Capacity Building

Capacity Building Initiative for Greater Minnesota


From time to time Propel Nonprofits has the opportunity to develop and manage capacity building initiatives to provide one or more services for a group of nonprofits. Each initiative is designed to meet a specific need in a community and to help nonprofits build their knowledge, skills, and capacity to thrive. Capacity building initiatives are generally targeted to a specific type of nonprofit, a community or region, or a pre-selected cohort.

The intent of Capacity Building Initiative for Greater Minnesota (CBI-GM) is to help expand the capacity of organizations to advance their mission and goals. Starting in September 2021, 24 organizations in Greater Minnesota began work on capacity building projects including strategic planning, financial planning, board development, and change management.

CBI-GM Awardees

Learn more about the awardees who are working on capacity building projects through June 2022.

Where CBI-GM organizations are located:

CBI-GM Organizations:

Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute

Anishinaabe Agriculture is an Indigenous-led organization, dedicated to the restoration and vitality of Indigenous agriculture, and promotion of the hemp economy.

Bagley Area Arts Collaborative

The Bagley Area Arts Collaborative’s mission is to offer a variety of arts experiences that are affordable and accessible to all ages and abilities.  To stimulate the arts vibrancy in our area by encouraging local artists to realize their talents and share them both locally and regionally.”

Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial

The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, Inc. was formed in June 2000. It was a culmination of years of individual people keeping the stories of the lynching of Isaac McGhie, Elmer Jackson and Elias Clayton alive in their way.

Creative Healing Space

Creative Healing Space, Incorporated was founded in 2019 to create a safe, community-centered space that utilizes art as a form of healing.

Community Health Service Inc.

Community Health Service Inc. prides itself in delivering quality, patient-centered healthcare and services with professionalism and passion, collaborating with community partners to promote health equity.

Department of Public Transformation

The Department of Public Transformation is an artist-led organization that works locally and relationally to develop creative strategies for increased community connection, civic engagement, and equitable participation in rural places.

Diversity Council

Diversity Council’s purpose is growing equitable communities rooted in compassion where all facets of human identity are understood and respected, and where every individual acts conscientiously and with courage.

Duluth Folk School

Duluth Folk School’s mission is to build a more joyful, engaged, and skilled community through accessible, hands-on crafting education. We provide everyone the opportunity to take affordable classes with master craftspeople and people passionate about their craft, so that traditional as well as practical handcrafting skills can be learned.

Ely Folk School

Founded in 2015, the mission of the Ely Folk School is to build community by providing learning experiences that celebrate the wilderness heritage, art, history, culture, and craft of the people of northern Minnesota.

Grand Marais Art Colony

The Grand Marais Art Colony serves as a catalyst for the arts in the Great Lakes region, supporting artists through residencies, intensive and mentoring classes, and signature events.

Harm Reduction Sisters

Harm Reduction Sisters (HRS) provides a feminist, trauma-informed response to syringe service programming (SSP) by utilizing innovative harm reduction principles and practices to address the gaps that exist for people who use drugs.

Headwaters Music and Arts

Headwaters Music and the Arts opened in 1992 and offers private instruction in a wide range of musical instruments along with art programs for all ages. Our programs are designed to fulfill our mission to enrich the arts education of children and to unlock the creative potential of teens and adults.

Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association

Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1984 as a community response to the needs of refugee and immigrant families resettling in Olmsted County. The mission of IMAA is building bridges between cultures by empowering individuals to create a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable community.

Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming

Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming (Long Ago Women Birthing in Lodge, Home or Hospital) is a Native American nonprofit organization that is located in the heart of Bemidji, Minnesota. Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming is an all-female Anishinaabe organization that is committed to providing community-centered holistic care for all women, children and families.

New York Mills Arts Retreat

The New York Mills Arts Retreat and Regional Cultural Center is a multidisciplinary arts organization that has been dedicated to expanding the cultural and creative opportunities for rural Americans for more than three decades. Our mission is to be a rural hub for creativity, community vitality, and lifelong learning in the arts.

Northwest Indian CDC

We are a native-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1989 that reorganized in 2011 as a community development model, offering a wide range of Anishinaabe informed services to more effectively meet the needs of Indigenous people, families, and communities.

Ogema Organics

Ogema Organics is an indigenous-led tribal entity that comes from over 25 years of agricultural and community organizing work on the White Earth Reservation. Our work has focused on Anishinaabe arts and culture, indigenous agriculture, cannabis research and development, and policy making. Our mission is to support and encourage the health and wellbeing of life on the White Earth Reservation.

Parenting Resource Center

The Parenting Resource Center, Inc. has operated since 1977. Our mission is to provide resources, services, and prevention education to families within the communities that we serve.

Red Wing Arts

Red Wing Arts (RWA) has been a cornerstone of the arts in the Red Wing, MN community and throughout the region since its inception in 1952. Our mission is to build a vibrant community fueled by the arts.

Renewing the Countryside

Renewing the Countryside (RTC) connects people with resources, information, and support that helps them activate change. We share stories and tools to inspire cultural shifts and systems change. And we leverage our partnerships to make sure our reach expands. Our mission is to empower people to build healthier rural places where economic, social, and environmental wealth abound.

Somali American Social Service Association

Somali American Social Service Association (SASSA) was established for the purpose of rebuilding the immigrants of Olmsted County through education, health, and programs that promote success. Their mission is to establish the initiatives of sustainable development programs such as public health, public education, advocacy, empowering women, and small business support.

Somali Community Resettlement Services

Somali Community Resettlement Services (SCRS) was formed in Rochester in 1999 by a volunteer network of Somali refugees to directly respond to the needs of Somali refugee and immigrants. The Mission of SCRS is to promote and advance the social well-being and welfare of immigrants by providing much needed community and resettlement services.

Unite Cloud

#unitecloud provides education and actionable steps to resolve tension and restore dignity to all people in Central MN.

YWCA Duluth

YWCA Duluth was formed in 1893 and today provides early childhood education, parenting classes, youth development programming, and transitional housing to young mothers. Our mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.