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African Nonprofits: A Report of Financially Active African-led Nonprofit Organizations in Minnesota Serving African Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylees.

Fernandes, Omar.

The aim of this study was to investigate the scope and impact of financially active (revenues greater than $25,000 per year) African-led nonprofit organizations in Minnesota whose primary mission is to serve African immigrants. Thirty-two organizations fit within this financially active category, and 18 returned completed surveys by the deadline. Of the 18 organizations, a majority were formed between 2000 and 2006 and are situated in the Twin Cities metro area. All 18 organizations could be described as multi-service. Several African nationalities are represented in the clientele of these organizations, which offer written and spoken translation services incorporating a wide-range of African languages and dialects. All 18 nonprofits engage in some form of collaborative and referral process. The greatest challenge reported by the executive directors of these organizations is obtaining sufficient funds to sustain their organization's presence and growth. Executive directors also expressed a need for trainings specifically focused on grant writing, financial management, leadership development, program planning and evaluation, networking skills, and cultural competency to improve the growth of their nonprofit organizations. This report concludes with recommendations for funders, nonprofits, and future research in this area in advancing Minnesota's African nonprofit sector.

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Conducted on behalf of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Supported by the Communiversity program at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.
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