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Banyan Community

Banyan is rooted in the Phillips Neighborhood to transform lives by developing youth, strengthening families, and creating community.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 9/11/2013
2647 Bloomington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Phone: 6127228512
Fax: 6127228878
Other Names Used Banyan Foundation
EIN 41-1922813
Principal Staff Joani Essenburg,
General Information
Board Chair Kyle Didier
Number of Board Members 9
Board meetings with quorum 5
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 9
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
Benefit to the Community/Sustaining the Benefit Banyan continues to work alongside many neighborhood families and youth to succeed in new ways, which has brought hope that residents can finish school, successfully find employment, and achieve long-held goals for themselves and their families. Banyan's emphasis on education has helped families make school a priority, and many more youth are graduating from high school and going on to college as a result. These successful young adults inspire the younger children at Banyan, who are motivated to work hard in school and participate in the Banyan over the long-term. Now parents who have seen their own children go to college are expressing interest in additional schooling for themselves. The Banyan has helped to create this "cycle of success." The community-building work of the Banyan has empowered neighborhood residents to develop close relationships and work together on community issues. Many new block clubs have been formed in the neighborhood through the Banyan Lighthouse Network. The network trains residents in advocating and organizing, and they are learning how systems work. As a result, neighbors are working together to respond to crime, problem housing, and are planning and implementing events and community-building activities. Because the Banyan develops people, the benefit to the community can be sustained over the long-term. People are becoming educated, developing new life skills, developing critical relationships, and learning how to advocate for themselves. When people are developed, the community is transformed, and this transformation has long lasting effects.
Current Goals
-Provide opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills, engage in positive relationships with peers and adults, and have new experiences. -Provide academic support and accountability so that youth can succeed in school and college. -Create an environment of support around youth, through the encouragement and investment of the adults in the community. -Strengthen families by connecting them to resources and helping them to avert crisis. -Connect neighbors to each other so they can build a strong community. Banyan’s broad overarching outcomes include community members (both youth and adults) that are: -Future Oriented -Reconciled People -Leading Citizens -Committed Learners
Community or Constituency Served
Low income, at risk youth grades Kindergarten to college, families and community members living in the Phillips Neighborhood
Geographic Area Served
Phillips Neighborhood of South Minneapolis
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $460,969 73.4%
Management: $61,031 9.7%
Fundraising: $105,709 16.8%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2013 2012 2011
End of Year: $660,879 $353,412 $325,105
Beginning of Year $353,412 $325,105 $331,420
Difference $307,467 $28,307 ($6,315)
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $660,879
Based on information provided on 2011 to 2013
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