Headwaters Foundation for Justice

amplify the power of community

Minneapolis, MN   |  http://www.headwatersfoundation.org

Mission

Mission: to amplify the power of community to advance equity and justice. Headwaters Foundation for Justice is on the leading edge of philanthropy. We were created and endure from a simple and powerful truth: the people who experience injustice are essential to ending it. Vision: Every dream. Every opportunity. For every Minnesotan. We are clear that today’s injustices are the result of structures and systems that have been designed by a few to enrich even fewer. We believe that change is created by individuals who have the courage to stand up, the wisdom to join together, and the support to create durable, sustainable solutions.

Ruling year info

1985

President

Maria De La Cruz

Main address

2801 21st Ave S Ste 132-B

Minneapolis, MN 55407 USA

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EIN

36-3359386

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Community-Led Grantmaking

Headwaters Foundation supports constituent organizing to build strong communities working for long-term change. Grantmaking evolved from a single fund in 1984 into a comprehensive grantmaking program. Activist committees make funding decisions. Constituent leadership is a hallmark of Headwaters' grantmaking -- we believe that decisions will be wisest when we have people most knowledgeable about issues within their communities guiding the grantmaking process.

 

Headwaters' Social Change Fund is a grantmaking program directed toward grassroots groups or projects engaged in social change organizing. Funding supports efforts to achieve social, economic, environmental and racial justice in diverse communities throughout Minnesota. In FY2009 the Social Change Fund awarded $215,000 in 24 grants.

 

Another grantmaking program, Fund of the Sacred Circle, is directed toward American Indian-led grassroots groups in Minnesota and Wisconsin addressing issues of injustice in Native communities. The FSC reaffirms the self-determination of American Indians to define and address the needs of their communities in culturally appropriate ways. In FY2009 the Fund of the Sacred Circle awarded $40,000 in 4 grants.

Population(s) Served

Headwaters works to strengthen organizations and their leaders through capacity building programs that include grantee and issue convenings, specialized training programs and technical assistance on movement building, organizing, fundraising, and communications. These programs develop the core skills and capabilities of grantees to build organizational effectiveness and sustainability for long-term social change work. Capacity building programs go hand in hand with grantmaking -- supporting grantees and other grassroots groups so that they have the tools to be more effective in advancing their mission. Each year, over 250 people participate in our capacity building programs.

Population(s) Served

This program enables individual donors to advance their philanthropy goals and direct resources to social change groups locally, nationally and internationally. Headwaters staff educates donors about social justice issues and informs donors about our grantees and other organizations that match their interests. The majority of money granted through the Donor Advised program supports social change groups on our regular docket from the two activist-led grantmaking funds.

Population(s) Served

Headwaters offers donor engagement programs to encourage individuals to advocate, invest in and give strategically for justice. In 2008, Headwaters donors hosted a series of six donor engagement events focused exclusively on environmental justice, reaching approximately 40-50 donor activists each session. We also provided donor advised services to twelve longtime donors and created an outreach strategy to grow the donor advised program.

Population(s) Served

The Giving Project is an innovative model for building power through community, leadership development, and funding social change. We bring together a multiracial, cross-class group of people who are passionate about funding social change and interested in building their skills in fundraising, grantmaking, and community building. Participants work together to raise and give out money to organizations that bring about significant, long-term solutions for justice and equity in Minnesota. In the past two years, nearly 60 Giving Project participants have raised over $355,000 to support community organizing in Minnesota.

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Awards

Effie Award for Effective Philanthropic Practices 2009

Effective Communities

Nonprofit Mission Award for Responsive Philanthropy 2011

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits & MAP for Nonprofits

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Headwaters Foundation for Justice

Board of directors
as of 5/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Erica Mauter


Board co-chair

Ellianne Farhat

Mala Thao

Chad Allen Ambroday

TC Duong

Elizabeth Coco

Muneer Karcher-Ramos

Fatima Moore

Caitlin Schwartz

Avi Viswanathan

Dameun Strange

Ann Viitala

Attorney at Law