About

We fund champions of change who reflect the distinct cultural strengths of our region. They work in diverse communities to help people build assets through good jobs and financial capability—equipping them with the skills to overcome crises today and feel secure and hopeful about tomorrow.

Our region—Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and the 76 Native nations that share the same geography—was shaped by the freight routes of our founder’s family company, the Great Northern Railway.

We seek to address an unfair reality: This region includes communities that face persistent and devastating poverty, yet is home to some of the nation’s wealthiest and fastest-growing cities.

Our Region

Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and 76 Native nations that share the same geography.

Native nations