Category Archives: News

StarTribune Features MicroGrants’ Annual Event

MicroGrants’ annual event appeared in the StarTribune’s Variety section this past Sunday. Read the article here. 

Don and Sondra Samuels Featured in Minneapolis Club Magazine

Photo by Tricia Haynes Featured Members: Don Samuels, CEO of Microgrants and Sondra Hollinger Samuels, CEO of Northside Achievement Zone How long have you been members at the Minneapolis Club? Since 2014. Describe your current work. Don: MicroGrants has two programs: Micro-Grants: We give small grants of up to $1,500 and a few larger grants […]

StarTribune Highlights Partner Agency Twin Cities RISE

  The StarTribune highlights partner agency Twin Cities Rise for writing the Minnesota Employers’ Fair Chance Hiring Guide, instructing employers on how to hire ex-offenders. The article also mentions other partner agencies, such as Emerge, Summit Academy, and Goodwill Easter Seals, that are also active in training ex-offenders for jobs. As 180 Degrees CEO Dan […]

Wealthy individuals, foundations and donor-advised funds should consider giving a larger amount now to effective nonprofits

By Joe Selvaggio and Don Samuels September 1, 2018 — 12:00am “If you’re not depressed, you’re not paying attention.” There’s a lot of bad news out there, including the growing gap between the working class and the rich. The Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank and other studies show the top 10 percent are getting richer every […]

Lights On! Featured on NBC Nightly News

NBC News visited the Twin Cities and did a story that focused on our Lights On! program.  Check it out yourself. NBC Nightly News: Minnesota Police Department Trying to Repair Trust with the Lights On! Program

Lights On! Featured in Washington Post Article about Philando Castile

  Photo by Matt Popovich on Unsplash On July 7, the Washington Post published an article titled “Two Years after Philando Castile’s Death, Programs Aim to Transform Relations between Police, Residents.” Read it here.     

St. Paul’s XL Feet has found traction selling large-sized footwear

JANUARY 3, 2018 — 12:02PM NEAL ST. ANTHONY • NEAL.ST.ANTHONY@STARTRIBUNE.COM Terry Domino of Hudson, Wis., purchased a pair of size 14 Dunham boat shoes from Adrian Coulter at XL Feet in St. Paul.   Adrian Coulter, owner of XL Feet of St. Paul, has trod fresh ground to provide shoes for men with big feet. […]

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 […]

Drivers get repair vouchers instead of tickets for broken car lights

By Tim Harlow APRIL 18, 2017 — 12:51PM Charles Kingsley had finished his overnight shift as a security officer and was driving home on a recent weekday when he passed a police car heading in the opposite direction. The squad did a fast U-turn, came up behind him, flashed the lights and pulled Kingsley over […]

2016 Grantees of the Year Awards

The 4th Annual Outstanding Grantees of the Year Awards took place at St Olaf Church in downtown Minneapolis on September 21st. Honoring our grantees and sharing their success stories with friends, families and community is one of the highlights of our work here at MicroGrants. Don Samuels, our CEO opened with a warm welcome, introduced […]