Letter from the Chair of the Board and Executive Director


Last year marked Marbrook Foundation’s eighth year of giving to initiatives and organizations that create equal opportunity for immigrants and refugees in the Twin Cities metro area. We remain committed to supporting these programs. 2016 also marked the year that the Foundation developed a new strategic plan, and through the process, we became inspired to expand giving in the areas of arts and environment.

We are excited to share with you the details of our new guidelines and grant application process (which can be found here). The Marbrook Foundation will focus on immigrant and refugee empowerment and education by supporting programs that address the need for safe and conducive learning environments, intercultural learning, life skill and leadership development, financial independence, cultural preservation and the wellbeing of youth and families.

Additionally, the Foundation will increase support to arts projects that foster cultural awareness and understanding, and encourage cross-cultural collaboration, community integration, and inclusion. Lastly, Marbrook will increase its support to environmental organizations and programs that make an impact locally and nationally. We are in the process of developing guidelines in this area with the input of Brooks family members, and will keep you posted on our progress for giving starting in 2018.

Thank you for visiting us and for the work that you do. We are privileged to partner with organizations to carry out the mission to better our communities. We would like to share with you some highlights from our 2016 grant-making that we are so proud to support:

  • University of MN Center for Spirituality & Healing is fostering empowerment and resilience in educators by supporting them with mindfulness coaches. This model will be evaluated and shared widely with the goal that the center will grow into a statewide hub with influence on research, professional education and licensure.
  • Hmong American Farmers Association advances economic opportunity and empowers Hmong American farmers and their families through economic development, capacity building, advocacy and research.
  • Wilderness Inquiry will introduce Somali American youth to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area as an effective way for immigrant youth to develop a deeper connection to place and community by learning about the public land heritage in their new home; and embrace healthy lifestyles, increase environmental awareness and be empowered as stewards of our natural resources.

We look forward to implementing Marbrook Foundation’s new guidelines and thank you for your patience as we make the changes. Your comments and questions are welcomed and we encourage you to email Minna Brooks at mbrooks@marbrookfoundation.org.

Markell Kiefer

Chair of the Board

Minna K. Brooks

Executive Director