Fighting inequality, promoting justice and tolerance
Prime Therapeutics is passionate about helping local organizations combat inequalities and injustice. In 2020, our leaders and employees resolved to make a difference and create real change around us, and so we decided that we needed to create our own foundation.
The Prime Together Foundation approved our first grants at the end of 2021, and we continue to raise funds as we seek to broaden our outreach and make an even bigger impact.
Work with our communities to address inequality and injustice in all its manifestations, particularly racism, poverty, health and hunger.
Prime’s Diversity & Inclusion Council recommends how funds are allocated, and the Foundation’s Board of Directors approves all grants.
“A grant from the Prime Together Foundation boosts our ability to improve health outcomes and social conditions to enrich whole person health.”Heather TiddExecutive Director, Dakota Child and Family Clinic
“For youth experiencing homelessness, the Prime Together Foundation’s donation helps The Bridge for Youth go beyond meeting basic needs to create joy through simple acts.”Lisa MearsExecutive Director, The Bridge for Youth
“Prime Together Foundation dollars help Jeremiah Program curate support structures that allow single moms and their children to access pathways to greater opportunity. Our moms already come to us as leaders; we are simply providing them with the space they need to create the best life for themselves and their families.”Maureen Rafferty Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships at Jeremiah Program
“Prime is proud to move forward and create a foundation that will help offer other organizations working hard to address social inequities. By shining a light on their efforts, we can make a lasting impact in our communities.”Erin Feigalchief human resources officer
ORGANIZATIONS WE SUPPORT
Strengthening our communities
We give our time and resources to some remarkable organizations that are working to address the inequalities and injustices that happen in our neighborhoods every day.
The Bridge for Youth
More than 6,000 youth experience homelessness on any given night in Minnesota. Further, 35% – more than 2,000 youth in Minnesota – are pregnant or parenting. For teen parents experiencing homelessness, the difficulties facing them can be overwhelming.
The Bridge for Youth offers site-based transitional living units designated as age-appropriate and safe, specifically for teen parents experiencing homelessness. In addition to serving pregnant and parenting teens, The Bridge for Youth meets the unique needs of youth who identify as BIPOC, and/or LGBTQ+, and those experiencing trauma that, if left untreated, could lead to mental health issues, juvenile crime and substance abuse.
Dakota Child and Family Clinic
Health is about more than health care. Many people encounter social barriers to health including inadequate insurance, lack of access to reliable transportation, housing, job or food insecurity, or language barriers.
For 10 years, the Dakota Child and Family Clinic (DCFC) has served the needs of children and adults, regardless of their ability to pay. DCFC provides high-quality, patient-centric services in a caring atmosphere that is accessible and inclusive to meet their patients’ social and mental health needs, both in and outside the clinic’s walls.
Hennepin Healthcare Foundation
The Hennepin Healthcare Foundation connects the generosity of the community to the mission of Hennepin Healthcare. Through partnerships with community, patients and their families, Hennepin Healthcare ensures access to outstanding care for everyone while improving health and wellness through teaching, patient and community education, and research. The Foundation will use the grant to support their Muslim Spiritual Care initiative. Over 14% of all foreign-born patients receiving their care at Hennepin Healthcare are Muslim, but prior to this program, there was an absence of spiritual care for those practicing the Muslim faith. The Muslim Spiritual Care initiative aims to close this gap by providing culturally appropriate and informed care.
Jeremiah Program’s mission is to disrupt the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children two-generations at a time. Jeremiah Program will use the grant to support year-round programming for single mothers attending college and their children. This includes empowerment and leadership programs, safe and affordable housing, coaching, high-quality early childhood education and activities and more.
Normandale Community College Foundation
Black male teachers make up less than 1% of the teachers in Minnesota, but their presence in the classroom is shown to have a positive impact on students.
The Normandale Community College Foundation (NCCF) is working to close equity gaps, including funding Sirtify, a program that supports Black male students aspiring to be K-12 educators. In addition, the organization continues to raise funds for a wide range of scholarships, enabling thousands of Normandale Community College students to stay enrolled in college and achieve their goals. And in response to a survey showing 35% of students experienced food insecurity, NCCF is broadening its focus to include ending student hunger.
SEWA-AIFW is a nonprofit organization committed to serving, supporting, and enhancing family wellness for the South Asian community in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota. Its main areas of concentration include domestic abuse, senior care, and community health initiatives. The grant will help provide those served by SEWA-AIFW access to meals and general support, as many in the South Asian community have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. The most prominent group needing support includes seniors and victims of abuse.
Together we can
With your support, we can help non-profit organizations in our community close the inequality gap – and create meaningful and measurable change.