Kedar Hickman has joined the St. Paul & Minnesota Foundations (the Foundations) as its newest program officer.
Hickman joins the Foundations after having served as program manager and interim COO at Ujamma Place, a St. Paul-based nonprofit providing support services to formerly incarcerated African-American men. He also served as instructor, programming director and board member at Skills for Tomorrow Charter High School in St. Paul. Hickman currently serves as a co-chair of the Council for Black Male Success, an initiative funded by the Foundations to bring nonprofits and people together to discuss how philanthropy can better meet community needs.
“At the Foundations we view the community as our compass, best positioned to articulate and effectively respond to today's challenges,” said Ann Mulholland, executive vice president at the Foundations. “Therefore, it is fitting to have Kedar join our team. He is a trusted community leader who will lend tremendous insight to our work. We are thrilled to welcome him.”
“I am excited to join and contribute to the work of the St. Paul & Minnesota Foundations,” said Hickman. “Today our communities need to foster a commitment to and appreciation for human value for all, a commitment demonstrated by actions that bring about justice and equitable opportunity for all. My values and experience are firmly rooted in these ideas and ideals and in alignment with those of the Foundations as they support communities, cities and regions in their realization of community-led solutions.”
Founded in St. Paul in 1940, the St. Paul & Minnesota Foundations is one of Minnesota’s largest community foundations. The Foundations support more than 2,000 charitable organizations and donor funds and manage nearly $1.5 billion in assets, including F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation.
In 2018, in partnership with its donor advised fundholders, the Foundations made nearly 8,300 grants to support community needs in 71 of 87 Minnesota counties.