Pohlad family to donate $25 million to racial injustice

WCCO Radio Newsroom
June 10, 2020 - 7:03 pm

    The Pohlad family, owners of the Minnesota Twins, NorthMarq, River Road Entertainment and other businesses, have pledged to donate $25 million to fight racial injustice after the murder of George Floyd. 

    In a statement released today, the family says that they will have a two-phase approach to committing the money to fight racial injustice between the Pohlad Family Foundation, Pohlad family members, and Pohlad Companies. The Pohlad's are making immediate strides in helping to provide relief and help to rebuild the communities affected. They will also encourage their employees to help volunteer and will match contributions by Pohlad company employees. 

    "Black people have experienced oppression and racism for far too long in this country," said Bill Pohlad, president of the Pohlad Family Foundation. "We condemn racism in all its forms, and we are firmly committed to helping to enact meaningful change. We know this will take time and effort, and we are committed to this work beyond this seminal moment in our country's history."

    Long term plans for use of the donation include impacting structural change to the systems that create inequality for people of color. The family also plans to fight homelessness and create housing stability for those who need it. 

    "As we undertake these additional efforts in racial justice, we will take the time to listen and learn from the community first. We believe that people are experts in their own lives, and to make lasting change, we must learn from their lived experience," said Susan Bass Roberts, vice president and executive director, Pohlad Family Foundation. "Our goal is to work in the community to identify and support solutions that reflect the input of those closest to the issue and address their greatest needs."

    To learn more about how you can help, click here to visit the Pohlad Family Foundation website. 

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