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2015

Northwest Area Foundation made 120 grants in Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) worth $13,417,765. The fiscal year runs Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2015.

New grants of $10,000 or more that were either agreed upon and paid in FY15 or paid during FY15 on previous grant agreements are included in the list below. For grants of less than $10,000, please see our grants database.

American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center
Minneapolis, MN
$30,000
10/01/2015 – 09/30/2016
Support for Good Jobs Pathways initiative

AMOS Institute of Public Life
Des Moines, IA
$200,000
06/01/2015 – 05/31/2017
Support for Project IOWA 

The Aspen Institute
Washington, DC
$100,000
10/01/2015 – 09/30/2017
Support for Creating a Pipeline of Opportunity – Native Youth Ambassadors project

$165,000
11/01/2015 – 10/31/2016
Support for research and development regarding Microenterprise Industry Networks

CAPI USA
Minneapolis, MN
$30,000
10/01/2015 – 09/30/2016
Support for Good Jobs Pathways initiative

Centerstone
Seattle, WA
$200,000
11/01/2015 – 10/31/2016
Support for Creating an Equitable Future in King County (African-American Financial Capabilities initiative) 

Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES)
St. Paul, MN
$30,000
10/01/2015 – 09/30/2016
Support for Good Jobs Pathways initiative

Council on Foundations
Arlington, VA
$39,500
01/01/2015 – 12/31/2015
Annual Membership

Credit Builders Alliance (CBA)
Washington, DC
$10,000
07/08/2015 – 07/09/2015
Sponsorship of scholarship fund for 2015 CBA Credit Building symposium

The Democracy Collaborative Foundation Inc.
Cleveland, OH
$500,000
06/01/2015 – 06/30/2016
Support for Social Enterprise Development initiative

The Directors Council
Des Moines, IA
$200,000
11/01/2015 – 10/31/2016
Support for African-American Financial Capability initiative in Des Moines 

Emerge Community Development
Minneapolis, MN
$150,000
10/01/2015 – 09/30/2016
Support for merger implementation, business expansion and job creation at EMERGE

Express Advantage
Seattle, WA
$200,000
01/01/2015 – 12/31/2016
Support for Community Development Credit Union Expansion project

First Children’s Finance
Minneapolis, MN
$200,000
09/01/2105 – 08/31/2017
Support for Iowa Sustainability and Northwestern States Expansion project

First Nations Development Institute
Longmont, CO
$10,000
09/23/2015 – 09/24/2015
Sponsorship of 20th annual First Nations L.E.A.D. conference

First Nations Oweesta Corporation
Longmont, CO
$300,000
05/01/2015 – 04/30/2017
Support for Native CDFI Capital Access initiative

$16,000
09/15/2015 – 10/27/2016
Support for scholarship fund for 2015 Opportunity Finance Network conference

First Ponca Financial
Grand Island, NE
$150,000
09/01/2015 – 08/31/2017
Support for Expanding Small Business Services to Native Americans in Iowa initiative

Four Bands Community Fund Inc.
Eagle Butte, SD
$250,000
07/01/2015 – 06/30/2017
Renewal funding for fiscal sponsorship of Native CDFI Network for Financial Inclusion Policy Action initiative

Hmong American Farmers Association
St. Paul, MN
$150,000
12/01/2015 – 12/31/2017
Support for Building Wealth Through a Whole Food Model project

Hmong American Partnership (HAP)
St. Paul, MN
$30,000
10/01/2015 – 09/30/2016
Support for Good Jobs Pathways initiative

$150,000
11/01/2015 – 10/31/2016
Support for East Side Jobs campaign

Homes of Oakridge Human Services
Des Moines, IA
$200,000
10/01/2015 – 09/30/2017
Renewal grant for Transitions program

Immigrant Development Center
Moorhead, MN
$170,000
06/01/2015 – 05/31/2017
Support for International Market Plaza

Independent Sector
Washington, DC
$12,500
01/01/2015 – 12/31/2015
Annual Membership

Jannus Inc.
Boise, ID
$250,000
08/01/2015 – 07/31/2017
Support for Microenterprise Training & Assistance (META) financial capability program

Juma Ventures
San Francisco, CA
$75,000
10/01/2015 – 09/30/2016
Support for job training program and funds for Individual Development Accounts 

Lakota Funds
Kyle, SD
$150,000
09/01/2015– 08/31/2022
Support for Native Ninth LLC

Latino Economic Development Center
Minneapolis, MN
$150,000
02/01/2015 – 02/28/2017
Support for Increasing Economic Opportunities for Latinos in Minnesota Through Business Creation and Job Creation project

Little Earth Residents Association Inc.
Minneapolis, MN
$450,000
07/01/2015 – 06/30/2018
Support for Little Earth Small Business initiative 

Management Assistance Programs for Nonprofits Inc.
St. Paul, MN
$200,000
11/01/2015 – 10/31/2016
Support for African-American Capabilities initiative 

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
Minneapolis, MN
$250,000
07/01/2015 – 06/30/2017
Renewal funding for Financial Inclusion Policy Action initiative 

Migizi Communications Inc.
Minneapolis, MN
$240,000
12/01/2015 – 11/30/2017
Support for Indigenous Pathways to Economic Independence project 

Minneapolis Urban League
Minneapolis, MN
$200,000
11/01/2015 – 10/31/2016
Support for African-American Capabilities initiative

Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF)
Minneapolis, MN
$22,475
01/01/2015 – 12/31/2015
Annual Membership

Mission Asset Fund
San Francisco, CA
$200,000
11/01/2015 – 10/31/2017
Support for Building a Better Northwest: Social Loans for Low-Income Communities initiative 

National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB)
San Antonio, TX
$10,000
10/06/2015 – 10/08/2015
Sponsorship of 10th annual national conference

$500,000
01/01/2015 – 12/31/2016
Support for NALCAB’s CDFI Capacity-Building program

Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
Portland, OR
$450,000
07/01/2015 – 06/30/2018
Support for launch of NAYA Business Services

$10,000
11/01/2015 – 12/31/2015
Matching challenge grant for 2015 NAYA gala

Neighborhood Partnerships Inc.
Portland, OR
$250,000
07/01/2015 – 06/30/2017
Renewal funding for Financial Inclusion Policy Action initiative 

Nexus Community Partners
St. Paul, MN
$500,000
04/01/2015 – 06/30/2017
Support for Strengthening Economic Vitality of the East Side project

Northwest Indian Community Center
Bemidji, MN
$250,000
07/01/2015 – 06/30/2017
Renewal funding for Financial Inclusion Policy Action initiative 

NWAF Employee Matching Gift Program
St. Paul, MN
$20,000
01/01/2015 – 12/31/2015
Match of employee donations to various 501(c)(3) organizations

OneAmerica
Seattle, WA
$200,000
12/01/2015 – 10/30/2017
Support for Building Power for Economic Justice project

Opportunity Link Inc.
Havre, MT
$50,000
10/01/2015 – 09/30/2017
Support for Asset, Wealth, and Advocacy Enhancement project

Oregon Native American Business and Entrepreneurial Network
Portland, OR
$250,000
07/01/2015 – 06/30/2017
Renewal funding for Financial Inclusion Policy Action initiative

Partners for Prosperity New Beginnings for Eastern Idaho Inc.
Blackfoot, ID
$250,000
07/01/2015 – 06/30/2017
Renewal funding for Financial Inclusion Policy Action initiative 

Philanthropy Northwest
Seattle, WA
$27,205
01/01/2015 – 12/31/2015
Annual Membership

PolicyLink
Oakland, CA
$20,000
10/27/2015 – 10/29/2015
Sponsorship of 2015 Equity Summit: All-in for Healthy Communities, Inclusive Cities, and a Prosperous Economy 

Prepare + Prosper (formerly AccountAbility Minnesota)
St. Paul, MN
$140,000
06/01/2015 – 05/31/2016
Support for Financial Access and Inclusion Roadmap (FAIR) initiative

Region Five Development Corporation
Staples, MN
$150,000
10/01/2015 – 03/31/2017
Support for Building New Models of Regional Resilience program

Rural Dynamics Inc.
Great Falls, MT
$230,000
06/01/2015 – 05/31/2017
Support for Reducing Poverty and Expanding Financial Inclusion program

Self Enhancement Inc.
Portland, OR
$200,000
11/01/2015 – 10/31/2016
Support for African-American Financial Capability initiative

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples Inc.
Arcata, CA
$100,000
02/01/2015 – 09/15/2015
Support for Keeping the Home Fires Burning – Building Native Assets gathering 

Solid Ground Washington
Seattle, WA
$250,000
07/01/2015 – 06/30/2017
Fiscal sponsorship of Statewide Poverty Action Network for Financial Inclusion Policy Action initiative

Spokane Tribe of Indians / Spokane Tribal Enterprises
Wellpinit, WA
$140,000
10/01/2015 – 09/30/2016
Support for Trading Post entrepreneurialism 

Summit Academy OIC
Minneapolis, MN
$400,000
07/01/2015 – 06/30/2017
Support for A Workforce Skilled to Work program 

Tacoma Urban League
Tacoma, WA
$200,000
11/01/2015 – 10/31/2016
Support for African-American Financial Capabilities initiative

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation
Porcupine, SD
$500,000
07/01/2015 – 06/30/2018
Support for Good Jobs Through Worker-Owned Enterprise program

$150,000
09/01/2015 – 08/31/2017
Support for Beyond Ownership: Increasing Employee Capacity project

$300,000
10/01/2015 – 09/30/2017
Support for Good Jobs Through Healthy Employees and Workforce Training initiative

Tiwahe Foundation
Minneapolis, MN
$1,000,000
09/01/2015 – 12/13/2017
Support for Investing in American Indian Philanthropy project

Ujamaa Place
St. Paul, MN
$300,000
06/01/2015 – 05/31/2018
Support for Transforming Men’s Lives – Improving Good Jobs: Improving Financial Capability project

Ventures
Seattle, WA
$300,000
10/01/2015 – 09/30/2017
Support for Latino Microenterprise Development – Capacity Extension project 

Washington Asset Building Coalition (WABC)
Seattle, WA
$150,000
11/01/2015 – 10/31/2017
Support for Expanding Good Jobs in Washington project

Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of St. Paul
St. Paul, MN
$250,000
07/01/2015 – 12/31/2016
Support for Focus Forward: Employment and Economic Development project