Initiative will honor local leaders in anti-racism work

As part of its ongoing effort to create a more equitable, just and open community, The Saint Paul Foundation’s Facing Race anti-racism initiative has issued a call for nominations for its third annual Ambassador Award. 

Created to recognize and honor people in the region who are committed to building an East Metro community in which everyone feels safe, valued and respected, the Ambassador Award will be conferred at an April 20, 2009, ceremony. The recipient of the Ambassador Award will be presented with a cash award of US$10,000 to be directed to a nonprofit or public entity to furtherwork in creating a more equitable community in Dakota, Ramsey and/or Washington counties. All nominations must be postmarked by Friday, Dec. 12, 2008.

“The Ambassador Award showcases the work being done throughout the community to end racism and honor those who are helping to build vibrant communities where all people can find hope and opportunity,” said Carleen K. Rhodes, president and CEO of The Saint Paul Foundation. “We have been impressed in the first two years of the award with the depth of commitment demonstrated by so many nominees working on this critical issue.”

Previous recipients include: R. James Addington in 2008,the founding director—and now training and organizational development consultant—of the Minnesota Collaborative Anti-Racism Initiative (MCARI). MCARI strives to help people understand the difference between individual prejudice and racism, and Addington created the training and institutional transformation models the organization uses today. In 2007 Jan Mandell, a Saint Paul Central High School teacher, received the award. As founder of the school’s Central Touring Theater (CTT), she has led the way for nearly 30 years in creating a safe space which attracts a multi-racial, multi-economic and multi-intellectual group of students who come together to be themselves, tell stories, break down barriers and produce theater that promotes discussion and truth.

For more information about the Facing Race initiative or to download guidelines and application materials for the Ambassador Award, visit www.FacingRace.org or call 651-325-4265. Facing Race gives individuals and institutions tools to discuss issues of race and racism and moves them to take action to end discrimination in the communities in which they live and work.

The Saint Paul Foundation is the community foundation for Saint Paul and surrounding areas. It connects and supports donors, nonprofits and partners to enrich lives and communities through philanthropy. Since 1940, The Saint Paul Foundation has granted more than US$500 million to nonprofit organizations contributing to the health and vitality of the community. Through community initiatives and programs such as the Community Sharing Fund, SpectrumTrust, Management Improvement Fund, Facing Race and Words Work!, the Foundation works with the community to identify and address key issues. For more information,visit www.saintpaulfoundation.org.

 

 

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