EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — As part of its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, Mayo Clinic Health System in Northwest Wisconsin is awarding a total of $20,000 in grants to four regional nonprofit organizations.
Funding for these grants comes from Mayo Clinic's newly established EverybodyIN Fund for Change. Last summer, Mayo Clinic staff contributed nearly $89,000 to the fund with the goal of supporting efforts to advance racial equity. Mayo Clinic's match brought the fund's total to $200,000. More than 100 organizations located in communities that Mayo Clinic serves applied for the grant funding.
"We were inspired as we read about many wonderful programs serving our communities, as well as plans for new initiatives to advance equity, diversity and inclusion," says Erin Sexton, director of Enterprise Community Engagement at Mayo Clinic. "We are very pleased to announce the organizations selected by our three Mayo Clinic sites and four Mayo Clinic Health System regions."
A total of 36 organizations located in Arizona, Florida, Minnesota and Wisconsin will receive a portion of the $200,000 in grant dollars.
Here are the organizations selected to receive funding in the Northwest Wisconsin Region:
- Inclusa — $11,000 to be used for translation of documents, website, brochures and Tribal/Indigenous Outreach programs
- LGBTQ+ Community Center of the Chippewa Valley — $4,000 to assist with their 2021 strategic plan of outreach to people of color and other marginalized groups that often do not have LGBTQ+ support
- Embrace Services, Inc. — $4,000 to assist with staff development and community partners' learning opportunities around cultural responsiveness and inclusivity training
- Chippewa Falls Public Library — $1,000 to be used for purchasing books related to diversity and inclusion for the Children's and Youth department
"Thank you so much for this award," says Kelly Sample, director of member support at Inclusa, one of the organizations to receive a grant in Northwest Wisconsin. "We are very excited at Inclusa to get started on this essential work, and this will happen even faster with this grant awarded to us. Thank you for your commitment to this work and making this grant money available."
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