Northside

For generations, North Minneapolis has encompassed a racially, ethnically, and economically diverse group of neighborhoods. The Northside is a cherished home for many, filled with businesses, churches, schools and arts organizations that serve and reflect its residents.

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Changing the way philanthropy works in North Minneapolis.

Despite centuries of deliberate disinvestment by institutions both public and private, the Northside has leaned on its cultural, social, and economic assets to grow local business. However, the landscape for BIPOC business owners, especially on the Northside, is still fragile. It will take significant investments to actively undo these systemic actions to ensure that North Minneapolis continues to be a thriving, healthy community. It requires bold actions rooted in anti-racism.

By focusing private, public, and corporate funders on a shared vision of success, we actively work to reduce economic and educational disparities, and lift up the natural assets that exist in North Minneapolis. Working with partners and the community, we are catalysts for real change – both impactful and sustainable. Our work sparks ideas, amplifies investments, and inspires neighborhoods.

Changing the way philanthropy works in North Minneapolis is about more than what we do, it’s about how we do it. We envision a community where every child, adult, property owner and business owner is able to experience the vibrancy and equality of life experienced throughout the Twin Cities.

Why We Exist

A vibrant North Minneapolis is not only critical to the people who live, work, and do business there, it is also important to the long-term prosperity of the entire city and region.

Northside Funders Group is working to build equity, assets, and opportunities, particularly for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in North Minneapolis. Our goal is to remove barriers and make ourselves more accessible and accountable to each other, our partners in this work, and the Northside community.

Each year, Northside Funders Group members make pooled and aligned investments. Despite this significant financial support, challenges persist and investments do not always lead to sustainable change and a better quality of life for residents.

That’s why we are aligned in both vision and resources and believe that by working together, we can achieve more than any one of us can alone. It’s how we go “beyond the grant” to create lasting impact.

Our members bring a depth of experience and commitment to North Minneapolis, a willingness to go beyond the grant, and a belief that North Minneapolis has the capacity to thrive through our collective impact agenda. These assets, leveraged by those of our partners, position us to achieve the vision of North Minneapolis as a thriving, vibrant community.

One of the first steps toward improved outcomes is changing the way funders work.

That’s why we are aligned in both vision and resources and believe that by working together, we can achieve more than any one of us can alone. It’s how we go “beyond the grant” to create lasting impact.

Our members bring a depth of experience and commitment to North Minneapolis, a willingness to go beyond the grant, and a belief that North Minneapolis has the capacity to thrive through our collective impact agenda. These assets, leveraged by those of our partners, position us to achieve the vision of North Minneapolis as a thriving, vibrant community.

Featured Posts

Northside Funders Group Presents A 4-Part Learning Series: The Many Faces of Thriving Neighborhoods.
Over the next four months, Northside Funders Group is proud to bring you monthly learning events focused on various elements that contributes to “Thriving Neighborhoods and Communities.” NFG focuses its…
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NFG FY22 Annual Report
Greetings all! Northside Funder Group is pleased to share our FY22 Annual Report. Click below to download a PDF!
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Checking Up on Village
As we approach the close of Quarter 1 2022 (what? already?!?), Northside Funders Group thought you might be curious about what the Association for Black Economic Power (ABEP) has accomplished…
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It Takes A Village
Wondering what’s going on with the effort to stand up a Black-led credit union on the Northside? Well, so was Northside Funders Group (NFG)! In early December 2021, NFG hosted…
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How Funders Can Support a Community-Centered METRO Blue Line Development
On October 27, the Northside Funders Group and Blue Line Coalition co-hosted a learning event open to funders and community stakeholders to discuss the METRO Blue Line Extension.  Proposed routes travel…
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The Dream Shop: The Northside’s Gift Store
Some people are really great at picking gifts. I’m talking, could make wish lists for all of their friends to last several special occasions. I’m decidedly not one of them.…
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