Leaders who deserve the spotlight

On Jan. 16, The Minneapolis Foundation hosted Connect to Create OneMinneapolis, a networking event where our donors and partner organizations had a chance to chat with old friends, make new ones and learn about the work we’re doing together to make Minneapolis a more equitable community.

Before the event, we invited guests to share the names of leaders and organizations engaged in this work that they wish more people knew about. Here’s the list they gave us:

  • AccessAbility, Inc.
  • ACLU
  • African American Registry (Ben Mchie)
  • Ahmed Amin
  • Alliance Française
  • AmeriCorps Promise Fellows
  • Andrea Jenkins
  • Anthony Taylor
  • Appetite for Change
  • Artspace
  • Asad Aliweyd, New American Development Center
  • ASDIC Metamorphosis
  • Avivo
  • Banyan Community
  • Bao Phi at The Loft Literary Center
  • BARR Center
  • Beacons Minneapolis
  • Bill Graves, The Graves Foundation
  • Bo Thao-Urabe
  • Bolder Options
  • Breaking Bread
  • Bremer Bank
  • Bridge for Youth
  • Building Blocks of Islam
  • CAIR
  • Carin Mrotz, Jewish Community Action
  • Carol Markham-Cousins
  • Catherine Fleming
  • Catholic Charities
  • Centro Tyrone Guzman
  • Chanda Smith Baker
  • Charities Review Council
  • Chaun Webster and Verna Wong
  • City Connects Program, GHR Foundation
  • Community Mediation & Restorative Services
  • Craig Pratt, ServiceNow
  • Crisis Nursery
  • Danielle Mkali, Nexus
  • Dave Hewitt, Office to End Homelessness
  • Don Samuels
  • Doorstep Foundation, Andre “Debonaire” McNeal
  • Dorothea Harris
  • Elpis Enterprises
  • English Learning Center
  • Erica Mauter
  • Erin’s Law
  • Ethrophic Burnett
  • EverybodyIn
  • Fartun Weli, Isuroon
  • Felicia Sy
  • Fred Rose, Acara Institute, University of Minnesota
  • Generation Next
  • Global Minnesota
  • Hispanic Advocay and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER)
  • Hope Community
  • House of Charity
  • Immigrant organizations
  • Inquilinxs Unidxs por Justicia (United Renters for Justice)
  • Irene Fernando
  • IX
  • James Burroughs
  • James DeSota
  • Jamil Ford
  • Jay Cowles
  • Jayne Miller
  • Jennifer Alstad
  • Jeremiah Program
  • Julie Brekke
  • Julie Guidry, Upstream Arts
  • Juxtaposition Arts
  • Karina Forrest-Perkins
  • Kate Lamers, MPRB Planner
  • Kathy Mouacheupao
  • Keary Saffold
  • Kids In Need Foundation
  • Kristel Porter
  • Kyle Rucker
  • Larry Mckenzie
  • Laurie Greeno
  • Lorraine Smaller
  • Luz Maria Frias, YWCA Minneapolis
  • Make Homes Happen Coalition
  • MakeItMSP
  • Malik Holt-Shabazz
  • Mary McKinley, Heartland Democracy
  • Meda
  • Mel Reeves
  • Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors
  • Mikisha Nation, Teach for America Twin Cities
  • Minneapolis Park Board
  • Minneapolis Urban League’s Education Programs
  • Minnesota Environmental Fund
  • Minnesota Voice
  • Mission Impact Council
  • MOFAS
  • MPR
  • MSP TechHire
  • Neighborhood Development Corp
  • Nekima Levy-Pounds
  • Neighborhoods Organizing for Change
  • Northside Achievement Zone
  • Northside Fresh Coalition
  • One Heartland
  • Open Arms
  • Our judicial system
  • PACER Center
  • Partners of The Minneapolis Foundation who are interested in education
  • Pat Dale
  • Pedal Power
  • Penumbra Theatre
  • Project DIVA – Neda Kellogg
  • Project for Pride in Living
  • Public Allies Twin Cities
  • Restorative Justice Community Action
  • Reve Academy
  • Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment
  • Rhiana Yazzie, New Native Theatre
  • Rochelle Cox, Executive Director of Special Education, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • RS EDEN
  • Russ Adams
  • Ryan and Tiffany Williams-Virden
  • Sandy Vargas
  • Sankara Frazier
  • Seward Co-op
  • Shannon Prather, Star Tribune reporter covering nonprofits, charitable giving and volunteerism
  • Simpson Housing Services
  • Sondra Samuels
  • St. Paul Youth Services
  • Stella Whitney-West
  • SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice)
  • T. Williams
  • The AfricaPaper
  • The Alliance
  • The BrandLab
  • The two new mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul
  • Tickets for Kids
  • Tom Krueger
  • Tracy Nordstrom
  • Travis Heidelberg
  • Tyrai Ross
  • U of M Extension
  • Unicorn Riot
  • Urban Ventures
  • Virginia “Ginny” Arthur
  • Vital Aging Network
  • Voices for Racial Justice
  • WE WIN Institute
  • YouthCARE
  • YWCA