PILLSBURY UNITED COMMUNITIES

JUSTICE LIVES HERE

Minneapolis, MN   |  https://pillsburyunited.org/

Mission

To achieve our vision of thriving communities where every person has personal, social, and economic power, we build systems of interconnected programs and services delivered via neighborhood centers, social enterprises, and partnerships that work together to address complex issues by breaking down barriers and building pathways for: ~ People to achieve greater personal health and well-being ~ Places to exist where belonging and cultural understanding create social connections ~ Prosperity to be shared by all through equitable education, employment, and economic opportunities We are very intentional about working alongside community members, co-creating solutions to entrenched challenges that have held people back. This is what we call change at the speed of community.

Ruling year info

1968

President & CEO

Mr. Adair Mosley

Main address

3650 Fremont Ave No

Minneapolis, MN 55412 USA

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EIN

41-0916478

NTEE code info

Neighborhood Center, Settlement House (P28)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

PEOPLE The aspirations in our communities are boundless. But structural racism and other barriers—from inconsistent housing to poor health to inadequate food—stand in the way of the healthy future our neighbors deserve. \ PLACE Our neighborhoods are a wellspring of social connection and cultural identity for residents. But decades of systemic neglect in parts of our cities have foreclosed on that promise. PROSPERITY Education and job skills are the gateways to economic empowerment. Yet gaps in academic and workforce readiness leave many in our communities unprepared for a productive future—leading to higher unemployment, lower household income, and chronic poverty in communities of color.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

People

Pillsbury United Communities has built a system of connected family stabilization, community health, and food access programs that ensure the people in our communities are healthy, safe, and ready to thrive. Through one-on-one relationships, we identify many of the social determinants of health impacting each individual and provide wraparound services that support the whole person.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Seniors

We use the tools of art, community media, and civic engagement to create places where neighbors connect and share a sense of pride and belonging. We celebrate the distinctive social and physical character of our communities and all who live there. By creating vibrant spaces where people feel they belong and believe they can make good things happen, we lay the foundation for a proud and resilient community.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

We provide education, future readiness, and career development programs that open pathways to lifelong learning and equitable participation in our local economy. We support families to ensure children are in school, engaged, and in an environment that nurtures their full potential. Outside of school, we start youth on a journey of discovery that includes experiential learning opportunities for building both hard and soft skills and culminate in scholarships for postsecondary education. We open paths to lifelong learning and equitable participation in our local economy.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Policy has shaped community. It’s time for community to shape policy. At all levels of government, our agency advocates for and advances policy that promotes, protects, galvanizes, and heals the communities we serve.

Our policy work is developed with, by, and for those who have been historically excluded from the process: African Americans, Indigenous people, people of color, immigrants, refugees, and people in poverty.

Population(s) Served
American Indians
Multiracial people
People of African descent
People of Asian descent
People of Latin American descent

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients placed in internships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, People of African descent, American Indians, People of Latin American descent, Low-income people

Related Program

Prosperity

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

121 virtual youth internships in summer 2020, offering participants a living wage in four areas including food systems, entrepreneurship, technology, journalism.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To achieve our vision of thriving communities where every person has personal, social, and economic power, we build systems of interconnected programs and services delivered via neighborhood centers, social enterprises, and partnerships that work together to address complex issues by breaking down barriers and building pathways to meet our goals:

• PEOPLE will achieve greater personal health and wellbeing
• PLACES will exist where belonging and cultural understanding create social connections
• PROSPERITY will be shared by all through equitable education, employment, and economic opportunities

PEOPLE
Pillsbury United works to close gaps and has built a system of connected family stabilization, community health, and food access programs that ensure the people in our communities are healthy, safe, and ready to thrive. Through one-on-one relationships, we can identify many of the social determinants of health impacting each individual and provide wraparound services that support the whole person.

PLACE
Pillsbury United is a force for renewal, joining with neighbors to build a more livable and inclusive community block by block. We use the tools of art, community media, and civic engagement to create places where neighbors connect and share a sense of pride and belonging. We celebrate the distinctive social and physical character of our communities and all who live there. By creating vibrant spaces where people feel they belong and believe they can make good things happen, we lay the foundation for a proud and resilient community.

PROSPERITY
We provide education, future readiness, and career development programs that open pathways to lifelong learning and equitable participation in our local economy. We support families to ensure children are in school, engaged, and in an environment that nurtures their full potential. Outside of school, we start youth on a journey of discovery that includes experiential learning opportunities for building both hard and soft skills and culminate in scholarships for post secondary education. We open paths to lifelong learning and equitable participation in our local economy.

WITH AND FOR OUR COMMUNITY
The community should own its solutions. This fundamental premise of our work comes out of our settlement house roots: not telling people, “Here’s what you need,” but asking, “What can we do together?” Everything we do starts with empathy and proceeds with humility. By asking the right questions, we uncover the true needs that lead to meaningful innovation. Using human-centered design processes — from listening sessions to community workshops — we channel the knowledge and energy of the people most affected into relevant solutions that work in practice, not just in theory.

ART-POWERED IMPACT
The arts and artists are instrumental in building the future we want to see. We use creativity to engage diverse viewpoints, reveal constructive tensions, and guide us to more inventive solutions. Art is a powerful tool for achieving social justice, empowering community members to take a leading role in neighborhood revitalization and economic development efforts.

HEALING-CENTERED ENGAGEMENT
The people we serve bring with them a range of life experiences. So we bring understanding and kindness to help our communities advance in their journeys. We hire people who know the culture and communities they serve and train them to deliver sensitive and appropriate care. In the tradition of settlement houses that served as extensions of people’s homes, we create an environment of radical hospitality where people feel safe, seen, and appreciated.

OPEN-SOURCE INNOVATION
We don’t hoard our innovation but rather seek ways to move our sector forward collectively. We share our learning far and wide by putting our strategies and solutions — from our holistic approach to community health to our expertise in creative placemaking to our blueprint for community media — in the hands of everyone who wants to use them. Beyond sharing with like-minded organizations, we assert our vision in places of institutional power, reaching out to policymakers, business leaders, and other influential partners

PEOPLE
Health programming is a cornerstone of Pillsbury United's work, so we focus on helping under-resourced communities access healthcare, prevention and health education services, and other social determinants of health like nutritious food. Our food systems initiatives reflect our approach to co-creating within communities to disrupt inequities that negatively impact community health. For example, our food rescue program at North Market (our health focused grocery store) addresses neighborhood-level food access in order to reduce inequitable rates in obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other lifestyle diseases.

PLACE
Our community media initiative empowers people to tell their own story, North News and KRSM Radio are revealing the truth about their community to the wider public and, crucially, to the community itself. At the same time, we are changing the landscape by introducing more talented journalists and communicators to industries that have been traditionally marginalized.

PROSPERITY
To create a more equitable economic playing field, our work ensures that the resources are available to diverse business owners, budding entrepreneurs, and participants in our work skills and food systems training. Forging connections between business owners, students, and the entities that have resources is a key effort. It includes increased understanding of resources that can help business owners move beyond road blocks to growth, or better understand how financial decisions impact their bottom line.

WHAT'S NEXT?
We established capacity building priorities that undergird our united system for change (People, Place, Prosperity) by addressing evaluation, finance, and brand.

We will become a data-driven organization that embraces continuous learning, improvement, and measurable impact. To meet this objective, we will build an evaluation framework that integrates our models and theory of change, built around internally-defined key indicators; partner with researchers and/or a research institution to identify qualitative and quantitative data that validates our theory of change; and increase organizational capacity with a streamlined data system, dedicated evaluation staff, and agency-wide training.

We will be advance our finance strategy to include robust evaluation focused on sustainability of programs, diversification of funding, true cost of program operations, and development of decision making matrix for government contracts.

We will foster a brand-aware organizational culture with the knowledge, tools, and infrastructure to improve the quality and consistency of our interactions with the public.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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PILLSBURY UNITED COMMUNITIES

Board of directors
as of 10/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Chris Huset

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Term: 2025 - 2016

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Melinda Emerson

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/28/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data