Challenge III Supporters


One NationMinnesota Community Foundation



Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

Minnesota Public RadioTPTYWCA


Enthusiasts (listed alphabetically)

Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center

African Development Center

Blandin Foundation

Centro Campesino

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR Minnesota)

Crossing Barriers

Diversity Council - Rochester

Diversity Resource Action Alliance

Hmong American Partnership



Islamic Center of Minnesota

Islamic Civic Society of America

Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning

Jewish Community Action

Ka Joog

MAP for Nonprofits


Minneapolis American Indian Center

Minnesota Atheists

Minnesota Campus Compact

Minnesota Council of Churches

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Minnesota Initiative Foundations

Mixed Blood Theatre



One Minneapolis, One Read

Pillsbury United Communities- Brian Coyle Center


Saint Paul Area Council of Churches

Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood

Somali Action Alliance

The Advocates for Human Rights

ThreeSixty Journalism


Operating Partners

The Citizens League

Grassroots Solutions

Padilla Speer Beardsley


Created by

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Ashoka's Changemakers

Minnesota Community Foundation


About Our Sponsors, Leaders and Operating Partners

One Nation ( is a philanthropic collaborative that invests in the development and implementation of locally focused civic engagement programs that promote and strengthen America’s pluralistic and inclusive values. George Russell, an internationally recognized business and philanthropic leader, founded One Nation in 2005 after seeing an increase in prejudicial attitudes toward American Muslims. Concerned that those prejuicial attitudes could divide America and threaten fundamental American values and ideals, Russell established One Nation to strenghten America’s rich social fabric by dispelling misperceptions about American Muslims.

Ashoka's Changemakers ( is an initiative of Ashoka, an organization with over three decades of finding, funding, and expanding the work of social entrepreneurs across the globe. It is a global online community of action that connects people to share ideas, inspire and mentor each other, and find and support the best ideas in social innovation. The Changemakers online community builds on this history and expands the Ashoka vision by creating an "Everyone a Changemaker" world through networking, relationship-building, and the sourcing of funding opportunities.

Through its collaborative competitions and open-source process, Changemakers has created one of the world's most robust spaces for launching, refining, and scaling ideas for solving the world's most pressing social problems.

The Citizens League ( builds common ground for the common good. We believe that all Minnesotans should have a role in defining public issues, developing solutions, and influencing future policy recommendations. Based on this belief, we create opportunities for active citizens to work through ideas of what is good for Minnesota.

Grassroots Solutions ( provides consulting services in the areas of organizing, strategy, training, and evaluation. We start with the belief that people matter. In today's networked society, grassroots organizing is central to understanding the way people engage with their world. We focus exclusively on organizing, engaging, and mobilizing people.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation ( promotes excellence in journalism worldwide and invests in the vitality of the U.S. communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation supports ideas and projects that create transformational change.

Founded in 1949, Minnesota Community Foundation ( is an innovative leader in philanthropy. Our recent creative ventures include and the Minnesota Idea Open. The Foundation helps Minnesota donors support the causes and communities that matter most to them. The Foundation is an affiliate of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners.

Minnesota Public Radio® (MPR) operates a 43-station radio network serving virtually all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states. Reaching one million listeners each week, Minnesota Public Radio produces programming for radio, Internet and face-to-face audiences, and is home to the largest and most experienced radio newsroom in the Upper Midwest. Programs produced by Minnesota Public Radio's parent company, American Public Media™, reach 16 million listeners on more than 800 radio stations nationwide each week. A complete list of stations, programs and additional services can be found at (Source: Data are copyright Arbitron, Inc. Arbitron data are estimates only. Fall 2010/Spring 2011 average.)

Padilla Speer Beardsley ( is an employee-owned, multi-specialty communications firm with headquarters in Minneapolis and an office in New York City. It is a founding partner of the Worldcom Public Relations Group, a consortium of 100 independently owned partner offices in 133 cities on six continents. Clients include BASF, Cub Foods, Ernst & Young, General Mills, HB Fuller, Pentair, Rockwell Automation, Transamerica, UnitedHealthcare and Vital Images.

The mission of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ( is to eliminate poverty housing from the Twin Cities and to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience. An award-winning nonprofit housing developer, Twin Cities Habitat is committed to building the quality of life, health and economic prosperity of the region by producing, preserving and advocating for affordable homeownership – because homes and families are the foundation of successful communities.

The Minnesota Channel (MN Channel) features a variety of programming that is from or about Minnesota and its close neighbors. Many of the programs are produced by tpt in partnership with Minnesota’s finest nonprofit and public service organizations. The MN Channel delivers the best in local and regional public television, every day, all day long. Programs are available statewide through the Minnesota Public Television Association (MPTA). Visit

The YWCA of Minneapolis ( is a nonprofit organization founded in 1891 as a member of the national YWCA, the oldest and largest multicultural organization in the world. We share a common vision for peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. More than 25,000 people in our community are served every year by the YWCA of Minneapolis, through hundreds of programs, classes and support groups. The YWCA of Minneapolis strives every day to achieve: Race and gender equity; economic independence for women; respect for diverse cultures; a place where children and youth thrive; and a community that is vibrant and healthy.