Providing resources to strengthen and uplift Saint Paul’s East Side

Rooted Philanthropic focuses its giving and support on the neighborhoods of Saint Paul’s East Side and the surrounding communities. These neighborhoods radiate with potential and are filled with innovative and entrepreneurial efforts to improve people’s lives. Our focus is to support entrepreneurs and small business owners, ensure a quality education for our youth, empower women to be their best selves, and engage the community in healthy living.

Areas of Philanthropic Focus

Our goal is to support sustainable, generational wealth, health and well-being by providing resources to the East Side communities. Planting deep roots and measuring our impact long-term will be key to breaking down systemic barriers that have historically inhibited equitable social and financial well-being for individuals, families and cultural communities

  • Entrepreneurship

    Creating and building ideas and businesses is a long-term path to sustainable economic security and generational asset-building.

  • Education

    A quality and holistic education is fundamental to opportunity.

  • Health & Wellness

    Engaging in physical and mental well-being allows for a healthy quality of life.

  • Empowering Women

    Women need the tools and resources to improve their lives, especially when barriers to opportunities make success more challenging.

News & Happenings

  • Vong Thao Joins Our Team

    Vong Thao brings over 15 years of experience to Rooted Philanthropic as Program Officer-Entrepreneurship & Small Business. He joins the team on September 18, 2023. 

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  • Rooted Philanthropic Expands to Focus on Saint Paul’s East Side

    Originally founded in 2014 as Runyon Family Foundation by Shannon Runyon and Chuck Runyon, Rooted Philanthropic will focus on Saint Paul’s East Side neighborhoods. The foundation will make grants and engage in other philanthropic activities in support of its mission:  Rooted Philanthropic supports the people of Saint Paul’s East Side communities to unlock their potential by investing in their capacity, growth, and innovation.

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  • Meet our Inaugural Advisory Board

    Rooted Philanthropic is excited to announce its inaugural Advisory Board of five members.  This group of individuals brings extensive experience in small business development, community organizing, capital activation, East Side knowledge, and philanthropy. 

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