We believe in justice

MINNESOTA NONPROFITS OPEN DOORS TO HEALING AND UNDERSTANDING

Nonprofit leaders representing many of Minnesota’s 501c3 organizations are mourning the tragic, senseless murder of George Floyd. Our thoughts are with Mr. Floyd’s family, and the broader community. His life mattered. We are listening. We are committed to action.

We recognize that George Floyd’s murder is not an isolated incident but is a symptom of a system that cultivates violence and injustice. Our organizations often serve people who experience injustice, economic disparities, and discrimination in their daily lives. We are dedicated to inclusion, diversity, and equity as central tenets in our service to Minnesota.

Now is also the time to take stronger actions to counter these systemic forces within our organizations’ work, and in the community. We are committed to actively work to reform and change systems that have maintained the status quo of inequity and injustice.

Nonprofits have different missions but our work to help enrich peoples’ lives is the same. We believe all people are worthy of dignity, respect, hope and opportunity. Our doors are always open to offer support, empathy, encourage listening and lead discourse that will bring about change. We invite healing, learning and perseverance to move forward as one Minnesota.

Visit websites of participating nonprofits to learn more about our individual action plans. Sign your name below as an agent of change and support our shared activism to bring about a more inclusive and equitable Minnesota.

Signed,

Michael Wirth-Davis
President & CEO
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota

Kelly Matter
President & CEO
Avivo

Kris Kewitsch
Executive Director
Charities Review Council

Diane Cross
President & CEO
Fraser

Susie Brown
President
Minnesota Council on Foundations

Kate Barr
President & CEO
Propel Nonprofits

Julie Sjordal
CEO
St. David's Center

Allison O'Toole
CEO
Second Harvest Heartland

Otis Zanders
President & CEO
Ujamaa Place

Brad Hewitt
CEO
Wilder Foundation

Glen Gunderson
President & CEO
YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

Michelle Basham, MPA/ESQ.
President & CEO
YWCA Minneapolis

Gaye Adams Massey
CEO
YWCA St. Paul

Link to Avivo website. Link to Catholic Charities website Link to Charities Review Council website
Link to Fraser website
Link to Minnesota Council of Foundations website.
Link to Propel Nonprofits website Link to St. David's Center website
Link to Second Harvest Heartland website Link to Ujamaa Place website
Link to Wilder Foundation website Link to YMCA website
Link to YWCA Minneapolis website Link to YWCA St. Paul website

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