The Transformation Fund: Rapid Response Grantmaking Continues

On Sunday, May 31st, Headwaters responded to the murder of George Floyd by setting up The Transformation Fund. We wanted to move money quickly to frontline organizations as they kept fighting against an ongoing culture of institutional violence and white supremacy. We also wanted to support the long-term movement work for real change required for our collective liberation.

Two longtime, trusted Headwaters donors pledged a combined total of $2 million in early June to seed the Fund. They gave us full permission to flexibly use those dollars, which helped us inspire donors at all levels to give. We recently made general operating grants to organizations using The Transformation Fund support. These first investments prioritize groups that led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC).

Executive Director Maria De La Cruz said, “The fact is, organizers have been working for racial justice for generations. The wins we see today—notably led by BIPOC youth and young adults—are examples of what it means to build power with and in community. Rapid response grantmaking at Headwaters tunes us in to real-time needs and lets us get grant dollars to where they will be most helpful.”

The Transformation Fund grant recipients are:

  • Association for Black Economic Power: Pimento Fund
  • African Career and Education Resource, Inc.
  • Al Ma’uun (Masjid An Nur)
  • Asian American Organizing Project
  • Awood Center
  • Ayada Leads
  • Black Immigrant Collective
  • Black Table Arts
  • Black Visions Collective
  • Building Dignity and Respect Council
  • Council on American Islamic Relations-MN
  • Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization
  • Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha
  • Division of Indian Work
  • Free Black Dirt
  • Frogtown Neighborhood Association
  • Hope Community
  • Indigenous Roots
  • InquilinXs UndiXs Por Justicia
  • Isuroon
  • Joyce Preschool
  • Juxtaposition Arts
  • MIGIZI Communications
  • Minnesota Youth Collective
  • Native American Community Development Institute
  • Navigate MN
  • Northside Funders Group (West Broadway Business and Area Coalition)
  • Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association
  • Redeemer Center for Life
  • ReleaseMN8
  • Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment
  • St. Paul Youth Serivces
  • TruArt Speaks
  • Unicorn Riot
  • Voices for Racial Justice
  • Women for Political Change

Like earlier generations of Headwaters staff, board, donors, and volunteers, we are committed to Black Liberation and Native Sovereignty, to advancing our collective liberation. We will share long-term funding plans as details are finished later this year.

Our thanks to everyone in the community who helped make The Transformation Fund and these grants possible.