Northland Foundation Publications and Impact Reports

Annual Impact Reports

Publications and Tools

Early Childhood

Early Childhood

2019 Early Childhood Summit PowerPoint files from presenter Clay Cook, Ph.D. (1) Creating a Nurturing and Responsive School Environment to Promote Students' Social, Emotional, and Academic Success and (2) Personalizing Interventions to Enhance Optimized Outcomes: Matching, Mapping, Monitoring, and Meeting

2016 update Getting School Ready in Minnesota booklet aimed at parents and other caregivers shares the developmental milestones indicating that children are ready for kindergarten, along with ideas to help preschoolers start to be ready for school. Printed copies are available for school districts and other partners to order. Contact us to inquire.

2016 Math Tip Card and Language Tip Card for parents or other caregivers list easy, everyday activities to support 4- and 5-year olds’ language/literacy and math/numeracy development. Printed cards are available for school districts and other partners to order. Contact us to inquire.

2015 PreK-3rd Grade Success Stories Across Northeastern Minnesota 2014-2015 in partnership with Molly Harney, Ed.D., the Northland Foundation reported on results of grants made to Early Childhood Summit district teams. Pdf attached: prek-grade3-stories-2015

2013 10th Anniversary of the Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative publication celebrating a decade of dedication and progress in northeastern Minnesota. Pdf attached: eci-10-yr-brochure-2013

Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health

2010 Minnesota Thrive Initiative Lessons Learned provides highlights of the Minnesota Thrive Initiative organizing process, case studies from each of the six sites statewide, and three-year pilot phase lessons.


AGE to age: bringing generations together

2018 AGE to age Overview brochure including our community planning model.

2016 video about the AGE to age Summer College Intern Program.

2013 AGE to age Outcomes publication includes moving stories of how AGE to age has impacted individuals and their communities.

2013 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation video shares images and stories from the Moose Lake and Proctor AGE to age communities.

Video from the Community Experience Partnership, an initiative for U.S. Community Foundations from The Atlantic Philanthropies, highlighting AGE to age in the first 10 sites.


Special Initiatives

Integrated Rural Community Aging Program 2020-2022

2023 Lessons Learned shares data and outcomes of our three-year initiative supporting older adults and caregivers to live well in their homes and communities of choice.

Rural Aging Initiative 2017-2019

2020 Rural Aging Initiative Phase II Overview offers data on outcomes and lessons learned for this three-year special initiative. Drill down by program components in the Capacity-Building insert, Aging Innovations insert, AGE to age insert, and Stories from the Field insert.

Social Enterprise Initiative 2016-2018

2018 Social Enterprise Initiative publication provides an overview of this program which engaged nine nonprofits along with technical assistance partners to utilize social enterprises to increase employment opportunities and financial assets for people with low incomes.

2018 Social Enterprise Infographic gives a one-page look at key highlights, outputs, and outcomes of the Initiative.

Rural Aging Initiative 2014-2016

2016 Rural Aging Initiative Phase I Overview offers reflections and lessons learned for this three-year special initiative.


Compass Points Regional Data

In July 2018, the Northland Foundation commissioned the Wilder Foundation, creators of the Minnesota Compass website, to produce "data snapshots" featuring some key demographic and wellbeing measures for the seven counties of northeastern Minnesota. The following Compass Points contain data and trends related to age, economy, education, and more.

Northeastern Minnesota Overview

Aitkin County

Carlton County

Cook County

Itasca County

Koochiching County

Lake County

St. Louis County

Northern St. Louis County breakout

Southern St. Louis County breakout


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