The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation received a $100,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to help more community members reach their full health potential. The funds will be used for Wilder’s Family Independence Initiative (FII). FII demonstrates that low-wealth families have the ability to move themselves out of poverty with access to resources, connections, choice and capital. Through FII, families build support systems, set and act on goals towards self-sufficiency, and have access to loan circles, microloans and shared community funds. Wilder will work with community partners to develop and implement the program.
The Wilder Foundation FII grant is one of 24 awarded across the state through Healthy Communities: Health Equity in Action. The projects all focus on one or more of the following social or economic factors that have a great influence on health: education, employment, income, family and social support or community safety. A total of $1.5 million was awarded.
"We’re pleased to support the great work of Wilder — a community asset that is truly making a difference in helping people have better options for good health," said Foundation Executive Director Carolyn Link. "Wilder demonstrates a commitment to broadening the way we look at health."