Wilder Foundation

Focus Area: Advocacy in Early Childhood

Grant Amount: $10,000

Based in St. Paul, serves the east metro. Founded in 1906, the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation helps children, families and older adults through direct service programs, research, leadership development and community building. The Wilder Foundation is the backbone organization and fiscal agent of The St. Paul Promise Neighborhood (SPPN), a transformative education collaborative that brings together families, schools, and the community to end multi-generational poverty, the education opportunity gap, and other factors that influence the academic outcomes of children in the Frogtown, Rondo, and Summit-University neighborhoods of Saint Paul.

Grant supports expansion of two avenues for building the power of SPPN parents – the SPPN Parent Council, a group of parents living in the affected neighborhoods who work to involve other parents in public decisions, and engagement in the Voices and Choices coalition, which is committed to giving parents of color a voice in early childhood policy.