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2801 21st Ave S
Ste 132-B

Minnesota 55407

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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.

The mission of Headwaters Foundation for Justice is to be a catalyst for social, racial, economic and environmental justice. Through grantmaking and organizational assistance, Headwaters supports grassroots communities addressing the root causes of injustice. Headwaters engages and partners with a committed community of donors and allies who work for justice. Since 1984, Headwaters has led the way in supporting progressive social change. Over $8.5 million has been donated to grassroots groups in Minnesota. Headwaters is more than a philanthropic institution. It is a diverse community partnership of donors and community activists. The people involved with headwaters are community leaders with the commitment and skills needed to build a more just society. Our willingness to fund new and innovative ideas enables us to respond to cutting-edge issues. Headwaters was the first foundation in Minnesota to fund AIDS advocacy and Welfare Rights which were once considered too radical for mainstream foundations. More than just a funder, we also support the progressive community by training and convening the grassroots community to be more powerful and effective in their work for social, racial and economic justice.

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As a social justice activist, I am constantly impressed by the amazing work that Headwaters Foundation does in pushing for racial, economic, and environmental justice. I am honored to be part of this organization and consider the leadership as mentors... more »
I've volunteered for Headwaters for over two years, on committees and with events. I really enjoyed my experiences and have found the staff to be very helpful and committed to the work of this organization... more »
I have been a proud donor to the Headwaters Foundation for more than 10 years. I have also served on its board, and attend several events sponsored by Headwaters to heighten community awareness of the variety of positive work being done by social justice activists. Headwaters serves as an ... more »
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