The Northwest Minnesota Foundation invests resources, facilitates collaboration and promotes philanthropy to make the region a better place to live and work.

Our Commitment

Our purpose, building better lives, shows through in all that we do – starting with the principles we act by. These guiding principles are our commitments to how we will conduct our work and are the standard for our actions.

  • We commit to equity for all in our region. We seek to ensure that all programming and work involving the foundation has been designed to be culturally supportive and effective for all.
  • We build relationships with organizations that share our goals, seeking mutual understandings and solutions to shared challenges.
  • We develop community leaders through our partners who offer world-class leadership development programs. We recognize that real change will be led at the community level, and we commit to helping connect our community leaders to opportunities, to grow their leadership capacity.
  • We value our natural assets for the quality of life and economic resources they bring to the region, and we commit to promoting stewardship of the region’s natural resources.

Our Vision

Northwest Minnesota will be a place where communities and people work together to foster opportunity, promote philanthropy, and enrich the lives of all residents.