Jun 01, 2021

One Year Later: MACP’s response and commitment after the murder of George Floyd

It has been one year since the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police here in our community. In the days that followed, MACP committed to more formally examine the role equity and inclusion play in our grantmaking and increase our support for work in our local community to address issues of racism and inequity. As we observe this sobering milestone, we join many in our community who are reflecting on where we’ve been and the notable work that remains.

Our Commitment to Learning. Our work begins with recognizing that we have much to learn. By the end of this year, our staff and board members will each have completed the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). The IDI creates a foundation of knowledge and common language to expand our individual and collective intercultural competence. In formal learning cohorts, we have engaged with one another to build our knowledge and understanding. Building on this foundation, we created a steering committee to facilitate work across MACP and with our board and began work to articulate a vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at MACP. Our vision will guide our work and the commitments to which we hold ourselves accountable as staff, as a grantmaker, and as part of the larger philanthropic community.

Over the past year, we began re-examining policies and practices to promote inclusivity and increase diversity and equity, which includes building equitable evaluation within our core practices. With our staffing partners, we increased the number of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) recruiters managing our search efforts, and we expanded relationships with organizations that are BIPOC-led. Additionally, as part of our interview process, we piloted learning circles aimed at mitigating unconscious bias. To support DEI work in the philanthropic community, MACP participated in our first Green 2.0 Transparency Report Card and our second Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals survey.

We know that everyone at MACP has a role in this work, and in addition to organization-wide initiatives, employees have pursued personal and professional learning efforts. To help connect and inform DEI efforts and conversations across the organization, we formed a DEI Staff Advisory Group to serve as a sounding board, facilitate dialog, and support formal and informal learning opportunities on topics and work related to DEI.

Our Commitment to Addressing Racism and Inequity in Our Community: In the 60 days that followed George Floyd’s murder, we committed more than $2 million in new funding for 20 organizations in the Twin Cities, with work focused on racial, economic, and social equity, as well as building networks and community leadership for systemic change.

By the end of 2020, we committed over $11 million to COVID-relief and racial and social equity efforts in our community, primarily in support of organizations whose work is centered in and with BIPOC communities. That work continues this year, with more than $6 million to date dedicated to addressing racism and inequity in our local communities.

To put these funds to work efficiently and effectively in our local communities, we leverage the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation Funds at The Minneapolis Foundation and the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation. Their knowledge, relationships, and deep understanding of our communities have been invaluable as we sought to put funds to work quickly in our community this past year. A few examples of recent giving are shown to the right.

Our Commitment to Equity and Inclusion in Our Grantmaking: As we examine our grantmaking, we again recognize that learning is the first step. Earlier this year, MACP launched a focused effort to deepen our awareness of biases in our grantmaking, and to further our understanding of structures and systems that perpetuate racism and inequity. MACP launched an RFP process to engage consulting expertise to support this learning and our work. Even as we engage in this learning, we will bring an intentional equity lens to our ongoing grantmaking. We are heartened to hear from grantees that our funding support for underserved and low-attention populations has been valuable in their work. Still, we know we can do more in collaboration with our grantees and others, not only to learn from them, but also to partner for a deeper, more lasting impact.

Our organization’s efforts over the past year are early steps on a long journey, and we know there is meaningful work yet to be done. We stand with our community and our grantee partners in addressing racism and inequity, and we believe that together, we can make a difference.

MACP LOCAL GIVING

These stories reflect examples of recent support for the Twin Cities community since George Floyd’s murder on May 25, 2020, and stem directly from our commitment to increasing our 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.

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 Forum, Coalition of Asian American Leaders, Latino 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