In recognition of winning a 2016 Bush Prize for Community Innovation, this grant will advance the organization's charitable mission
Changes because of the Bush Prize:
The Bush Prize has drastically changed our organization. The funds are being used to construct a space that will foster innovation and long-term organizational sustainability. With a staff of 13, we outgrew our previous office space, resulting in a variety of problems, including limited individual office spaces for private and confidential meetings and cramped workspaces for all employees. With Bush Prize funds, we purchased a formerly vacant building in downtown Duluth at a significant discount. After interior construction is complete, Men As Peacemakers (MAP) will have the necessary space to house our current staff and accommodate long-term growth. As MAP continues to emerge as a statewide and regional source for replicable methods and resources for preventing violence against women and children, the large community space and meeting rooms will allow us to host workshops, furthering MN’s collaborative approach to the prevention of violence against women and children. The building, 123 W. Superior St, will also provide both administrative offices and program space for restorative justice circles, gender violence prevention workshops, community events, and more.
Impact on your field:
The Bush Prize is allowing us to further Duluth and MN’s collaborative approach to the prevention of violence against women and children. The second floor of our newly purchased building will include a large community meeting space for workshops, convenings, community conversations, and trainings. Pooling the collective knowledge of our partners, such as the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, we will host trainings/events that further other organizations—and our own—understanding and approach to addressing white supremacy, sexual assault on college campuses, domestic violence, and other critical issues. The building will also provide a community space for either a partner nonprofit organization and/or local Duluth grassroots community leaders, and activists to use as an open collaborative work space with internet and printing capabilities. This new collaborative space will provide a springboard for small innovative projects that are unlikely to be supported initially by institutional funders.
Goals for Bush Prize funds:
We hope to accomplish the following with Bush Prize grant funds:
• MAP’s staff will be more creative, productive, and healthier as a result of larger, open office space.
• All clients served by MAP will have easy public transportation access to our centrally located community space.
• Community members served through Restorative Justice programs will feel more comfortable and welcomed as a result of the larger second floor community space and confidential meetings rooms.
• Organizations working to prevent violence against women and children throughout MN, and local Duluth community activists, will be more collaborative as a result of increased community space for meetings/workshops.
• A formerly vacant property in downtown Duluth will be used broadly for public benefit.
Use of Bush Prize funds so far:
Funds were spent on building related expenses including down payment, construction costs, and supplies.
Plans for remaining Bush Prize funds:
There are no grant funds remaining.