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Frequently Asked Questions

The Coalition of Somali American Leaders originated in fall 2014 when author, philanthropic leader and founder of Tayo Consulting Group, Hamse Warfa, convened leaders from multiple sectors to discuss the need for building capacity and collaboration across Somali-led, community based organizations in the Minnesota. . While still in this conceptual phase, Mr. Warfa emphasized the importance of conducting a community needs assessment, which was launched in spring 2015 to better understand the priority areas where Somali communities could benefit from collective action. In summer 2015 the first ten organizations convened, after meeting agreed upon selection criteria, to establish a collaborative of Somali-led community based organizations. The members of the newly formed collaborative met monthly between fall 2015 and spring 2016 were they also completed a skills building workshop focusing on collective impact in addition to strengthening relationships and trust among members. By summer 2016 the decision was made to officially form the Coalition of Somali American Leaders with new developments and initiatives commencing spring 2017 in Minnesota.

What is the Coalition of Somali American Leaders?

The Coalition of Somali American Leaders is a statewide consortium that leverages the collective influence of community and philanthropic leaders in order to 1) increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the Somali community 2) improve the quality of life for Somali Americans, and 3) achieve funding efficiency to support meeting the greatest needs of Somali communities.

Where does the Coalition work?

Coalition members serve about 19, 000 individuals collectively and currently work in the Twin Cities, Rochester, Fairbout, Willmar, Mankato and St. Cloud

What does the Coalition seek to do?

The Coalition seeks to cultivate effective leadership, improve community and organizational capacity, facilitate intercultural exchange, and mobilize resources to foster economic and social development and improve the lives of our Somali community members. The Coalition believes racial equity is not only necessary, but also possible.

Who are the members of the Coalition?

Current members of the Coalition: African Immigrant Community Services, Somalia Rebuild Organization, Somali Community Resettlement Services, #UniteCloud,  Ka Joog, Somali Action Alliance, Shanta, Confederation of Somali Community of Minnesota, Somali American Parent Association, and New American Development Center.

How do you become a member?

There are multiple levels of membership for both individuals and organizations to join and support the work of the Coalition. For more information, please visit our website at

What is the position of the Coalition on the Countering Violent Extremism program (CVE)?

As a Coalition, we are non-political membership organization, and have chosen not to participate in the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program. The coalition does not instruct its (put space) member organizations on how to conduct their business, but member organizations (added ‘s’) have unanimously decided not to individually participate in the CVE program. with any further questions for any member of the coalition, please contact them directly.