About the Northwest Area Foundation
We fund champions of change who reflect the distinct cultural strengths of the eight states and 75 Native nations of our region. They work in diverse communities across Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and Washington to help people build assets through good jobs and financial capability—so that they can establish good credit, launch small businesses and save for their futures. Together, these skills equip families to overcome crises today and begin to feel secure and hopeful about tomorrow.
The mission of the Northwest Area Foundation is to support efforts by the people, organizations and communities of our eight-state region to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity.
Motivating us in our endeavors is the vision of a future in which the well-being of the people living in our eight states is as well-known and admired as the inspiring landscapes of the region.
We see a region:
Where diversity is valued and nurtured in rural, urban and American Indian reservation communities.
Known for its highly skilled, well-educated population, its living-wage jobs, its innovative public policies and its healthy, vibrant communities.
Characterized by thriving local economies within thriving natural ecosystems.
Where creative entrepreneurship is valued in both for-profit and nonprofit enterprises, and where both investment capital and social capital are steadily expanding.
Whose strong public institutions, business community and nonprofit sector collaborate to address pressing needs and help build pathways to prosperity for all residents.
Whose people are organized and empowered to lift their voices and actively shape the civic, social, political and economic life of their communities.
We see a region whose rich culture of engagement and opportunity makes its eight states prized places to visit, to invest and to live and where all residents have a fair chance to live free of poverty.
Making a Positive Difference:
We are focused on one thing – supporting workable, effective and long-term solutions to reduce poverty in a sustainable way in our region.
We are committed to mutual engagement and embrace the full participation and diverse perspectives of others to create stronger, more adaptable and more resilient communities and partners.
We establish clear long-term goals, regularly measure our performance, and openly report, discuss and learn from our results.
We are passionate learners, actively sharing and incorporating the knowledge we have gained, and constantly working to improve on our ability to achieve our mission.
We are steadfast stewards of the Foundation’s many assets and we demonstrate our high level of integrity in both our words and our actions, among ourselves and with others.
We honor the dignity and worth of all people, striving for humility and acting with thoughtfulness.
OUR REGION| Idaho | Iowa | Minnesota | Montana | North Dakota | Oregon |South Dakota | Washington | 75 Native Nations
Strategic partners who share your vision
Our network of staff and partners draw on decades of experience building assets in the eight states and 75 Native nations of our region to support your work.
Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Project CoordinatorMore about Sherry
Northwest Area Foundation Board of Directors
Back row, left to right: Zach Ducheneaux, Nicholas Walrod, William Thorndike, Jr., Rodney Jordan, Nicholas Slade, James Laducer, Natalie Camacho Mendoza
Middle row, left to right: Terrence W. Glarner, M. Lorena Gonzalez, Elsie Meeks, Hyeok Kim, Sarah Vogel
Seated: Maria Valandra, Sally Pederson, Fr. Kevin McDonough, Lynda Bourque Moss