I&E Resources

MN vendors owned by People of Color and Indigenous people

Our values and our definitions of equity, inclusion, and diversity propel us to be thoughtful of the way we support and strengthen our thriving community. One tool that we use is this Minnesota POCI (and FTW) vendors list. This was made for and continuously updated by community members such as Anneka K. and other folks who have contributed to this growing list. 


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Toolkit - The Charities Review toolkit is an affordable, organization focused, self-administered assessment for organizations who wish to build a more effective and reflection organizations from the inside out.

Gender Pronouns: how tos, making mistakes, and taking an active role -  Creating a culture where folks can use and share their gender pronouns is part of MCN’s initiative for creating an inclusive and equitable environment for our staff, members, and community. View our one-pager for more information.

Racial Equity Toolkit – A toolkit published by the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all.

Racial Equity Action Plan – A how to manual on advancing racial equity in organizations.

Racial Equity Action Plan Examples - Selected examples describing various frameworks to initiate or advance racial equity.

Systems Change – A guide to what it is and how to do it.


Targeted resources supporting MN People of Color and Indigenous nonprofit organizations and leaders

Leadership Networks

African American Leadership Forum - A space for African Americans to create a shared agenda for solving community's critical issues.

Board Repair - An independent network by and for people of color to create a more effective nonprofit sector by increasing people of color on board and committees in the Twin Cities

Coalition of Asian American Leaders - A network of almost 1,500 leaders that are focused on harnessing collective power to improve the lives of community by connecting, learning, and acting together. 

LOCUS - Website with resources for POCI nonprofit leaders. Join the LOCUS group on Facebook for more connections and opportunities!

Cohort Leadership Programs

Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute | Nexus Community Partners - Cohort training public governance roles.

Capitol Pathways | Citizens League - Opens access to the Minnesota Capitol to next generation of leaders of color.

Change Network | Bush Foundation - Cohort-style program that equips participants to lead change in a more equitable and inclusive manner.

Community Engagement Institute | Nexus Community Partners - Training Platform for equity-based community engagement.

Community Equity Pipeline | Wilder Foundation - Skill building cohort for public policy engagement.

Community Wealth Building | Nexus Community Partners/Phillips Foundation - Cohort working in cooperative economic models, social enterprise, work opportunity, financial inclusion.

The Giving Project | Headwaters Foundation for Justice - Cohort participants work together to raise and grant money to organizations that build power for social movements in Minnesota. 

James P. Shannon Leadership Institute | Wilder Foundation - Community-serving leaders need time to clarify core values and define the purpose of their work. At Wilder’s James P. Shannon Leadership Institute, we support and encourage leaders to renew, recharge and rededicate.

Latino Leadership Program | Wilder Foundation - Community engagement and strengthening of connections and skills for Spanish-speaking Latino residents, volunteers or professionals in Saint Paul or the East Metro who want to take action for their local community

Leadership in Ethnically Diverse Communities | Blandin Foundation - Program to develop the leadership capacity of all community members in ethnically diverse communities for the purpose of building intentional inclusion.

Making Our Voices Effective for Equity (MOVEE) | Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) - Offers leaders space for self reflection, growing roots, and strengthening social network so that they can sustain themselves as they work for justice, equity and prosperity.

Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership program | Metropolitan State University - Cohort degree program on how to ethically bring about social change and influence public policy.

MEDA Mini-MBA Program | MEDA – Opportunity to learn common IT intake/referral platform; common marketing and branding approach; creating credit and loan instruments in a cohort setting.

Minnesota Young Adult Latino Leadership Academy (MYALA) | HACER Leadership training and experiential learning project

Neighborhood Leadership Program | Wilder Foundation - Wilder’s Neighborhood Leadership Program is for anybody who wants to improve their abilities to act on important issues faced by our local neighborhoods and communities. We offer in-depth training sessions, networking opportunities and individual coaching sessions.

North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship | Nexus Community Partners - 6-month cohort on Black American Cooperative Economics.

Racial Equity Funders Collaborative - Advance racial and cultural equity in philanthropy.

Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship| Minnesota Council on Foundations - Entry-level employment for jobs in philanthropy.

Youth Leadership Initiative | Wilder Foundation - Wilder's Youth Leadership Initiative is a community leadership program for high school students to strengthen self-awareness, develop cross-cultural leadership skills, put skills learned into action in a multicultural and global community.

External Links

Everyday Democracy Resources for Changemakers – Online resources from discussion guides, to reports, and more.

POC Online Classroom - A large online directory of resources by and for people of color.

Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap – To understand the causes of the racial disparity in nonprofit leadership, the Building Movement Project conducted the Nonprofits, Leadership, and Race survey with over 4,000 respondents. Click on the link to read more.

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