Looking back almost thirty years in Minnesota’s past, it’s hard to recall that we came dangerously close to losing part of our state’s heritage. Not since the Great Depression had rural communities seen an economic crisis like what happened in the 1980s.
The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is one of six Minnesota Initiative Foundations (MIFs), established in 1986 through The McKnight Foundation’s leadership and a visionary experiment in rural philanthropy. The MIFs delivered a counterpunch in a difficult economy that resounded across America. Each MIF is managed by local people making decisions about how to improve the quality of life in the region.
Northwest Minnesota Foundation has provided assistance and delivered services resulting in millions of dollars in local philanthropy being funneled back to local organizations that help us achieve our mission.