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2017 Outstanding Grantees of the Year Awards

  On Thursday, September 14, we had our 5th Annual Outstanding Grantees of the Year Awards Celebration. The acceptance speeches from each of the winners were sincere, inspiring and filled with gratitude! We’d like to pass their (and our) deep thanks along to our generous donors, community partners, board members, advisors, volunteers, friends and staff for […]

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Nonprofit MicroGrants selects Don Samuels as CEO

In his latest career, think of Don Samuels as kind of a venture capitalist to the working poor. Samuels is the former 10-year City Council member from north Minneapolis who years before in his Jordan neighborhood, confronted drug dealers and troublemakers with a calm demeanor. He and his wife mentored kids, championed small business development […]

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Movers & Shakers: Don Samuels, MicroGrants

A look at the people behind the numbers in area business: DON SAMUELS MICROGRANTS Title: Chief operations officer Age: 66 Don Samuels hopes to help award more than $500,000 in grants to low-income recipients by year’s end as chief operations officer of Minneapolis-based nonprofit MicroGrants. MicroGrants gives $1,000 grants to support recipients who show potential […]

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How investing in the poor creates wealth for all

Millionaires stand to gain by funding nonprofits and creating jobs for the poor. By Joe Selvaggio JUNE 14, 2015 — 2:37PM     The rich can get richer by investing in the poor. When I tell my rich friends this, their first reaction is: “Are you crazy?” Adam Smith, the founder of capitalism, taught us […]

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Let’s make our goal ‘grass-roots capitalism’

A number of high-level economists (John Maynard Keynes and Paul Krugman, among them) have said it would be good for the economy if we were to pay people to dig ditches and fill them up again. That way they’d have money to buy stuff and pay taxes. Yeah, right. All that proves is that there […]

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MicroGrants: Giving a bump up the ladder

Wednesday, 01 September 2010 15:49 Christopher Toliver MMMC Technology Reporter Did you get a chance to read my article on the Project for Pride in Living? My piece talked about an organization that has been compassionately making provisions of necessity for low-income individuals in the community. I was blessed to have had the opportunity to […]

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