Banyan Foundation

aka Banyan Community   |   Minneapolis, MN   |  www.banyancommunity.org

Mission

Banyan Community is rooted in the Phillips Neighborhood to transform lives by developing youth, strengthening families, and creating community.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Joani Essenburg

Main address

2529 13th Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55404 USA

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EIN

41-1922813

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Banyan Community creates a nucleus of support that develops a strong community from the inside up. The Phillips Neighborhood of South Minneapolis is a low income neighborhood in need of revitalization. Banyan's approach is holistic by developing youth, strengthening families, and creating community. We work at all three levels to bring about change. As a result, our 100 block area is now experiencing youth that are graduating from high school and going to college, with over a dozen now as college graduates. Our families are stable, adding to the retention and strength of our community. Our block clubs create a strong fabric that addresses isolation and crime prevention through community building. Our place conciseness, researched informed model is working to bring about holistic and lasting change in our neighborhood.

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?

Community Development

Banyan is a community development organization that develops youth, strengthens families, and creates community in the Phillips Neighborhood of South Minneapolis, MN. We work at all three levels to bring lasting change in our poverty neighborhood

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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.

The overall goals of Banyan are to:
• Provide opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills, engage in positive relationships with peers and adults, and have new experiences.
• Provide academic support and accountability so that youth can succeed in school and college.
• Create an environment of support around youth, through the encouragement and investment of the adults in the community.
• Strengthen families by connecting them to resources and helping them to avert crisis.
• Connect neighbors to each other so they can build a strong community.
All of Banyan Community's programs are based on community input and staff expertise, blended with the most current research on the assets and support that children need to develop a positive self-image, learn social and life skills, succeed in school, and ultimately overcome the cycle of generational poverty.

Banyan's current programs activities are centered around three core objectives: developing youth, strengthening families, and creating community:
DEVELOP YOUTH
Elementary: The After School Program for grades K-5 includes educational enrichment time, learning about developmental assets, homework help, gym time and a snack. Summer Cool Off Days is five weeks of field trips, swimming, and hands-on science. There is an additional week of residential camp.
Middle School: SOAR focuses on life skills, service, and working toward academic success. Also, middle schoolers participate in five weeks of summer programming just for them, and Tronix and Art Workshop on School Release Days.
High School: ASPIRE academic support and accountability program has resulted in a 100% high school graduation rate. High School Employment provides Banyan High School students with opportunities to be leaders with our elementary youth after school program.
College: Banyan Scholars is our college support program that provides first generation college students with mentors and direction. Banyan also hires neighborhood college students to work in our after school program.

STRENGTHEN FAMILIES
Home Visits: Banyan staff members conduct home visits for every youth enrolled in programming. Families are connected to resources they need like housing and employment.
Goal-Setting Conferences: Staff members meet with parents to teach them how to advocate for their children at school.


CREATE COMMUNITY AMONG PHILLIPS RESIDENTS
The Lighthouse Network: Banyan-supported, neighborhood-led block clubs.
Neighbors work together to build community and address crime and other block issues.
The Gatherings: Four annual community events bring together youth, parents, staff and neighbors.
CLEC- Community Leadership Education and Connection- our new Adult Program

Banyan has a 20 year track record of success in transforming lives in the Phillips neighborhood. We are able to achieve high quality outcomes in our programs because of four things:
1) High quality leadership. Banyan's executive level leadership is deeply committed to our mission and provides clear guidance for our organization.
2) High quality staff. We currently have seven full-time and fifteen part-time staff that facilitate our programs. Our part-time staff includes high school and college students that have grown up in our programs. They are passionate about serving our community, and provide a unique insight into the dreams and aspirations of our community.
3) Stable funding. Our annual budget in 2019 is $1,830,000. We receive about half of our funding from individuals and half of our funding from corporations/foundations. The diversity of our funding base provides great stability.
4) Committed families. Banyan families are deeply committed and stay connected with Banyan long-term. Our retention rate is 97%! This enables us to make a lasting impact in the lives of youth, families and our community.

2019 is our 21st year of impact in the Phillips Neighborhood. We opened a preschool in 2018 with St. David's Center and we also added Adult Programming. 2019 is a year that will bring strategic growth in addition to building our infrastructure. Your support enables us to reach out to more youth and families in our community.

Thank you for your interest in Banyan Community!

Joani Essenburg
Co-founder and Executive Director

Financials

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Operations

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

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Banyan Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Wilczynski

Cargill

Term: 2016 - 2019

Dan Farley

US Bank

Michael Wilczynski

Cargill

Lisa Mauer

March Family Foundation

Justin Hanratty

USI Insurance

Susan Haffield

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Carol Frey Wolfe

Frey Foundation

Michael O'Keefe

DeLaSalle High School

Jeffery Wertz

TCF National Bank

Heidi Thorson

MN Perinatal Physicians

Judy Pennington

Deloitte Consulting- retired

Tom Hubler

Hubler Family Business Consultants

Stanley Jackson

Sterling Systems

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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/10/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Disability

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