Powerful partnerships, visionary nonprofits and generous donors together build stronger and healthier communities. Touchstone honorees demonstrate the impact that grant support has across the region. Explore the stories here and see the how the generosity of donors is making a difference.
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Outside the box
TOUCHSTONE STORIES 2022
Area youth are building skills and confidence outside the box. The project, designed by area architects, builds future professionals and shares the creative journey by design. Students are gaining much more than design skills through partnerships at American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), Duluth Folk School and others.
Entrepreneur Fund & delicious dreams
Small businesses are growing in northeasten Minnesota through consulting and coaching from the Entrepreneur Fund. Through the Fund’s Stride Program, black and brown entrepreneurs launched and grew new food enterprises across the region, featuring Vegan, Japanese, BBQ and Soul Food cuisine.
Youth outreach by the nonprofit Men As Peacemakers brings connection and confidence through MEGA–Make Equal Genders Awesome. The MEGA team visits Duluth schools and works with kids in person. Sarah Curtiss, Executive Director of Men As Peacemakers, says the effort breaks stereotypes and prevents harm before it starts