Northwest Minnesota Foundation

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.

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Social Media Links

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Assets and Giving for Northwest Minnesota Foundation


2020 - 83,430,885
2019 - 79,827,885
2018 - 74,567,715
2017 - 70,311,259
Domestic Grants

2020 - 3,298,158
2019 - 3,954,185
2018 - 3,193,649


Recent News from Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Northwest Minnesota Foundation Issues $780,000 in Grants and Loans during 1St Quarter
Foundation: Northwest Minnesota Foundation

From July through September, more than $780,000 was loaned or granted out into a region in northwest Minnesota through the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, the Bemidji Pioneer reports. Funds...more

Federal cuts hamper local domestic violence programs, as needs rise - Park Rapids Enterprise
Foundation: Northwest Minnesota Foundation

FSN recently received a $5,000 grant from the Northwest Minnesota Women's Fund, part of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation. The money will be used...more

Northwest Minnesota Foundation issues $890,000 in grants and loans during 4th quarter
Foundation: Northwest Minnesota Foundation

... more than $256,000 through local philanthropic activities, such as scholarships and grants ... Philanthropy, component and community...more

Dorr elected to the Minnesota Council on Foundations Board of Directors - Pilot Independent
Foundation: Northwest Minnesota Foundation

... and amplifies the voice of the philanthropic community to be public policy advocates. In his 10 years of working in the field of...more

Northwest Minnesota Foundation, NWICDC receive Blue Cross Blue Shield grants - Yahoo News
Foundation: Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Jul. 1—MINNEAPOLIS — The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation recently awarded $3.4 million in grants to 21 nonprofit...more

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation Awards more than $3.4M to 21 Nonprofits
Foundation: Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Grant awards are for one or two years and range from $25,000 to $100,000 per year. Sixteen grants are part of the Healthy Start program,...more

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