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Essentia Health provides critical support for infant and early childhood mental health work


Essentia HealthEssentia Health is continuing a longtime funding partnership with the Northland Foundation to improve the health and quality of life in the region, awarding $25,000 for the Thrive Initiative. Thrive funding helps support an active coalition of mental health, early childhood, education, and social services professionals to meet regularly, engage in learning opportunities, develop projects and collaborations, drive systems change, and improve access to mental health resources for families with young children.

“Essentia Health is a critical partner in supporting the healthy social and emotional development of young children. We deeply appreciate the opportunity to continue our work together to strengthen families and communities in northeastern Minnesota,” stated Lynn Haglin, Northland Foundation Vice President/KIDS PLUS Director.


Butler Family Foundation funding to support prevention and intervention of domestic violence and sex trafficking


Butler Family FoundationThe Patrick & Aimee Butler Family Foundation is providing $100,000 over two years, earmarked for grants to nonprofits that provide prevention and intervention services related to domestic violence and sex trafficking in northeastern Minnesota. The Northland Foundation is matching the grant with $100,000 of its own funds over the two-year period.

“We are grateful that the Butler Family Foundation is a partner with the Northland Foundation for organizations in the region that are doing this very important work, serving people who have suffered from violence and exploitation, and taking action to prevent new victimization from occurring,” stated Tony Sertich, President of the Northland Foundation.

Organizations interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact Erik Torch, Director of Grantmaking at the Northland Foundation.


Bader Philanthropies supports intergenerational leadership development


Helen Daniels Bader Fund a Bader Philanthropy logoBader Philanthropies has recently awarded funding to the Northland Foundation to encourage leadership and service learning among young people, with guidance from adult and older adult mentors.

The grant funding of $15,000 per year for two years will help support the Twin Ports Youth Leadership Academy and Youth In Philanthropy initiatives, which engage more than 60 young people each year to develop leadership and career skills, and to learn the importance of volunteerism in their communities. In addition, hundreds of young people will be engaged in creating projects through the service component of these initiatives. Adult mentors play a vital role in guiding the young people.

“It is a terrific boost to these programs that Bader Philanthropies has renewed its strong commitment to fostering interactions between older adults and youth while they participate together in leadership development and community service,” said Vice President/KIDS PLUS Director, Lynn Haglin.