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18 Dec 2013

Northwest Area Foundation Awards $4.6 Million to Create Job and Business Opportunities

Grants aim to increase job training, financial abilities, and advocacy for low-income workers ST. PAUL, Minn. (Dec. 18, 2013) – Add skills training to an estimated $8 billion in publicly-funded construction planned for Minnesota, and the equation could equal living-wage jobs for low-income workers. Capitalizing on significant taxpayer investment in roads, sports stadiums, and bridge […]

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3 Dec 2013

New Board Members from Washington State

ST. PAUL, Minn., (Dec. 3, 2013) – M. Lorena González and Hyeok Kim, both of Seattle, have been elected to the Northwest Area Foundation Board of Directors. They will be seated and begin three-year terms at the regularly scheduled Board meeting in February 2014. M. Lorena González is a partner in the Seattle law firm, […]

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15 Oct 2013

Northwest Area Foundation Grants $4.6 Million to Increase Good Jobs and Access to Financial Services

  Grants fund work in immigrant, Native, and other low-opportunity neighborhoods ST. PAUL, Minn. (Oct. 15, 2013) – Adapting to a new culture, building financial stability, and saving money for citizenship fees can be quite a challenge for new Americans. Grantmakers Concerned With Immigrants and Refugees of Sebastopol, Calif., will address those issues through a […]

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24 Sep 2013

Northwest Area Foundation Grants $1 Million to Bolster Native Arts Business Sector

First Peoples Fund groundbreaking report shows Native art is a promising economic engine ST. PAUL, Minn. (Sept. 24, 2013) – A pilot program in three states will offer Native American artists affordable loans, comprehensive entrepreneurship training, and better access to arts markets in an effort to   reduce poverty and strengthen local reservation economies. The Northwest […]

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17 Jul 2013

Northwest Area Foundation Grants $3.3 Million to Stimulate Economic Opportunities

$1.4 million to create jobs and economic opportunities in Native American tribal communities ST. PAUL, Minn. (July 17, 2013) – A benchmark-setting scan of economic potential and projects in 75 Native American Nations will highlight financial, institutional, natural, human capital, and political assets that are ripe for development. A two-year, $500,000 grant to First Nations […]

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3 Jun 2013

Northwest Area Foundation Hires a New Program Officer

ST. PAUL, Minn. (June 3, 2013) – The Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF) is pleased to announce Nikki Foster has joined the organization as a program officer. She joins colleagues to identify potential new grantees, review grant proposals, manage grants, monitor evaluation, and administer projects with an emphasis on building assets and wealth. Ms. Foster brings […]

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15 Apr 2013

Northwest Area Foundation Grants $4.9 Million for Jobs Training, Worker Owned Businesses

Grants include two innovative pilot programs in Native American communities ST. PAUL, Minn. (April 15, 2013) – Native Americans would learn skills to launch employee-owned businesses under a pilot program the Northwest Area Foundation is funding. A $300,000 grant to the Democracy Collaborative Foundation Inc. (DCF) of Cleveland will provide six Native American organizations with […]

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18 Mar 2013

Northwest Area Foundation Announces New Investment Director

ST. PAUL, Minn.  (March 18, 2013) – The Northwest Area Foundation is pleased to announce Amy Jensen has joined the organization as investment director. She will be responsible for directing and implementing the Foundation’s investment strategy as well as providing oversight of the Foundation’s approximately $400 million asset portfolio. Ms. Jensen brings more than 15 […]

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22 Jan 2013

Northwest Area Foundation Grants $2.7 Million for Small Business and Employment Opportunities

Grants build assets and wealth through access to capital, job training, and financial education ST. PAUL, Minn. (Jan. 22, 2013) – Creating new jobs, new businesses, and newly-trained workers is the goal of a three-year, $380,000 grant to the Portland Development Commission. Funding will support the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative, a partnership between the city of […]

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8 Jan 2013

Northwest Area Foundation Grants American Indian College Fund $1Million for Tribal College Leaders in Innovation Project

January 8, 2013, Denver, Colo. – The St. Paul, Minnesota-based Northwest Area Foundation has made a two-year, $1 million grant to the American Indian College Fund (the Fund) for the Tribal College Leaders in Community Innovation Project. This competitive awards program will honor five tribal colleges conducting programs contributing to vibrant and healthy communities. The […]

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