History has proven the disadvantaged nearly always suffer the most during crises. That’s why we continue giving millions of dollars to lift up the community we’ve called home since 1880.
Our hometown saw mostly peaceful protests after George Floyd’s death, but some escalated into violence that interrupted many residents’ and entrepreneurs’ lives. We made immediate donations for relief. Alongside our employees, we directed more than $400,000 in donations to diverse area nonprofits.
In addition to meeting the critical short-term needs of our neighborhoods, we refined our giving programs in ways that most directly address systemic racism.
- Focusing on equity in education, we’re giving special attention to closing the achievement gap that holds back disadvantaged populations in our communities.
- We are building on investments to put computer devices, broadband and other educational support tools in the hands of our students who are most in need.
- A major financial commitment will fund community-based learning initiatives in neighborhoods of Minneapolis and St. Paul that need them the most.
From basic needs and school readiness through higher education, we know that closing gaps in our educational system is critical to building an equitable playing field for the future.