As part of its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, Mayo Clinic Health System in southeast Minnesota is giving $90,000 in grants to 10 nonprofit organizations.

Funding for these grants comes from Mayo Clinic's newly established EverybodyIN Fund for Change. Last summer, Mayo Clinic staff contributed nearly $89,000 to the fund with the goal of supporting efforts to advance racial equity. Mayo Clinic's match brought the fund's total to $200,000. More than 100 organizations in communities that Mayo Clinic serves applied for funds.

"We were inspired as we read about many wonderful programs serving our communities, as well as plans for new initiatives to advance equity, diversity and inclusion," said Erin Sexton, director of Enterprise Community Engagement at Mayo. "We are very pleased to announce the organizations selected by our three Mayo Clinic sites and four Mayo Clinic Health System regions."

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In Olmsted County, six non-profit organizations were awarded $70,0000. Sports Mentorship Academy is one of the organizations selected to receive grant dollars. The money will be used for a community liaison who will be a bridge between the Black community and police officers to build trust and decrease tension.

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Other organizations in Olmsted County selected to receive funding are:

  • Hope Fuse for its Spark and North Star programs. These programs promote youth achievement and a stronger sense of belonging and self-empowerment through one-on-one mentorship. The program serves children, 9-15, of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
  • Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment Through Research to establish a Rochester-area COVID-19 resource hotline for Spanish speakers.
  • Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium to support a cross-sectional task force to assist local nonprofit organizations in advancing their equity goals.
  • United Way of Olmsted County for Culturally Powered Communities, an initiative to strengthen cultural-specific community organizations to have a greater capacity to serve diverse community members.
  • Project Legacy for Project Empower, a program to provide mentorship, personal empowerment, and academic and professional development to 17-28 year-olds of color who are experiencing challenges.

These Southeast Minnesota organizations will receive the other $20,000 in funding:

  • United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties in partnership with Allies of Human Rights, $5,000 to support the Waking Up Red Wing program focused on education and understanding of inclusion.
  • Cultural Diversity Network of Owatonna, $5,000 for its Bridging the Equity Divide: Four Pathways to Increased Equity & Inclusion program.
  • Welcome Center, Inc. of Austin, $5,000 for its Equity Innovation Lab Exploration, growing a welcoming and inclusive community that recognizes strengths and shortcomings regarding race and equity awareness.
  • Project FINE (Focus on Integrating Newcomers through Education), $5,000 to support a series of diversity training focused on bias and self-awareness, and strategies to increase equity.

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