Capacity Building Initiative for Family Engagement Cohort

Propel Nonprofits

Propel is excited to announce the 12 organizations selected to be part of our Capacity Building Initiative (CBI) for Family Engagement, made possible with funding the McKnight Foundation and the Minneapolis Foundation. The 2-year Capacity Building Initiative for Family Engagement cohort engages 12 nonprofit or fiscally sponsored organizations in a participant-driven capacity building model to empower families in K-12 educational systems. $1.6 million will be granted out to these organizations that have a track record of family engagement programming and are led by and serve Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. The funds will strengthen their internal infrastructure for more effective outcomes so they can deepen their efforts to engage families, and ultimately, create more culturally responsive, welcoming, and hospitable schools for BIPOC families.

The organizations are:

30,000 Feet

Advancing Equity Coalition

American Indian Family Center

Ayada Leads

Coalition of Asian American Leaders

Family Values for Life

Minnesota Education Equity Partnership

Minnesota Parent Union

Somali American Parent Association

Somali Success 

Voices for Racial Justice

We Win Institute

“The goal of this initiative is to strengthen the capacity of these organizations and their leaders,” said Naima Farah, Program Manager at Propel Nonprofits for the Capacity Building Initiative. “Propel Nonprofits cohort learning model paired with essential operating funding will deepen their work to make the K-12 education system more welcoming and responsive to BIPOC families.”

Both McKnight and The Minneapolis Foundation have supported organizations that implement family engagement programming in the K-12 educational system with a shared belief that families are the most credible stakeholders in education systems change.

“BIPOC-led and serving organizations have deep expertise but have not historically been supported in ways that enhance their operational capacity and ability to address community needs,” said Patrice Relerford, Director of Impact Strategy for Education at The Minneapolis Foundation. “Our foundations are supporting the Capacity Building Initiative as part of our commitment to equity and in recognition that education systems change is multi-layered.”

You can learn more about the initiative here:

Propel staff and our foundation partners are grateful to both of our external Advisory and Selection committees who provided strategic advice on designing this new initiative and selected the 12 cohort organizations, respectively.

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Propel Nonprofits