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New funding support increases resources for communities across the region

Butler Family Foundation provides boost to prevention and intervention of domestic violence and sex trafficking


The Northland Foundation has been awarded $20,000 in supplemental funding from the Patrick & Aimee Butler Family Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund. This funding will be directed to prevention and intervention services related to domestic violence and sex trafficking in northeastern Minnesota.

“The Butler Family Foundation is a vital partner helping the Northland Foundation support organizations in the region that are doing this very important work, serving survivors of domestic or sexual abuse, a growing area of need during the pandemic,” said Tony Sertich, President of the Northland Foundation.

The Northland Foundation is matching the grant with $20,000 of its own funds.


Wells Fargo Awards $20,000 grant to Business Services Program for technical assistance


The Northland Foundation recently received a $20,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support the Emerging Entrepreneur Technical Assistance Program. Funding support from Wells Fargo will assist Northland’s Business Services Program to enhance technical assistance to help emerging entrepreneurs with starting and/or expanding a business in the region.

“Resources from the Wells Fargo Foundation will strengthen the economic vitality of northeastern Minnesota communities. This support is especially needed as small businesses in our region work to recover from the impacts caused by COVID-19,” said Michael Colclough, Northland Foundation's Director of Business Services.


Isora Foundation provides $5,000 gift to support Indigenous-led grantmaking


The Isora Foundation has made a $5,000 discretionary gift to the Northland Foundation in support of Maada’ookiing. The Isora Foundation provided $25,000 in seed funding in April 2019 and another $25,000 in May 2020 to support the establishment of a new, Indigenous-led philanthropy initiative. After they saw the news of the first 13 grants being made to Indigenous individuals in our region in June, Isora generously contributed another $5,000 to help Northland continue building this innovative program.

“Isora Foundation funds were instrumental in the exploration, planning, and creation of what is now called Maada’ookiing, and we deeply appreciate this additional support,” stated Erik Torch, Northland Foundation's Director of Grantmaking.