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Hear directly from our team about the work and priorities of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation as we work to make our region stronger.

Generous Community: It’s an honor to thank our donors

My mom used to tell me to write thank you notes. I confess that I wasn’t very responsive. But one practice I’ve built into my early morning routine at the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation is writing thank you notes. We receive donations from around our region and across the country. Donors give generously to support grant work and scholarships for this place we call

Generous Community: We’re all about systems change

For months, a big part of our work and world at the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation has been about systems change. I’m not talking about big-picture system change, which takes on massive, societal issues of the day. I’m talking about changing the day-in, day-out systems we use to do our work at the foundation. Much like planning, the topic I addressed in my last

Generous Community: Our planning impacts how we serve

Planning. It’s not a word that thrills you, right? It sounds smart, adult, thoughtful and necessary—even when I’m constantly telling my kids to do it. But you don’t boast to your friends or share on Instagram that you’re about to head off to do some serious planning. Yet planning is a big piece of what we’re doing at the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation this

Generous Community: Scott Anderson’s enduring legacy

Scott Anderson is one of my heroes.  Years ago, I read his book, “Distant Fires,” about his paddle trip retracing the famous 1930 Eric Sevareid journey from Duluth to Hudson Bay. I loved it. My youngest child, Mercedes, and I paddled 225 miles of the same route last summer—a trip I will cherish forever. Anderson’s joy, wisdom and passion for life shone through in his book