Higher Works Collaborative (HWC) was founded in 2017 as a response to the growing underserved needs of our community. The Mission of Higher Works Collaborative is to bring a holistic approach that bridges the gaps and meets the needs of our BIPOC community. Our team is built of dedicated people that work directly with the community. We have over 50 years of combined experience working with and in our client's culture. We are successful at this work because of those many years of experience, professional training, and schooling that provide structure to the work that we perform.
Our budget is used to directly impact the people that we work with. Whether it is through crisis management, entrepreneurial education, administrative support, school supplies, etc. We have based our growth and development on academically researched practices of running and maintaining a nonprofit. Additional training and education have come from publicly available sources like the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. But the greatest source of preparation has been the many years of working with our stakeholders and learning from our community about the needs they have and the most effective ways to bridge the many gaps between the needs and the resources available.
Our major areas of focus are Transportation, Education, Employment, Housing, Health/Wellness, and the Arts. Each of these divisions has its own set of programs and leaders to address the specific concern. The core of what we do is educate because informed people are capable of anything as long as they know that anything is possible. We have certified credit counseling classes, job search and resume writing workshops, tutoring for all ages, and life coaching. We provide educational grants, crisis intervention for housing and health care, participate and/or host community events such as Kwaanza, JuneTeenth, and Black Excellence Showcase.