Our foundation’s mission is to make the region a better place to live and work. Our Quality of Place framework can mean many things to different people, but our research has shown that what attracts talented people to Northwest Minnesota are four kinds of amenities: natural assets (like parks, trails, wildlife), structural assets (good schools, hospitals, housing, telecommunications), social assets (friends, family, peace and quiet, safety, effective human services), and economic assets (good jobs and wages, a skilled workforce, access to capital).
We seek to strengthen these assets by investing our own resources in their development, working with partners in the public and private sectors to align resources around common priorities, and promoting the transfer of personal wealth to make additional resources available.
NMF’s total assets now exceed $63 million. For this we have many donors to thank both small and large. Most are local individuals who love Northwest Minnesota and want to see it become an even better place to live and work. But our biggest thanks goes to the McKnight Foundation, for investing nearly $46 million in our success. For this, we and the people of the region owe an enormous debt of gratitude.
This year marks our 30th anniversary – we are working to make the next 30 years just as successful. Together, we can make this region an even better place to live and work. A contribution of any size is greatly appreciated, thank you!
Lists of Note for Fiscal Year 2016