Congratulations this week go to one of the Foundation’s fund holders, the Interfaith Circle group, for a Human Rights Award (nonprofit category) presented Tuesday by the City of Eden Prairie’s Human Rights and Diversity Commission.
The award – there are also categories for individuals, youth, and businesses – recognizes outstanding work in creating an inclusive community spirit through actions, activities or programs. Also, for upholding the Eden Prairie Manifesto, a declaration of human rights and inclusion that was adopted by the Eden Prairie City Council 25 years ago. (The city website has more information about the award.)
The Foundation serves as a fiscal sponsor to Interfaith Circle. It’s a common role for community foundations: serve as 501(c)(3) sponsor to fledgling organizations and projects, providing the tax deductibility and small number of administrative services to help make good things happen.
The Eden Prairie Community Foundation serves as fiscal sponsor to ongoing organizations like Interfaith Circle, Eden Prairie Reads, Haven House, Friends of the Eden Prairie Players, and Eden Prairie-Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, to name a few. And it has served in a similar sponsorship role to short-term projects such as Eden Prairie Miracle Field, the Eden Prairie Veterans Memorial, and the Sydney Galleger Memorial Pool.
The Foundation provides some added visibility for the organization, tax deductibility for people making donations to Interfaith Circle, and bare-bones bookkeeping services. The Foundation handles Interfaith Circle’s contributions, pays its bills, and provides a quarterly statement to the organization.
It’s thrilling to see Interfaith Circle be recognized for its awesome work to promote conversation and greater understanding of faiths, diversity, inclusion, and other important topics. It’s done this through community dialogues as well as a multi-faith Thanksgiving Gathering.
Eden Prairie is a much more diverse community than it was just 10 or 20 years ago, and kudos to the Interfaith Circle – its board and volunteers – for raising awareness and understanding of how this diversity makes Eden Prairie a stronger, better community.