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Healing Communities with Suzanne Koepplinger

Suzanne Koepplinger, Director of our Catalyst Initiative, appeared on the Synergos Cultivate the Soul: Stories of Purpose-Driven Philanthropy podcast. Listen to how Suzanne came to realize her purpose to help others by supporting their healing and growth.

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Value Your Breath

This video series by one of the Catalyst Initiative's grantees, the Irreducible Grace Foundation, is designed for middle and high school students and teaches mindfulness, breathing, and wellness tools.

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Sowing Seeds of Healing

The Catalyst Initiative creates sustainable systems change by giving communities what they say they need. Catalyst focuses on building resilience, healing trauma, and contributing to positive health outcomes at the individual, organizational, and community levels. Learn more about this innovative work in this article from the Bush Foundation.

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Educational Transformation and Collective Healing

The Catalyst Initiative is connected to a UNESCO effort to build collective healing that addresses the legacy of the international slave trade. Watch UNESCO’s video to learn more about their process and goals.

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Micro Grants Support Community Gatherings, Healing Spaces

The final round of micro grants has been awarded to local groups that have been working to address community trauma and create healing spaces in the weeks leading up to the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder.

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Stewarding Resources to Advance Healing

This report digs into work being done in Minnesota to study non-narcotic, integrative healing therapies as an opioid preventative strategy.

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Micro Grants during Chauvin Trial

$111,000 in micro grants will be given to 25 local organizations that are working to address community trauma and promote wellness in a season that marks the anniversary of George Floyd’s death.

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Waging Peace

To be effective warriors for peace, we must intentionally nurture our bodies, minds, and spirits. Being grounded in radical self-care is required if we are to move beyond simply surviving and step fully into thriving.

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Jim Bear Jacobs

The Director of Community Engagement and Racial Justice for the Minnesota Council of Churches discusses how storytelling can spark consciousness and how trauma can resurface in unexpected ways.

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The Catalyst Initiative

The Catalyst Initiative is a Minneapolis Foundation program that honors and fosters culturally authentic self-care practices to advance health and well-being.

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