The 9th annual Celebrating The Sistas (CTS) event gave community leadership recognition awards to 10 African American women for their contributions while living and working in Minnesota. The Twin Cities Steppers Association (TCSA) began producing CTS in 2008. Kevin Johnson is president/CEO of TCSA and the brainchild behind the CTS awards.
Tawanna Black is the Executive Director for the Northside Funders Group, and is known for inspiring and equipping cross-sector leaders to affect meaningful change in communities.
A number of foundations and other funders who have been deeply invested in North Minneapolis for many years have not seen the change they’d like to see in that community, Northside Funders Group Executive Director Tawanna Black states. The funders decided they needed to work differently and to get to know each other to better understand places of overlap, challenges and gaps. After meeting informally for six years, 20 foundations and other funders formed the Northside Funders Group (NFG) collaborative in 2013.
“We’re going to stay here. But we want to get bigger impact.” – Tawanna Black
On this episode of the Fast Forward podcast, Tawanna Black sits down to talk about the work it takes to build a partnership with the public sector like she has done between the Northside Funders Group and the city of Minneapolis. She discusses how to get at changing the way philanthropy works inside public sector institutions beyond just policy change but also helping reshape how they do grant making. She shares the four levers of the work of the Northside Funders Group, dives into the very real challenges of sustainability and speaks openly about how to keep fear of failing from preventing risk taking.