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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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Family Freedom Center Youth Programs


Youth services and engagement is part of the mission of the Family Freedom Center. It recently assumed operations of the former Neighborhood Youth Services program and expanded its programming in Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood. FFC supports Black and BIPOC families through alternative means of education to build cultural resilience and family self-sufficiency.  

Mentor North Outreach: It Takes a Village


Mentor North is implementing a thoughtful and targeted recruitment program to reach diverse adults ages 21-35 to become mentors. Mentors, mentees and families benefit holistically through relationship building, empathy, growth and bonding. Through volunteering, mentors increase their connections and deepen their level of civic engagement within the Superior/Douglas County community. 

Conflict Resolution Center Builds Bridges


Transforming conflict into opportunity, and harms to healing, the Conflict Resolution Center is changing lives in northeastern Minnesota. The Duluth-based nonprofit creates community dialogues and mediation, out-of-school youth conflict resolution and is building partnerships with city, county and non-governmental agencies to meet the needs of the community. 

Udac Brings Community Inclusion


Community inclusion & independence for differently-abled adults is the goal at Udac. The Duluth-based nonprofit is building partnerships with nonprofits, businesses & educational programs to create comprehensive employment plans that remove systemic barriers. Self determination and stronger connections lead to opportunity, healthy living & new pathways of community living for all. 

Northspan: Equity Summit & Welcoming Community


The goal is to increase belonging of underrepresented community members and build trust between people from different backgrounds with a variety of lived experiences in Northeast Minnesota. Through education, the nonprofit Northspan is working to close opportunity gaps and reduce barriers to full community engagement through education. 

North Shore Health Care Foundation Grows Restorative Justice


They are changing the course of lives in a positive way, teaching accountability, healthy conflict resolution and repairing harms done through crime or relational conflict. The Restorative Justice program of the North Shore Health Care Foundation works in Cook County, Minnesota, where caseloads are rising and the need for capacity building in the program is critical.