• Now Accepting Applications for the Small Business Cohort

    The foundation is launching its inaugural Small Business Cohort for East Side entrepreneurs and small business hosted by Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corp and Rooted Philanthropic. The application period is now open! Applications accepted until August 2, 2024.

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  • Future Leader Program Recognized for Changing Students’ Lives

    Future Leaders was recently named Program of the Year by Minndependent, the Minnesota trade association for private and independent schools. Established in 2019, the Future Leaders Program is a student program that provides students with scholarships along with the support, mentorship, and sense of community required for them to be successful in not just “doing school” but in reaching their highest potential in scholarship, leadership, and purpose.

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  • East Side Community Investment Cooperative Launched by Local Partners

    An investment cooperative provides the opportunity for individual residents to engage in local real estate development at a smaller resource level while having a positive impact on their community and building long-term wealth. It also provides for meaningful development to happen that meets the needs and interests of the local community.

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  • 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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