FIRST QUARTER GRANTS

2014

 

First Quarter Grants 2014

The Northwest Area Foundation approved 62 grants worth $6,361,060 in the first quarter of 2014. The grants further the Foundation’s strategies of increasing good jobs and improving financial capability of low-income people to enable them to move from poverty to prosperity.

The following is a list of the grant awards:

Grants to Build Assets & Wealth

Better Futures Enterprises (formerly NetWork for Better Futures) of Minneapolis will receive $225,000 over two years for building a social enterprise to create good jobs through Better Futures Minnesota (BFM). BFM currently operates two businesses – property maintenance and waste recycling/reuse – that provide jobs to men who have histories of chronic incarceration, homelessness, mental illness, chemical dependency and significant personal trauma.
Grant term: July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2016

Brotherhood Inc. of St. Paul, Minnesota, received $40,000 to develop a local coffee shop, Brotherhood Brew Community Café, that will employ 10 to 15 young African-American men on a part-time basis. The employees will gain transferable job skills, community connections, living wages, and most importantly, a second chance at life.
Grant term: March 1, 2014 – Feb. 28, 2015

Build Wealth MN Inc of Minneapolis, along with its partners Model Cities, Aurora St. Anthony Community Development Center, Camphor Fiscally Fit and other community organizations, received $25,000 to support a multiyear initiative: Housing Opportunities Made Equitable Collaborative (HOMECO), aimed at closing the housing gap for low-income African-Americans and people of color in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.
Grant term: March 1 – Sept. 1, 2014

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Yankton Sioux Tribe as the Oceti Ŝakowiŋ Power Authority (OSPA) through their fiscal sponsor, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. of San Francisco, will receive $500,000 over two years to finance, build and operate a utility-grade wind power installation system linking the eight tribes across the state of South Dakota. The grant will include support for a training program to create approaches to maximizing tribal employment in the development, construction and maintenance of the wind generation facilities.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2015

Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) of Washington will receive $500,000 over two years to build the capacity of organizations in the Foundation’s region so they can deliver programs and advocate for policies that help low-income families improve their financial capability and build wealth.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2015

Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) of Washington will receive $1.2 million over three years for a Financial Capability Policy Initiative to advance state and tribal policies that rein in predatory lending practices, increase access to safe and affordable financial services, and expand financial education.
Grant term: July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017

Four Bands Community Fund Inc. of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, received $90,000 to carry out a Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) stakeholder planning meeting, participate in federal policy meetings, and support organizational development and ongoing operations of the Native CDFI Network (a national network to unify Native CDFIs servicing Native trust land communities, American Indians, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiians).
Grant term: Jan. 1 – June 30, 2014

Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) of Minneapolis will receive $200,000 over two years for job creation through minority business enterprises (MBEs). The grant will support MEDA’s plan to serve MBEs through strategic growth, access to capital, and access to the networks that connect MBEs to public and private contracting opportunities. The end result will be sustainable, good jobs with employers where more than 50 percent of those employed are people of color.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2015

Minneapolis American Indian Center of Minneapolis will receive $40,000 over two years to support a café and culinary arts training program. The project will involve two partners: Waite House, an established nonprofit organization that operates a culinary training program; and Dream of Wild Health, a nonprofit organic farm that works with Native youth and adults around healthy food production and preparation.
Grant term: April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015

Minnesota Council of Churches of Minneapolis received $100,000 for Payday Lending Reform, a project that will engage in a legislative campaign to end predatory lending practices in Minnesota and create a climate for community-based alternatives to short-term, small-dollar loans.
Grant term: Jan. 2 – Dec. 31, 2014

North Dakota Indian Business Alliance will receive $100,000 over three years through its fiscal sponsor,North Dakota Community Foundation of Bismarck, North Dakota, to help develop and support entrepreneurship in Native communities, both on and off reservations.
Grant term: Jan.1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2016

Opportunity Link of Havre, Montana, will receive $334,074 over two years to implement its Building Sustainable Prosperity: Advancing Employment and Housing through Regional Asset–Based Economic Development project. The goal is to improve north central Montana’s ability to address housing services, affordability and quality and also advance employment training and job creation for Native and low-income residents.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2015

Prepare + Prosper (formerly AccountAbility Minnesota) of St. Paul, Minnesota, received $196,000 for the Financial Access and Inclusion Roadmap (FAIR), an initiative that seeks to assist financially underserved Twin Cities households gain access to the financial mainstream and stimulate greater savings and asset building among this population.
Grant term: March 1, 2014 – Feb. 28, 2015

Rural Development Initiative Inc. of Eugene, Oregon, will receive $245,000 over three years to pilot WealthWorks Northwest in five rural Oregon communities. They will train community members and businesses to use the model to enhance local economies by building on local assets and connecting businesses and economic stakeholders so they can act together to take advantage of market and wealth-building opportunities.
Grant term: March 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2016

Summit Academy OIC of Minneapolis received $500,000 to enable the growth of its training programs and support SAOIC’s leadership through the Northside Community Response Team (NCRT), a partnership with Hennepin County and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development that helps low-income individuals in North Minneapolis move from dependence on social services to self-sufficiency through employment and asset and wealth building.
Grant term: Feb. 1, 2014 – Feb. 28, 2015

South Dakota Indian Business Alliance will receive $150,000 over two years through its fiscal sponsor, Four Bands Community Fund Inc. of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, to help develop and support entrepreneurship in Native communities, both on and off reservations.
Grant term: March 1, 2014 – Feb. 29, 2016

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation of Porcupine, South Dakota, will receive $500,000 over two years to support the development of the Sustainable Home Ownership Project (SHOP). SHOP will develop a financial capability system to prepare low-income Native Americans currently working on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for local homeownership and help manage the design and construction of new homes at Thunder Valley.
Grant term: April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2016

Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of St. Paul of St. Paul, Minnesota, willreceive $250,000 over 18 months to help over 100 people in transition rebuild their lives and futures through participation in YW JOBS Focus Forward project, a multifaceted workforce development initiative whose goal is to increase the quality of life for hard-to-employ African-Americans by improving their employment outcomes, earnings and community connections.
Grant term: Jan. 31, 2014 – June 30, 2015
Grants to Improve Public Policy

Farmers’ Legal Action Group Inc. of St. Paul, Minnesota, will receive $200,000 over two years to enhance its program for providing low-income immigrant and refugee farmers with competent legal and technical training and support to remove the barriers to starting and maintaining a small-scale agriculture operation.
Grant term: March 1, 2014 – Feb. 28, 2016

Montana Budget and Policy Center of Helena, Montana, received $140,000 for the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative (SFAI), to bring about a more equitable tax system and adequate funding of public services supporting low- and moderate-income people.
Grant term: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2014

Mountain States Group Inc. of Boise, Idaho, received $140,000 to support engagement of Idahoans in the state’s policy and budget decisions by producing strong research on policy impacts and options and by convening diverse stakeholders around common policy causes that affect persons in poverty.
Grant term: July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015

TakeAction Minnesota Education Fund of St. Paul, Minnesota, will receive $250,000 over two years to carry out a coalition campaign to improve job quality for low-wage workers in Minnesota. The desired policy changes are an increase in the state minimum wage, paid sick leave, and removing barriers to work for people with criminal records.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2015

General Grants

The Minneapolis Foundation of Minneapolis received $75,000 to grow the Latino Leaders Network (LLN). LLN’s 120 charter members from government, business and nonprofit sectors cut across ages, genders and countries of origin. The goal is to increase social capital through collective action to address issues that are most critical to Latinos in Minnesota.
Grant term: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2014

Minnpost of Minneapolis received $100,000 to research, write, publish and promote in-depth investigative news stories about Minnesota’s legislative debate to raise the state’s minimum wage.
Grant term: Jan. 2 – Dec. 15, 2014

Spokesman-Recorder of Minneapolis received $25,000 for general operations.
Grant term: March 1 – Dec. 31, 2014

 

Sponsorships

African Immigrant Services Inc. of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, received $1,000 for sponsorship of their media launch.
Grant term: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2014

The Caux Round Table Inc. of St. Paul, Minnesota, received $350 for sponsorship of a table at a speaking event of New York Times reporter Hedrick Smith.
Grant term: April 10, 2014

Fresh Taste of Chicagoreceived $3,200 through its fiscal sponsor, New Venture Fund of Washington, for Reaching Resilience: Food and Farming in the Upper Midwest event.
Grant term: April 9 – 10, 2014

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys of St. Paul, Minnesota, received $5,000 for sponsorship of the 2014 Women of Distinction luncheon.
Grant term: April 16, 2014

Habitat for Humanity International Inc. of St. Paul, Minnesota, received $5,000 for sponsorship of the 2014 Hard Hat & Black Tie gala.
Grant term: April 11 – 12, 2014

Minneapolis Urban League of Minneapolis received $10,000 for sponsorship of the 2014 Gateway to Opportunity gala.
Grant term: June 15, 2014

Minnesota Council on Foundations of Minneapolis received $5,000 for sponsorship of the Giving Forum quarterly newsletter.
Grant term: April 1 – Dec. 31, 2014

Minnesota Department of Human Rights of St. Paul, Minnesota, received $7,500 for sponsorship of the 2014 MLK holiday celebration.
Grant term: Jan. 20 – 21, 2014

Minnesota Housing Partnership of St. Paul, Minnesota, received $5,000 for sponsorship of Explore Fiscal Disparities for Housing in the Twin Cities research.
Grant term: Jan. 15 – April 1, 2014

Neighborhood Development Center Inc. of St. Paul, Minnesota, received $1,500 for sponsorship of their 2014 Entrepreneur Awards.
Grant term: May 15, 2014

Open Arms Perinatal Services of Seattle received $2,500 for sponsorship of their 6th annual luncheon.
Grant term: March 20, 2014

Oregon Native American Business and Entrepreneurial Network of Portland, Oregon, received $10,000 for sponsorship of the 12th annual Trading at the River conference and tradeshow.
Grant term: May 27 – May 29, 2014

Philanthropy Northwest of Seattle received $10,000 for sponsorship of The River Gathering: A Confluence of People, Places and Spirit conference.
Grant term: April 30 – May 2, 2014

Philanthropy Northwest of Seattle received $10,000 for sponsorship of the Mission Investor Exchange national conference.
Grant term: May 13 – 15, 2014

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives of Portland, Oregon, received $3,000 for sponsorship of the 2014 Dancing with the Stars Portland gala.
Grant term: March 14 – 16, 2014

Self Enhancement Inc. of Portland, Oregon, received $3,500 for sponsorship of the Soul of the City event.
Grant term: Feb. 22, 2014

Somali Justice Advocacy Center of Minneapolis received $5,000 from its fiscal sponsor, Ka Joog of Minneapolis, for sponsorship of a seminar on financial training programs for low-income families.
Grant term: Feb. 1 – Dec. 31, 2014

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation of Owatonna, Minnesota, received $5,000 for sponsorship of the 1st annual FEAST Financing Local Foods business conference.
Grant term: May 15 – 16, 2014

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops of Collegeville, Minnesota, received $250 for sponsorship of the Fr. Kevin McDonough Scholarship fund.
Grant term: March 7, 2014

United Way of Jackson County Inc. of Medford, Oregon, received $5,000 for sponsorship of the 2014 Oregon Nonprofit Leaders conference.
Grant term: April 17 – 19, 2014

Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Minneapolis of Minneapolis received $5,000 for sponsorship of the Circle of Women luncheon.
Grant term: April 24, 2014

Annual Memberships

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy $2,500

Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. $5,000

Council on Foundations $35,000

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees $5,000

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations $6,100

Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington $3,156

Grant Managers Network $2,000

Hispanics in Philanthropy $3,000

Independent Sector $10,000

Iowa Council of Foundations $1,000

Minnesota Council on Foundations $20,400

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy $7,500

Native Americans in Philanthropy $4,000

Neighborhood Funders Group $2,500

Philanthropy Northwest $26,030