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Fund For Safe Communities

The Fund for Safe Communities was established in 2018 to support tangible, specific, and meaningful actions to address and prevent violence. The inaugural grant round took place during the spring of 2020 under the leadership of an advisory committee made up of emerging leaders who have personal experience with community violence.

How it Works

Through this fund, we distribute grants for direct service programs, communication, advocacy, and organizing efforts led by community-based organizations. We prioritize BIPOC-led and influenced efforts that are grounded in the needs of diverse Minneapolis neighborhoods.

Prevention

This fund aims to prevent further violence throughout communities.

Systemic Issues

This fund supports organizations and efforts that address systemic inequities and reform the criminal justice system.

Outreach

The goal of this grant is to also heal individuals and communities affected by horrific tragedies including the killing of George Floyd.

Head Coaches Ryan Saunders and Cheryl Reeve partner with the Minneapolis Foundation on behalf of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx to purse justice, equality, and healing.

Advisory Committee

Inspired in part by the leadership shown by students who were affected by the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the Fund for Safe Communities emphasizes the importance of work led by emerging leaders. The Fund is advised by a committee of young adults who, in a variety of ways, have been personally affected by gun violence in Minneapolis.

Kaylin McLeod
Shakia McDavid
Meti Regassa
Keegan Rolenc
Nina Robertson
Malik Rucker
Neasha Simone
Brandon Williams

Testimonials

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“I feel it’s important to invest in communities directly, and that is exactly what this committee does. All of the members have a vested interest in watching Minneapolis become a safer version of itself.”
–Meti Regassa
Advisory Committee Member
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“I joined the committee to provide my perspective, which stems from my own lived experiences of community  violence. The fund has given me an opportunity to give back to the community in a way I haven’t done before.”
–Malik Rucker
Advisory Committee Member