Advancing Social and Economic Opportunities in Saint Paul

The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation has a proud history of serving residents of greater St. Paul and the surrounding communities. Wilder’s unique combination of direct services, research and community capacity building contributes to a stronger region for all. Wilder endorses policies that advance social and economic opportunity for low-income people in the East Metro and across Minnesota.

2017 Public Policy Priorities

Wilder Is a Leading Partner for the Following Priorities: 

Support the housing stability of highly mobile families and the academic success of children across Minnesota by establishing a new statewide rental assistance fund with services attached.






 Wilder Supports the Following Priorities:

  • Advance prenatal to age three policy initiatives detailed in the
    Comprehensive, Racially Equitable Policy Plan for Universal Healthy Child Development” report. [2016 Wilder Research;
    Development and Training, Inc.; University of Minnesota]
  • Support cradle-to-career initiatives across the state of Minnesota, including the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood, and close the education opportunity gap that keeps Minnesota from reaching its full potential.
  • Increase Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) monthly
    cash assistance by $100 per month.
  • Strengthen the Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP) to support family and provider-friendly provisions of federal reauthorization and serve more CCAP eligible families.
  • Secure funding for the Good Food Access Fund goal to increase the availability of affordable and nutritious food in underserved areas across Minnesota. 

View these priorities as a PDF.

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