Announcing the Transformation Fund Grant Recipients and Community Grantmakers

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 color. The group of grantees are on the front lines of organizing for systems change across Minnesota. Each $75,000 grant gives $25,000 of general operating support per year for three years—an HFJ first. 

“This is our mission in action,” said Program Director Melissa Rudnick. “Organizations need and deserve flexible grant dollars to support their work towards justice, self-determination, and collective liberation. Philanthropy’s responsibility is to do more than just listen. We must respond, which is why I’m proud to see the community help Headwaters move this money exactly where it’s needed.”  

Our Transformation Fund grant recipients are: 

Our community grantmakers are: 

  • Sarah Abe 
  • Roula Alkatout 
  • Sai Chang 
  • Wayne Ducheneaux 
  • Takara Henegar 
  • Amber Z. Jones 
  • Elodie Lee 
  • Corelle Nakamura 
  • Maria Salas 

We will highlight each of the 22 grantees, their powerful activism, and some of the community grantmakers  throughout the summer. Find us on social platforms and sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to learn more about how you can support these groups! 

Organizations that are interested in applying for other HFJ funding opportunities will want to look for our Community Innovation Grant application, coming out in late summer or early fall. We offer Community Innovation Grants through a partnership with the Bush Foundation. Please check our website and sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to get the latest details as they emerge.