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MN Foundations Provide Urgent Support to New Americans

Solidarity MN, a coalition of state foundations recently formed in response to the challenging and uncertain climate for immigrants and refugees, announced that it will provide aid to relief organizations and invest in the strength of immigrant and refugee leaders. The coalition will immediately begin making micro grants totaling $100,000.

Leaders say the group seeks to uphold the core principles of democracy, equity, and inclusion with a focus on strengthening a resilient community.

Greater Twin Cities United Way is serving as the coalition’s fiscal sponsor and is responsible for distributing the grants.

“These grants are not meant to solve every challenge currently faced by immigrants and refugees but to serve as a supplement to current philanthropic efforts,” United Way President and CEO Sarah Caruso said. “The vision of Solidarity MN is to galvanize support for immigrant and refugee communities through a unified philanthropic voice and to invest in the strength and resilience of leaders working around the clock to meet the unique needs of immigrant and refugee families.”

Organizations interested in applying for larger grants will be able to apply in summer or early fall, when the group plans to release a separate Request for Proposals (RFPs). Organizations and community leaders interested in applying can find more information at solidaritymn.org.

Solidarity MN partners include:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation | Bush Foundation | Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota | GHR Foundation | Greater Twin Cities United Way | Headwaters Foundation for Justice | Initiative Foundation | McKnight Foundation | The Minneapolis Foundation | Minnesota Council on Foundations | Northwest Area Foundation | Pohlad Foundation | The Saint Paul Foundation | Southwest Initiative Foundation | United Ways of Greater Minnesota | Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

Read the full May 8 press release.

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