Headwaters Foundation for Justice

Rating: 4 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Philanthropy

Location: 2801 21st Ave S Ste 132-B Minneapolis MN 55407 USA

Mission: 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.
Programs: 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.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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 invaluable resource for small grass roots organizations and donors alike interested in finding ways of bringing about positive change in our communities. It was a stretch for me financially, however, I've increased my annual donation this year to Headwaters.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with Headwaters Foundation for Justice in a few different roles over the past two years. I have found their staff to be extremely responsive and incredibly knowledgeable about the communities they serve and the focus areas they fund. They empower individuals to make grants to organizations that affect their lives and the lives of their community members. They are always looking and asking for feedback and take on challenging topics in an effective and thoughtful manner. I appreciate the role they play in the community and look forward to continuing to support their work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

no

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

On Saturday, November 21, 2009 an African American Leadership Forum will be held at General Mills starting at 7 a.m. - the group of hand-picked, like-minded participants will insure that Black Minnesotans will achieve the same status-quo engagement while non-profit “fat cats” receive funding that never makes it past the agencies doors. Headwaters executive director Trista Harris has denied about 20 African-American stakeholders the opportunity to be at Saturdays meeting at General Mills. We are hereby moved to ask for a meeting with the board of director of Headwaters to address this heinous actions

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

No, not at all.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do a complete overhaul with a sigma-six team.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Finding out how the NP sector thinks.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

N/A.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Operate on their own.

Ways to make it better...

The controls by other Foundations were turned off.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The lack of leadership.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The can do better

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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