Here is a list of our most recent 15 grants.

You can view the most recent reports for each project on the respective project page.

Project
Organization
Region
Category
The Redemption Project
Minnesota
Economic Development

The Redemption Project (TRP) is developing—in partnership with a professional evaluator—a longitudinal study to measure the long-term impact of our employment mentoring & placement program for prison inmates. The program’s goal is to help inmates gain the skills, values, & meaningful employment needed to avoid reoffending & become responsible citizens. For each TRP Graduate, we aim to measure: job patterns following release, longevity in their roles, economic gains, & 5-year success rates in avoiding recidivism. Our ultimate goal is to determine TRP’s impact on reducing recidivism.

CRADESC
Senegal
Environment

CRADESC supports fifteen farming communities to promote a sustainable economy in the Niayes, a fertile coastal strip representing 80% of the horticultural production in Senegal. Small-scale farming in this area faces threats related to land predation, signifiant pollution from extractive activities, and climate change hazards. The project is supporting the communities to foster improved collective decision-making among small-scale farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs, better land tenure systems, well-managed farmer’s cooperative, and capacity building strategies.

Rain for the Sahel and Sahara
Niger
Economic Development

RAIN partners with rural and nomadic peoples in Niger to build community resilience. The Sustainable Agriculture Program helps develop environmentally and economically sustainable food and water systems – a collaborative approach to alleviating hunger. The Foundation’s support provides the infrastructure for reliable water and food, such as borehole wells and irrigated gardens to increase access to food through efficient water usage. Training in sustainable agriculture enables nearly year-round harvests while training in business practices maximizes profits and helps ensure food is available when most-needed.

Mapping Prejudice
North America
Other

Mapping Prejudice is mobilizing people of all ages and backgrounds to map racial covenants, legal clauses in property deeds that barred people who were not white from occupying land. The project is leading a collective examination of these “unjust deeds” in order to open the door for systems-level change. Volunteers read historical property deeds in search of racial covenants, generating data that can be mapped. This process nurtures a constituency for transformative change, empowering participants to demand data-driven and community-engaged efforts to build more sustainable and equitable communities.

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide
Africa
Environment

ELAW collaborates with local lawyers who empower communities to speak out to prevent environmental abuses. Unsustainable projects -- such as oil and gas development, mining, and massive infrastructure -- threaten communities across Africa.  ELAW will provide legal, scientific, and organizational support to partners representing communities whose lives, environment, and culture are threatened. Governments may take advantage of the corona virus to restrict civil society, fast-track projects, and relax environmental laws. ELAW will support lawyers challenging these abuses of emergency powers.

Illusion Theater
Minnesota
Arts

To counteract the increasing rate of suicide in the Native American community, Illusion requests $10,000 to support our work as partners in the creation of a suicide prevention program, KEEP THE FIRE ALIVE – a collaboration between Illusion, Native middle schoolers, the Ikidowin youth performance team of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force and the Ogitchdakwe (a group of Native grandmothers). Working with experts from inside and outside the Native community, the culturally specific program will feature the wisdom of the Elders and the passion of youth.

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