The Woodbury Anti-Racism Fund and Initiative is a collaborative approach to identifying and dismantling institutional and systemic racism in Woodbury. The initiative will specifically focus on action-oriented projects that influence individuals, systems and organizations in Woodbury to make meaningful changes addressing racial equity and find measurable solutions. We believe by taking action to build and engage white ally-ship in anti-racist work, we can remove barriers that contribute to inequality and prevent inclusion among our current and future residents of color.
As a Community Foundation, we are in a unique position to facilitate cross-cultural collaborations, maximize training and outreach efforts, and evaluate and refine ongoing efforts to ensure that our racial equity work can be successful over time. Our ability to  coordinate and amplify community efforts is key to reducing silos and help us all move forward with greater long-term and measurable impact.

Our Plan for Action

Institutional Racism Defined

Institutional racism Institutional racism is distinguished from the explicit attitudes or racial bias of individuals by the existence of systematic policies or laws and practices that provide differential access to goods, services and opportunities of society by race. Institutional racism results in data showing racial gaps across every system. For children and families it affects where they live, the quality of the education they receive, their income, types of food they have access to, their exposure to pollutants, whether they have access to clean air, clean water or adequate medical treatment, and the types of interactions they have with the criminal justice system. [Source].

 Some current ideas:
  • Fund Small Businesses to participate in DEI trainings
  • Create Incentives for organizations which take steps to address DEI and Racism in their organizations  
  • Provide training for stakeholder groups 
  • Build specific social media campaigns that would continue to provide education/resources
  • Build database of local DEI Training and Resources 
  • Host and facilitate community stakeholder conversations to continue ongoing conversations and eliminate silos.
  • Ongoing research to measure progress.
For more information contact:

Christie Denson
Woodbury Community Foundation
724 Bielenberg Drive Suite #129 Woodbury MN 55125
OFFICE: 651.505.7024 ext 7024