“…for the benefit of future generations.”
Our Partners work hard to positively effect and improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities. They are innovative, responsive, and caring. They are collaborative and look for sustainable solutions. They align with our values and demonstrate how working together is providing solutions to overcome some of our community’s greatest challenges.
Banyan Community works to develop youth, strengthen families, create community and transform lives in the Phillips neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Since 1998, Banyan has provided a nucleus where families connect with and support each other, and parents are empowered to be deeply involved in their children's education. Banyan youth have graduated from high school at a rate of 100 percent over the past ten years compared to the 57 percent overall city average for students of color. And in a neighborhood where only 40 percent of homes are owner-occupied, 97 percent of Banyan Community families remained connected to Banyan on a long-term basis and gained the stability needed to create better futures for themselves and their families.
“Support from the Mortenson Family Foundation provides stability to Banyan youth and families. With the Foundation’s help, Banyan’s comprehensive wrap-around services can create better pathways to successful futures for residents of the Phillips Neighborhood. We are blessed to have such a committed partner.”
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Friends of the Mississippi River engages citizens to protect, restore and enhance the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities region. Since 1993, FMR has worked with public and private landowners, local governments and concerned individuals to help make the Twin Cities a model for watershed planning and decision-making that improves and protects water quality. In September 2016, FMR and the National Park Service released an updated edition of the State of the River Report that highlights 14 key indicators of river health and factors that impact swimming, fishing, river life and ecological health. The report received broad state and national media attention. Read the report and its companion stewardship, policy and teacher's guides to learn how you can help the river today at http://stateoftheriver.com/
“Friends of the Mississippi River began with a simple impulse — love. We care deeply about the health of the river and understand that people won’t act to protect something unless they love it. We're grateful to the Mortenson Family Foundation for understanding and supporting our work to inspire people’s affection for this natural treasure and turn that affinity into action to protect it.”
Founded in 2010, OneVillage Partners (OVP) works in Sierra Leone, West Africa, to help rural villages improve their quality of life and move toward self-sufficiency. Believing that true development is most effective and sustainable when conceived, designed, implemented and evaluated by the people themselves, OVP uses a process that helps villagers come together to identify, plan, and act to meet their own basic needs as they learn the skills and practices that will help them into the future. Since its inception, OVP has markedly improved the lives of women, men and children through improved health, sanitation, income, agriculture, education, leadership and empowerment of women and youth.
“The Mortenson Family Foundation's partnership has enabled OneVillage Partners to continue to put community engagement first and empower African communities to envision and lead their own development. Through supporting OneVillage Partners during our model refinement and organizational expansion, the Foundation has been instrumental in sustainably improving the quality of life for more than 17,000 individuals, who now have the leadership, mobilization and project management skills to continue their development without external intervention."
Asili is a business startup co-created by the American Refugee Committee, USAID international partners and Congolese families to deliver essential services – clean water, quality health care, and an agricultural cooperative - at affordable prices. Located physically in villages and supplemented virtually with the help of technology, Asili now includes three health clinics, a clean water distribution system and an agricultural cooperative to help farmers increase their yields and incomes.
These services were once delivered only through development aid, which made them dependent upon foreign aid budgets and, oftentimes unreliable. Asili has connected these services to the market by offering individuals monthly membership that allows access to the services at a reduced price, and ensures the services are reliable and available when local communities need them.
“The Mortenson Family Foundation’s support has been absolutely essential. They’ve helped to get our breakthrough social enterprise – Asili – off the ground. And they’ve ensured that we’ve been able to grow Asili to a point where it’s truly changing lives in Congo. Importantly, they’ve joined us at a time that is crucial not just for Congo, but for the future of humanitarian aid itself – they’re helping to lead us into the future.”
President and CEO