Donating to the Citizens League today is the best way to increase civil discussion in Minnesota and to develop creative solutions to complex policy problems. At the Citizens League, we consider multiple points of view without regard to partisanship and without a pre-conceived agenda.


Here are just a few of the ways we made a real difference in 2017:

Calling Home: We introduced Calling Home, an initiative that explores the concept of “home” as a starting place for intergenerational conversations about aging and planning.  Along with partners, we convened community conversations around the state.  Twin Cities PBS, a partner on the project, worked with individuals and families on a series of video shorts.

Edina Race & Equity Task Force: The City of Edina hired the Citizens League to facilitate its Race and Equity Task Force to identify areas where change is needed.

Comprehensive Plan for Solos: By 2030, more than 20 percent of Minnesotans will be age 65 or older. A significant proportion will be people without traditional family support – “solos” – or people aging alone.  With support from the Bush Foundation, the Citizens League teamed up with the Minnesota Elder Justice Center on an 18-month project which will explore existing resources and identify gaps and opportunities relevant to solo health care decisions.

Metropolitan Council Reforms: Our task force studied concerns related to the Council’s regional effectiveness.  The Pioneer Press praised the transit plan which grew out of this project: “State lawmakers could save themselves time and trouble with the counsel of 21 Minnesotans brought together by the Citizens League to make sense of the state’s vexing disagreement over sustainable transit funding.”

Capitol Pathways: This pioneering internship program for students of color placed 34 Capitol Pathways student interns with 33 host organizations in 2017.

Civic Celebration: Our 2017 Civic Celebration honored community trailblazers Dr. Josie Johnson and Susan Kimberly.  More than 400 concerned citizens recognized these inspirational women and celebrated the successes of the Citizens League over the past year.

The Citizens League will continue to focus on solving tomorrow’s problems by taking a nonpartisan look at the facts.  We make Minnesota a better place to live and work for everyone.  That means mediating policy discussions, working to empower young Minnesotans to be active civic leaders, hosting forums and lobbying government on major policy issues.

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