Fund

Headwaters launched The Transformation Fund in response to the murder of George Floyd and to the ongoing culture of violence and white supremacy in our society’s systems and institutions.

When making a contribution to The Transformation Fund please note that 80% of your gift will be granted directly to organizations in Minnesota working for racial justice. The remaining 20% of your gift will be designated for the Headwaters infrastructure that supports the creation, management, and distribution of this fund. 

The Fund makes grants to grassroots organizations that address their community's immediate needs. It also invests in groups that demand change and hold law enforcement and elected officials accountable. 

Since June 2020, Headwaters has already distributed over $1 million dollars in rapid response funding to frontline organizations and communities in the first phase of this initiative. To mark phase two of this work, another $1+ million will be distributed in early 2021. For more information about how to apply for a grant visit The Transformation Fund program page. The deadline is 5 p.m. Central on Thursday, December 17.

What happened: On Monday, May 25, 2020, former veteran Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd's neck during an arrest over a counterfeit $20 bill. Within nine minutes, Mr. Floyd was unresponsive and pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital. Throughout that week and the weeks that followed, peaceful protests took place across Minneapolis and Saint Paul; protesters were met with tear gas and rubber bullets from law enforcement and the National Guard. Meanwhile, far-right militias and anti-government extremists from other communities came into Minneapolis to set fires, loot, and cause massive destruction that lasted for days.

On Friday, May 29, 2020, Derek Chauvin was arrested and initially charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. He now faces second-degree murder and manslaughter.

As of Fall 2020, all four former officers in George Floyd's murder await a trial that has been scheduled to begin in March 2021.

The murder of George Floyd--like the killings of Jamar Clark, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Jonathan Sanders, Ezell Ford, Eric Garner, Terrance Franklin, Alton Sterling, Thurman Blevins, Michael Brown Jr., Jeremy McDole, David McAtee, Tony McDade, John Crawford III, Timothy Russell, Malissa Williams, Sandra Bland, and so many other Black people in our city and across our country at the hands of the police--is a call to action.

As a community foundation, we are encouraging our donor and philanthropic communities to give boldly, to advocate vigorously, and to act powerfully. We demand justice for George Floyd, but we won’t stop there. We believe another world is possible right now—one where all Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color matter and lead us towards a just future.