The Real Minneapolis is a collective that demonstrates the true spirit of the Minneapolis community, shining a bright and radiant light on hope.
We are a project-based, grassroots organization that responds to the immediate and fluid needs of historically under-represented individuals by thoughtfully listening.
The Real Minneapolis listens to what the community needs. We speak to actual people who live in the community.
If we see a need, we fill it. We don't just talk about the need.
Ongoing funding from donors like you make these projects possible. We are establishing our 501c 3 non-profit status, and hope to be finalized soon! In the meantime, we are working with a fiscal sponsor and able to receive tax deductible corporate donations through them via check sent to:
Attn: Judson Bemis
100 S Fifth Street, Ste 1900
Minneapolis, Mn 55402
*Put in memo : The Real Minneapolis
Initially, our primary focus was to help the people lovingly preserving George Floyd’s memorial and make it a safe and comfortable space to visit. Since then we have expanded our focus around programs for the Youth of South Minneapolis. Your contribution will enable us to support our community and continue operations.
We are paying BIPOC teenagers $14.50/hr to assist us with community-based projects and mentor younger kids. We believe giving youth skills and seeds will provide them with much more than a meal.
Your PayPal donations will allow us to administer the following youth projects:
• Floral art installations "Hope Beyond the Rubble" (7/4-present)
• Free Farmer's Market with produce from local organic farmers (7/11-present)
• Youth Garden at Lake & George Floyd Ave (7/24-present)
• Cupcakes with "HOPE" on them delivered to encampments along with flowers (7/31 launch)
• BIPOC photo class series taught by New York Times photographer Tim Gruber, entitled "Black Men Raising HOPE" featuring dads and their children (8/6 launch)
• Exclusive visit to a farm for a cooking class with Chef Mateo, featured in the New York Times, "to promote diversity and teach children about food" (field trip on 8/10)
• The Hope Youth Resource Center (9/21 Launch)