Fourth Generation Awards $65,000 in Grants to Support Criminal Justice Reform

Fourth Generation, a program of The Minneapolis Foundation that brings together emerging philanthropists, has awarded $65,000 in grants to seven local organizations working on criminal justice reform.

Members of Fourth Generation work together to learn the skills of strategic giving and pool their resources to make a much bigger difference in the community than they could alone. Every year, they vote to choose an issue, research it together, donate and fundraise to support it, then make grants to local nonprofits. The year, the group chose to focus on criminal justice reform.

“The impacts of the criminal justice system are far reaching.  Beyond the challenges of incarceration itself, permanent and public criminal records disenfranchise many and create excessive barriers,” said Lisa Johnson, chair of Fourth Generation. “We chose to fund a wide range of incredible organizations, from those providing alternatives to entering the criminal justice system in the first place, to those working to give a voice to incarcerated individuals, and those assisting with re-entry. We’re honored to support this work.”

This year’s Fourth Generation grants are as follows:

  • $5,000 to 180 Degrees to support the Youth Connection Center, which provides a safe, culturally inclusive space for youth out after curfew, and acts as a positive intermediary between young people and the police.
  • $10,000 to All Square to fund the purchase of tables, chairs and light fixtures for this nonprofit restaurant opening in August 2017. All Square aims to reduce recidivism by providing gainful employment, professional development and mental wellness services to those with criminal pasts.
  • $10,000 to the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center to support the outreach workers of the Community Ambassadors Initiative, who engage and connect with youth in St. Paul, using multiple intervention strategies to reduce violence and redirect at-risk youth from crime.
  • $10,000 to Minnesota Prison Doula Project to provide doula care, parent education and support groups for incarcerated women in Minnesota.
  • $10,000 to Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop to expand their mentor program, which pairs incarcerated writers with professional writers on the outside, to men at Minnesota Correctional Facility (MCF) – St. Cloud and to men held in solitary confinement.
  • $10,000 to Northpoint Health & Wellness Center to support the African American Men’s Project, a program that helps men (age 17+) become healthy and successful wage earners, fathers and community leaders, thus decreasing the pressures that can land individuals in the criminal justice system or cause them to remain there.
  • $10,000 to Ujamaa Place for their “Theory of Transformation” program, which helps young, marginalized African American men, many of whom are exiting the criminal justice system, with stable housing, education and training, employment and self-empowerment to make healthy life choices.

The Fourth Generation program helps ensure that future generations have the tools they need to carry on Minnesota’s tradition of generosity and make positive change in the community. In the past seven years, the group has granted nearly $300,000 to address critical issues, including mental health, youth homelessness, food justice, small business development, and services for aging Minnesotans. Learn more about Fourth Generation.