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United Way Grants $550K to Culturally Specific Organizations

In our continuing effort to accelerate the growth and capacity building of Culturally Specific Organizations (CSOs), Greater Twin Cities United Way is investing in 11 additional organizations. A team of community experts reviewed the nearly 30 proposals for the highly sought-after one-year renewable funding. Grants go into effect February 2017 and will allow awarded nonprofits to provide improved services to their respective communities.

United Way Senior Vice President for Community Impact Meghan Barp underscores the importance of CSOs. “Although national data highlights the Twin Cities region as one of the best places to live, that is not the case for everyone. We’re committed to ensuring everyone can make the most of their lives. This second round of CSO grants supplements United Way’s core multi-year program grants,” she said. “We value our diversity, and access to education, jobs, and basic needs makes us all stronger. Additionally, research indicates CSOs perform a vital role in the well-being of the communities.”

Submissions were required to demonstrate that organizations serve populations living below the poverty level; communities served are immigrant or nonimmigrant persons of color; and alignment with United Way’s funding standards.

United Way’s initial $350,000 investment, which launched in 2015, helped five organizations. This second round brings the total invested to more than $1 million. The funding will bolster CSOs’ capacity in several areas including compliance support, financial management, fund development, human resources and technology.

Congratulations to our 2016 CSO partners. We look forward to working with you!

  • African Immigrant Community Services
  • Division of Indian Work of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches
  • Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc.
  • Isuroon
  • Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center
  • Reclaim
  • Turning Point
  • Way To Grow
  • Youthcare MN

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