Headwaters Foundation’s first ever Giving Project cohort recently concluded their six-month program experience, which culminated in making grants to grassroots organizations creating change in Minnesota. The Giving Project was comprised of 20 participants from various class backgrounds, racial and ethnic groups, gender identities and sexual orientations, and ages with the common goal to give and raise resources for social change.
The cohort raised $82,739 from over 150 people. Ten percent of what the cohort raised will go to Headwaters Foundation to support project expenses. Giving Project participants made seven grants totaling $70,000. In honor of Niki Mitchell – a Giving Project participant and leader who passed away this fall – the cohort made a special gift of $4,500 to Headwaters Emergency Fund for Black Lives.
Giving Project participant, Alyssa, shared what the experience meant to her:
Exploring your relationship with race and class is hard personal work. It is rare to be allowed into such a safe, intentional, and affirming place to do that work and gather with others on the same journey, all with the goal of having a positive impact on real, relevant issues facing our community. The Giving Project has changed how I connect to the place that I live, and my role in it. I look forward to telling my Giving Project story to as many people who will listen, and supporting Headwaters and the critical work they are doing.
The Giving Project Grant funds organizational efforts that change systems of injustice in Minnesota, and bring together oppressed people to change systems that affect their communities through grassroots organizing. Headwaters Foundation is proud to announce the inaugural grants made through the Giving Project:
- Black Lives Matter Minneapolis – Minneapolis
- Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL) – Minneapolis
- Harrison Neighborhood Association – Minneapolis
- Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together – Saint Paul
- Greater Minnesota Worker Center – Saint Cloud
- InquilinXs UnidXs Por Justicia (United Renters for Justice) – Minneapolis
- Neighborhoods Organizing for Change – Minneapolis
Headwaters Foundation offers Giving Project Grant opportunities twice each year. The next deadline to apply for funding is Tuesday, March 1 by 5:00pm. For more information about the Giving Project Grant, contact Allison Johnson.
2015 Giving Project Cohort Participants:
Alyssa Hawkins, Cacje Henderson, Caitlin Schwartz, Catharine Reid, Chamath Perera, Emma Buechs, Jo Lum, Jon Schill, Jon Vang, Julia Davis, Kalia Vang, Linda Her, Niki Mitchell, Pat Thompson, Ralph Wyman, Rebecca Lawrence, Roy Taylor, Ruby Levine, Shawntan Howell, Thom Hart.