Funders Collaborative and Corridors of Opportunity recognized in Secretary’s Award presented to The Saint Paul Foundation

October 2, 2013

The Saint Paul Foundation has been awarded one of ten Secretary’s Awards for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships for its work on the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative and Corridors of Opportunity.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with the Council on Foundations, presented the award as part of the Council’s annual fall conference. 
“We are honored to receive the HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships, which reflects the results of the many public, nonprofit, community and philanthropic partners who have worked so closely together through the Corridors of Opportunity initiative and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. In that spirit, we wish to share this award with the dozens of partners who made these achievements possible.” said Carleen Rhodes, president and CEO of The Saint Paul Foundation. 
The Saint Paul Foundation received this recognition for its leadership on the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative and Corridors of Opportunity, two large-scale, cross-sector efforts that aim to ensure all residents benefit from development along the new light-rail transit line, recently renamed as the Green Line. 
“It’s organizations like these that are doing the heavy lifting to improve neighborhoods, often without much thanks. Today, we say ‘thank you!’” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “These foundations are teaming up with public and private partners to bring about positive change and lasting solutions that are making a real difference in their communities.”
HUD and the Council on Foundations developed the award to recognize philanthropic organizations that are enhancing the quality of life for low- and moderate-income families. The foundations recognized are addressing issues concerning housing and neighborhood improvements, education, health and recreation, transportation, arts and culture, public safety, sustainability and economic development. In its second year, the annual Secretary’s award recognizes 10 community foundations across the country doing cross-sector work that brings together the philanthropic and public sectors as a way to increase the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents. Read about all ten 2013 recipients.