The Northland Foundation weaves together connections between people, organizations, and resources. How? We raise and distribute FUNDS for northeastern Minnesota, we CONVENE people and organizations to learn and collaborate, and we INSPIRE others to action by sharing data and information.
Take a look back at the past fiscal year and get a glimpse at some of the themes that will be woven through our work this year.
Awarded 194 grants totaling $1,633,465 to nonprofit, school district, public, and Tribal entities.
Made 25 loans totaling $2,018,472 to 6 start-ups and 19 existing businesses, helping create/keep 171 jobs in the region.
Presented at 7 development lending forums aimed at business owners and entrepreneurs in Grand Marais, Ely, Hermantown, Fond du Lac Reservation, Grand Rapids, and Eveleth.
Launched new AGE to age sites in East Range and Barnum, and re-ignited Itasca County in Bigfork, with a series of community meetings.
Connected 42 ninth graders and 14 adult mentors in the KIDS PLUS Youth Leadership Academy, a 9-month long interactive leadership learning program.
Commissioned and shared research on the Economic Impacts of the Child Care Shortage in Northeastern Minnesota to spark community discussion and action.
Native-led Philanthropy: We will support the creation of a Native-led Philanthropy Initiative to be designed by members of the region’s Tribal Nations.
Child Care Quality, Availability, and Access: We will complement our ongoing child care strategies with new opportunities for communities to expand child care access.
Aging and Intergenerational Efforts: We will build on our significant work on behalf of older adults and connecting the generations to improve the wellbeing of children and youth, communities, and adults ages 55+.
Economic Development Expansion: We will host the Northeast Minnesota Small Business Development Center, which offers technical assistance and training for business start-ups and expansions.