Program Stories

Local giving to help address issues of racism and inequity

These stories reflect examples of support for the Twin Cities community since George Floyd’s murder on May 25, 2020 and stem directly from MACP’s commitment to increase local funding to address issues of racism and inequity.


Pillsbury United Communities ($750,000)

Pillsbury United Communities has a long history of driving equitable economic development in Minneapolis’ most economically disadvantaged communities. MACP was one of the first funders, seeding its Justice Built Communities, an innovative community development corporation that leverages land, labor, entrepreneurship, and capital to build equitable development and wealth creation for Black and Brown residents of our region. It will focus its efforts on re-building areas that were damaged or abandoned because of civil unrest after the murder of George Floyd.

Funded through The Margaret A. Cargill Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation


Black Men Teach ($125,000)

Established in 2018, Black Men Teach recruits, prepares, places, and helps retain Black male teachers in elementary schools. The organization’s goal is that Black men comprise 20% of the K-5 teaching staff in each of the organization’s partner schools in the Twin Cities within six years. MACP’s funding will be used specifically for scholarships and student loan relief for teachers who remain in the field for five or more years. PHOTO ABOVE COURTESY OF BLACK MEN TEACH

Funded through The Margaret A. Cargill Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation


Catalyst Initiative ($300,000)

A funding initiative at The Minneapolis Foundation, the Catalyst Initiative honors and fosters culturally authentic self-care practices to advance health and wellbeing, especially for people experiencing generational trauma and violence caused by systemic inequities and racial discrimination. MACP supported its healing justice work for Black and Indigenous Communities, youth of color, and Islamic East African and Southeast Asian immigrants. The work is in partnership with these organizations: Healing Justice Foundation, Indigenous People’s Task Force, Irreducible Grace Foundation, Liberty Northside Healing Space, Manidoo Ogitigaan, Native American Community Clinic, Open Path Resources, , Rebeka Ndosi/Healing Illuminated, Southeast Asian Diaspora Project, Voices for Racial Justice, and White Earth Land Recovery Project.


LinkingLeaders Partnership ($425,000)

Established in 2013, the LinkingLeaders Partnership includes four networks — African American Leadership ForumCoalition of Asian American LeadersLatino LEAD, and Tiwahe Foundation – that came together with the goal of “building alliances, partnerships, and collaborations to change systemic conditions to make Minnesota work better for everyone.” LinkingLeaders has become a model of cross-racial collaboration and solidarity, strengthening and building leadership, and co-creating initiatives that are authentic and accountable to BIPOC communities. MACP supported capacity building as well as its History Project, designed to deepen understanding of interconnected and divergent histories of Black, Indigenous, LatinX, and Asian-American communities. The project also provides race and anti-racism education while developing community leadership to address systemic inequities.

Funded through The Margaret A. Cargill Fund of The Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation