Banyan Community

Mission Statement

Banyan Community is a Christian Community Development organization that is rooted in the Phillips neighborhood to transform lives by developing youth, strengthening families, and creating community.

Contact Information

2529 13th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

General Information

Alternative Name
The Banyan Foundation dba The Banyan Community
Principal Staff
Joani Essenburg
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Board Chair
Brian Provost
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Impact and Programs

Banyan's impact provides stable and successful youth, strengthened families by connecting them to resources and helping them to avert crisis and navigate change; and connected neighbors so they can build a strong community.
Current Goals
Banyan Community’s mission is as follows: Banyan Community is a Christian Community Development Organization that is rooted in the Phillips Neighborhood to transform lives by developing youth, strengthening families, and creating community. The overall goals of Banyan are to: 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;
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


3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $2,195,951 88.6%
Management $99,947 4%
Fundraising $183,906 7.4%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2015 2014 2013
End of Year: $2,087,655 $728,977 $660,879
Beginning of Year: $728,977 $660,879 $353,412
Difference: $1,358,678 $68,098 $307,467

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